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Dan Collins

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  • After the Music Stopped

  • The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
  • By: Alan S. Blinder
  • Narrated by: Graham Vick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Alan S. Blinder - esteemed Princeton professor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board under Alan Greenspan - is one of our wisest and most clear-eyed economic thinkers. In After the Music Stopped, he delivers a masterful narrative of how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we must do to recover from it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books on the Financial Crisis

  • By Elaine on 07-26-14

No Love for Those Who Successfully Avert Disaster

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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: 01-25-19

This book is interesting for a couple of reasons. First off, I am a conservative and this book is written by a Democrat. Alan Blinder makes a compelling case for the Democratic view of what happened in 2007-2008 (and since then) and makes many points I had never considered. The other thing that is interesting is the author's emphasis on the political climate and how the fiscal and monetary moves were (or were not) metabolized and implemented both in private and public sectors. I was exhausted at the end of this book.

  • Fooled by Randomness

  • The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,537

This audiobook is about luck, or more precisely, how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. It is already a landmark work, and its title has entered our vocabulary. In its second edition, Fooled by Randomness is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great information but...

  • By Ken Premo on 03-26-14

Short Memories and Tall Egos

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Anything by Taleb is worth a listen. Does he grate on the nerves? Of course! But what you find in this book is perspective. Perspective that breeds humility. And if you pay attention, you too will see just as Nassim has, that opportunity abounds for those who can see events and situations for what they are rather than what we hope they are or what our ego hopes they are. Perspective yields clarity and truth. Can you handle the truth?

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,208

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Being Poor and Misunderstood

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

This book offers no answers. This book offers no solutions despite being authored by an articulate and upwardly mobile hillbilly. As a conservative on the American political spectrum, this book strikes home because I grew up not too far from the setting of this book but far enough away that I found a new found respect for the stability my parents provided me. In this book you will learn why poor white people act the way they do. You will learn that the stereotypes of Ivy Leaguers are sort of accurate just like the stereotypes of hillbillies are sort of accurate. You will also learn why the social programs put in place to help these people are sometimes counterproductive and how they are just as often a desperately needed safety net. The author is smart enough to know he does not have all the answers. If you read it, you might realize you don't either.

  • The Truth Machine

  • The Blockchain and the Future of Everything
  • By: Michael J Casey, Paul Vigna
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

In The Truth Machine, Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna demystify the blockchain and explain why it can restore personal control over our data, assets, and identities; grant billions of excluded people access to the global economy; and shift the balance of power to revive society’s faith in itself. They reveal the disruption it promises for industries including finance, tech, legal, and shipping. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent blockchain book

  • By Michael DC on 05-02-18

Forgettable, but Thorough

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

The author scores points for clearly knowing the complex topic of blockchain. The author loses points because they fail to separate themselves from the cacauphonous din of other authors doing much the same thing. Had I read this book earlier in my research of blockchain I would have likely given it five stars. So, if you are familiar with the topic already, the main worth of this book is as a refresher. If you are new to blockchain, this book will probably rock your world.

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  • How the Mighty Fall

  • And Why Some Companies Never Give In
  • By: Jim Collins
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed. Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Collins is always right

  • By Roger on 07-07-09

The Right Book at the Right Time?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-18

When listening to this book I kept thinking about the story of the guy who made a fortune by selling the book "How to Survive a Shark Attack" after he fell into shark-infested waters with 20 people who were much slower swimmers. However, I don't think this scenario applies here. The author is aware of the unusual situations in the business world at the end of 2008 and makes a case that their findings and conclusions are relevant. The mighty fall for some reasons you would suspect. But there are some surprises as well. Read on, listener.

  • Measure What Matters

  • How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs
  • 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 2,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,348

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

With Enough Examples to be Followable

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This book tells you how to build a performant company that is data-driven in its mindset. The author is careful to provide actual examples of what that means in order to help you along your way. If you are wondering how to build a successful company in the mold of Google, this book is a must-read.

  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,449

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance smothered by Condescension and Petty Squabbling

  • By Jeremy on 03-11-18

Significant Downside in Skipping This One

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Reviewed: 07-07-18

Anyone who has listened to Talib's other works will enjoy this one. You could argue that there isn't anything "new" in this book but that argument would sort of indicate that you did NOT read Talib's past work and therefore are the least qualified person to speak on whether this work was unique.

I appreciate Talib's willingness to take a contrarian point-of-view and make his points with unrelenting precision.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Influence

  • The Psychology of Persuasion
  • By: Robert B. Cialdini
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,846

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say yes - and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His 35 years of rigorous, evidence-based research, along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior, has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader - and how to defend yourself against them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dated but relevant

  • By Rosanne on 12-10-17

Lacking Distinction but Worth a Read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I have read this same book thee times now, all under different titles. I do not fault the author for this. The author has command of the subject matter, writes well and leaves no stone unturned on the topic. What you will learn in these pages is how influence works in people and most importantly, which processes are subconscious and easily exploited. Not that anyone would ever take advantage of such things. ;)

  • The Master Switch

  • The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
  • By: Tim Wu
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Roy on 11-12-10

Why It Keeps Happening, and Why It Might Not Again

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

This book covers the machinations of the titans of business as they have attempted, succeeded and failed to control information industries. What you may find surprising is that this includes telegraph, telephone, radio, movies, TV, cable and the the internet. What the author does well is to highlight how and why these monopolies rise and fall. And in the analysis of the internet, the author suggests that yes, this might change everything. But that won't keep powerful interests from trying.

  • The Innovator's Dilemma

  • When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
  • By: Clayton M. Christensen
  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 521

His work is cited by the world's best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic best seller - one of the most influential business books of all time - innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right - yet still lose market leadership. Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This book is best read, not heard

  • By Andrea Rudert on 09-09-17

King of the Hill, For Now

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Reviewed: 04-27-18

The good news is that you are at the top of the food chain and killing it in your business vertical. The bad news is that you are living on borrowed time. Read this book and find out why it is called the "Innovator's Dilemma" and not the "Innovator's Problem". You will learn that management is not a solution, but a tool. And a tool is made for a specific job. And maybe your management is solving for the wrong problem.