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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,294
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93,833
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93,396

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

An excellent book on perspective

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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: 11-25-18

Stories are the root of culture. Language is the means of transmitting each of these stories into each culture. For a white kid from Arkansas, hearing these stories -told by the author- in a language equal to mine shapes my identity and my culture — it shapes my perspective forever. This is a truly excellent story we should all listen to.

As our political, economic, geographical, and educational backgrounds continue to be used as marketing tools by mainstream media focused on getting people’s attention, perhaps these stories are what will one day hold us together. Rather, the resultant empathy toward others will perhaps motivate us to seek out and listen to other people’s stories. The feeling of empathy toward Trevor (and many like him) generates by “Born a Crime” is paralleled only by the resultant drive to reach a more equitable future for our (and their) children and grandchildren.

Please take a moment to read his story. Perhaps follow it up with Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy”, Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”, Paulo Freire’s “50th edition of Pedagogy of the Oppressed” and Iris Marion Young’s “Inclusion and Democracy.” Seriously, if you read these, send me a message @Seanstreet22 on Instagram! Would love to chat about these and many others!

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  • The International Bank of Bob

  • Connecting Our World One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time
  • By: Bob Harris
  • Narrated by: Bob Harris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Hired by ForbesTraveler.com to review some of the most luxurious accommodations on Earth, and then inspired by a chance encounter in Dubai with the impoverished workers whose backbreaking jobs create such opulence, Bob Harris had an epiphany: He would turn his own good fortune into an effort to make lives like theirs better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully entertaining and accessible book

  • By Tim on 01-15-14

Incredibly valuable

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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: 06-03-18

In his own words, Bob Harris tells a powerful perspective on implemented solutions to social inequity. This style is at points long-winded; nonetheless, the lessons learned are incredible. Also, because he writes like he talks, the stories he shares are easier to share with others. I will reread this throughout my career -both the ups and the downs- to find both energy and preserve my own! Enjoy!

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  • Who Moved My Cheese?

  • The 10th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Spencer Johnson M.D.
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts, Karen Ziemba
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169

The simple story of Who Moved My Cheese? reveals profound truths about change that give people and organizations a quick and easy way to succeed in changing times. Who Moved My Cheese? is an enlightening story of four characters who live in a "Maze" and look for "Cheese" to nourish them and make them happy. Two are mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two are mouse-size people named Hem and Haw.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very practical

  • By Alberto on 12-18-09

i love the discussion and review by the author.

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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: 05-16-18

no other book I have read does this after the reading but the repest learning potential is off the charts!

  • Delivering Happiness

  • A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
  • By: Tony Hsieh
  • Narrated by: Tony Hsieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,624

In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do one thing exceptionally

  • By Ben on 09-07-10

book for all walks of life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Tony's masterpiece offers phenomenal insights into what individuals, groups and organizatioms should strive toward everyday!

  • The Noticer

  • Sometimes, All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective.
  • By: Andy Andrews
  • Narrated by: Andy Andrews
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,173

>. Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Noticer

  • By eleing on 06-21-09

1 percenters

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Most of us look at "1-percenters" for guidance. This book tells us to look within!

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,375

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Stories to Share

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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: 03-19-18

Nothing sticks better in our memory than great stories. Gladwell offers one you won't forget!

  • Mr Selfridge

  • By: Lindy Woodhead
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Now a major ITV drama series, Mr Selfridge is a tale of Edwardian excess and the rise and fall of maverick retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge. In 1909 London's first dedicated department store opened in a huge blaze of publicity. Zola called Selfridges a 'great cathedral of shopping', and its high priest was Harry Gordon Selfridge, father of modern retailing, philanderer, gambler, dandy and showman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • modern marketing 101

  • By Carolyn on 05-26-13

your everyday siesta

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

For those of us who long for a creative siesta through history, Mr. Selfridge offers a unique combination of radical emotional intelligence, before-his-time ethical approaches to marketing and management, and an off-the-charts eye for entertainment. He perfected the art of the first mover advantage and this story offers a besutiful perspective on why he did what he did. Every detail is important.

  • 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 26,257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,605
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,595

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

transparent and 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: 10-12-17

from start to finish, Phil Knight embodied his core principles of trust. he gave us the best account we could have asked for. He added the sunshine, the rainbows, the pot of gold, the hiddeaous leprechaun, its overgrown wart, its 3-inch long toe nails, and the thousand tangential stories that gave the story meaning. I recommend this book to anyone as there are universal truths for each of us to take away.