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Vincent Nance

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  • Dare to Lead

  • Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,686
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,137

Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? This audiobook answers this question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Similar, but insightful nonetheless

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-11-18

The Best Book On Leadership. Ever.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I've had casual internet run-ins with Brené Brown's work. A TED talk here, a snippet or quote there, but nothing could have prepared me for the perspective shift waiting on the other side of her new book... I have a master's degree in Organizational Leadership, and I have never encountered such a raw, real, authentic, powerful, thorough, VULNERABLE guide to leading with our heart <3

Read this, or languish, because whatever your aptitude or abilities are, they will grow after reading this. If you're human, you might just grow as a person too;)

  • 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,005

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don't have to be a psychopath to like this.

  • By Gaggleframpf on 02-25-16

Fantastic foray into the dynamics of power.

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Reviewed: 10-28-18

This book captures the essence of power from a cross-cultural perspective, relying on examples that span eons of time. It is vital to understand and implement the strategies disclosed within, if not for one's own use, at least for your ability to react to them being used against you.

  • 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 2,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,318

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

Unnecessarily Sexist.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Seems to be grounded in very conservative doctrine - gratuitously simplistic and seems condescending and intellectually lazy. I requested a refund - first time out of dozens of books.

  • Trying Not to Try

  • The Art and Science of Spontaneity
  • By: Edward Slingerland
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity - an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand - and why it is so essential to our well-being. Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another X-Ray Through the Crystal of Being Human

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-15

GREAT foray into a classic paradox

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Reviewed: 09-06-18

This book is a detailed, fascinating, well researched discussion of how we can remedy an ages old philosophical paradox.

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,264
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,200

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Overwhelmingly good.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-28-18

In every aspect of its delivery, content, depth, and scope, this book transcended my wildest expectations. I strongly encourage you to read and share this welcome synopsis of psychedelic history, cultural impact, scientific and spiritual dimensions, significance, and trajectory.

  • Sacred Economics

  • Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition
  • By: Charles Eisenstein
  • Narrated by: Steve Wojtas
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity; destroyed community; and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme - but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A better works for all

  • By FunkTastic and Snuggy on 08-03-18

Amazing articulation of the needed changes

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

This book is a foray into not only the solutions to our crisis, but the causes as well. Audacious and visionary.

  • Crushing It!

  • How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too
  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk, Rich Roll, Amy Schmittauer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,343

Four-time New York Times best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands. In this lively, practical, and inspiring audiobook, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 85% fluff and 15% value.

  • By Michael Bowie on 04-09-18

100% worth your time

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Reviewed: 04-25-18

Gary follows up on his original work, Crush It, very nicely, and provides excellent new content that deals with the modern era and our trajectory as a species.

  • Magicians of the Gods

  • The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785

The evidence revealed in this book shows beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilization that flourished during the Ice Age was destroyed in the global cataclysms between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago. But there were survivors - known to later cultures by names such as "the Sages", "the Magicians", "the Shining Ones", and "the Mystery Teachers of Heaven".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The wait was worth it!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-10-15

The best book on ancient civilizations

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Reviewed: 02-11-18

Unbiased, rigorously factual, and detailed, Hancock has a unique grasp of the intersection of archaeological, geological, cosmological, and cultural factors.

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,245

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Blocking off time each day to work without distractions will make you more productive

  • By M.J. on 11-17-16

Great content, but a little too drawn out.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-26-17

The delivery and ideas are awesome, but it drags on after the point has been made, re-stating itself several times over.

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,538

Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For large company managers, not startups

  • By Thomas on 03-18-14

One of the best books I've found on audible.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-09-17

Fantastic delivery, great flow and content, invaluable lessons and perspective, and raw truth from a warrior CEO.