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  • Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius

  • By: Robert André LaFleur
  • Narrated by: Robert André LaFleur
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

With these 24 accessible lectures, enjoy an adventurous exploration of one of the world's most important philosophical texts. Filled with rich historical context, detailed close readings of key passages, expert interpretations of larger cultural trends, and stories of Confucius and his most notable students (and critics), these lectures are required learning for anyone who wants a solid understanding of Eastern philosophy - and the ways a single book can cross cultures and go on to inspire an entire world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Weak content

  • By dean on 03-23-17

Weak content

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Reviewed: 03-23-17

This audiobook is like listening to a giant table of contents. After a while I skipped around to find real content from Confucius, but it is scarce. There is more content on my Zen calendar daily sayings.

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  • How to Write a Book That Doesn't Suck and Will Actually Sell

  • The Ultimate, No B.S. Guide to Writing a Kick-Ass Non-Fiction Book
  • By: Michael Rogan
  • Narrated by: Gregory Zarcone
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Learning how to write a book is easy. Learning how to write a book that doesn't suck and can actually make you money - and set you up for a full-time writing career is harder.

But it's nowhere near impossible. And it's far more doable than you can imagine. The trouble is, most books offering tips on how to write a book fail to address two key considersations: 1) Most self-published nonfiction books suck. 2) It's almost impossible to make a living from one self-published nonfiction book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great thought organizer

  • By Matt on 10-14-15

Inspiring and easy to digest

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Reviewed: 01-05-15

The narrator is very pleasant. The bite-sized information is well structured. I'm inspired to get writing right now! Love the smart ass attitude - it works well here and is funny. NOT BORING! Will probably buy the print copy for reference.

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  • The First 20 Hours

  • How to Learn Anything... Fast!
  • By: Josh Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Josh Kaufman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 797

In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Finished the thesis early in the book

  • By Grady on 06-16-13

Painful

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Reviewed: 08-29-13

This book didn't really say much of anything. All it said is what you already know. Take a complex project, break it into smaller chunks, and study the smaller chunks. :(

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  • The Richest Man in Babylon

  • The Success Secrets of the Ancients
  • By: George S. Clason
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767

With more than two million copies sold, this classic guide to accumulating wealth has profoundly affected the world. Author George S. Clason uses simple and inspiring parables to illustrate how easily people can change their fiscal habits to enjoy a comfortable level of financial independence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book is perfect to learn the value of money etc...

  • By Ralph on 10-25-11

simple & smart

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Reviewed: 03-28-13

An acted out story from long ago, this book gives simple advice that anyone can follow. I started as soon as I was finished listening by making a depoit to my savings account, which usually gets ignored in favor of paying bills and buying things that are not true needs.

  • You Are Not So Smart

  • Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
  • By: David McRaney
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,797

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's official, I'm an idiot

  • By Christopher on 07-04-12

User's Manual for Your Brain

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Reviewed: 03-15-13

What did you love best about You Are Not So Smart?

It has such interesting insights into why we do what we do, which is often different from what is popular belief. Every idea is backed up by an experimental study which has results that are counter-intuitive, or at least interesting. Highly recommend this one!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful