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  • The Unchained Man: The Alpha Male 2.0: Be More Happy, Make More Money, Get Better with Women, Live More Free

  • By: Caleb Jones
  • Narrated by: Caleb Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Because of rapidly changing technology and cultural norms, for the first time in history a man can live truly as he desires. He can truly be free, both in his business life and woman life, even if he's committed to one special girl. In The Unchained Man: The Alpha Male 2.0, you will learn specific, step-by-step techniques to: Design a low-work, high-income business you can run from anywhere with no employees. Design the perfect type of relationship for you: casual, very serious and committed, or something in between.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complete frame of reference!!

  • By Avid Reader on 01-11-19

Great book, Consider not buying the audible one.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I love this book. The author is clearly good at presentation so his performance in narration is great. The problem is that parts are hard to conceptualize and there are chapters I need to re-visit. For this reason I will probably get a physical copy to make my life easier.

This has been a bit paradigm shifting for me especially the author's view on relationships. I'm trying out the 'E3D' method and I will probably keep it.

I will probably revisit once a year but I will need a hard copy. I had the same issue with David Allen's Getting Things Done. I learn a lot from audible books but some I feel are better in physical form.

  • The Curse of the High IQ

  • By: Aaron Clarey
  • Narrated by: Jason Brooks
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

Society, by statistical necessity, needs to focus on the majority. It needs to be built and designed for "the average". Society, by moral necessity, also needs to focus on the disadvantaged and disabled, helping those who cannot help themselves. But while the majority of society's resources, attention, and infrastructure is dedicated to average or below-average people, little-to-none of it is dedicated to the abnormally intelligent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, Real Advice, Holds No Punches

  • By Kyra W on 07-13-18

Lifechanging

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I read and listen to a lot of books. This was paradigm shifting and life changing. I still don't know if I really have a high IQ but after listening to this book where I identified with the author throughout, I got tested at a website the author recommended. I don't know how accurate the website is but mine was up there.

With this new paradigm I have saved myself a considerable amount of time. I no longer feel obligated to fit in and do things that groups are doing. I was always a contrarian but I used to do things to try and fit in and now I do less of them. I now end conversations when I realize the other person is not grasping conceptually what I am telling them and that they are not going to grasp it.

The author is condescending and cynical and I love every minute of it. If you are afraid you will hate it like the other reviewers I would listen to the sample as I think that is a good representation of the tone of the whole book. I find the same type of tone in Nassim Taleb's writing although I will grant that Taleb's writing is more sophisticated and cognitive.

  • An Unauthorized Biography of Jordan B. Peterson

  • How Toronto Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson Established Himself as an Opponent of Political Correctness
  • By: Richard West
  • Narrated by: Eva R. Marienchild
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

This book tells the story of Jordan Peterson, who has emerged as a champion of free speech. On September 27, 2016, he posted a video online, criticizing the political correctness of Canada's Bill C-16 and explaining that he intended to refuse to use made-up pronouns to address transgendered persons. Find out how Peterson became an expert on politics and psychology, and learn how a YouTube video unexpectedly turned him into a public figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a fun read

  • By annasarp on 05-12-17

Didn't mind the performance

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

A nice short listen about how Professor Peterson became famous. I didn't mind the narrator.

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  • Win Bigly

  • Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Scott Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572

Trump triggered massive cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias on both the left and the right. We're hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason. We might listen to 10 percent of a speech - a hand gesture here, a phrase there - and if the right buttons are pushed, we decide we agree with the speaker and invent reasons to justify that decision after the fact. The point isn't whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Informative

  • By Eric on 03-13-18

Found this Highly Informative

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I bought this book after seeing Scott Adams in an interview. Before I started listening I saw some reviews and had buyer's remorse. Then I listened and I had the opposite of that (buyer's remorselessness?).

I do think the audio would be better if not narrated by Scott Adams, although there wasn't a whole lot I disagreed with and some of the points were probably controversial, so maybe that's the author's hypnotist training.

I didn't read his blog so I can't complain that he has successfully compiled his blog posts into an easy to follow along book. I don't mind.

I disagree with quite a lot of the critiques of this book. Some of the reviews are vitriolic and the reviewer complains of not liking another one of Scott Adam's books. Usually when I stumble across an author I despise, I tend to only read or listen to only one of their books, but that's me.

