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  • The War on Normal People

  • By: Andrew Yang
  • Narrated by: Andrew Yang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 580
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The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future - now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years - jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an important topic, increasingly relevant.

  • By Eivind Hagen on 07-04-18

A hard a look at where we’re at coupled with solutions to get us where we need to be.

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Reviewed: 03-17-19

This is a fantastic exploration of where we’re headed as a society if we continue blindly down our current path. A large part of the book focuses on the issues we’re facing, but the author also proposes very intelligent solutions (Universal Basic Income being one of them).

As a resident of Silicon Valley, I’m on the forefront of the wave of automation discussed in this book. Let me tell you that it is very real and well underway. For example, it’s not at all uncommon to see prototypes of self-driving vehicles being tested on the streets on San Francisco or Mountain View (where Google HQ is located).

But the future doesn’t have to be bleak and dystopian. With the right policies in place, we can all benefit from these advancements. Traditionally, technology has made our lives better and we have the power to choose whether or not this remains true.

The ideas proposed in this book make a great deal of sense to me and I encourage everyone to have a read for yourself. At the very least, you’ll be much more informed about true state of our nation. And, if you’re anything like me, this book will leave you feeling excited by our potential and inspired to participate in creating a better future for us all.

  • Naked Economics

  • Undressing the Dismal Science
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Kerin McCue
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

In Naked Economics, journalist Charles Wheelan does “the impossible”—he makes economic principles relevant, interesting and fun. Brimming with scores of down-to-earth examples and sprinkled with humorous anecdotes, this comprehensive overview will keep listeners smiling and wide awake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For econ class

  • By nooie on 11-28-16

This books makes Econ incredibly interesting!

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Reviewed: 11-10-17

Great intro to the economic principles that shape the world around us. Totally eye-opening.

This is going onto my list of favorite books for sure!

PS - The narrator is excellent!

  • Millionaire Teacher

  • The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
  • By: Andrew Hallam
  • Narrated by: Peter Drew
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
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    4 out of 5 stars 228
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    4 out of 5 stars 229

Most people wouldn't expect a schoolteacher to amass a million-dollar investment account. But Andrew Hallam did so, long before the typical retirement age. And now, with Millionaire Teacher, he wants to show you how to follow in his footsteps. With lively humor and the simple clarity you'd expect from a gifted educator, Hallam demonstrates how average people can build wealth in the stock market by shunning the investment products peddled by most financial advisors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Investment Advice

  • By Kevin on 11-27-13

Read this book!

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Reviewed: 11-02-17

I've read several books on investing and Millionaire Teacher combines much of the wisdom into one simple, easy-to-understand, book.

Love his explanation of what the stock market actually is. The dog on a leash analogy really made things click for me.

The only downside is the spelling out of web addresses, but don't let that deter you.

Read this book! And then go buy some index funds :)

  • The Start-Up J Curve

  • The Six Steps to Entrepreneurial Success
  • By: Howard Love
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

After founding or co-founding over 15 start-ups and investing in another 50 early stage ventures as an angel investor, author Howard Love came to understand that a start-up unfolds in a predictable pattern. The more aware entrepreneurs are of this pattern, the better able they will be to capitalize on it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Release your product quickly, then be ready to morph.

  • By California Dreaming on 04-02-17

Release your product quickly, then be ready to morph.

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Reviewed: 04-02-17

This book was very informative, but the most helpful takeaway for me was what I learned about the Morph phase.

I have a tendency to really latch on to my initial idea and this chapter helped me understand that this mindset counterproductive. You need to be open, flexible, and willing to change directions (or morph) when the market is telling you to do so.

Not only that, but it is all but guaranteed that version 1.0 of your idea will NOT be a home run. A number of successful businesses that we know and love today started off as something completely different. Only by morphing were they able to finally find product market fit.

So let your first Idea drive you to QUICKLY produce and release a product. But then after that, you need to listen to intently to the feedback of your customers and be prepared to morph.

Knowing this, has taken a lot of the pressure of me to create something perfect in the lab that is my head. We may think I know what people want, but there is often a big difference between what we think people want, and what people are actually willing to use or pay for .

Now, my only goal is to produce a MVP (minimum viable product) as quickly as possible so I can start gathering feedback. The sooner I do this, the sooner I create a product that people love.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,141
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,124

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

Why the world is the way it is

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Reviewed: 12-27-16

This book was absolutely eye-opening. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of how power and politics shape our world.

To summarize, the goal of any leader is to stay in power. In a democracy that generally means keeping the a large portion of the population happy. If a democratic leader doesn't keep the majority happy, they will be voted out by that same majority.

