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  • Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein
  • By: Brian Greene
  • Narrated by: Brian Greene, Paul Rudd, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289

Best-selling author, superstar physicist, and cofounder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos) and an ensemble cast led by award-winning actor Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) perform this dramatic story tracing Albert Einstein's discovery of the general theory of relativity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable deviation from standard Non-Fiction

  • By Heath on 10-25-16

Interesting listening

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I have read some other Einstein book (Einstein: His Life and Universe) which eventually became a series called Genius. That was very detailed with his entire life.

This book is basically the key aspects of his theory of relativity.

The book did well to cover and break downs Einstein’s work so it is easy to comprehend and appreciate the amazing work of Einstein.

I like the part-play as well making it more relatable.

I recommend this book.

  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy

  • The Difference and Why It Matters
  • By: Richard P. Rumelt
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080

Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a school, or a government official. Richard Rumelt argues that the heart of a good strategy is insight - into the true nature of the situation, into the hidden power in a situation, and into an appropriate response. He shows you how insight can be cultivated with a wide variety of tools for guiding your own thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strategy Defined, Finally

  • By Matthew on 05-15-12

Listened a lot of times

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

I have listened to this audiobook a lot of times and I'm thinking of buying the actual book.
The examples and discussions are eye opening and makes you rethink strategy.

Compared to my own experience I see a lot of holes and biases that needs constant monitoring.

Highly recommend this audiobook.

MD

  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,805

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

Interesting listen

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Gives you an insight into Einstein and his theories and his struggles with theories and life in general.

Will recommend.

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  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,076
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,928

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Goood techniques

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

Great listen actually and the techniques are interesting. I will be listening again in the next few days and will be practicing the techniques from now.

  • Why Smart Executives Fail

  • And What You Can Learn from Their Mistakes
  • By: Sydney Finkelstein
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In Why Smart Executives Fail, Sydney Finkelstein uncovers - with startling clarity and unassailable documentation - the causes regularly responsible for major business breakdowns. Why Smart Executives Fail relates the stories of great business disasters and demonstrates that there are specific, identifiable ways in which many businesses regularly make themselves vulnerable to failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Right in time

  • By MD on 02-07-17

Right in time

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

This book is surprisingly good. It has very few reviews but I kind of liked it after it was mentioned in another audiobook I listened.

The stories are real and the explanations are interesting and based, according to the writer, on research and interviews.

I think every business executive should listen to this audiobook.

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  • Economics Rules

  • The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science
  • By: Dani Rodrik
  • Narrated by: James Conlan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

In this sharp, masterfully argued book, Dani Rodrik, a leading critic from within, takes a close look at economics to examine when it falls short and when it works, to give a surprisingly upbeat account of the discipline. Drawing on the history of the field and his deep experience as a practitioner, Rodrik argues that economics can be a powerful tool that improves the world - but only when economists abandon universal theories and focus on getting the context right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book read mediocrely

  • By Mr. S. D. Halliday on 01-20-16

Gotta love it

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

One of the rare books that I have had to listen again. The ideas are thought provoking and challenging conventional thoughts that you may start wondering whether to believe economic models.

I am going to listen again to get deeper into the discussions in the book.

Enjoy.

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  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,297

Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For large company managers, not startups

  • By Thomas on 03-18-14

Simple and straight

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Good points and lessons. Plain simple and straight.
I learnt somethings from the book so it means it was worth the read.

  • Black Box Thinking

  • Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes - But Some Do
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Nobody wants to fail. But in highly complex organizations, success can happen only when we confront our mistakes, learn from our own version of a black box, and create a climate where it's safe to fail. We all have to endure failure from time to time, whether it's underperforming at a job interview, flunking an exam, or losing a pickup basketball game. But for people working in safety-critical industries, getting it wrong can have deadly consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A multi-level message, well written and well read

  • By Loren on 11-16-15

I loved it

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

This book offered me a new way of thinking and seeing the world. There are things we take for granted but are critical to the outcomes we experience.

I love the book and the lessons are very applicable.

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,875

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and inspiring

  • By Brad Grimm on 11-09-09

Not sure what to say....exciting

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

I wasn't too sure what to expect getting into this book because I normally will not choose this book.

After listening, I found this book really engaging and exciting. I am not sure what to say but I laughed, learned some lessons on integrity and research.

It was a great listen and the narrator did an amazing job as well.

My advice is to keep an open mind and enjoy.

  • The Seventh Sense

  • Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks
  • By: Joshua Cooper Ramo
  • Narrated by: Joshua Cooper Ramo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

The digital age we live in is as transformative as the Industrial Revolution, and Joshua Cooper Ramo explains how to survive. If you find yourself longing for a disconnected world where information is not always at your fingertips, you may eventually be as useful as the carriage maker post-Henry Ford. It's practically impossible to know where the marriage of imagination and technology will take us (sorry, Betamax and Kodak), and the only certainty is that in the networked world we will only become more intertwined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculously Relevant

  • By Abhinav on 05-21-16

The right book at the perfect time

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

I got to know about this book from the top books the top global leaders are reading this year and I decided to also read it and oh goodness! It is the right book at the right time. I makes us understand why sometimes our plans and solutions to problems don't work and why everyone having more gun will not necessarily make us safer but make us rather unsafe.

The power of networks and we are losing the battle against terror groups and why drones and bombings will not stop the terror and what likely solutions we should be considering.

This is a book I will recommend for Presidents or anyone interested in taking up politics.

I can't say enough but I am going to read it over again. The 9hrs came by fast and j believe I may have missed some portions although I doubt.

The performance was even better (at 1.5x for me).

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