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Michael Parks

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  • Angel

  • How to Invest in Technology Startups - Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000
  • By: Jason Calacanis
  • Narrated by: Jason Calacanis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

Over the past 25 years, Jason Calacanis has made a fortune investing in creators, spotting and helping build and fund a number of successful technology start-ups - investments that have earned him tens of millions of dollars. Now, in this enlightening guide that is sure to become the bible for 21st century investors, Calacanis takes potential angels step by step through his proven method of creating massive wealth: start-ups.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This audio book is worth millions!!

  • By BRAD on 07-21-17

A real gem

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I'm a believer that businesses are the key to changing the world and so this book is now the number one book that should be understood to go out and invest and create businesses.

There are only a few books out there in the world that the author truly is an expert in the subject and where the author is handing out information that is relevant and useful. This is one of those few books.

By the end of this book, if you're an investor or an entrepreneur, you'll be wanting to call Jason to thank him for taking his time to share his expertise.

I feel like I just got information from a coach which I should have been paying over $100 per hour. So, was the value there? Definitely. Would I recommend this to anyone that wants to create a business or become an angel investor? I would say that, "this book should be mandatory.". A student in business should receive 12 credit hours for being able to demonstrate knowledge of this book.

Great job Jason, even though I've never met you, I hope to someday cross paths. Good luck, and we all owe you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Liars

  • How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control
  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, Glenn Beck - introduction
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 609

Politics is no longer about pointing to a shining city on the hill; it's about promising you a shiny new car for your driveway. The candidate who tells the people what they want to hear is usually the one who wins - facts be damned. Politicians may be sleazy and spineless, but they're not stupid. They see that the way to win is by first telling people everything that is wrong with the world and then painting a vision of the life they want - a Utopian vision that they'll create right here on earth, one where no one is ever sick or hungry, jobless, or homeless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Presented within an excellent historical context.

  • By amy stark on 08-29-16

Everyone in America should read this if they live this count

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

It is astonishing how America has been led down a path controlled by others that are more concerned with power than the people. I can see how good people are just trying to survive while innocently going through the motions of life, while more sinister people are getting away with stealing our freedoms away, as we think everything is ok. As this book describes how a movement wants to make fun of those who believe in God. We need to realize that God is the one who will help make us strong enough to remove these terrible people from their power. God will be the real strength in the end and we need to turn to him so he can help us receive the America that God intended it to be. I can see that we shall not fear if we do this. And these people shall not win in the end. The answer is to turn to God. They are afraid that we will that's why they want to destroy the faith of Americans. Thank you Glen Beck for writing this book.

  • Door-to-Door Millionaire

  • Secrets of Making the Sale
  • By: Lenny Gray
  • Narrated by: Lenny Gray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

With expert techniques that can improve sales and communication skills of everyone from Fortune 500 sales professionals to strip mall shoes salesmen, this guide teaches listeners how to recognize vital nonverbal clues, how to resolve the five most common customer concerns during the sales process, and even includes a homeowner's guide on how to effectively get rid of door-to-door salespeople.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent for all door to door sales reps

  • By Samuel on 07-09-15

A must read

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

Sales is hard but knocking door to door deserves respect. I think that the techniques would be appreciated by any type of sales environment to maximize results.

  • Cultivating an Unshakable Character

  • How to Walk Your Talk All the Way to the Top
  • By: Jim Rohn
  • Narrated by: Jim Rohn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 865

Walk your talk straight to the top by cultivating an unshakable character.Name the one quality that can take you to the top and keep you there! According to Jim Rohn, the answer is character - the collection of qualities synonymous with greatness. When you have character, you're a person of substance, and you truly deserve the personal and professional success you'll attain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My staple audio book

  • By AggieF on 04-23-15

This guy irritates me

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

What would have made Cultivating an Unshakable Character better?