In a dictatorship, the leader is beholden to a much smaller group of people so they only need to worry about keeping that small group happy (i.e. rich). As long as they do that, they will stay in power even if the majority of their people are starving.

I'm not really doing this book justice though. Please read if you can. If we want to have any hope of making the world a better place, we need to first learn the rules of the game. The Dictator's Handbook does a fantastic job of laying out those rules.

Bravo!

31 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 25,075
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    5 out of 5 stars 22,312
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    5 out of 5 stars 22,053

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio makes all the difference.

  • By Sadie on 09-14-13

Loved it!

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Reviewed: 12-02-16

This is a live lecture...and it's fantastic. Really helped me out and encouraged me to keep striving to live life wholeheartedly. Five stars!

  • You Only Have to Be Right Once

  • The Unprecedented Rise of the Instant Tech Billionaires
  • By: Randall Lane
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
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    4 out of 5 stars 213
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    4 out of 5 stars 215

Over the last three years, Forbes has published in depth profiles of this new batch of billionaires, including the founders of Spotify, Dropbox, Tumblr, and Twitter. Now, in a compilation introduced and updated by Forbes editor Randall Lane, fans and critics alike will get a comprehensive look at who these super-entrepreneurs are and what they say about their own success and their plans for the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Bio Snippets

  • By Jami on 12-04-16

Insightful look into stories behind of today's tech titans

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Reviewed: 07-20-15

The book is basically a compilation of well written articles from Forbes Magazine. Each chapter discusses a different founder.

After hearing how these founders made their fortunes, I feel a little bit wiser and slightly more versed in the art of business and building a company.

All-in-all, it was a good read :)

  • How to Win at the Sport of Business

  • If I Can Do It, You Can Do It
  • By: Mark Cuban
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,774
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,107
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,094

Using the greatest material from his popular Blog Maverick, Cuban has collected and updated his postings on business and life to provide a catalog of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur. He tells his own rags-to-riches story of how he went from selling powdered milk and sleeping on friends' couches to owning his own company and becoming a multibillion-dollar success story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definetly worth 2 hours of your life

  • By Jamison on 04-28-15

Quick Read with Some Good Tips

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Reviewed: 07-11-15

As an entrepreneur, I found this book encouraging and full of common sense advice. There were also a few irreverent tidbits here and there which is exactly what you'd expect from Mark Cuban :)

  • The Gold Standard

  • Rules to Rule By
  • By: Ari Gold
  • Narrated by: Ari Gold
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 738

Ari Gold is known for his ruthless approach to deal-making and client relationships that made him one of, if not the, most powerful and sought-after agents in Hollywood until he retired in 2011. In his new book The Gold Standard, Gold will illuminate, for the first time, his unique, effective and, some would say, outrageous philosophies on running a successful business, client management, employee motivation, keeping a happy home life, and other keys to his many successes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book ever.

  • By The Mixmaster on 05-15-15

It's everything you hoped it would be

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Reviewed: 07-11-15

As a fan of Entourage, I have to say I was NOT disappointed. Take everything in the book with a grain of salt of course, but as far as entertainment goes, this book is a home run. Last but not least, Jeremy Piven provides some of the best narration I've ever heard! This production of this audiobook is top notch.

Worth every penny :)

  • In-N-Out Burger

  • A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules
  • By: Stacy Perman
  • Narrated by: Loren Lester
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 185
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
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    4 out of 5 stars 107

It's the untold story of the renegade burger chain that evokes a passionate following unlike any other. In fast-food corporate America, In-N-Out Burger stands apart. Begun in a tiny shack in the shadow of World War II, this family-owned chain has steadfastly refused to franchise or be sold. It is a testament to old-fashioned values and reminiscent of a simpler time when people, loyalty, and a freshly made, juicy hamburger meant something.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Ron on 09-24-09

Wow! If you want to know all about the history of In-N-Out...

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Reviewed: 07-10-15

Then this is the book for you! Please note, this is not a book that details the processes or ingredients that goes into an In-N-Out meal (although it does touch on those things from time to time). Instead, this is a thoroughly researched and well-written book on the history of In-N-Out and the people who shaped it's values and cultures through the years. And speaking of values and culture, this book gives tons of insight in that regard. For anyone who considers In-N-Out to be an inspiration for their own business, READ THIS BOOK! You will understand what makes In-N-Out so special and probably be able to apply many of the same values to your business.

Lastly, the last few chapters chronicle one of In-N-Out's major legal battles so be prepared to learn a lot about Trusts and Trustee's haha. I definitely got a little confused trying to keep track of all of the names and backgrounds of the many characters throughout the book. You may want to keep a notepad handy :)

Still, I give this book two thumbs up (and five stars)!