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  • Originals

  • How Non-Conformists Change the World
  • By: Adam Grant, Sheryl Sandberg - foreword
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

The New York Times best-selling author examines how people can drive creative, moral and organisational progress - and how leaders can encourage originality in their organisations. How can we originate new ideas, policies and practices without risking it all? Adam Grant shows how to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity and bucking outdated traditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By wes on 05-27-18

Implies causation from small studies

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-18

While the book is interesting in some of its propositions, it does not create great engaging narratives and the scientific evidence is not compelling. The arguments in some places are more anecdotes mixed with small scientific studies that neither directly relate or robustly prove an underlying principle that can be clearly applied.

  • Path of Daggers

  • Book Eight of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,361

The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan. In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • what happened? nothing

  • By Kory Johnson on 09-16-17

story improved on an always good performance

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

the narration for the series has always been excellent, however the plot has been mediocre in some books. this book was excellent and definitely more action packed than previous ones

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,642
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,624

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

much better than book 1

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

this book was much better than book 1. although it still had detailed character development, it was done in a way that progressed the action and natural flow. also a lot more action and resolution of loose ploy threads , even while developing new aspects of the world.

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,857

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-22-11

starts slow but great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

story starts slow and focuses on character development, but gradually builds quite nicely. overall a very enjoyable performance.

  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • By: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,457

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Idea-meritocracy/Principles Reference

  • By Patrick Eberle on 06-30-18

great business book, widely applicable

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I love the methodological way the book breaka down the major operations of a business and forces a framework that can lead to continuous improvement and objective analysis. The overall theme is to structure things to improve HOW we think, adjust rapidly and accurately and driving performance.

for those looking for a feel good, motivational, we can all be great book, this is NOT it. very practical suggestions that can be applied to all types of organizations of different scales and business models.

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,036

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

excellent book one of the best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

excellent storytelling, the manner in which the different character stories intertwine a d carry along and suddenly switch the readers understanding of what is going on is excellent. very deep characters that you can relate to. best fiction I have read in years

  • The Blood Debt

  • Wolf of the North, Book 3
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106

A blade fit for a hero. An army for a tyrant. A reckoning long awaited, and a tale reaching its end. The riveting conclusion to the Wolf of the North trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Most Unsatisfying Ending

  • By Sailfish on 02-01-18

exceptional trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-18

I sincerely enjoyed every book in the series. unlike other fantasy series that seem more geared towards young adults or ready for TV adaptation, this one pulls at your range of emotions and has good plot twists.

Nothing more to say that definitely read the series

  • The Big Leap

  • By: Gay Hendricks
  • Narrated by: Gay Hendricks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141

Most of us believe that we will finally feel satisfied and content with our lives when we get the good news we have been waiting for, find a healthy relationship, or achieve one of our personal goals. However, this rarely happens. Good fortune is often followed by negative emotions that overtake us and result in destructive behaviors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, useful, a little preachy but VERY good

  • By Monica Raven on 08-20-09

very relevant for high performers

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-17

So if you are a high performer and wondering how do I really get fulfilled, carry my work to the next level and if you need to make changes in your career and life to feel less stressed and burnt out (without reducing your success), this is definitely the book for you.

if you are "left brained" like me you might be tempted to dismiss the book at first as another BS lifestyle book based on feel good opinion rather than a rigorous basis. But once you go beyond the philosophical language and the languaging around the theories, it actually has great substance and relevance. I attended a course on Authentic Leadership at Harvard and this has some of the same principles, just stated in more philosophical language and more focus on getting true meaning out of life.

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,978

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

very enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-17

the story develops in a way that you can clearly see the characters mature. at times the pace can be a little slow and the description of the emotional responses of the characters can be a little basic, but very good overall. I look forward to the remainder of the series.

  • Jorundyr's Path

  • Wolf of the North, Book 2
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,553

As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid's Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth. From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr's Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of, filled with friends, enemies, and danger - the crucible from which heroes are forged.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy ADD?

  • By Brian on 09-19-17

Excellent Narration and a solid story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-17

enjoyed book one and this was a solid continuation. The narration was lovely and really brings the characters to life