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  • 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 11,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,540

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

Phew - made it through

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

The audiobook itself is excellent. Great hearing Ray narrate a good portion of it. Jeremy does a great job as well.

The content is thick. It is a blessing that we can get this kind of information from someone who has done very well in business. And, it seems like it could have been leaner and still gotten the message across.

I read the book and listened to the audiobook to try and absorb the most from them.

  • The Accidental Billionaires

  • The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 365

The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook. The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost, and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Infotainment, poorly written

  • By Charles E. Grant on 12-24-09

Forced listening

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-09

Neither fact nor fiction -- I draw the conclusion the author created a lengthy drama from a few facts and then throwing in the stereotypical perspective of hormonal college life.

Do NOT listen to this around children. It is replete with adult language. As read - you get the feeling the narrator enjoys making the F-Bomb stand out.

I would find this book much better if the facts were more prominent and the fiction was considerably less -- more like a documentary.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Predictably Irrational

  • The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,224

In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched, well written, & well read

  • By Stephen on 03-18-08

Peaked just prior to half-way

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-09

This book fizzled towards the end. The first half was interesting, and the latter half discussed concepts from the first half.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful