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  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,745

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Ollie Chapman on 22-09-15

Told with great vulnerability

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-19

In general, I love the way she speaks. She is not always clear, like starting a sentence and not finishing it. But she knows how to prevent stating cliche things (that are true, but not so useful to listen to) by peppering it with tons of examples, mostly from her own life.

  • The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 1

  • 1882–1885
  • By: Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

A Russian author, playwright, and physician, Anton Chekhov is widely considered one of the best short-story writers of all time. Having influenced such writers as Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, and James Joyce, Chekhov’s stories are often noted for their stream-of-consciousness style and their vast number.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No list of stories

  • By Jeff Cotton on 16-08-18

I had expected more

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-19

I thought I would like those short stories, but they didn't enthrall me. They feel more like a setup for a story than a story proper, many of them don't have a proper climax.

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup--practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best management book I've ever read

  • By Simon on 01-11-16

Opposite of inspirational

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-19

The story is meant to be inspirational, but it achieves the opposite effect. He tells how he neglected his family so many times, how he asks of people to only work work work and how often he was at the brink of bankruptcy, that the only reason I am able to read this book is his luck and survivor bias. I dropped it halfway, I can't take it anymore.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,442

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

Great start, surprising, but missed a punch

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-19

A perfect follow up if Sapiens. He starts in the same surprising way of seeing things. However, towards the end, it gets too speculative without actually adding information.

  • Superforecasting

  • The Art and Science of Prediction
  • By: Philip Tetlock, Dan Gardner
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week's meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts' predictions are only slightly better than chance. However, an important and underreported conclusion of that study was that some experts do have real foresight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • book presents a new way of thinking

  • By Flavia A. Popescu on 10-02-16

Super scientific

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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: 07-01-19

I like the scientific rigor the author is using to back up his claims. The story is written so well, that this back and forth carefulness is actually *adding* to the story, instead of reducing it or making it boring.

  • Misbehaving

  • The Making of Behavioral Economics
  • By: Richard Thaler
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans - predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth - and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Behavioural Economics in Perspective

  • By Judy Corstjens on 27-01-16

Good intro to behavioral economics

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

I didn't know too much about behavioral economics except the Freakonomics podcasts, and I must say that the author has an engaging way of writing to captivate the audience.

  • The Little Book That Still Beats the Market

  • By: Joel Greenblatt
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Now, with a new Introduction and Afterword for 2010, The Little Book that Still Beats the Market updates and expands upon the research findings from the original book. Included are data and analysis covering the recent financial crisis and model performance through the end of 2009. In a straightforward and accessible style, the book explores the basic principles of successful stock market investing and then reveals the author’s time-tested formula....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • long term strategy

  • By Joshua on 16-08-16

Short and to the point

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

A simple idea and not too much pooha around it. Simple enough for everyone to understand, yet interesting enough for economics minded people.

  • You Are the Placebo

  • Making Your Mind Matter
  • By: Dr. Joe Dispenza
  • Narrated by: Adam Boyce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Is it possible to heal by thought alone - without drugs or surgery? The truth is that it happens more often than you might expect. In You Are the Placebo, Dr. Joe Dispenza shares numerous documented cases of those who reversed cancer, heart disease, depression, crippling arthritis, and even the tremors of Parkinson's disease by believing in a placebo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Jezierski Michal on 09-12-16

Interesting thoughts

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

The idea of the book is strong. The beginning as well, but after a while, he is telling more of the same. The chapter about quantum mechanics is painful to read for me as a PhD in it. It's mostly not even wrong, he is making sentences from words that do not even make sense.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Quirkology

  • The Curious Science of Everyday Lives
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715

For over 20 years, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology, he navigates the backwaters of human behavior, discovering the telltale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed dating and personal ads, and what a person's sense of humour reveals about the innermost workings of their mind - all along paying tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Laura Y. on 10-05-16

Amusing, not amazing

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-18

It was a fun, light book in between. It doesn't contain life changing insights, but if you expect just since quirky science, you will get it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Waking Up

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

For the millions of people who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From bestselling author, neuroscientist, and “new atheist” Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the increasingly large numbers of people who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is Important.

  • By Lucas on 15-02-15

Interesting, but difficult to grasp

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-18

This narrative is the perfect approach to spirituality, using the scientific approach of direct experience. However, this also makes it more difficult to grasp. I have to listen to it again to fully appreciate it. He talks too fast, bit luckily Audible has an option to reduce the playing speed.