The guy spewed out about 10 false facts at which point I lost all respect for this guy. He is not credible to me anymore. Misquoting and unverified stories are just a few of the irritations I experienced with him. I know that I should grab the overall intention of what he is trying to say, but I just can't listen to his voice or his stories anymore. I'm sorry Jim, I know you are well respected by so many of my other hero's, but I'm done with you.

What was most disappointing about Jim Rohn’s story?

I honestly couldn't listen past an hour.

How could the performance have been better?

Could not get past his inaccurate stories and misquotes.

What character would you cut from Cultivating an Unshakable Character?

He does not have the most pleasant voice, but this was only a small bit of what I found to be annoying.

Any additional comments?

I suggest you research more. I really wonder if this would be classified as B.S according to Grant Cardon or Jordan Belford.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Like Switch

  • An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over
  • By: Jack Schafer PhD, Ph.D. Marvin Karlins Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,116

The Like Switch is packed with all the tools you need for turning strangers into friends, whether you are on a sales call, a first date, or a job interview. As a Special Agent for the FBI's National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program, Dr. Jack Schafer developed dynamic and breakthrough strategies for profiling terrorists and detecting deception. Now, Dr. Schafer has evolved his proven-on-the-battlefield tactics for the day-to-day, but no less critical battle of getting people to like you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

  • By Billy G. Gruff on 05-14-16

Took me a couple of times to fully appreciate it

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

I will admit that the first time I listened to this book I was a little disappointed, but I felt like I didn't grasp everything and I knew that I needed to re-listen.

I think it is a must read for anyone in sales or leadership. I realized many flaws of mine and can understand now why I have certain problems?

Although, this book relates more to how to turn over a spy, if you listen closely he puts it all there how to be more likeable in sales and less creepy.

This is a very enjoyable read and I really don't think someone could be disappointed with this book as a major tool for being likeable either at the bar, the doorstep, or in the family.

  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,014

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the scenes of amazing science

  • By Neuron on 10-16-17

Not what i expected

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16


I think that what most people love about Michael Lewis is his attention to detail.

This book goes into the deep thoughts between two Israeli doctors as they discover psychology of the "irrational"consumer.

My comments to Michael Lewis will be, great job on the research and the writing! You're an artist the way that you put things together.

I expected more details about their research and the data which was collected. There were just a couple of times where I was not clear about what their research was trying to represent. I feel like I need to go back and listen to the book again.

Overall I loved the story of the meaningful purpose between these two men as i have read other books which often quote their work. It is interesting to know about the sweat and tears behind their success.

41 of 51 people found this review helpful

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,258

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

not his best story. too long, and unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

a story that starts out with good potential to later get dragged through a painful story line. why? i couldn't like the main character. for having a perfect memory he was slow to connect clues. the story narrated repetitive descriptions of crime scenes and clues... in the end the killer had one of the worst motives. i had to force myself to finish the last half of the book.

  • The Billion Dollar Spy

  • A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
  • By: David E. Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275

While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top-secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling as historical thriller, character study

  • By Mr. Pointy on 08-25-15

This story needs to be told.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

if you are interested to know how spies worked in the 80s this book is up your alley. fascinating and captivating. I never read a book with so much detail and fact that was so interesting. I'll recommend this to anyone.

  • The Patriot Threat

  • Cotton Malone
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 27 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

Audie Award, Thriller/Suspense, 2016. In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated writer’s cut audiobook edition of The Patriot Threat. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Secrets that call in to question decades of tax collecting. There is a surprising truth to this possibility - a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times best-selling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't like the director cut format

  • By Michael on 04-26-15

a novel that used facts but lacked realism

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

struggled with the narrator because he used the same choice between dialog... very hard to tell who is saying what.This really puts you behind in understanding the story. to make it worse, I couldn't help but roll my eyes because of the story conspiracy to cover up. but it was very educational that many facts were used. I wish the author would have given more insight to his story... it was a good idea, just under utilized.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 44,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,612

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

brilliantly written and a topic that is memorizing

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

I only wish I could get the chance to work with Elon Musk. truly a hero of the future.