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  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon | Brad Stone

    The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Paul says: "Loved the honesty!"
  • Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed | Ben R. Rich,Leo Janos

    Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.

    Jean says: "Awesome"
  • The Russian Revolution: A New History | Sean McMeekin

    The Russian Revolution: A New History

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sean McMeekin
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    Historian Sean McMeekin traces the events that ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and introduced communism to the world. Between 1917 and 1922, Russia underwent a complete and irreversible transformation. Taking advantage of the collapse of the Tsarist regime in the middle of World War I, the Bolsheviks staged a hostile takeover of the Russian Imperial Army, promoting mutinies and mass desertions of men in order to fulfill Lenin's program of turning the "imperialist war" into civil war.

    John R. Blackburn Jr. says: "Very accurate account of the 1917 Bolshevik coup"
  • The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 | James D. Hornfischer

    The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    One of America's preeminent military historians, James D. Hornfischer has written his most expansive and ambitious book to date. Drawing on new primary sources and personal accounts of Americans and Japanese alike, here is a thrilling narrative of the climactic end stage of the Pacific War, focusing on the US invasion of the Mariana Islands in June 1944 and the momentous events that it triggered.

    David Knox says: "It's Hornfischer. As always, he doesn't Disappoint."
  • JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters | James W. Douglass

    JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James W. Douglass
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in human history: starting a nuclear war. Horrified by the specter of nuclear annihilation, Kennedy gradually turned away from his long-held Cold Warrior beliefs and toward a policy of lasting peace. But to the military and intelligence agencies in the United States, who were committed to winning the Cold War at any cost, Kennedy's change of heart was a direct threat to their power and influence.

    Peter says: "One Book EVERY AMERICAN Needs to Read"
  • Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work | David Rock

    Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    Improving the performance of your employees involves one of the hardest challenges in the known universe: changing the way they think. In constant demand as a coach, speaker, and consultant to companies around the world, David Rock has proven that the secret to leading people (and living and working with them) is found in the space between their ears. "If people are being paid to think," he writes, "isn't it time the business world found out what the thing doing the work, the brain, is all about?"

    Felix says: "A Must Read for Anyone in Leadership"
  • American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company | Bryce G. Hoffman

    American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce G. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was just months away from running out of cash. With the auto industry careening toward ruin, Congress offered all three Detroit automakers a bailout. General Motors and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, but Ford decided to save itself. Under the leadership of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already put together a bold plan to unify its divided global operations, transform its lackluster product lineup, and overcome a dys­functional culture of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses.

    Michael says: "The best business book I ever read"
  • Leadership and Training for the Fight: A Few Thoughts on Leadership and Training from a Former Special Operations Soldier | Paul R. Howe

    Leadership and Training for the Fight: A Few Thoughts on Leadership and Training from a Former Special Operations Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Paul R. Howe
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    Tested and effective leadership and teaching advice based on riveting combat stories from a Special Operations veteran. In Leadership and Training for the Fight, MSG Paul R. Howe, U.S. Army Retired, shares ideas on leadership that he has developed through extensive combat experience. Howe tells riveting stories of military operations and analyzes leadership concepts. He also gives advice on how to understand students and how to refine your teaching methods. Written with the unique insight of a Special Operations soldier, this book is the perfect guide for anyone interested in improving leadership skills.

    Sheepdog627 says: "Tactical Training - must read"
  • Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain | Michael S. Gazzaniga

    Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael S. Gazzaniga
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    The father of cognitive neuroscience and author of Human offers a provocative argument against the common belief that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes and we are therefore not responsible for our actions.

    Dan says: "Use Your Credit On "Who's In Charge""
  • The Everything Store | Brad Stone

    The Everything Store

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To achieve that end, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now...

    Scott Bales says: "The Narrative of Amazon"
  • Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It | Robert K. Knake,Richard A. Clarke

    Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robert K. Knake, Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    Richard A. Clarke warned America once before about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security-and he was right. Now he warns us of another threat, silent but equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers.

    Ken says: "Scary"
  • The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback | Bruce Arians

    The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bruce Arians
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    What is an elite NFL QB, and what separates that player from the others? One answer is the coach they share. In the recent history of the biggest game on earth, one man is the common thread that connects several of the very best in the sport: Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and the resurgent Carson Palmer. That coach is Bruce Arians.

