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  • Rebirth

  • A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart
  • By: Kamal Ravikant
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

After the death of his estranged father, Amit takes his parent's ashes to the Ganges to fulfill a deathbed promise. Instead of returning home, he wanders, his pain and grief leaving him confused about his future. Almost broke, unsure about his direction in life, and running from memories, he is led by fate to the Camino de Santiago, an ancient 550-mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One Dissenting Voice in the Wilderness

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-09-17

Waste of a good premise

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

The premise is great and the book started out strong, but kept getting weaker. The beta nature of the main character almost made me unable to finish it.

The prose is flat, filled with clichés and platitudes. The main characters sense of humor is also so bad that most of the attempts at lighthearted humor should have been taken out.

The worst part is the unfortunate cast change near the middle of the book, when the main character gets a new companion. The new character is boring, repetitive and annoyingly self righteous when she tries to justify her multi-year affair. I wanted her husband to throw her out on the street, but in true cuckold fashion and in line with the almost painful betaoriented tone in the book, of course he chooses to "understand" her instead.

Too little story and development. Too much feelz and repetitions. A disappointment.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Flashpoints

  • The Emerging Crisis in Europe
  • By: George Friedman
  • Narrated by: Bruce Turk, George Friedman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends (politics, technology, population, and culture) of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for 500 years, been the cultural hotbed of the world - Europe - and examines the most basic and fascinating building block of the region: culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important Reading: Old Grievances Do Not Go Away

  • By John on 02-21-15

Razor sharp insights into European politics

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

A mix of anecdotes and stark history lessons. Going through the individual borderlands of Europe, Friedman provides some interesting insight at every turn and twist. He makes the actions and considerations of politicians seem more rational, given the historical context and demographic they are operating in. Recommended to all european politicians.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Antifragile

  • Things That Gain from Disorder
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,125

In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How to focus on impact instead of risk

  • By E. Smakman on 05-03-13

Frank and

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

What did you love best about Antifragile?

This book has so many ideas and interesting concepts.

Have you listened to any of Joe Ochman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Except he can't say 'modernity' it's great

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

Nope, far too long and to many ideas.

  • I'm Feeling Lucky

  • The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
  • By: Douglas Edwards
  • Narrated by: Douglas Edwards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234

Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth a credit

  • By Stephen on 07-20-11

Entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-11

An entertaining, well written personal story of the career-choice of a lifetime. Highlights include the AOL-negotiations and the behind-the-curtain look at the googlers on the annual ski-trip. Edwards doesn't drop any huge bombs or surprises, except how blatantly he describes his sour relationship with Marissa Mayer who cannot be very pleased reading this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • What the Bleep Do We Know

  • Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality
  • By: William Arntz, Betsy Chase, Mark Vicente
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

With the help of 14 leading physicists, scientists, and spiritual thinkers, this book guides listeners on a course from the scientific to the spiritual, and from the universal to the personal. Along the way, it asks such questions as: Are we seeing the world as it really is What is the relationship between our thoughts and our world? How can I create my day every day? What the Bleep answers this question and others through an innovative new approach to self-help and spirituality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Attacking straw men

  • By Henrik on 08-06-11

Attacking straw men

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-11

I'll admit it, I couldn't finish this book and didn't even come close. I made it halfway into chapter 3 before I had enough of the self-flattery and the nonsense attack on scientist straw men that the authors seemingly sees everywhere but I personally never have come across once. From what I could bear to read, it seems all scientists view people exclusively as 'machines' and ignoring all other aspects of the human existence. The authors even made a link between the inquisitions burning and the scientist, somehow accusing the scientist of taking control over the narrative of human understanding. I just found the critique uneducated, meaningless and without respect for the people who has been on the fronline of creating our modern world. In the beginning of the book the authors claimed they were surprised by some attacks on the film the book is based on from the scientific community. That they were surprised by this is probably the biggest testimony to how ignorant this authors are.

What a waste of time and money, but if you like stuff like The Secret this book surely will fit your needs.

53 of 62 people found this review helpful

  • Rain

  • What a Paperboy Learned About Business
  • By: Jeffrey J. Fox
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey J. Fox
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Paperboys and girls symbolize our country's relentless, indefatigable entrepreneurial spirit. They bought, sold, and delivered papers. And they did it alone, often in the dark and cold - and they were kids! In this witty and wise story, best-selling business author Jeffrey J. Fox reveals why the lessons paperboys learn so often establish them on the early road to success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book!

  • By Aaron on 02-05-16

Repetitive and boring

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-11

After an interesting start this book take a turn for the repetetive and downright boring. Often it reads like a children's book, other times it is a cascade of numbers in long calculations in conversations between the characters. It seems there is not enough material for a book and would have worked better as a long article instead.

Quite a disappointment.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Eat That Frog!

  • 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,490

There just isn't enough time for everything on our to-do list - and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs. There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're done with the worst thing you'll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task - but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I was a little disappointed

  • By Megan on 09-22-14
  • Eat That Frog!
  • 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy

Simplistic and boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-11

I don't really care how many people Tracy has had seminars with and how many countries sell his book. After reading a lot of really good and lifechanging books lately, this was a huge letdown. No inspiring examples, no interesting research. Basically his basic premise is: "Hey, just do it already, do the most difficult thing first, see? It's easy! You'll be AMAZED of how easy it is. (And remember to make lists for absolutely everything)." Repeat ad infinitum.

This is simplistic and boring and likely not worth your money if you like some actual meat on your arguments and not someone who just tells you how simple and easy everything is.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful