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  • Leadership

  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 550

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights) - to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a president great?

  • By tru britty on 09-25-18

An amazing and time book in time of Trump

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. This is book particularly relevant in the current moment of most appaling lack of courage and leadership.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,669

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We'll see, but .... why is this not common knowledge.

  • By PSBoyte on 04-30-17

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This is such a great book to learn about cause of obesity, dispelling common myths, and to learn about fasting and it can be deployed in this fight to prevent obesity and diabetes.

  • 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 10,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,099
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,081

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 Jaccred on 05-29-18

Unbelievable story of lies and deception

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

The story told here is gripping. I could not stop listening until I finished the book. It’s shocking that si h deception took place in such a large scale that coopted otherwise intelligent and honest people into cooperation into this massive deception and fraud in such a grand scale.

  • Coach Wooden and Me

  • Our 50-Year Friendship on and off the Court
  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Narrated by: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 371

In 1965, 18-year old Lew Alcindor played basketball for Coach John Wooden at UCLA. It was the beginning of what was to become a 50-year long relationship. On the court they broke basketball records. Off the court they transcended their athletic achievements to gain even wider recognition and tremendous national respect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A WONDERFUL TRIBUTE

  • By Cynthia I Tyree on 05-25-17

I was deeply touched by Karim's story

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

What did you love best about Coach Wooden and Me?

I was moved by Karim's heartfelt story of his own evolution as a human being as well as the loving and respectful relationship that he developed with the coach over a 50 year period. The book answered a question I always had about the relationship between the Coach and Karim. Being a Bruin and an avid UCLA basketball fan, I have read a lot about UCLA Basketball starting from David Halberstam's masterpiece Breaks of the Game and most recently Bill Walton's autobiography, Coming From Dead. Bil Walton being very vocal and expressive we all know that the close relationship Bill had with the Coach. But there was never much information about the relationship, if any, existed between Karim and The Coach, post-UCLA. This book clarifies that question. They had developed in later years a deep and loving and caring relationship. It was great to know that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On Tennis

  • Five Essays
  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

A "long-time rabid fan of tennis" and a regionally ranked tennis player in his youth, David Foster Wallace wrote about the game like no one else. On Tennis presents David Foster Wallace's five essays on the sport, published between 1990 and 2006, and hailed as some of the greatest and most innovative sports writing of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiration, though, is contagious, and multiform

  • By Darwin8u on 01-27-17

Enjoyed the book for the most part

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

It's an excellent book on the subject of tennis. I just didn't enjoy this constant digression to footnotes and wasted effort and snarkiness of the chapter on us open organisation.

  • Back from the Dead

  • By: Bill Walton
  • Narrated by: Bill Walton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but unrevealing

  • By David on 04-21-16

The recitation of all books I have listened to

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Would you listen to Back from the Dead again? Why?

I'm an UCLA alumni and a Bill Walton fan. His amazing story was first chronicled by The Great David Halberstam in his book Break of the Game. In this book Bill being extremely modest never speaks of his own greatness in the game of basketball. For that you need to read David Halberstam's book. With the background of Halberstam's book you really appreciate Bill's modesty never mentioning how great a player he was. Bill is a true champion, he never gave up. Reading his incredible struggle with his health is truly inspirational.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved Bill reading the book. His passion is so infectious. It's by far the best read book in my library. I have over 150 books in my library. No other book is even a close second.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene with the found penny.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book

Any additional comments?

Why the hell didn't Charlie Rose interview Bill for his book?

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,616
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,606

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

A must read for all budding entrepreneurs

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Would you listen to Shoe Dog again? Why?

There were so many lessons that I found inspiring and valuable to my entrepreneurial journey

Who was your favorite character and why?

The core group of managers who worked with such purpose and devotion to their cause - Nike,

Have you listened to any of Norbert Leo Butz and Phil Knight (introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great book - Thank you Phil for sharing your incredible journey

  • Midnight's Furies

  • The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition
  • By: Nisid Hajari
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Nobody expected the liberation of India and birth of Pakistan to be so bloody - it was supposed to be an answer to the dreams of Muslims and Hindus who had been ruled by the British for centuries. Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi's protégé and the political leader of India, believed that Indians were an inherently nonviolent, peaceful people. Pakistan's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was a secular lawyer, not a firebrand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly detailed account of this tragedy i gigan

  • By BG on 10-09-15

Amazingly detailed account of this tragedy i gigan

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is badly needed successor to Freedom at Midnight. Very well researched and detailed account of the atrocities committed by both sides: Sikhs and Hindus on one side and the Moslems on the other side. The detailed account of the most tragic figure in this Drama: Mohammed Ali Zinnah, and the ultimate irony. He wanted to build a secular Pakistan. The characters, personalities and the relationship between Pandit Nehru ad Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel is very revealing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight's Furies?

The tragedy that played out over the lives of literally 10s of millions of people, was crafted by a British bureaucrat only over a month's time, with practical no knowledge of India. The calousness of the British government how they left India is beyond imagination.

Which character – as performed by Sunil Malhotra – was your favorite?

Nehru & Patel

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I practically did.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Nisid

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Big Data

  • A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
  • By: Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 940

Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty light stuff on Big Data

  • By Michael on 09-01-13

Very enlightening

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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: 06-24-15

Learned a lot from the on possibilities both positive and negative. Some are exciting and some are scary.