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Sean Knudsen

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  • 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 9,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,349
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,330

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "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 fundraising 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 Greeny on 05-29-18

Great storytelling

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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: 08-15-18

What a gripping story! Well written. Has a biased tone, but the journalistic quality is still impressive.

  • How to Deal with Difficult People

  • Smart Tactics for Overcoming the Problem People in Your Life
  • By: Gill Hasson
  • Narrated by: Katy Carmichael
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Don't let problem people get to you! Whether it’s a manager who keeps moving the goal posts, an uncooperative colleague, negative friend, or critical family member, some people are just plain hard to get along with. Often, your immediate response is to shrink or sulk, become defensive or attack. But there are smarter moves to make when dealing with difficult people. This book explains how to cope with a range of situations with difficult people and to focus on what you can change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent help book

  • By CJTorres on 10-14-15

Worth a listen

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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: 08-08-18

This book is really all about open and honest communication. The premise is basically, if you’re struggling to deal with someone, it’s probably because you don’t understand each other fully - unless they totally suck, in which case, burn it all down and run.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,031
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,465

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

In a real hurry!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

This was kindof a fun introductory book; it felt a little scattered and random at times. At the end of the book the author mentions that it’s a series of essays, which i think explains why it jumps around a little bit. Some topics were delved into with great specificity without explanation, and other topics were very shallowly addressed. Dark matter - weird right? Next topic!

  • You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think

  • By: Wes Moss
  • Narrated by: Wes Moss, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

After conducting an intensive study of happy retirees to learn the financial practices they hold in common, Moss discovered that it doesn't take financial genius, millions of dollars, or sophisticated investment skills to ensure a safe, solid retirement. All it takes is five best practices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Encouraging

  • By denise on 01-27-15

Food for thought; pretty general; a little long

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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: 03-20-18

This is a good book to get you thinking about what you need to do to prepare for retirement. It has good advise, and puts forth general rules of thumb, and strategies that will help most people. The perspective is of an “average” person considering retirement - as a Californian, i thought the suggestions to buy cheap real estate, and pay off my $200k mortgage in “as little as 5 years” were pretty out of touch - Mr Moss had zero mention of high cost of living situations, which i would have liked to hear. There was a lot of fluff about individual success stories, i think to be inspiring, the book goes on and on about happy retirees, but i think that should have been relegated to one chapter. Book probably could have been much shorter.

  • The Whole-Brain Child

  • 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive
  • By: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,330

Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No - it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must-Listen for all parents (and people!)

  • By Lynne Kachel on 06-18-12

Repetitive and slow

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

This books had some good food for thought, and strategies for engaging with kids, but the narration was painfully slow. The narrators repeat themselves again and again, which makes you wonder if you’re in a time warp. The book focuses on a concept called “mindsight” which is poorly defined, though it seems an awful lot like meditation. The book keeps making analogies to understand how the human brain works, but the language is so simple and the concepts so dumbed down i felt like the authors wrote the book for a 10 year old. Here must be better parenting books out there.

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  • Parenting

  • The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
  • By: Paul David Tripp
  • Narrated by: Bevan Greiner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything "right" and raise up "good" children, it's easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grace over Anger is His Perfection

  • By scroydon on 04-19-17

Not what I was looking for

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-17

This books isn't so much about applying principles towards raising your kids so much as a sermon. Your most important job as a parent is to teach your kid about god? Without god your child cannot have morality? Children arrive into the world broken? There are some well considered ideas: think about the kind of perent you want to be; realize that the way you react to situations is entirely up to you. But the valuable lessons are nested in long diatribes about "grace" and useless meanderings on "sin". Sin seems to be any inconvenience, any difficulty, or any concept a child has not learned. Not my cup of tea.

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • By: Robert M. Pirsig
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,043

This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the Intro.

  • By Vicente on 11-10-13

A unique story & perspective

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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: 06-23-17

This book is not what I expected at all. I don't think it's for everyone, but i found it thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable. Not the kind of book you come across everyday!

  • Stealing Fire

  • How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
  • By: Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,395

The authors of the best-selling Bold and The Rise of Superman explore altered states of consciousness and how they can ignite passion, fuel creativity, and accelerate problem solving, in this groundbreaking book in the vein of Daniel Pink's Drive and Charles Duhigg's Smarter Faster Better.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing. Not what it promises to be.

  • By R8r on 03-18-17

Lots of ideas, little follow through

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-17

The books main premise is that different people and organizations are trying to take advantage of mind altering substances and practices to achieve increased performance and creativity. Also that this is a good thing we all should try.
The book is scatter-shot, and flits from subject to subject so quickly it makes your head snap. They never really dig deep on any topic, instead relying on thinly-linked anecdotes and their own opinions to fill the pages. Listening to the audiobook is like listening to an 8-hour long discussion between people who are vaguely familiar with the subject matter at happy hour.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,482

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Simple and straightforward

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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: 04-12-17

A book about a man's lessons learned from life in the military, especially bootcamp. I thought the author's insight was interesting, but i really didn't think it was very deep, just mostly impassioned. I did appreciate the reminder that even planning and hard work doesn't always pay off the way we think it will, and that sometimes life challenges are rewarding in their own way.

73 of 77 people found this review helpful

  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 37 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623

Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow... Grade A+ ... Exceptional.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-16

Excellent!

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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: 03-24-17

An incredible book. The author did a masterful job weaving together the history of the manhattan project with the progression of science and knowledge of the atom, while showing the personality of the scientists involved and the politics of the time. There is a great deal of technical and scientific discussion in this work, yet it never feels dense or exhausting. Just fascinating.