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  • The Right Kind of Crazy

  • A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation
  • By: Adam Steltzner, William Patrick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Grove
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Few organizations solve as many impossible problems as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and nobody knows more about leading rocket scientists to unlikely breakthroughs than Adam Steltzner. As the phase lead and development manager for EDL (entry, descent, and landing) of the Curiosity rover to Mars, Steltzner spearheaded the creation of one of engineering's wackiest kluges - the sky crane, which allowed the heaviest rover in the history of space exploration to land on Mars unscathed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't what I was hoping.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-15-16

For space AND business geeks

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I'm not often planning a 10-year mission to land a Mini Cooper-sized UFO on a hostile planet like Mars but the lessons Steltzner suffers through while doing just this can be applied to every day life. I'm a space and business geek...this satisfies both sides of that coin.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Persuadable

  • How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World
  • By: Al Pittampalli
  • Narrated by: Al Pittampalli
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

As a leader, changing your mind has always been perceived as a weakness. Not anymore. In a world that's changing faster than ever, successful leaders realize that a genuine willingness to change their own minds is the ultimate competitive advantage. Drawing on evidence from social science, history, politics, and more, business consultant Al Pittampalli reveals why confidence, consistency, and conviction are increasingly becoming liabilities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Save yourself a bunch of future arguments...

  • By Rob on 09-07-16

Save yourself a bunch of future arguments...

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I'm a sucker for books with great stories and this is one of them. I don't know that there is anything different in the book if you've read Cialdini or the Heath brothers except a bunch of new stories. As a guy who thought it was his duty to try to be right most of his life this book has reinforced my "older age" belief that minds were made to be changed when presented with new information - and that's ok. Enjoyed it. Wish I had read it when I was 20...would have saved myself a lot of arguments.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Connectography

  • Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
  • By: Parag Khanna
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

In Connectography, visionary strategist Parag Khanna travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Pakistan to Nigeria, and across the Arctic Circle to explain the unprecedented changes affecting every part of the planet. He shows how militaries are deployed to protect supply chains as much as borders, and how nations are less at war over territory than engaged in tugs-of-war over pipelines, railways, shipping lanes, and Internet cables. The new arms race is to connect to the most markets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The juice for the next generation

  • By Rob on 09-07-16

The juice for the next generation

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I really enjoyed this book. It is dense but the macro concepts are so important. In a nutshell: Man-made borders are not as important as man-made supply chains. Nation building within man-made borders is not as important as group affinity - think along the lines of "I'm a Google'r" vs "I'm Canadian". Overall a really great read to understand how connectivity is the juice for the next generation.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mud, Sweat, and Tears

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Tom Patrick Stephens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

Already a number-one London Sunday Times best seller, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is the adrenaline-fueled autobiography of the mega-popular star of the hit survival series Man vs. Wild, adventurer Bear Grylls. A former British Special Forces commando, a man who has always sought the ultimate in dangerous challenges, Bear's true story reads like an outdoors action-and-adventure novel. But Bear's story is true - full of breathtaking escapes and remarkable exploits that would make any Jack London or H. Ryder Haggard hero proud.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED THIS BOOK !!!

  • By katrina on 08-06-13

Knew of him but didn't know him

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Had no idea Bear had such an incredible past - SAS, broken back, Everest. The SAS stuff was waaaaay too long and, quite frankly, took away from his story. The highlight was his Everest climb. Absolutely gripping from start to finish. I liked the way he wrote the book - very conversational and relaxed. I wish he talked more about his shows - somewhat anecdotal mentions near the end. A little more detail would be welcomed. All in all, this was a decent read and if you are interested in what makes a guy like that tick, it's worth the effort.

  • Altamont

  • The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day
  • By: Joel Selvin
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones' infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was there...

  • By Marcheta on 08-29-16

So well done.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

First of all, I had no idea that Meredith Hunter was a guy...AND I was always under the impression that she was killed during Sympathy for the Devil and that is why the Rolling Stones stopped playing it in concert. Now I know that Meredith is a boy and he was killed during Under my Thumb...*

This book had me from the start - mostly because of the time and the players. The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, CSNY and the end of the peace movement. The Rolling Stones were ruthless in their pursuit of fame and, after reading this book, you will understand the paths that these various bands that performed (or opted not to perform) took. The Stones skyrocketing and the Dead moving back to their roots and away from the spotlight. This is the story of the end for so many things and is so very well told.

* I also had no idea that the Rolling Stones were such assholes!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,827

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long and drawn out

  • By Joel on 08-05-16

Great stories but...

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

I actually enjoyed this book more than the 3 stars I gave it but I'm really not sure what the point of it was. Great stories told in an easy to digest way but not as good or focused as his first book. Good for stories but bad for productivity learning.

  • The Game

  • Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers
  • By: Jon Pessah
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

In the fall of 1992, America's national pastime is in crisis and already on the path to the unthinkable: cancelling a World Series for the first time in history. The owners are at war with each other, their decades-long battle with the players has turned America against both sides, and the players' growing addiction to steroids will threaten the game's very foundation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Narration

  • By Sally Harrison-Pepper on 08-15-15

So great!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

If you are a fan of the business of baseball - the way it works behind the scenes - this is the book you've been waiting for.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crush It!

  • Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,800

Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Outdated and redundant

  • By Felix on 03-11-17

ENERGIZING!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-10

Listened to this after reading the hardcover version and found this one suits Gary's style much more than print. His energy and off-the-cuff comments (what he calls offscript) are worth the listen even if you've read the book already.

Only complaint? It's too short!!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wikinomics

  • How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
  • By: Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94

Today, encyclopedias, jetliners, operating systems, mutual funds, and many other items are being created by teams numbering in the thousands or even millions. While some leaders fear the burgeoning growth of these massive online communities, Wikinomics proves this fear is folly. Smart firms can harness collective capability and genius to spur innovation, growth, and success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Editor please

  • By Bruce on 04-06-09

Nothing new here

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-07

Absolutely nothing new here. Tapscott seems to wait for the latest trends to pass and then writes about them as if they are new. If you've heard of Flickr, YouTube or Facebook, you already know what's in this book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful