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  • Chaos Monkeys

  • Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
  • By: Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a data center powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this "chaos monkey" to test online services' robustness - their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wanna Save 14hrs of Your Life??? Read This.

  • By John J. on 05-21-17

Learn to be a jerk

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This person exemplifies all the extreme negative stereo types of hot tech companies. Vigorously foul mouthed, insensitive, rude, sexist, demeaning and utter full of himself.
I wish I could get my money back.
This is a great example of how to be thankful you don’t work with people like this guy.

  • Hit Makers

  • The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction
  • By: Derek Thompson
  • Narrated by: Derek Thompson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

Nothing "goes viral". If you think a popular movie, song, or app came out of nowhere to become a word-of-mouth success in today's crowded media environment, you're missing the real story. Each blockbuster has a secret history - of power, influence, dark broadcasters, and passionate cults that turn some new products into cultural phenomena. In his groundbreaking investigation, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lot more interesting than I expected...

  • By Mr on 04-22-17

Surprised

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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: 07-01-18

I really enjoyed this book.
It started off in a way I thought I might not finish it. However I’m glad I did. This book really exemplifies a few interesting topics in relatable ways. Then draws them together in package I will be look at/for, for years to come.

  • 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 10,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,171

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

Great workbook

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Great book.
Maybe not perfect for the audible format.
References a digital item. I’ve never received.
Then the second half of the book is so information packed you really need to have a pen and notebook handy.
Not something that’s good for listening to while working out or commuting, etc.

  • Popular

  • The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World
  • By: Mitch Prinstein
  • Narrated by: Mitch Prinstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

No matter how old you are, there's a good chance that the word popular immediately transports you back to your teenage years. Most of us can easily recall the adolescent social cliques, the high school pecking order, and which of our peers stood out as the most or the least popular teens we knew. Even as adults we all still remember exactly where we stood in the high school social hierarchy, and the powerful emotions associated with our status persist decades later. This may be for good reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genius Book that will Redefine View of Popularity

  • By AmazonJoe on 06-06-17

Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

This book was much better than I expected and think it should be require reading for all new parents. Maybe given as a gift to all tweens.

  • Radical Candor

  • Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
  • By: Kim Scott
  • Narrated by: Kim Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,418
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943

From the time we learn to speak, we're told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation. Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor. Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-11-17

Should be required reading

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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: 01-23-18

This is a great book. Kim is the kind of person I wish I could find as a mentor. I believe if more managers would follow some if the advice here people would love their jobs more.
I haven’t been a perfect manager, but now I know what are some of the qualities that have lead to my success. And what ones I will try to continue to grow and evolve in.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Triggers

  • Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be
  • By: Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Narrated by: Marshall Goldsmith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534

In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans. And just how do we manage those situations that can provoke even the most rational among us into behaving in ways we would rather forget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Doesn't Disappoint

  • By Catherine S. Read on 08-18-15

Very valuable

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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: 01-02-17

I hesitated on this book for a while. That was a mistake. There is a well developed method for change and self awareness. It's clearly not going to be easy to implement, and that's how I know it will be effective.

  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,009

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally Mind-Altering

  • By John on 09-08-15

Very well done.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-16

I found this book very informative and it kept my attention. The author does a great job of providing concept, theory, and practical implementation information.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,703

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Robot voice

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-16

There were some interesting points in here.
Some of it seems more of a "sounds good in theory" but doesn't sound realistic in practice. I also feel the author fosters a culture of waste. Advising to just throw everything away and buy it again if you ever need it again.
Also the narrator sounded like a text to speech program at times. If not text to speech, than the overhead voice at the airport.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Presence

  • Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
  • By: Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Cuddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,180

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the TED Talk

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-10-16

Really good information

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Really enjoyable to listen to. Packed with great information. Even if you have seen her TED talk and or other online info, there is additional valuable content inside.

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,666
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,415

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio makes all the difference.

  • By Sadie on 09-14-13

Deceiving

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-16

I thought this was a book. It's not. It's the recorded audio from a conference. I feel very mislead. And missing like I am missing out. When people write books they use much more detail than when they speak directly to others. This could be in part to all the nonverbal communication used in speaking. And with out being able to see all of this from the presentation I feel as if I am not getting he whole story, and for that I'm disappointed, feel deceived and a little robbed. But there is some very good insightful information in here.