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  • Up from Slavery

  • By: Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by: Noah Waterman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

Booker T. Washington fought his way out of slavery to become an educator, statesman, political shaper, and proponent of the "do-it-yourself" idea. In his autobiography, he describes his early life as a slave on a Virginia plantation, his steady rise during the Civil War, his struggle for education, his schooling at the Hampton Institute, and his years as founder and president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which was devoted to helping minorities learn useful, marketable skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality Check!

  • By Mickens on 06-08-16

Amazing Person

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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: 02-03-18

This is a true testament of the individual. I've recognized the name Booker T. Washington as the name is seen in passing in history text books, but they give no inclination of who he actually was. If I remember correctly, he is made out to be a black person who supported segregation. Although he does use the phrase "socially separate" in one of his included speeches; I think; this may have been a concession to move forward without conflict. Either way, there is so much more to him than one political idea, and the fact a history textbook seems to give as much focus to him as the term carpet bagger is given is a travesty.

  • So Good They Can't Ignore You

  • Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Dave Mallow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857

In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed - preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work - but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Counter to all the "Passion" Career Lit

  • By Erin on 06-12-13

I liked it.

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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: 01-16-18

I think; the author is right. He did a very good job making his point, and I liked his explanations.

  • My Family and Other Animals

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly delightful book!

  • By T.K. on 06-21-08

Very Clever

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I enjoyed how the author told his story. It did start a little slow, but it didn't take long for the adventures to begin.

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,735

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content. Unfortunate delivery.

  • By Jennifer Soudagar on 11-13-15

I loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I loved this book. The author does a great job investigating what it means to live in Denmark. The information is presented in clear and entertaining manner. The narration is excellent as well.

  • Jack Welch and the GE Way

  • Management Insights and Leadership Secrets of the Legendary CEO
  • By: Robert Slater
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Jack Welch's innovative leadership strategies revived a lagging GE, transforming it into a powerhouse with a staggering $300 billion-plus market capitalization. In writing Jack Welch and the GE Way, author Robert Slater was given unprecedented access to Welch and other prominent GE insiders. What emerged is a brilliant portrait that tells you what makes Jack Welch tick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The old way

  • By Drew Bradford on 03-19-18

Good Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-12-17

This book provides a broad look at what Jack Welch did at GE. It includes some the rationale for his decisions and an explanation of what that included, but really doesn't go much deeper than that.

  • 5S Lean Manufacturing

  • Key to Improving Net Profit
  • By: Ade Asefeso MCIPS MBA
  • Narrated by: Samuel Fleming
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

5S is a simple and highly effective set of lean manufacturing techniques that removes waste from the work environment through a better workplace organization, general cleanliness, and effective visual communication.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5S?

  • By Shayne on 12-11-17

5S?

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-17

A brief overview.

The 5S comes from Japan in which the words all start with the letter S. With a bit of effort they also start with the letter S in English.
Sort
Set in Order
Shine
Standardize
Sustain
Enough of the that; lean manufacturing; eliminate waste; workers fear change; convince them to change; lay them off when they are no longer needed as a result of their and their co-workers willingness to accept change. Having problems hire us to consult. Buy LED boards as they automatically lead to desirous outcome when the correct numbers are posted on them. Eliminate waste; lean manufacturing; six sigma can help to. If you are not going to hire us, at least hire someone. In conclusion we can help you understand the vague techniques in this book as well as convince your employees to trust you, so you can betray them. Here is our web address; hire us.

The book does actually have some decent information, but it tends to be pretty vague and is mostly about selling consultancy, in my opinion.

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  • Peak Performance

  • Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
  • By: Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,750

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but

  • By Luke on 06-09-18

Good Concentration of Material

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

The authors do a great job writing for their singular purpose. The ideas are clearly presented followed by an anecdote and/or any other veryifying information and implementation suggestions. A lot of this information including some of the stories; I've heard in other books. However, the authors do a great job with it and provide additional details. I would highly recommend this book for anyone trying to perform at their best. I am far from mine, but this book makes it appear a lot closer. Narration is good too.

  • 13 Hours

  • The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi
  • By: Mitchell Zuckoff, Annex Security Team
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,333

13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it THREE TIMES

  • By LTC R. on 04-14-16

Great Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

it was interesting to perceive the differences in the book and the movie. The movie is really close, but there is definitely more information in the book. Very heart wrenching at the end.

  • Everybody Lies

  • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
  • By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,196

By the end of on average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Might be worth it to get the book

  • By Laura on 08-09-17

Entertaining book ... leans left

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-01-17

The author does a good job explaining correlation as observed in data science, but I think; some of his assumptions go to far. One such assumption is that marijuana use appears to be higher at night as well as profound queries. The author states this in a way that would lead you to believe that marijuana provokes profound queries, but it seems more likely that both users are up at two in the morning and are looking for an outlet. Also the author mentions Marx as a figure to be considered aspirational. He should probably scrounge up some data related to communism and death. Maybe not focus as much on the seemingly obvious fact that racist would vote for a white egomaniacal man. The author did have some good data examples though, and I did find the book entertaining and stimulating.

  • Running Like a Girl

  • Notes on Learning to Run
  • By: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Until five years ago, Alexandra Heminsley was decidedly not a runner. Nor was she athletic in any sense of the word. She was an ordinary, curvy woman who was convinced that sports of any kind, especially running, were beyond her. But she's made running part of her life, and gets to reap the rewards: not just the obvious things, like a touch of weight loss, health and glowing skin, but self-belief, and immeasurable daily pleasure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh... not what I thought...

  • By Maria on 12-03-14

Good Book one wrong fact

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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: 11-26-17

Very inspiring story. The author clearly intends this for a female audience, but I found it very relatable in a lot of ways. The author also offers up some practical advice near the end most of it appears to be correct. However, the author states glucose can not be made from your fat and that is incorrect. During lipolysis your fat is turned into fatty acids and glycerol. The body then can break glycerol down into glucose. Your body may break down protein for glucose before fat at times, but it would probably be because of high resting insulin level.