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D. C. Cooper

Kansas City, MO
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  • The Alter Ego Effect

  • Defeat the Enemy, Unlock Your Heroic Self, and Start Kicking Ass
  • By: Todd Herman
  • Narrated by: Todd Herman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 153

A top performance expert reveals the secret behind many top athletes and executives: creating a heroic alter ego to activate when the chips are down. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Want to slay your dragons? Here’s how

  • By Kat and Dogs on 02-07-19

Use childhood skills to be your best self

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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: 02-19-19

As a former athletic coach and avid sports fan, I often wondered how great athletes could be so violent on the football field or in the boxing ring, and then be so kind and gentle off of it. Well that question was answered right away in Chapter 1 with Todd's story of a meeting with the great Bo Jackson. Bo said "Bo Jackson never played a down of football in his entire life." He used the power of an Alter Ego.

Todd's book then outlines how to build your own Alter Ego to bring out your best self. He uses the power of story in his examples and instructions that make the read entertaining and productive.

And no, this is not just for athletes and business leaders. My favorite story involves an Army Colonel's desire to be a better parent and family man. Todd uses the example on how an alter ego can transform you from your "work persona" to a family man with a very simple process. This is not being fake. This is a process to trigger the real you and bring that person out when you need him or her.

The book is read by the author and he does an excellent job.

I give this book 5 stars. It is a quick but powerful read. This is destined to be a business and self help classic!

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,898
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,868

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Eugene on 05-29-18

Incredible corporate corruption 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: 07-28-18

Bad Blood was exhaustedly researched and well written. It is also infuriating!

It is amazing how a well connected young person was able to get away with this fraud for so long. People wanted to believe that a young woman could become the next Steve Jobs and “save the world “. By pulling in old men of influence but wouldn’t question much ( notice it was mostly old politicians but not scientifically minded businessmen who were on the board) she was able to gain credibility. It’s amazing to me as a board member and investor they wouldn’t be pushing for a full time experienced cfo and be looking under the hood more. The secrecy and vengeance should have been the first and biggest clue of corruption. I hope Elizabeth and Sunny see the inside of a jail cell for this greedy fraud.

Read this book! It’s well paced and will teach you some lessons in healthy skepticism.

  • I Love Capitalism!

  • An American Story
  • By: Ken Langone
  • Narrated by: Ken Langone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 680

Ken Langone has seen it all on his way to a net worth beyond his wildest dreams. A pillar of corporate America for decades, he's a co-founder of Home Depot, a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a world-class philanthropist (including $200 million for NYU's Langone Health). In this memoir he finally tells the story of his unlikely rise and controversial career. It's also a passionate defense of the American Dream - of preserving a country in which any hungry kid can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good autobiography

  • By D. C. Cooper on 05-22-18

Good autobiography

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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: 05-22-18

Ken Langone’s story is an inspiration to those who think you have to be rich to make it big in America. His story shows that it is not only possible but definitely doable IF you are willing to work hard and take chances. It’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur.

His best advice for capitalism is at the end of the book. Take care of All of your people. From the bottom up. That’s how you have a successful company. Too often today companies only care about their bottom line and are happy to get rid of their people. They should take lessons from Ken. Because they don’t, we get young people wanting Bernie Sanders. They need to change or capitalism will be over.

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  • 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 39,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,217

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

Government can’t solve all our problems

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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: 12-29-17

I know this is hillbilly elegy but it could be Iowa Elegy or Kansas City inner city. The point is this is a poverty and family problem. It’s nothing the government can fix. They might help some but until we instill pride and work ethic and opportunity to the poor, it won’t make a dent. Bringing back good paying working class jobs would be a great start. Getting a handle on the opioid epidemic in the Midwest would also help. I have no answers but to provide the best example I can and mentor as many poor children as possible. The only way I see out of this.

  • American Ulysses

  • A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
  • By: Ronald C. White
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,996

A major new biography of the Civil War general and American president, by the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln. The dramatic story of one of America's greatest and most misunderstood military leaders and presidents, this is a major new interpretation of Ulysses S. Grant. Based on seven years of research with primary documents, some of them never tapped before, this is destined to become the Grant biography of our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Absolutely Superb Work

  • By Michael J. Nardotti, Jr. on 11-05-16

A story now more than ever that needs to be told and heard

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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: 11-13-17

This is a Fascinating and interesting read. I have read a lot about the Civil War so I knew the battles. What I didn’t know was more about a great person.

I was especially moved by his work in getting rights for freed slaves. He was honest and a bit naive but is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. He actually believed all men were created equal. He believed that people were at heart good. He looked for ways to bring understanding between bitter rivals.

If only we had leaders today that thought and acted in the best interests of the country and all Americans. Not just ones that agree with him.

Scrap the pathetic textbooks and have students read books like this one. Students would be more interested in history and we would be better as a nation.

  • The American Spirit

  • Who We Are and What We Stand For
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's college commencment day, most of the time.

  • By Jordan Poer on 04-25-17

Great historian gives us a fantastic oral history

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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: 06-27-17

David McCullough is the best author of history that we have ever seen. Read a McCullough book and you are living the history. A great story teller, this book goes over various speeches he has given. He in his own enthusiastic words shows us the greatness that is the history of our country. In today's turbulent political rhetoric we need this reminder that the great experiment has worked better than any other system we have created. David is a national treasure and I look forward to whatever he is working on next.

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,936

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

Fun and down to earth

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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: 06-10-17

This was a fun and inspirational story. Great that he read it himself. Just an ordinary hardworking guy. Didn't give up and made it big without losing who he is. Definitely worth the listen.

  • #AskGaryVee

  • One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness
  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk, Jack Welch, Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,642
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,110

Gary Vaynerchuk—the inspiring and unconventional entrepreneur who introduced us to the concept of crush it—knows how to get things done, have fun, and be massively successful. A marketing and business genius, Gary had the foresight to go beyond traditional methods and use social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to reach an untapped audience that continues to grow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By Chris B. on 04-03-18

Best audio book I have listened to

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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: 04-12-16

I loved listening to this book! Gary always puts out great content but this was better than I expected. You feel the passion in his voice. Loved his going on tangents. The book is good. The audio book is great! Gary as he was meant to be - talking and teaching with passion om business.

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,683

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Yet more history brought to life by McCullough

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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: 07-26-15

In the usual McCullough fashion, history is brought to life with great storytelling. You feel like you are riding along with the Wright brothers in their struggles and triumphs. If more writers could make history come alive like Mr. McCullough, we would have a much better knowledge and enthusiasm for the great achievements of man. I highly recommend this book.