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  • Stone's Rules

  • How to Win at Politics, Business, and Style
  • By: Roger Stone
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

At long last, America’s most notorious political operative has released his operating manual! A freedom fighter to his admirers, a dirty trickster to his detractors, the flamboyant, outrageous, articulate, and extraordinarily well-dressed Roger Stone lays out Stone’s Rules - the maxims that have governed his legendary career as a campaign operative for four American presidents, from Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knowledgeable and informative

  • By Anonymous User on 06-01-18

Should be required reading

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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: 12-24-18

for young men in their teens and twenties. The style/dress advice alone is worth the price and more. The humor and history (Nixon politics) are an extra bonus. Well done.

  • On Grand Strategy

  • By: John Lewis Gaddis
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 451

For over 20 years, a select group of Yale undergraduates has been admitted into the year-long "Grand Strategy" seminar team-taught by John Lewis Gaddis and Paul Kennedy. Its purpose: to provide a grounding in strategic decision-making in the face of crisis to prepare future American leaders for important work. Now, John Lewis Gaddis has transposed the experience of that course into a wonderfully succinct, lucid and inspirational book, a view from the commanding heights of statesmanship across the landscape of world history from the ancient Greeks to Lincoln, and beyond.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but fails to offer real lessons.

  • By Zack on 07-04-18

A piecemeal history lesson

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

There were some interesting tidbits, but there isn’t much new here. The title is the most intriguing part.

  • Into the Magic Shop

  • A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
  • By: James R. Doty MD
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616

Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart. Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, living with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story, profound impact!

  • By S. Potts on 06-22-16

Beautiful and inspiring

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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: 09-22-17

A relatively quick read/listen that will lift you up and inspire you to look more closely at the world around you and the impact you can have on it.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,980

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read This if You're Very Sick and/or Thinking About Ending Your Life

  • By Derek on 07-21-15

Beautiful and life-changing

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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: 08-07-17

This book could change your life for the better, I would make it required reading for high school kids. If you're feeling lost, this book will lift you up. If you're content, this book will keep you there. Your mindset and your health will thank you.

  • The Snow Leopard

  • By: Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Peter Matthiessen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Z en Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the wait

  • By Robert on 04-13-14

Poorly written and poorly read

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Not even an entertaining reader could make this one interesting. And unfortunately they found the worst narrator I've ever listened too. Terrible.

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  • Stress Test

  • Reflections on Financial Crises
  • By: Timothy F. Geithner
  • Narrated by: Timothy F. Geithner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Credible analysis of the 2008 crisis

  • By Neuron on 09-02-15

I could go without the Republican bashing

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

This book started out promising, and the historical part of it is very good, but the political jabs getting thrown in are off-putting. And how is "don't ask don't tell" the most inspiring thing you've ever witnessed? The Elizabeth Warren love fest at the end could have been left out too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (Third Edition: Updated & Revised)

  • By: Mark Divine
  • Narrated by: Brock Armstrong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

In this revised and updated third edition of Unbeatable Mind, Mark Divine offers his philosophy and methods for developing maximum potential through integrated warrior development. This work was created through trial and error, proving to thousands of clients that they are capable of 20 times more than what they believe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong book terrible narrator

  • By beau on 06-23-16

I had hoped for so much more

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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: 11-13-16

I'm sure Mark is a good guy, but there isn't much usable info in this book. 75% of the material is a sales pitch for his other material and courses. The 20 minutes on deep breathing was useful though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The E-Myth Revisited

  • Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
  • By: Michael E. Gerber
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Gerber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,585

In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saved my Life

  • By Christine on 09-17-08

Pretty bad

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

Move on. This book drags and drags until it becomes painful. There's no other way to explain it.

  • Trump: The Art of the Deal

  • By: Donald J. Trump, Tony Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith, Donald J. Trump
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,698

Here is Trump in action—how he runs his organization and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read to Understand Trump

  • By Stuart Draper on 02-20-19

Great lesson on vision and tenacity

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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: 08-15-16

This is the story of Trump's rise to real estate prowess from 1975-1987 or so. This book will give you an appreciation for how much one person can will projects to succeed where others have failed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hammerhead Six

  • How Green Berets Waged an Unconventional War Against the Taliban to Win in Afghanistan's Deadly Pech Valley
  • By: Ronald Fry, Tad Tuleja - contributor
  • Narrated by: Ronald Fry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 675

In 2003, the Special Forces soldiers entered an area later called "the most dangerous place in Afghanistan". Here, where the line between civilians and armed zealots was indistinct, they illustrated the Afghan proverb "I destroy my enemy by making him my friend." Fry recounts how they were seen as welcome guests rather than invaders. Soon after their deployment ended, the Pech Valley reverted to turmoil. Their success was never replicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just Another War Story

  • By Jason on 02-28-16

Not impressed

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

I was impressed by the great review score, but I'm telling you, this book is a drag. It's also annoying that they keep slipping in religious indoctrination. There are a great many books on the American war in Afghanistan that are better stories and better written.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful