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  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,775

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance smothered by Condescension and Petty Squabbling

  • By Jeremy on 03-11-18

A gratfying experience!

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Reviewed: 03-18-18

I am glad to live in the time of Nassim Nicholas Taleb and having the experience of his thinking, of his erudition and of his nonchalant way of linking western civilization from the classical Greco Roman culture to contemporaneity, life experience and intellectual rumination. It’s refreshing, thought provoking and overall gratifying!

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,962

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Beutiful! A great American story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I am not a reviewer, but I was moved to tears by this amazing story, the sincerity, the balanced analysis, the forgiving and positive attitude! Inspiring!

  • The Spirit of Kaizen

  • Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time
  • By: Bob Maurer, Leigh Ann Hirschman
  • Narrated by: Bob Maurer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

UCLA psychologist and organizational consultant Dr. Robert Maurer provides a simple and proven effective technique for making major changes with minimal disruption. Applying the operational concept of kaizen - small, continual improvements - to common management challenges, managers can drive major improvements with a series of well-planned techniques for boosting quality, innovation, sales, and morale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone that wants to achieve.

  • By Patrick on 01-08-14

Priceless

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Reviewed: 09-15-15

Very important concept. The way of the future in a world of growing population, technology and limited resources. It is also an invitation to the forgotten virtues of self discipline, frugality and the work well done. Should be taught in high school.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,637

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Inspiring

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Reviewed: 05-27-15

I've listened to it sometimes feeling that i was reading science fiction, sometimes feeling frustrated for wasted time, lost opportunities and abandoned dreams. How deeply humane, how inspiring, how essentially American! Up to this point Elon Musk has a legacy and his life and achievements will inspire generations to come. But I want to thank Ashlee Vance for embarking on such a project and delivering in such an elegant form. One of the best biographies I've read, unbiased, unintimidated and above all timely. We still need heroes.

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  • Becoming Steve Jobs

  • The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
  • By: Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,805

There have been many books - on a large and small scale - about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others. Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contextual, Insightful, Inspiring

  • By Douglas Vincent on 03-30-15

Becoming a genius, reaching ones full potential

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Reviewed: 04-15-15

What a beautiful, warm and insightful book! Inspirational! An American story of creativity, resilience and success in following an ideal!

  • The Science of Persuasion

  • Scientific American
  • By: Robert Cialdini, Scientific American
  • Narrated by: Sal Giangrasso
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

From the pages of Scientific American magazine: "The Science of Persuasion" reveals how sales people and politicians, as well as friends and family, get others to agree to what they want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Direct and to the point

  • By Hammy on 09-09-08

Nothing New

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

Same recycled information as in chialdini's other books. IT shoiuld be a warning/disclaimer not to but if one haș already purchased the book.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,636

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

The Zen of tidying up, with a touch of shinto

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-01-15

I like the approach on giving up the attachment to material things that clutter our space, mind and spirit. The relathionship with things that really bring uș joy is reminiscent of the Bushido and the relathionship between the samurai and his sword, the perfection of design and the refining of the technique.