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  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 475
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    5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 426

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zealots beware!

  • By knaan on 09-01-18

Awesome as always

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This book gives you more insight into Harari's always interesting view of the world, it also gives you a window into the person behind the thoughts. A brave book that might anger many as it makes their favorite fictions harder to believe

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,161
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,136

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book on sleep bar none

  • By Innate on 12-10-17

Must read

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Reviewed: 09-10-18

Great scientific book on why sleep is one of the key pillars of health and wellness

  • Debt - Updated and Expanded

  • The First 5,000 Years
  • By: David Graeber
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199

Here, anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: He shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights but theme is hard to follow

  • By ProfGolf on 02-09-17

Truly provocative

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Reviewed: 06-30-18

An anthropologist's view of debt and money that shows how we are blinded by how the world works today.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun. Enlightening. Fast Paced.

  • By W. Brooks on 01-11-18

Less than expected

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Interesting as always with the author but more haphazard and shallow that previous titles by him.

  • The Inevitable

  • Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
  • By: Kevin Kelly
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266

Much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives - from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture - can be understood as the result of a few long-term accelerating forces.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predicting is hard, especially about the future

  • By Michael on 02-20-17

Must read

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Reviewed: 08-24-16

You can quibble with some particulars, but the book paints an effective picture of the phase transition we are in

  • Platform Revolution

  • How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy - and How to Make Them Work for You
  • By: Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Sangeet Paul Choudary
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

Facebook, PayPal, Alibaba, Uber - these seemingly disparate companies have upended entire industries by harnessing a single phenomenon: the platform business model. Platform Revolution delivers the first comprehensive analysis of how platforms use technology to match producers and consumers in a multisided marketplace, unlocking hidden resources and creating new forms of value. When a company like Uber connects drivers with passengers, everybody wins - except traditional cab companies, which are scrambling to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jason Close on 05-28-16

must read for anyone focused on platforms

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-16

articulate, insightful, comprehensive and true to reality. this book will help anyone trying to build and grow a platform

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unwinding

  • An Inner History of the New America
  • By: George Packer
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 666

In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives. The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AMERICAN ANGER, FEAR, AND FRUSTRATION

  • By CHET YARBROUGH on 06-27-14

A must read

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-16

a graphical portrait of what the destruction of the middle class means for everyday people and how the cards are more and more stacked. The Gulag Archipelago of modern America

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams

  • By: Josh Lerner
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tel Aviv--the global hubs of entrepreneurial activity all bear the marks of government investment. Yet, for every public intervention that spurs entrepreneurial activity, there are many failed efforts that waste untold billions in taxpayer dollars. When has governmental sponsorship succeeded in boosting growth, and when has it fallen terribly short?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must read for people interested in entrepreneurshi

  • By Jaime on 01-31-16

must read for people interested in entrepreneurshi

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-31-16

Although structure can seem muddled it includes a wealth of excellent and very practical insight

  • Perfect Enough

  • Carly Fiorina and the Reinvention of Hewlett-Packard
  • By: George Anders
  • Narrated by: Rick Adamson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Fresh from her triumph at Lucent, Carly Fiorina took command of Hewlett-Packard in July 1999. Suddenly a woman was running one of the largest technology companies on earth, venturing farther than anyone else dared into traditional men's territory. Perfect Enough is the definitive account of her daredevil bid to remake HP with a record-shattering $20 billion acquisition of archrival Compaq Computer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Enough (Unabridged)

  • By Jacquie A Cleveland on 08-03-03

Interesting facts, but totally biased presentation

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-13

Very interesting content centered around a key period of HP company history written just at the time the Compaq merger happened. A decade of developments allows to understand the book in a different way and see the hubris in the decisions and the wisdom of some of the critics. Current HP soulsearching shows that the problems existing then went unresolved
However, severely lacking in objetivity and even handness, sounding at time like a PR piece on Carly Fiorina. Language is quite unfit for serious non-fiction and psychological analysis of characters is shallow and full of boosterism. On top of that overly-centered in the proxy contest of the Compaq merger
Would not be my first choice but an interesting read if you are interested in the period

  • The Proud Tower

  • A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating history

  • By Doug on 02-18-07

Masterful

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-10

As always with Barbara Tuchman a masterful, enlightening and instructive view on the selected period. In this case you get the feeling of living through the pre-war period. Some chapters are just an absolute please (e.g. first one on the English goverment & establishment, chapter on the Dreyfus affair in France). It is also commendable how taking ~8-9 different subjects and sticking to them the author manages to create a coherent tapestry of the period

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