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  • The Most Important Thing

  • Uncommon Sense for The Thoughtful Investor
  • By: Howard Marks
  • Narrated by: John FitzGibbon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

Howard Marks, the chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, is renowned for his insightful assessments of market opportunity and risk. After four decades spent ascending to the top of the investment management profession, he is today sought out by the world's leading value investors, and his client memos brim with insightful commentary and a time-tested, fundamental philosophy. The Most Important Thing explains the keys to successful investment and the pitfalls that can destroy capital or ruin a career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • making good decisions - terriffic

  • By Steven on 03-09-13

Repetitive things worth repeating

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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: 03-20-18

Marks had a lot of solid insight - nothing mind-blowing - but what he chooses to focus on as essential make a lot of sense and will highly impact how I invest. Other listeners complained of the repetitiveness, but unless I'm just a slow thinker, I needed that time and rephrasing to help me incorporate that into my mental model of investing. I would read it again in a couple years to make sure I stick to these fundamentals.

  • The Bully Pulpit

  • Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 36 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,595

Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes You Forget You Live in the 21st Century Good

  • By Cynthia on 01-11-14

Great, but not Team of Rivals

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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: 02-14-18

Great narrator, good story, just not as good as DKG's Team of Rivals. I didn't expect the stories of McClure's staff, which was beautifully woven in and interesting. there were a few set spots in the early middle and the story lacked any real suspense or conflict until the 1912 election. Still worth the read.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,339
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,850

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Great story, amazing performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-16

some parts were a bit predictable, but I almost didn't care. it was so good.

  • World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements

  • By: John Hunter
  • Narrated by: John Hunter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

In John Hunter’s classroom, students fearlessly tackle global problems and discover surprising solutions by playing his groundbreaking World Peace Game. These kids - from high school all the way down to fourth grade, in schools both well funded and underresourced - take on the roles of politicians, tribal leaders, diplomats, bankers, and military commanders. Through battles and negotiations, standoffs and summits, they strive to resolve dozens of complex, seemingly intractable real-world challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Andy P on 07-10-16

Insightful

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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: 07-10-16

it was very powerful to see inside Mr. Hunter's mind and experience his students through his eyes. As a teacher, I came in hoping for a "how to" guide, but found this more valuable. He conveys the types of experiences he is creating, giving me an end point to aim for. I would recommend it to any teacher trying to design meaningful new experiences for students.

  • Boomerang

  • Travels in the New Third World
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994

The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An easy intro to the global financial crisis

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-17-12

Great but not his best

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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: 05-25-16

A lot of this book read more like a travel blog than a coherent story. However, Michael goes to places with interesting questions and is one hell of a blogger, so it is a great read.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,241

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book

  • By Michael on 04-23-17

Old and fantastic

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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: 05-05-16

I will listen to this at least once per year. For a no-shortcuts approach to life, I was amazed at how insightful it still was. Best book I have read in a while.

  • Bad Religion

  • How We Became a Nation of Heretics
  • By: Ross Douthat
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

Ross Douthat, the youngest-ever op-ed columnist for the New York Times, has emerged as one of the most provocative and influential voices of his generation. Now he offers a masterful and hard-hitting account of how American Christianity has gone off the rails - and why it threatens to take American society with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Religion Is Bad Ass

  • By J. D. Ryals on 07-19-16

Informative and challenging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Douthat spares no church in discussing heresy in the modern church. He stands between political lines and denominational lines and rips apart a the accommodations made (and still being made) by churches who find relevancy to culture more important than orthodox faith. I'm a better informed Christian and observer of cultural patterns (modern and much older) because of listening.

  • Players First

  • Coaching from the Inside Out
  • By: John Calipari, Michael Sokolove
  • Narrated by: Chuck Montgomery
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

In Players First, John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball's most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory. At its core, Calipari's coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players - what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IU alum and fan...now loves Calipari

  • By Stephen S. on 04-16-14

Good but strayed from topic

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

The first half of the book was interesting to listen to as a coach. After a while, Calipari strayed into his own opinions about NCAA basketball and details on how it should work. I listened to the whole thing but didn't get much out of the second half.

  • Scrum

  • The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
  • By: Jeff Sutherland, J.J. Sutherland
  • Narrated by: J.J. Sutherland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,827

By the man who helped invent the red-hot management process known as "Scrum", Scrum unveils what is wrong with the way we currently do work, and how a simple set of principles, applied in exactly the right sequence, can accelerate productivity and quality as much as 1200 percent. Scrum (which gets its name from the formation in rugby in which the whole team locks its arms to gain control of the ball) is the reason that Amazon can launch a new feature on its website every day.

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

  • By punkmasta on 08-31-15

Fantastic content

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-18-15

I'm not foreign to scrum, but hearing the full story sand proper implementation in a short book had me hanging on each word. May need to also buy the hard copy and highlight like crazy.