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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 15,750
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,278
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,260

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 Eugene on 05-29-18

Excellent Book one of the best

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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: 05-22-18

One of the best business books of all time. Great work of research and investigation. Unbelievable story as good as it gets. Great work by John Carreyrou must read for anyone interested in technology.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,416

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school - we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, professor of international health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read not for Listening

  • By carlos gomez on 06-01-18

excellent book on data

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-27-18

great work on looking at the world from a facts based world and data . many great examples and an honest approach to view things

  • Everybody Lies

  • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
  • By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,196

By the end of on average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Might be worth it to get the book

  • By Laura on 08-09-17

One of the best book on Big Data

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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: 07-04-17

one of the best book on big data out there one can learn a lot from this book, a must read and shows the passion of the author in writing the book

  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,186

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, tedious performance

  • By Jefferson Lam on 07-28-16

Very poor book

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-16

Very poor book no original ideas, seems author lacks the courage and originality, and is just a rehash of materials from original books. If you want to learn about bill walsh please read his original biography. all other examples also do not stand test of time, he fails to explain steve jobs, elon musk and rest of the high ego and less empathy folks and how they have been supremely successful and how we should accept this hypothesis that ego is the enemy not a strong case and. very poor job of writing.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blockchain Revolution

  • How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
  • By: Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 644

The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it's not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence. It's called the blockchain. The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation - powered by blockchain technology - is bringing us the Internet of value: a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should Have Been Called "101 Uses for Blockchain"

  • By Adrian W. Rich on 05-24-16

One of the worst books on Blockchain and bitcoin

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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: 06-14-16

This is really an academic book on blockchain and too much hype and overselling of the technology without any . too much fluff and not much content with backed up material or hypothesis, wild projections are made without thorough investigation of the technology or how specific technical elements of the blockchain help resolve some of the problems in real world. In a nut shell a sales world tour of the book without much technical know how to back it up by the authors.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Insight Out

  • Get Ideas Out of Your Head and into the World
  • By: Tina Seelig
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

In this revolutionary guide, Stanford University professor and international best-selling author of inGenius adapts her popular course material to teach everyone how to make imaginative ideas into realities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very inspiring

  • By Kevin Wilson on 06-25-15

Brilliant Book

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Reviewed: 08-22-15

a great book on execution and how to get things done. great for business and new ventures as well

  • Call Me Ted

  • By: Ted Turner, Bill Burke
  • Narrated by: Ted Turner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and groundbreaking philanthropist, Ted Turner is truly a living legend, and now, for the first time, he reveals his personal story. From his difficult childhood to the successful launch of his media empire to the catastrophic AOL/Time Warner deal, Turner spares no details or feelings and takes the reader along on a wild and sometimes bumpy ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Under-hyped

  • By loix on 12-21-08

Great Honest Book

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Reviewed: 08-03-15

Great read and an honest account of his life. Just like Ted Turner showing his honest feedback on various issues either you agree or disagree it is still a must read

  • Love and Math

  • The Heart of Hidden Reality
  • By: Edward Frenkel
  • Narrated by: Tony Craine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

In Love and Math, renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals a side of math we've never seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. In this heartfelt and passionate audiobook, Frenkel shows that mathematics, far from occupying a specialist niche, goes to the heart of all matter, uniting us across cultures, time, and space. Love and Math tells two intertwined stories: of the wonders of mathematics and of one young man's journey learning and living it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A book that probably loses from being read aloud

  • By Michael on 05-11-14

Excellent book on Maths

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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: 07-19-14

This is a great book, with knowledge quite deep but one does not need to know all the technical details.

  • Think Like a Freak

  • The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,310

The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not much new

  • By Bobbie on 05-24-14

AsGood as the last Two Books

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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: 07-14-14

Great book with great fun stuff and contrarian thinking, great book that the authors though very accomplished do not take themselves very seriously.

  • Winners Never Cheat

  • By: Jon M. Huntsman
  • Narrated by: Stow Lovejoy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Everyone cheats. Cuts corners. Tells lies. Maybe it was different once. Not anymore. If you want to succeed nowadays, you have to make compromises. Right? Wrong. You can succeed at the highest levels, without sacrificing the principles that make life worth living.

In Winners Never Cheat Huntsman tells you how he did it, and how you can, too. This audiobook is about remembering why you work, and why you were chosen to lead. It's about finding the bravery to act on what you know is right and building teams with the same courage. It's about winning. The right way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How Refreshing

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-15-10

One of the best books on Leadership and Integrity

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-14

Great book with life lessons on leadership and integrity and how to keep focus on the long term and never settling on basic principles of life. Must read.