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  • Think Like Musk

  • How Elon Musk Uses First Principles Thinking to Invent the Future (And How You Can Too)
  • By: Derrick House
  • Narrated by: Nate Sjol
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

First рrіnсірlеѕ thіnkіng, whісh іѕ ѕоmеtіmеѕ called rеаѕоnіng frоm fіrѕt principles, іѕ one of thе mоѕt effective ѕtrаtеgіеѕ уоu can еmрlоу fоr breaking down complicated рrоblеmѕ аnd generating оrіgіnаl solutions. It аlѕо might be the single-best аррrоасh tо learn hоw to think fоr yourself. The fіrѕt рrіnсірlеѕ аррrоасh hаѕ bееn uѕеd by mаnу great thinkers, including inventor Jоhаnnеѕ Gutenberg, mіlіtаrу ѕtrаtеgіѕt Jоhn Bоуd, аnd thе аnсіеnt philosopher Aristotle; but nо оnе embodies the philosophy of fіrѕt рrіnсірlеѕ thinking more еffесtіvеlу thаn the entrepreneur Elоn Musk. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Useful guide to being creative.

  • By cosmitron on 06-13-18

Near worthless...

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

If you’ve read Musks biography you have heard all but thirty seconds of this essay. Not to mention the same story shows up and is summarized three times. It reminds me of stuff I used to BS in high school to make my word count. There is so much value in the first principles thinking I wish this book was about it. But sadly it is just a disappointment.

  • Hunting the Jackal

  • A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism
  • By: Billy Waugh, Tim Keown
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of US Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hunting the Jackal - epic accounting of SOF/SOG and CIA IV

  • By Eric on 01-08-18

AMAZING stories from a 50+ year career.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

this book is full of grit, love for the military, love for the United States of America, and love for combat. Truly breathtaking stories and insights and motivation contained herein. Proof that the human mind is the most powerful force for survival and achievement in the universe.

  • Order to Kill

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,862

Mitch Rapp is used to winning. But in this follow-up to number-one New York Times best-selling The Survivor, the CIA operative finds himself chasing false leads from continent to continent in an effort to keep Pakistani nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists. Together with friend and colleague Scott Coleman, Rapp struggles to prevent the loss of these lethal weapons, particularly because Russia is also interested in the nukes, though not for the same reason as Rapp and Coleman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong, fast paced, good vs. evil story

  • By ScottG on 10-27-16

Best Rapp novel yet.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Having listened to the entire Rapp series I have to say this is the most exciting edge of my seat what's going to happen next book in the entire series. Mills has done a FANTASTIC job carrying the series and character forward and I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,074

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good but not great

  • By Blair C on 03-21-16

seems like a post "start with why" cash grab...

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-17

there are a handful of nuggets among the contradictory, less than organized flow of the book. extreme ownership and new one minute manager are a better way, imo to learn the same principles and more...

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,719
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,721
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,709

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Chock full of the best entrepreneurship story ever

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

listening to Phil Knight's story of bringing Nike from a wild idea to behemoth will change your life. Never have I identified deeper or laughed or cried harder than I have while listening to this epic journey that all who dare risk everything for their dream can wholly identify with. Not to mention find comfort, drive, and renewed vigor in.

  • Freakonomics

  • Revised Edition
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,157

Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but be careful

  • By Shackleton on 07-03-08

mind officially blown

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

the ultimate collection of inconsequential questions with the most fascinating and informing of answers. highly recommend.

  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

  • By: Timothy Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,808

This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good info just not suited for audio

  • By Colin on 03-17-15

amazing book but be careful

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

if you aren't serious about changing your life skip this book until you're ready. seriously.

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Start with Why
    How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
    
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    Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    16,050 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,746

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

crucial for any small biz and every entrepreneur

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

do not start or lead a business without reading this book. why does apple or southwest or Harley Davidson have such cult like customers. they start with why

  • Street Smarts

  • An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs
  • By: Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399

People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran company-builder Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street- smart entrepreneurs solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. Brodsky shares his hard-earned wisdom every month in Inc. magazine, in the hugely popular "Street Smarts" column he cowrites with Bo Burlingham. Now they've adapted their best advice into a comprehensive guide for anyone running a small business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This great audio was originally called The Knack!

  • By morton on 12-16-11

GREAT toolkit for new entrepreneurs.

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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: 08-09-16

author has some strong opinions and many I used, some I let him keep, definitely worthwhile

  • Transfer of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,020

On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story-Bad Narration

  • By Michael on 05-20-11

great book

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

everyone is mad about the narration I thought it was fine. story makes it anyway.

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