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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,350
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,698
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,180

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Expecting something else

  • By Betsy S. on 10-15-17

fantastic listen

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

a wonderfully performed and great listen would highly recommend as a casual listen to anyone

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Improve Your Conversations

  • Think on Your Feet, Witty Banter, and Always Know What to Say with Improv Comedy Techniques
  • By: Patrick King
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Does your mind blank in conversation and create awkward silence? Do you run out of things to say and struggle to keep dialogue flowing? (A) Conversation isn't scripted, (B) it's 100% unpredictable, and (C) it can be terrifying at times. How do you prepare for such a thing? By learning how to apply improv comedy techniques to roll with any punch and improve your conversations and social interactions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • should be required reading or listening

  • By Jeff on 05-30-17

should be required reading or listening

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

depending on your preference. so much useful information on how to converse. starting with the yes and, yes really responses to keeping dialog flowing to the HPM template on never being stuck for a response and so much more. As a bonus the book is to the point and a short read or listen. the author doesn't​ belabor points to pad the book. here is the message a couple examples and moves on. more authors should take note less is sometimes more and in this case it is in spades.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Signal and the Noise

  • Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't
  • By: Nate Silver
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,252

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn About Statistics Without All The Math

  • By Scott Fabel on 03-09-13

A bit long winded but excellent insights

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

a stat lovers dream with excellent insights although could have been shorter. Some chapters rambled on far too long after making their main point

  • The Fourth Transformation

  • How Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything
  • By: Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Ten years from today, the center of our digital lives will no longer be the smart phone, but device that looks like ordinary eyeglasses: except those glasses will have settings for virtual and augmented reality. What you really see and what is computer generated will be mixed so tightly together, that we won't really be able to tell what is real and what is illusion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shallow sales pitch

  • By doItandWin on 07-19-17

good story but oh so annoying narration

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

if you like scoble's blog you will enjoy this book just. e wary of the narrator. He takes away would have otherwise been a great book to listen to.

  • Barking up the Wrong Tree

  • The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
  • By: Eric Barker
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,204

By looking at what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them - and find out, in some cases, why it's good that we aren't. Barking up the Wrong Tree draws on startling statistics and surprising anecdotes to help you understand what works and what doesn't, so you can stop guessing at success and start living the life you want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable wisdom. I just wish I were the author

  • By Celso Relvas on 03-21-18

great book but

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

like many other books in this sphere of influence it starts strong has one or two nuggets of insight then fades in the last half to three quarters of the book. sometimes shorter and more concise is better rather than padding to fill space. that said the nuggets within are worth the read.

28 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations

  • By: Harvard Business Review, Nancy Duarte
  • Narrated by: Lissa Ivary
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Terrified of speaking in front of a group? Or simply looking to polish your skills? No matter where you are on the spectrum, this guide will give you the confidence and the tools you need to get results.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • decent story but

  • By Jeff on 05-10-17

decent story but

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

the narrative is horrible. if you have read or listened to other books on the topic take a pass. if it is your first book on the topic it is decent but better material out there

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,580

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By Megan Carr on 01-31-18

great book

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

if you aren't a computer scientist or mathematician then this is not likely the book for you. but if you have a background rooted in either of these disciplines then it's a solid read

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • A Leadership Fable
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,064

In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good concepts and great medium to convey them...

  • By Niket Parikh on 10-27-05

unique twist on the goal story telling novel

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

I still hold the goal and the Phoenix project as the two books that get this style right. but unlike story novels like how Stella saved the farm or rolling rocks down hill this novel told it's story then in the last 30 minutes summarised the key points for you. much like a teacher reviewing a film after the class watched as an exercise. so even if you missed the points from the story they got spelt out at the end. I still prefer the goal as the standard but few have been able to successfully replicate it's style. this format is a great compromise

  • Rolling Rocks Downhill

  • The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Entertaining Way to Learn Agile and Lean
  • By: Clarke Ching
  • Narrated by: Paul Kearney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

A large software-intensive project, called FPP, that has been running late since day 1, but now, suddenly, needs to launch on an impossibly early date, or else. You feel their pain, and their joy, as they battle problem after problem until, slowly, torturously, they rediscover the few - but fundamental - principles underlying successful commercial software development.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very applicable to our situation

  • By Sheila Shovlin on 05-12-16

good narration but

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

if you've read the goal or the phoenix project nothing new here in terms of material. was a pleasant listen though.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sprint

  • How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
  • By: Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

The companies that Google Ventures invest in face big questions every day: Where's the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your ideas look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution to a problem? Business owners and investors want their companies and the people who lead them to be equipped to answer these questions - and quickly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Advice, But It's All Old News

  • By Michael on 08-19-16

was underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

but perhaps my expectations where too high. this book cane highly recommended by a colleague and as it was described to me was akin to a quake book. although there are some decent tidbits here a quake book is on that is life altering. this book is far from to that but it is a good framework for keeping a team Sprint focused and on target.