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  • Tribe

  • On Homecoming and Belonging
  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,400

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most profound book on the subject

  • By joseph on 05-26-16

Eh

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

While some of the stories the author told were decent, the book was basically a collection of statistics jumbled together with opinions and speculation.

The author didn't have a congruent idea or argument, and instead jumped around in a stream of consciousness style.

Nothing practical here. I guess I had higher hopes.

  • Way of the Wolf

  • Straight Line Selling: Master the Art of Persuasion, Influence, and Success
  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Jordan Belfort
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396

For the first time ever, Jordan Belfort opens his playbook and gives listeners access to his exclusive step-by-step system - the same system he used to create massive wealth for himself, his clients, and his sales teams. Until now, this revolutionary program was only available through Jordan's $1,997 online training. Now, in Way of the Wolf, Belfort is ready to unleash the power of persuasion to a whole new generation of listeners, revealing how anyone can bounce back from devastating setbacks, master the art of persuasion, and build wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Straight to the point and no bullshit

  • By Gretar T. on 10-08-17

Surprisingly a lot better than I first thought

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-18

It's a little hard to imagine that this guy was made so much money selling on the phone with his voice sounding like it does; Listen to the sample, you'll hear what I mean.

That being said this is a really good book. There's a lot of information I've never heard before and would have never thought.

If you can get past the voice, then its a great buy for anyone in sales.

  • Ready, Fire, Aim

  • Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat
  • By: Michael Masterson
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

If you had the opportunity to work where, when, and with whom you wanted - all while getting paid very well - would you take it? Self-made multimillionaire and best-selling author Michael Masterson did, and with Ready, Fire, Aim he'll show you how to do the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Business Book in a Long Time

  • By Adam on 05-14-08

Fantastic for Entrepreneurs, CEO's, and Managers!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I took notes the entire time I listened to it. Most of the ideas aren't exactly common sense; In other words, you can't get them out of any random business book you pick up off the shelf.

Narrator was great! I feel like I've learned a lot. Concepts are explained in a way that anyone can understand them.

Three key take aways:
- You don't need to know everything, and it's better to start before you're ready; Learn as you go along.

- Your business must continuously produce new products (and get them to the market quickly) if it is to survive.

- The importance of front-end vs back-end sales.

There's a lot of great stuff in this book.
Cheers!

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,056

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and inspiring

  • By Brad Grimm on 11-09-09

Hilarious and Fascinating

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Feynman certainly had an incredibly interesting life. His stories are funny, engaging, and filled with great lessons we can all learn from.

My key takeaways from this are:
- That you never stop learning.
- Learning through teaching is an efficient method.
- Don't take yourself too seriously.

Cheers!

  • Am I Being Too Subtle?

  • The Adventures of a Business Maverick
  • By: Sam Zell
  • Narrated by: Sam Zell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

Self-made billionaire Sam Zell consistently sees what others don't. From finding a market for overpriced Playboy magazines among his junior high classmates, to buying real estate on the cheap after a market crash, to investing in often unglamorous industries with long-term value, Zell acts boldly on supply and demand trends to grab the first-mover advantage. And he can find opportunity virtually anywhere - from an arcane piece of legislation to a desert meeting in Abu Dhabi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, but ....

  • By David K. Robbins on 08-06-17

Differently Decent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-17

The author has a bit of an unconventional approach to business and life that I really enjoyed. I got a lot of practical information out of this and thought it was useful and inspirational.

Wasn't a big fan of the author's voice at first, but you get used to it rather quickly. Excellent use of stories to illustrate points.

Cheers!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Learning

  • An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
  • By: Josh Waitzkin
  • Narrated by: Josh Waitzkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,874

The Art of Learning takes listeners through Waitzkin's unique journey to excellence. He explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good overview with interesting backdrop

  • By James on 06-15-14

Not that great

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Overall, the only part of this book that I thought was interesting is that the kid from the movie "Finding Bobby Fisher" is the author. Beyond that, I didn't learn anything.

Somehow, he found a way to make Tai Chi sound interesting. That's worth 4 stars in performance.

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  • The Compound Effect

  • Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
  • By: Darren Hardy
  • Narrated by: Darren Hardy
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,073

Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of Success magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small actions repeated add up huge

  • By Jeff Currey on 06-19-15

Really makes you think about your daily decisions

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-17

Most of the content in this book is simple and easily understandable, but it has a profound impact. The entire time listening to this, I was contemplating my habits and the seemingly minor decisions i make each day.

Your overall quality of life is determined by the quality of the choices you make each day; If you want a better life, make better decisions.

Cheers!

  • The Energy Bus

  • 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
  • By: Jon Gordon
  • Narrated by: Jon Gordon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,877

In the mode of other best selling business fables The Energy Bus, takes listeners on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple but Profound

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-17

Decent Book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-17

If you like the positive ra-ra and want a cheerleader, this books for you.

Personally I'm not a huge fan of blind optimism and wishful thinking, but I liked the authors creative use of the story to illustrate her points.

Overall, I believe that positive energy is vital to your success in any field of your life. Although this book over does it a bit, I thought it was decent.

Cheers!

  • Everything All at Once

  • How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem
  • By: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

Everything All at Once is an exciting, inspiring call to unleash the power of the nerd mindset that exists within us all. Nye believes we'll never be able to tackle our society's biggest, most complex problems if we don't even know how to solve the small ones. Step by step, he shows his listeners the key tools behind his everything-all-at-once approach: radical curiosity, a deep desire for a better future, and a willingness to take the actions needed to make it a reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Thing Bill Nye Has Ever Done!

  • By jtimothyk on 10-07-17

Bill Nye is awesome, but skip this one

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-17

I like Bill Nye and didn't want to give this a bad review, so I'm being as generous as I can with this review:

There really wasn't much to get out of this one. The only important thing to take away is that you should think critically and use rational thinking in order to make important decisions.

66 of 71 people found this review helpful

  • Unscripted

  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship
  • By: MJ DeMarco
  • Narrated by: Scott Thomas
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,253

You live in your dream house, but there's no mortgage. No alarm clock, no boss, no bills. No claims on the day's time other than what you choose. It is making more money before breakfast than you made for an entire week at your last job. It is a crazy expensive car parked in your garage, a victorious symbol that your dreams no longer sleep in fantasies, but are awake with reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Making money, yeah. Cut the rant though.

  • By Mary C. Dunford on 07-31-17

Better than expected.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Liked this a lot more than "the millionaire fast lane" (and that was also pretty good). I feel like in this book the author goes more into detail and gets more out of what he wanted to say.

The one thing I didn't like about the book is that the information isn't well organized. It's good information, but it's all mixed in together without any type of ordering, rhyme, or reason.

Although it's much longer than his first book, I think this one is much better and you'll get your money's worth.

Cheers!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful