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Václav Novák

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  • Effective Communication Skills

  • By: Dalton Kehoe, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dalton Kehoe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

From asking a waiter for an unusual substitution to urging a service manager to get your car finished sooner to swaying your significant other toward a particular film or show, many of the decisions you make are decided by talking. And no matter why you engage in face-to-face talk, there's no way to insulate yourself from the dangers of miscommunication. These 24 mind-opening lectures are your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your own effectiveness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Lectures with a Misleading Description

  • By James Garritano on 08-25-13

12 hour sermon. Hard not to sleep through.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Dalton is right, he goes systematically, but it's simply boring.

First half is like an encyclopedia dump. Then a few engaging chapters, then back to the sermon format.

To make the illusion perfect, he even ends with a prayer.

It won't hurt to listen to this course, but if you know anything about communication already, it will be really hard to focus.

  • Work Rules!

  • Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
  • By: Laszlo Bock
  • Narrated by: Laszlo Bock
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

"We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing." So says Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge. This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Multifaceted

  • By jeremiah on 04-07-15

Pure Kool-aid

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Mish mash of facts, opinions, and unrelated stories. Mainly useful as a therapy for the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Doomsday Machine

  • By: Daniel Ellsberg
  • Narrated by: Steven Cooper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising insider's account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy - and renewal under the Obama administration - threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high-level access to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Insider Story

  • By Terry Masters on 12-07-17

Would give a sixth star if I could.

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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: 02-07-18

Wishing one extra star for Daniel trying to save us all. This book is badly needed.

  • Great Masters: Mahler - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 141

More than many other composers, Gustav Mahler's works are highly personal expressions of his inner world, a world of overwhelming alienation and loneliness. You'll learn, through both lectures and musical excerpts, how his symphonies are vast repositories of his intellectual, emotional, and spiritual expression that made him the first exponent of Expressionism, the early 20th-century art movement that celebrates inner reality as the only reality - but explored by Mahler using the musical language of the century just ended.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Survey of Mahler's Life and Major Works

  • By Darwin8u on 11-08-14

If only could it be longer

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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: 07-25-17

Such a course feels like an appetizer. I want to hear more now. Is there a sequel?

  • Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gain secret information or subvert enemies behind the scenes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • depends what you're after

  • By Rachel on 08-20-14

Little theory, broad overview

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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: 01-10-17

Don't expect a discussion of theory of espionage and results of experimental studies. It's just anecdotes from all times and places. But it's the field problem, not one of the lecturer, so 5 stars from me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine

  • By: Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roy Benaroch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

In Dr. Benaroch's 24 lectures, experience for yourself the high-stakes drama and medical insights of life in an everyday emergency department: the most intense department in any hospital and home to the kind of split-second decision making, troubleshooting, and detective work that can make the difference between a patient's life and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're into this sort of thing....

  • By Norman B. Bernstein on 11-27-15

Engaging

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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: 12-15-16

Good speaker! Very engaging and informative. Is he always right? I can't tell, but it's fun to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

  • By: Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,176

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio format still useful to get the gist of it

  • By Kazuhiko on 06-14-14

A book with an opinion, but honest.

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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: 12-15-16

Very inspiring book with a lot of backing research. The arguments are consistent and opinions honestly separated from facts. The facts are fascinating, although much more regions and epochs remain to be desired in order to arrive at better conclusions.

The opinions and proposals? Sometimes they sounded naive, mainly when efficient and professional tax collection is taken for granted on a global perspective.

Very little attention is paid to privacy protection. Vast global tax information sharing in a situation where many countries' treasuries and finance ministries are controlled by influential business people? It would be even fairer to make everything public. In this respect, no solutions are offered.

  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Summary of Political History I've Read

  • By blah on 05-12-13

Very relevant to current questions despite title

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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: 12-15-16

Well researched and with uniquely global view, this is an eye opener, especially for someone like me who has been fed mostly European / Near Eastern history.

  • Political Order and Political Decay

  • From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

Fukuyama examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding our place thru Poly Sci

  • By Gary on 12-29-14

Must read for politology

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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: 12-15-16

Very rare global overview of political developments, based on facts and research. Very informative and well written.

  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

  • By: David Shafer
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 394

The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Light-Hearted Paranoid Thriller

  • By Michele Kellett on 08-22-14

Inspiring albeit not really a literary jewel

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

Easy and entertaining book wit a lot of great insights and observations about our world.