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    • Fortune's Formula

    • The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street
    • By: William Poundstone
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    In 1956 two Bell Labs scientists discovered the scientific formula for getting rich. One was mathematician Claude Shannon, neurotic father of our digital age, whose genius is ranked with Einstein's. The other was John L. Kelly Jr., a Texas-born gun-toting physicist. Together they applied the science of information theory - the basis of computers and the Internet - to the problem of making as much money as possible as fast as possible.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Could be MUCH shorter

    • By Michael on 11-08-17

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

    • Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job in the New Economy
    • By: William Poundstone
    • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 93
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      4 out of 5 stars 73
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 74

    You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do? If you want to work at Google, or any of America's best companies, you need to have an answer to this and other puzzling questions. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? covers the importance of creative thinking, ways to get a leg up on the competition, what your Facebook page says about you, and much more.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Fun, but not in Audio...

    • By Michael on 01-09-12

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Rock Breaks Scissors

    • A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody
    • By: William Poundstone
    • Narrated by: Joel Richards
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 64

    A practical guide to outguessing everything from multiple-choice tests to the office football pool to the stock market. People are predictable even when they try not to be. William Poundstone demonstrates how to turn this fact to personal advantage in scores of everyday situations, from playing the lottery to buying a home. Rock Breaks Scissors is mind-reading for real life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very dry but worth the read

    • By Luke on 07-28-14

    Regular price: $19.60

    • News Feeds Are Making Us Stupid

    • By: William Poundstone
    • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
    • Length: 5 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Those who get their news from social networks and the internet are less informed than those who get their news from radio or newspapers.

    Regular price: $1.18

    • Head in the Cloud

    • Why Knowing Things Still Matters When Facts Are So Easy to Look Up
    • By: William Poundstone
    • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    More people know who Khloe Kardashian is than who Rene Descartes was. Most can't find Delaware on a map, correctly spell the word occurrence, or name the largest ocean on the planet. But how important is it to fill our heads with facts? A few keystrokes can summon almost any information in seconds. Why should we bother learning facts at all? Best-selling author William Poundstone confronts that timely question in Head in the Cloud.

    Regular price: $24.49