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  • Clockwork

  • Design Your Business to Run Itself
  • By: Mike Michalowicz
  • Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 238

Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit? It's possible. And it's easier than you think. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t want to finish the last hour

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-22-18

Must Read

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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: 10-24-18

A must read for anyone working in a fast growing/entrepreneurial professional environment. Will certainly help with your own personal improvement.

  • Repeatability

  • Build Enduring Businesses for a World of Constant Change
  • By: Chris Zook, James Allen
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

In Repeatability, Chris Zook and James Allen - leaders of Bain & Company’s influential Strategy practice - warn that complexity is a silent killer of profitable growth. Successful companies endure by maintaining simplicity at their core. They don’t stray from, or regularly discard, their business model in pursuit of radical renovation. Instead, they build a “repeatable business model” that produces continuous improvement and allows them to rapidly adapt to change without succumbing to complexity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book on scaling

  • By Peter on 05-29-18

Great book on scaling

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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: 05-29-18

They do a good job of emphasizing what parts of the business should be simplified and made repeatable to scale.

This book is NOT about specific standard operating procedures and checklists. More, it is about simplifying the he underlying vision to execute repeatable success.

  • Franchise Business: A Powerful Winning Strategy for Business Growth in Any Economy

  • By: Ade Asefeso MCIPS MBA
  • Narrated by: Susan Lee
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

In general, companies decide to begin franchising for one of three reasons: lack of money, people, or time. Opening your own franchise business is a big step for those who choose the venture, and it can be somewhat intimidating. The franchise marketplace is filled with innumerable franchise systems over a vast range of industries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For the true beginner

  • By J. Howie on 07-18-15

Solid Broad overview

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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: 05-29-18

A good overview of franchise models in the US and UK.

It did leave me wanting more details on the legal framework, and a clear laid out framework for the types of documents and Procedures for establishing a franchise.

  • First Bite

  • How We Learn to Eat
  • By: Bee Wilson
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

In First Bite, the beloved food writer Bee Wilson draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists, and nutritionists to reveal that our food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors, including family, culture, memory, gender, hunger, and love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alison Larkin's narration is SUPERB!

  • By Mary Katherine Worth on 12-07-15

Good, but much too long for the topic

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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: 05-29-18

If you are really engaged with this topic, I am sure it will be fine worth the 13 hours. For most people however, the novelty and interest will wane much sooner than that.

The narrator is quality, so long as you are ok with a moderately strong British accent. She speaks well, it just takes an adjustment.

  • The Smartest Kids in the World

  • And How They Got That Way
  • By: Amanda Ripley
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great teachers+ Raise kids' bar+ Don't exaggerate

  • By ANDRÉ on 01-14-14

quality review of education systems

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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: 03-12-18

the author does a great job of providing detailed reviews of various educational systems around the world. I appreciated that it felt even handed. There are some action items in the appendix.

  • Power Profits! The Vending Machine Business Startup System

  • The Best How To Start a Business Plan Available for Creating Endless Passive Income
  • By: Dan Howe
  • Narrated by: Rich Grimshaw
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In this book you'll learn how you (or even your kids) can startup a small business for around $100 and grow it to passively produce well over six figures a year while you play! If you have been looking for a solid and dependable way to earn a stable second income, (or even replace your main one) you are in the right place! According to IRS statistics, the average vending machine business owner earns over $100,000 a year!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very clear, and Practical

  • By Michael on 10-09-16

Entirely about gumball machines

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-17

This is not about the vending business. it is about gumball machines. It can serve as a base level understanding of how to get your children to start to think about building a passive income stream. BUT the book is very shallow, spending most of the time talking about basics of a self employed business, and simple pitches to potential locations.

I expected at least more of a focus on the quirks of the vending business. by no means does this book earn it's title. Go into this book with a big grain of salt. Or better yet, skip it entirely.

  • Pinpoint

  • How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds
  • By: Greg Milner
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Over the last 50 years, humanity has developed an extraordinary shared utility: the global positioning system. Omnipresent, free, and available to all, GPS powers everything from your phone to the Internet to the Mars Rover. Greg Milner tells the sweeping story of GPS, from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its present ubiquity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is not a book.

  • By Patrick🍀 on 12-07-16

great book on the unseen infrastructure of navigat

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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: 08-22-17

some reviewers found the non-linear chronology of this book frustrating. However, if you look at it from a perspective of the development of navigational concepts and technology, it flows very well. It is a well written and narrated book, but may be a bit technically heavy for the non-techies. I loved it though. Definitely a great addition to my library of modern infrastructure books.

  • The Ends of the World

  • Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
  • By: Peter Brannen
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Our world has ended five times: It has been broiled, frozen, poison gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth's past dead ends, and in the process offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the 21st century have analogs in these five extinctions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening account of past catastrophes

  • By Alec Drumm on 09-22-17

very interesting, and balanced

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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: 08-12-17

this book was not as dogmatic as I expected based on the summary. It is balanced and interesting, giving a good perspective on our world.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Net

  • Inside the Digital Underworld
  • By: Jamie Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

In this important and revealing book, Jamie Bartlett takes us deep into the digital underworld and presents an extraordinary look at the Internet we don't know. Beginning with the rise of the Internet and the conflicts and battles that defined its early years, Bartlett reports on trolls, pornographers, drug dealers, hackers, political extremists, Bitcoin programmers, and vigilantes - and puts a human face on those who have many reasons to stay anonymous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but incomplete

  • By Peter on 05-03-17

Good, but incomplete

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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: 05-03-17

this book is a solid read, and focused on the darker side of the internet. HOWEVER, it does not discuss P2P Darkweb technologies where all servers exist as distributed encrypted chunks. This is an evolution or alternative to Tor hidden services.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Awakened Family

  • A Revolution in Parenting
  • By: Shefali Tsabary Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Shefali Tsabary Ph.D.
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

We all have the capacity to raise children who are highly resilient and emotionally connected. However, many of us are unable to because we are blinded by modern misconceptions of parenting and our own inner limitations. In The Awakened Family, I show you how you can cultivate a relationship with your children so they can thrive; moreover, you can be transformed to a state of greater calm, compassion and wisdom as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Let's change the cycle of disconnection

  • By greg allen on 06-16-16

Disappointing for an evidenced based review

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-16

if you want to read a book about parenting with well founded research and data, look elsewhere. I was annoyed by the first sentence, and it didn't get better. The author just uses analogy and discussions of "true self" to describe topics that actually have strong research based evidentiary support.

If the scientific method and talk of research makes you uncomfortable, then you may like this book. I personally felt it to boarder on insulting my intelligence.

13 of 21 people found this review helpful