All in all, this helped dispel the myth that I still had in the back of my mind that most of the population were rational, logical humans. I kind of knew they weren't but this book has helped me internalize it better and I am now intending to further look into methods of persuasion.

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  • The Easy Way to Stop Smoking

  • By: Allen Carr
  • Narrated by: Duncan Wells
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

This classic guide to the world’s most successful stop smoking method is all you need to quit up smoking. You can even smoke while you listen. There are no scare tactics, you will not gain weight and stopping will not feel like deprivation. If you want to kick the habit then go for it. Allen Carr has helped millions of people become happy non-smokers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the rules has changed!

  • By Mohammad Badran on 07-18-15

Worked for me so far

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

This book helped me realize some internal dishonesty I had within myself due to nicotine intake. I was a regular vapor user and had my last cartridge at the end of this book a week ago.

  • Speculator

  • High Ground, Book 1
  • By: Doug Casey, John Hunt
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

The greatest gold discovery in history draws a young Charles Knight to West Africa, where he unearths deception, violence, and romance. Xander Winn - a Dutchman on his own mission - mentors Charles on his voyage into the world of speculation and African politics. But a psychopathic rebel leader, the purveyors of a six-billion-dollar fraud, a team of mercenaries bent on early retirement, and the US government all get in his way. Everyone wants him dead. But Charles plans to strike it rich.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Speculator entertains and makes you think

  • By Steven A. Engel on 12-16-16

My Favorite Modern Fiction Book

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's pace was perfect and I was on the edge of my seat. It is well narrated. It is rare that I listen to a book in such a short time.

The libertarian commentary might be off putting for some but I enjoyed it and at times it was implemented in a comical way.

I don't recall learning so much from a fictional book before. I learned some things about anatomy, speculation, mining companies, and found myself googling concepts I was unfamiliar with. It is the first time I encountered the term "Gamma Male".

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  • Follow That Car!

  • A Cabbie's Guide to Conquering Fears, Achieving Dreams, and Finding a Public Restroom
  • By: Jimmy Failla
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Failla
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Jimmy Failla (AXS TV, BBC America) is a D-list standup comic with zero life skills beyond overeating and blowing exorbitant amounts of money on exotic gambling propositions. But when his wife gets pregnant, he realizes he'll need to do some growing up if he wants to avoid raising a career criminal. Thinking fast, he decides to get a taxi license and pick the brains of his passengers in hopes of gleaning the practical knowledge he'll need to convincingly play an adult someday.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A book of metaphors

  • By valerie thompson on 05-10-17

Well worth the Audio version

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Would you listen to Follow That Car! again? Why?

Yes. I really enjoyed the things the author learned from his passengers and find real practical value in those things.

What does Jimmy Failla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This audio book has actors, sound effects, music, and felt to be of high production value. I don't know if someone is hard up for an actual "Audio-book" but if your hoping for something that sounds like the author or reader reading to you the whole time, I would pass on it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The advice from the old man that worked at carnivals will stick with me forever.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this in between rides while driving my cab. Very enjoyable and funny.

  • Risky Is the New Safe

  • By: Randy Gage
  • Narrated by: Randy Gage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Risky Is the New Safe is a different kind of book for a different kind of thinking - a thought-provoking manifesto for risk takers. It will challenge you to think laterally, question premises, and be a contrarian. Disruptive technology, accelerating speed of change, and economic upheaval are changing the game. The same tired, old conventional thinking won’t get you to success today. Risky Is the New Safe will change the way you look at everything!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Book

  • By Anthony on 02-21-14

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

If you could sum up Risky Is the New Safe in three words, what would they be?

Creative, Inspiring, Informing

Any additional comments?

I read Randy Gage's book "Why you're Sick, Dumb, and Broke" and my life has never been quite the same. I was very happy to see this book available on Audible.Randy Gage uses the outline of a Rock Opera in keeping with the concept of a changing world where disruptive technology will alter the way we do things. I was concerned with this book being a re-hash of things I had heard from him elsewhere and this was not the case at all.It's not the longest book to spend your audible credits on, however, I appreciate that the content has substance. Sometimes authors want to pump out more fluff to make a book bigger/longer but that's not what happened here .He doesn't stick to the text and expands on it throughout. I thought it worked very well. He speaks in a conversational tone that I also enjoyed.Mr. Gage seems to see the world differently and is a creative and critical thinker. I hope it's contagious.

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