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  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,529

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance smothered by Condescension and Petty Squabbling

  • By Jeremy on 03-11-18

Interesting concepts, good examples, somewhat ramb

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Full of interesting concepts but padded full of ramblings and very critical reviews of other authors. Overall I felt like it the concepts justify the time to read it but wish the editing was a little tighter.

  • North

  • By: Scott Jurek, Jenny Jurek
  • Narrated by: Scott Jurek, Jenny Jurek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530

 Scott Jurek is one of the world's best known and most beloved ultrarunners. Renowned for his remarkable endurance and speed, accomplished on a vegan diet, he's finished first in nearly all of ultrarunning's elite events over the course of his career. But after two decades of racing, training, speaking, and touring, Jurek felt an urgent need to discover something new about himself. He embarked on a wholly unique challenge, one that would force him to grow as a person and as an athlete: breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey diminished by off putting profiles

  • By Carl on 06-03-18

A running classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-18

A must read for any runner. Scott's journey touches on many of the themes that drive people to push themselves to the brink of human limits. He summarizes the motivations well for anyone who wants to understand the mind of a true athlete.

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  • 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,617

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don't have to be a psychopath to like this.

  • By Gaggleframpf on 02-25-16

Intriguing but dangerous

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This book focuses on solidifying power for an individual. In many cases cited at the cost of everyone around the leader. The rules contained will likely help someone gain power, but it will not bring a company, empire or team long-term success that extends past the presence of that leader. Take everything written with a grain of salt.

  • Competitive Strategy

  • What Is Strategy
  • By: Michael Porter
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197

This audiobook was created based on Michael Porter's landmark book Competitive Strategy. This was Mr. Porter's synopsis of his book for the Harvard Business Review.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tough to listen to this one

  • By Richard on 01-26-12

Great synopsis of strategy

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Great synopsis of strategy that addresses the basic principles without a lot of fluff. It separates operational efficiency from strategy making clear what is required to generate a sustainable competitive advantage.

  • The Talisman

  • By: Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 28 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,159

On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had no idea.....

  • By Nate_D on 03-26-14

Definitely a classic work of fantasy

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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: 08-23-18

This is definitely my favorite Steven King novel thus far. A gripping story about a boy's journey to save his mother that will keep you captivated for all 28 hours.

  • The Righteous Mind

  • Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,080

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This should give you pause.

  • By Floyd Clark on 10-26-15

Must Read for all Americans

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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: 04-20-18

This book is a must-read for every part of the American populace. It helps explain the divides that exist and gives reasons for us to work together

  • White Trash

  • The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
  • By: Nancy Isenberg
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,009
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,675

In White Trash, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early 19th century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 400 Year Head Start Squandered

  • By Virgil on 10-11-16

A strong review of class in America

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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: 01-09-18

An important history of the role class plays in American culture. definitely a must read.

  • 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 29,653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,660
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,648

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

This book speaks to the inner drive us all.

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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: 12-19-16

I will happily read it again in a heartbeat. started it on a Thursday night and read through until finishing it Sunday night. I couldn't put it down.