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Thomas W

REDONDO BEACH, CA, US
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  • The Book of Five Rings

  • By: Miyamoto Musashi
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The Book of Five Rings is about Kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi around 1645. It enjoys an audience considerably broader than only that of martial artists and people across East Asia. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Samurai way of thinking and living your life.

  • By cosmitron on 05-24-18

Good things in a small package

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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: 07-03-18

Good audio recording of the classical book. Similar to 'The Art of War' in that it is a book you can find applies to other applications. It is clearly focused on the way of the samurai and there are general takeaways as well. The narration is high quality and fits the book well. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • The Invisible Leader

  • Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose
  • By: Zach Mercurio
  • Narrated by: Jim Seybert
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The best leaders aren't people. Instead, innovative and emerging research shows that a compelling and other-centered authentic purpose - "The Invisible Leader" - may be the most powerful influencer of our behaviors, attitudes, and motivation in organizations, work, school, and life. Yet despite the increasing evidence of purpose's power, many of the organizations, systems, and institutions which dominate human life aren't built to elicit and leverage the fundamental human search for purpose and meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cannot recommend this highly enough

  • By Claire on 05-13-18

Purposeful Read on Being a Better Leader

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Great new perspective on being a better leader. Really focused on finding your purpose and got me thinking on a deeper level. Really enjoyed some of the individual anecdotes provided by Zach in the book. Really brought the points and the story to life. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Leadership Lessons from Sun Tzu and The Art of War

  • By: Matt Harrison
  • Narrated by: Nate Sjol
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Sun Tzu's The Art of War is one of the world's most influential books about leadership. It has been read and utilized not only by military professionals and generals, but by CEOs of companies, by teachers and pastors, and by many in leadership positions. Those who want to be successful leaders should follow Sun Tzu's teachings. While his book is focused on war and battle, it can be translated easily to modern day life. The lessons Sun Tzu teaches are vital to manage a successful business or any venture. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good things in a small package.

  • By cosmitron on 04-17-18

Follow Sun Tzu's Teachings

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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: 05-25-18

Great concise summary of the main points of the book. Helpful interpretation of info from a classical military thinker. Condensed down the book that I have always meant to get to but never found the time. Will definitely use the takeaways from the examples provided and apply them to my job. The narration was very good and fit the book well. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Way of the Wolf

  • Straight Line Selling: Master the Art of Persuasion, Influence, and Success
  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Jordan Belfort
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716

For the first time ever, Jordan Belfort opens his playbook and gives listeners access to his exclusive step-by-step system - the same system he used to create massive wealth for himself, his clients, and his sales teams. Until now, this revolutionary program was only available through Jordan's $1,997 online training. Now, in Way of the Wolf, Belfort is ready to unleash the power of persuasion to a whole new generation of listeners, revealing how anyone can bounce back from devastating setbacks, master the art of persuasion, and build wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can’t believe he wrote this book

  • By Brett Ritchison on 10-04-17

Good Book on Sales

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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: 03-11-18

Good book on controlling the sales process with some interesting information on looping, scripts, and tonality. Got a little slow in parts. Really enjoyed that it was read by Jordan Belfort himself.

  • Bitcoin: Complete Guide to Bitcoin

  • Understand Everything from Getting Started with Bitcoin, Sending and Receiving Bitcoin to Mining Bitcoin
  • By: Mr. Mark Gates
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Bitcoin has already changed the world of finance and continues to grow in popularity, impacting other industries and areas of life. 

Bitcoin is not only a new currency, but an entirely new technology that is causing a revolution as big as the internet once did. 

While people have dismissed bitcoin as a fad that will pass, the internet was also dismissed in its early days with Bill Gates stating Microsoft had no interest in the internet. 

Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency may seem like technical jargon that only computer or finance experts can understand. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough Introduction into Bitcoins

  • By Thomas W on 03-11-18

Thorough Introduction into Bitcoins

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Good high level overview of the basics of Bitcoin including the history of Bitcoin, the uses, as well as the advantages and disadvantages. I've had a lot of questions about Bitcoin and this helped fill in the gaps from getting started to the future of Bitcoin. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.