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  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,848

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Interesting read and a little hero worship

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

Reviewed: 11-29-15

As stated above, very interesting stuff. However, there was a slight lack of objectivity.

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  • Think and Grow Rich

  • By: Napoleon Hill
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,533

Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Book, 21st Century Version Better

  • By Razvan Rogoz on 12-29-12

Dated and mystic

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

While I was impressed by the amount of time and energy the authored poured into this endeavor, it was at times difficult to listen to, because of some of the antiquated perspctives.

  • Zero to One

  • Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
  • By: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  • Narrated by: Blake Masters
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,675

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Insightful Until You Think A Little Deeper

  • By Mark Brandon on 10-31-14

Nuanced, big-picture read

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

Reviewed: 09-23-15

This is a sophisticated read by an obviously nuanced and disciplined thinker. Peter and Blake deride mimicry and caution unoriginal thinkers to reconsider his or her plans to open a startup.

  • Getting to Yes

  • Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
  • By: Roger Fisher, William Ury
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,724

Getting to Yes is a straightorward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting taken - and without getting angry. It offers a concise, step-by-step, proven strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict - whether it involves parents and children, neighbors, bosses and employees, customers or corporations, tenants or diplomats.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe I Could Go to Four and One-Half Stars

  • By John on 01-14-12

Really Well Done

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

I am a lawyer by trade, so I imagine myself a decent negotiator in practice, but I still found some very useful and easy to apply truths here. Strongly recommend.

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  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,654

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent message but poor solution

  • By Troyus on 09-03-14

A literal life-changer...some technical gliches

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

If you could sum up Leaders Eat Last in three words, what would they be?

The book title does this for us. Leaders really do eat last. Spending the early years of my adult life in a special operations unit in the US Army, I got to see this leadership tool first hand and the profound affect it had on those of us charged with carrying out the unit mission.

  • Turn the Ship Around!

  • A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  • By: L. David Marquet
  • Narrated by: L. David Marquet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499

David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait to put this to work-track needs editing

  • By Bret on 07-26-13

Great book with some technical issues

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

If you could sum up Turn the Ship Around! in three words, what would they be?

I am considering making this required reading for everyone in my organization. This book along with a handful of others have served as a "rudder" for our management style. Getting the whole team to invest in the Leader, leader model is the real challenge. I believe, as Marquet suggests, that if we accomplish this in our firm, the sky is the limit.

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  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,493

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

well written and concise

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you own a business or are planning to start one, this is a must read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,916
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,893

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

Rich and meaningful content

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

I have been a fan of Bryant Stevenson since listening to him percent in Atlanta in 2013. He is a dynamic and salient speaker and this book does not disappoint.