    Dominic O. says: "great read for coaches!"
  • Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA | John Rizzo

    Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Rizzo
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    In 1975, fresh out of law school and working a numbing job at the Treasury Department, John Rizzo took "a total shot in the dark" and sent his résumé to the CIA. In Company Man, Rizzo charts the CIA's evolution from shadowy entity to an organization exposed to new laws, rules, and a seemingly never-ending string of public controversies. Rizzo offers a direct window into the CIA in the years after the 9/11 attacks, when he served as the agency's top lawyer, with oversight of actions that remain the subject of intense debate today.

    M. R. Leavitt says: "The real CIA, from the inside, no punches pulled"
  • The Fundamentals of Hedge Fund Management, 2nd Edition | Daniel A. Strachman

    The Fundamentals of Hedge Fund Management, 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Daniel A. Strachman
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    The hedge fund industry has gone through dramatic changes in recent years. Investors of all types continue to want to place their assets into these investment vehicles even in the wake of the credit crisis, massive frauds, and insider trading scandals. Once the forbidden fruit of Wall Street, hedge funds are now considered "must have" investments in any diversified portfolio. Now in its second edition, The Fundamentals of Hedge Fund Management is revised and updated to address how the credit crisis, legislation, fraud, technology, investor demand, global markets, and the economic landscape have affected the industry.

    Bott says: "Simply Great"
  • Medieval Christianity: A New History | Kevin Madigan

    Medieval Christianity: A New History

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin Madigan
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    For many, the medieval world seems dark and foreign - a miraculous, brutal, and irrational time of superstition and strange relics. The pursuit of heretics, the Inquisition, the Crusades, and the domination of the "Holy Land" come to mind.

    Bill Martin says: "New Standard Text for This Period"
  • Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger | Dick Couch

    Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dick Couch
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    The 75th Ranger Regiment is a unique and distinct culture among the American military establishment. They stand alone, even among our other Special Operations forces, as the most active brigade-sized force in the current Global War on Terrorism. Since 9/11, the Regiment has been the only continuously engaged unit in the Army, and has had 40 percent of its number deployed in harm's way for the last decade. Their mission is unique. Rangers do not patrol, they don't train allied forces, nor do they engage in routine counterinsurgency duties. They have a single-mission focus.

    J. Pratt says: "Great in-depth history...not overly entertaining"
  • Cloudsplitter: A Novel | Russell Banks

    Cloudsplitter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    Deeply researched, brilliantly plotted, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, Cloudsplitter is dazzling in its re-creation of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, when slavery was tearing the country apart. But within this broader scope, Russell Banks has given us a riveting, suspenseful, heartbreaking narrative filled with intimate scenes of domestic life, of violence and action in battle, of romance and familial life and death that make the listener feel in astonishing ways what it is like to be alive in that time.

    James P. Barraza says: "Captivating read"
  • When Buyers Say No: Essential Strategies for Keeping a Sale Moving Forward | Tom Hopkins,Ben Katt

    When Buyers Say No: Essential Strategies for Keeping a Sale Moving Forward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Hopkins, Ben Katt
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    This is a complete and practical guide which highlights the authors' new strategic approaches to selling when the buyer initially declines or is resistant on a sales opportunity. The authors introduce a novel concept called the Circle of Persuasion which offers sales reps a new approach in this potentially tricky process. Along the way, When Buyers Say No details prescriptive steps and even sample dialogues that will instruct and guide sales professionals on how to best cultivate buyer-seller relationships.

    Jeffrey says: "An audiobook you have to listen to multiple times"
  • Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines | Richard A. Muller

    Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard A. Muller
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    We live in complicated, dangerous times. They are also hyper-technical times. As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential world, we need to know - truly understand, not just rely on television's talking heads - if Iran's nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if nuclear power should be encouraged, and if global warming is actually happening.

    Kim B, rural pediatrician says: "Read this one instead of listening to it"
  • The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean | Philip Caputo

    The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Philip Caputo
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    Philip Caputo, who had just turned 70, his wife, and their two English setters took off in a truck hauling an Airstream camper from Key West, Florida, en route via back roads and state routes to Deadhorse, Alaska. The journey took four months and covered 17,000 miles, during which Caputo interviewed more than 80 Americans from all walks of life to get a picture of what their lives and the life of the nation are really about in the 21st century.

    Andy says: "it's like you were there"
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