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  • Buddha's Brain

  • The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom
  • By: Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius MD
  • Narrated by: Alan Bomar Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884

Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you, too, can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Neurophysiological Explanation

  • By Roy on 12-01-10

Excellent, especially if you are currently meditating

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-16

If you are using a meditation app like headspace, this book makes a little more practicable sense

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,537

Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For large company managers, not startups

  • By Thomas on 03-18-14

Worthwhile

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-15

Worthwhile read for the straightforward advice and direction. The sections on hiring and leadership are valuable. I think the phrase "world class" may have been overused.

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  • Personal Success Made Simple

  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Brian Tracy is the top speaker on personal success and achievement in the world today. He has shared these ideas in multi-day seminars and workshops with more than one million graduates. In this exciting program, you’ll learn how to get the most out of yourself, improve every area of your life, and achieve more than many people accomplish in a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will change your life.

  • By Debbie on 05-07-12

90% of this is great

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Some stuff is a little old school (especially men vs women elements around marriage) but the message of positivity and raising kids is super useful. Worthwhile listen

  • The Extra 2%

  • How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First
  • By: Jonah Keri
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

In The Extra 2%, financial journalist and sportswriter Jonah Keri chronicles the remarkable story of one team's Cinderella journey from divisional doormat to World Series contender. By quantifying the game's intangibles, they were able to deliver to Tampa Bay an American League pennant. This is an informative and entertaining case study for any organization that wants to go from worst to first.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The book isn't sure what it wants to be

  • By Buster on 05-15-15

The book isn't sure what it wants to be

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-15

The overarching thesis is weak and the book flits between a play by play money ball type narrative vs. The holistic strategy employed by management ownership and the field manager.

By far the best chapter is the one on the skipper Joe Madden...the rest of the book doesn't stand the test of time.

Disappointing.

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  • Empire

  • The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes
  • By: Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Howard Hughes lived one of the greatest, most heroic, misunderstood, mysterious, bizarre, and tragic lives in American history. In this brilliantly documented biography, the mythology that surrounded that life is disentangled from the truth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oddly Cut

  • By Jill C. Kirkham on 08-13-17

Fascinating

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Only wish the ending detailed out what happened to his estate and his companies.

Wikipedia states his estate is worth over $10 billion...unclear as to how this happened

  • What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

  • By: Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan, Jack Schwager (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130

Jim Paul's meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all - his fortune, his reputation, and his job - in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul's disastrous decision and examine the psychological factors behind bad financial practices in several economic sectors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By Scott Morris on 11-08-14

Second half is satisfying but needs more

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-15

The first half of the book is just this guy's auto biography...not super relevant I thought

The real meat is the second half which doesn't get the attention it deserves. So I felt the book could have been stronger...a real disservice to the main elements

  • Benjamin Franklin

  • An American Life
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • suffers from abridgement

  • By Douglas on 04-09-05

Abridged version felt incomplete

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Abridged version felt incomplete
Would have liked the entire book
This was fine...the author does lose a little objectivity

  • Where Good Ideas Come From

  • The Natural History of Innovation
  • By: Steven Johnson
  • Narrated by: Eric Singer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ambitious

  • By Roy on 12-08-10

Awesome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-15

Brilliant balanced and intellectual while still very accessible with easy lessons that can be implemented. The reef analogy comparison to cities in great

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  • The Start-Up of You

  • Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
  • By: Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 595

The career escalator is jammed at every level. Unemployment rates are sky-high. Creative disruption is shaking every industry. Global competition for jobs is fierce. The employer-employee pact is over, and traditional job security is a thing of the past. Here, LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how to accelerate your career in today’s competitive world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just like watching TV... a commerical every 5 mins

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-12-12

Gets the brain turning

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-15

Good book to take a step back and look at your career and network in terms of "i" powered by "we"