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  • The Perfectionists

  • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

The New York Times best-selling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision - in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat less than perfect

  • By enya keshet on 06-19-18

the evolution of measurement

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Simon Winchester does a great job of walking us through the evolution of measurement and how it has influenced the simple and the complex. As usual, Winchester does it with a highly illuminated narrative and his wonderful narration.

  • Measure What Matters

  • By: John Doerr, Larry Page - foreword
  • Narrated by: John Doerr, full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that the Objectives and Key Results system has spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational, inspirational, entertaining, ~dry..

  • By James S. on 05-08-18

"In Search of Excellence" for this day and age

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Beyond describing a simple way to guide business activities, John Doerr and others lay out the challenges they needed to overcome to put this simple system in place. There is tremendous value in learning from others that have adopted, struggled and succeed with OKRs.

  • Young Stalin

  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Young Stalin tells the story of an exceptional, charismatic, darkly turbulent young man born into obscurity, fancying himself a poet and a priest, and finally embracing revolutionary idealism as his Messianic mission in life. Equal parts scholar and terrorist, a mastermind of bank robberies, extortion, piracy, and murder, he was so impressive in his brutality that Lenin made him, along with Trotsky, his chief henchman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good Read/Listen

  • By Jim on 02-20-11

Incredible story

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

This book is simply amazing -- in the quality of its research, the scope of its narrative, and the ability of the author to move between minor details in Stalin's early life and the repercussions these details would have on his later actions.

  • We Should All Be Feminists

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 652

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers listeners a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman now - and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • compelling

  • By Joe Zaniker on 06-01-17

Great essay, beautifully read by author

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Adichie has a great, expressive voice.

Audiobook is probably even better than reading this on paper.

  • The Food Explorer

  • The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
  • By: Daniel Stone
  • Narrated by: Daniel Stone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

In the 19th century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. But Fairchild's finds weren't just limited to food.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Gennady Gelman on 04-15-18

what you eat probably came from someplace else

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

This is a great story about the efforts of a few key people that resulted in the bounty of fruits and vegetables we enjoy today. These people included scientists, travelers, politicians and strangers in faraway lands. Daniel Stone does a great job bringing it all to life.

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  • Lenin

  • The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror
  • By: Victor Sebestyen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Drawing on new research, including the diaries, memoirs, and personal letters of both Lenin and his friends, Victor Sebestyen's unique biography - the first in English in nearly two decades - is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the 20th century but a portrait of Lenin the man. Unexpectedly, Lenin was someone who loved nature, hunting, and fishing and could identify hundreds of species of plants, a despotic ruler whose closest ties and friendships were with women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wrong Faction Won

  • By Jim on 01-04-18

Great overview of the Lenin and the Bolsheviks

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

This is a very well-written and informative book about the events that transpired in Lenin's lifetime, and a glimpse into his personal life and psychology.

The author is set up with the inherent problem of making the book about Lenin, while also explaining the complex historical events he was a part of. He mostly succeeds, but I was hoping for deeper analyses of Lenin's psyche and motivations.

  • The Stowaway

  • A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
  • By: Laurie Gwen Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over, and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet's final frontier? The night before the expedition's flagship launched, Billy Gawronski - a skinny, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business - jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard. Could he get away with it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story of someone who would have gone unknown

  • By Ryun on 03-03-18

courage and determination

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Great story of how the courage and determination of a young man helped him meet his goals and set the stage for a long and memorable life.

  • Social Startup Success

  • How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference
  • By: Kathleen Kelly Janus
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Kelly Janus
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Kathleen Kelly Janus, a lecturer at the Stanford University Program on Social Entrepreneurship and the founder of the successful social enterprise Spark, set out to investigate what makes a startup succeed or fail. She surveyed more than 200 high-performing social entrepreneurs and interviewed dozens of founders. Social Startup Success shares her findings for the legions of entrepreneurs working for social good, revealing how the best organizations get over the revenue hump.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-21-18

wisdom from the very best

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

This book should be required reading for any social enterprise startup team or social enterprise investor. Kathleen Kelly Janus does a great job distilling many of the key success factors that drive social startup success. Importantly, she also lays out a wide range of speedbumps to avoid. My favorite: "Hire slow, fire fast." Additionally, her discussion of "outputs vs. outcomes" offers a wealth of info about how to effectively demonstrate how you are delivering against what you are promising.

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  • Born to Kvetch

  • Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods
  • By: Michael Wex
  • Narrated by: Michael Wex
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Yiddish Self Defense Lesson

  • By Michael on 06-19-06

Informative and Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

This book gives a great picture of Yiddish culture and language, its history and its qualities.

It does this through a hilarious (and true!) account of what Yiddish really is: a language founded for expressing grievance.

  • A Very Expensive Poison

  • The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died 22 days later. The cause of death? Polonium - a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I gave it a chance

  • By Nadifmg on 10-17-17

Incredible picture of Russia today

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-18

This is an extremely well-researched, well-written and thorough account of a case where the Kremlin (and probably Vladmir Putin) directed the assassination in London of a former Russian cop who defected against the FSB.

Beyond telling an unbelievable story of real-life spycraft, it's an excellent overview of Russia as a country today, with a number of battlefronts and a spymaster at its helm.