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  • 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 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 640

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

Nice read

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-19

I like books where the author reads it and since this somewhat of an autobiography made it even better. Hearing someone's life story about how they became wealthy is a bit inspiring that others can do similar. There's a bit of language/swearing throughout the book, it's not too terrible, but I wouldn't let kids listen to it.

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,037

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book but....

  • By Mathew Copeland on 11-28-17

Change your mindset

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-18

If you ever wanted to get out of the rat race, this is a great book for changing your mindset.

  • The Book on Rental Property Investing

  • How to Create Wealth and Passive Income Through Smart Buy & Hold Real Estate Investing
  • By: Brandon Turner
  • Narrated by: Brandon Turner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,418

The Book on Rental Property Investing, written by real estate investor and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast Brandon Turner, contains in-depth advice and strategies for building wealth through rental properties. You'll learn how to build an achievable plan, find incredible deals, pay for your rentals, and much, much more!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2017 Review

  • By Hannah on 08-30-17

Everything you need to know about property rental

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-18

If you're looking for a book that goes over every part of buying and renting a home this is it. I didn't find the bad audio/reading that others mentioned. The reading was ok, but I like having the read so that made up for it.

  • Thinking in Bets

  • Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts
  • By: Annie Duke
  • Narrated by: Annie Duke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802

In Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made one of the most controversial calls in football history: With 26 seconds remaining, and trailing by four at the Patriots' one-yard line, he called for a pass instead of a handing off to his star running back. The pass was intercepted, and the Seahawks lost. Critics called it the dumbest play in history. But was the call really that bad? Or did Carroll actually make a great move that was ruined by bad luck? Even the best decision doesn't yield the best outcome every time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights on improving decision making

  • By Marcus Bircher on 02-09-18

Good stuff

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I like that the author narrated the book. Great material. About the middle of the book I thought that material was repeating a bit but the end has some great practical advice.

  • How to Lead When You're Not in Charge

  • Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority
  • By: Clay Scroggins
  • Narrated by: Clay Scroggins, Gabe Wicks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,585

Every leader, young or old, resonates with the dead-end feeling of not being in charge. Too often the lack of authority paralyzes leaders, leaving them believing they must wait to be in charge until they can lead. One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. Great leaders don't buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority to lead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't what I expected, but pleasantly surprised.

  • By Wade on 11-04-18

Great leadership guidance

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

I liked that the author read the book. It added to the experience. Any person, especially any young person, who think they might like to be in leadership someday should read this.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,888

A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in Love All Over Again

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Not bad

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

The story meanders for the first third to half and then finally gets going somewhere. The narration is good and you can tell the characters apart by his different voices.

  • Friend and Foe

  • When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both
  • By: Adam D. Galinsky, Maurice E. Schweitzer
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

In Friend and Foe, researchers Galinsky and Schweitzer explain why this debate misses the mark. Rather than being hardwired to compete or cooperate, humans have evolved to do both. It is only by learning how to strike the right balance between these two forces that we can improve our long-term relationships and get more of what we want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Garron Rose on 01-05-16

Some good stuff but a bit skewed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Any additional comments?

The book started off reminding me of Malcom Gladwell's books ... taking psych findings and applying them, but without focusing on a story. Around chapter 2 or 3 it seems to turn into a treatise on women's equality. I'm all for empowering women, but he went on and on about it. It also doesn't help that he used the misused quote about women making 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. (All things being equal, women make about 94 cents to a man's dollar, and economists don't know why.) I tried to continue reading but everything after that made me think he had an agenda ... or maybe it's that I'm a white male and some of the same reasoning he is using has been used by others that tried to empower women, blacks, and others but instead simply used it to lower white males.

I also didn't find much advice on how to apply the things he was saying. It's much more analysis and not so much guidance on how to do something.

On a different note, I thought the reading was done well. So if you buy into what he's saying it might be a good read for you.

  • Paul Behaving Badly

  • Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?
  • By: E. Randolph Richards, Brandon J. O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

The Apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he? Randolph Richards and Brandon O'Brien explore the complicated persona and teachings of the Apostle Paul. Unpacking his personal history and cultural context, they show how Paul both offended Roman perspectives and scandalized Jewish sensibilities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good read

  • By Eric on 07-31-17

good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-17

The narration can be a little slow and the material a bit heady, but it's a great eye opener for understanding often confusing scripture.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming a Barbarian

  • By: Jack Donovan
  • Narrated by: Jack Donovan, James Dorton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Good, modern, civilized Western men today are expected to think like "citizens of the world" - obligated to everyone and no one. Natural, meaningful tribal connections have been substituted with synthetic, disposable consumer identities. Without a sense of who they are and what group they have a place in, modern men are becoming increasingly detached, disoriented, vulnerable, and ever more easily manipulated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-28-17

Great book for a white supremacist

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-17

I had high hopes for this book. I've listened to The Way of Men and a couple of the authors interviews and thought he had some interesting ideas. But I had to stop half through this book. To sum it up, the collective, commercial Empire has taken over and everyone is sheeple and are slaves and live in a maternalistic, multicultural society where everyone is valued and so no one is valued. I'm discouraged by social networks that destroy relationships and I was hoping this book would show a path in the direction of creating a tribe to belong to, but it shows how to create a racist/bigoted group instead.

18 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Antifragile

  • Things That Gain from Disorder
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,613

In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How to focus on impact instead of risk

  • By E. Smakman on 05-03-13

Great concept, a bit wordy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-16

The concept presented is really good but the author sometimes gets side tracked and makes broad statements. (like "anything marketed is a bad product") I might suggest watching some of the authors youtube videos instead.