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Rajat K Bose

Calcutta, India
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  • The Great Mental Models

  • General Thinking Concepts
  • By: Shane Parrish
  • Narrated by: Shane Parrish
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts is the first book in The Great Mental Models series designed to upgrade your thinking with the best, most useful and powerful tools so you always have the right one on hand. This volume details nine of the most versatile all-purpose mental models you can use right away to improve your decision making, your productivity, and how clearly you see the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good concept. Too short / limited in detail.

  • By Maverick on 04-11-19

Foundation Stones for Effective Thinking

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

This inaugural volume of the author's Great Mental Models lays down the foundation stones upon which you start building your repertoire of mental models that you would use to arrive at right decisions and/or solving problems.

Very neat chapters are there describing each topic in sufficient detail with good examples. The topics are explained coherently and in simple language. This, I consider, would go a long way in its success as an audio-text.

While I liked Shane's vocal rendering of his own text a lot yet I would prefer the same being done by a professional narrator for it to be even more pleasurable for listeners like me who come from a different part of the world. This is not to say that his performance is not great but it definitely could be improved upon using a professional narrator.

Caveat: I am a member of the Learning Community of fs.blog run by the team led by the author, Shane Parrish and his team. I have been reading his blog for more than a few years.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Tap

  • Unlocking the Mobile Economy
  • By: Anindya Ghose
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Consumers create a data trail by tapping their phones; businesses can tap into this trail to harness the power of the more than three trillion dollar mobile economy. According to Anindya Ghose, a global authority on the mobile economy, this two-way exchange can benefit both customers and businesses. In Tap, Ghose welcomes us to the mobile economy of smartphones, smarter companies, and value-seeking consumers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cross between a textbook and handbook

  • By Kiron Ravindran on 12-11-17

An Excellent Introduction to the Mobile Economy.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

If you could sum up Tap in three words, what would they be?

This book is a page turner if you are in anyway interested in understanding how the modern smart phones are changing or rather fundamentally altering consumer behavior in so much as even the first time internet users through the smart phones are taking a plunge engaging in ecommerce.

This is the text to consider if you are thinking of understanding the vast potential of the mobile economy both as a consumer or as a marketer to the consumer of smart phones and/or other such devices. It discusses the ramifications using hardcore academic research data driven evidences that would help right from regulators, corporate marketers, data scientists to the ultimate consumers of smart phone user.

Starting with the behavioral contradictions of the consumers, it further explores nine key factors that are likely to affect the monetization process of the data generated by our use of modern smart phones or the advanced feature phones like the ones going to be used by Reliance Jio customers in India very soon. Some of those factors are context, location, time, trajectory and weather etc., and how they affect consumer decision making.

Learn the profound changes that are happening as marketers are using the data that offers great granularity and huge accessibility as the smart phone users leave a massive trail of data left by their footprint generated by just a tap on their mobile phone screen.

The book captures the apparent contradiction in the consumer's concern for her/his privacy on the one hand and the contradictory behavioral stance of being ready to use the same data as currency to get special deals offered by the marketers. It argues that though privacy concerns are genuine but consumers get better options by cooperating with companies that would use such data to offer much more relevant products or services while the author rightfully underscores that privacy and data usage concerns of the consumers must be deftly handled so that while delivering customer fulfillment the companies should never lose the trust of the consumers that such data would never be misused.

This book is a must read introduction to the exploding possibilities of the new mobile economy that is being ushered in by the "Butler and the Concierge" in our pocket. Whether you are the ultimate consumer in the form of a smart phone user, or the marketer offering products or services to such phone users, or the lawmakers concerned about the huge ramifications of such huge usage data being consumed by marketers with gargantuan appetite especially as it might affect consumers' privacy,; the book explores how the fundamentally behavior altering mobile device is changing the modern economy.

Highly recommended!

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a non-fiction, no favorite character as such.

What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

James Foster's narration has made listening the book has been a very enjoyable experience. It was just too good.

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

The chapter where weather becomes the ally of the marketer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Manual of Ideas

  • The Proven Framework for Finding the Best Value Investments
  • By: John Mihaljevic
  • Narrated by: Mark Moseley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Considered an indispensable source of cutting-edge research and ideas among the world's top investment firms and money managers, the journal The Manual of Ideas boasts a subscriber list that reads like a Who's Who of high finance. Written by that publication's managing editor and inspired by its mission to serve as an "idea funnel" for the world's top money managers, this book introduces you to a proven, proprietary framework for finding, researching, analyzing, and implementing the best value investing opportunities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent text on Value Investing

  • By Rajat K Bose on 04-02-17

Excellent text on Value Investing

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

It lives up to its promise of offering you, "the proven framework for finding the best value investments." It morphs you into the role of a capital allocator. It covers the whole gamut of value investing arena: starting from Ben Graham's Deep Value via Greenblatt's Magic Formula, Small stocks, Special Situations to International Value Investments going beyond your national frontiers it covers everything. The Key Takeaways at the end of every chapter helps you the remember the key points easily.

This text is just the beginning of your value investing journey which continues through the author, John Mihaljevic's eponymous website manualofIdeas.com where you get so much more. While I subscribe to his website's paid offerings I carry no business brief from him. IMHO, if you are indeed serious about investing in stock market, you would do well to read and/or listen to the text and use the resources at his website.

This text is just too good, I have the hard copy, the Kindle edition and also this Audible version
The beauty of the Audible version is it's narration, Mark Moseley did an excellent job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Impossible Cure

  • The Promise of Homeopathy
  • By: Amy L. Lansky
  • Narrated by: Amy L. Lansky
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37

Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy provides an in-depth and exciting account of the history, philosophy, and experience of homeopathic medicine. At the core of Impossible Cure is the amazing story of how the author's son was cured of autism with homeopathy. It also includes dozens of other testimonials of homeopathic cure, for a variety of physical, mental, and emotional conditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • La mejor introducción a la homeopatía

  • By Cuauhtli A Arau on 05-27-15

Best & most accessible introduction to Homeopathy.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

Compared to a lot of other introduction to the subject, this book tells you the story of the subject using the author's own son's miraculous cure of autism. The story brings in the personal touch of somebody getting convinced about homeopathy by witnessing a cure of something commonly thought to be an almost incurable disease.

The subject is also introduced thru a lucid yet cogent discourse, which is presented in an interesting manner. The text read by the author herself holds your attention and interest all thru.

Highly recommended!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful