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  • You Are Not So Smart

  • Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
  • By: David McRaney
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe a Little Smarter Now Than I Was Before

  • By Derrick on 30-01-12

I'm not so smart

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-12

Great book to follow the excellent blog. Essential management reading because none of us are as smart as we think we tend to think we are.
@upfinder

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs, Michael Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-Primes for Dummies

  • By Olivier on 23-01-13

Who'd loan $700k to a $14kpa strawberry picker?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-12

Brilliant story. Sorry, did I just say story? The truth it turns out is more surreal than most stories.

This book differs from the early post sub-prime crash accounts in that it chronicles the build-up and collapse from the perspectives of the handful of maverick investors that not only predicted the crash but realised that they could bizarrely bet against the market with the odds stacked on their side. It also perhaps benefits from being researched a few years after the event.

Ever heard of Mike Burry or Steve Eisman? No, nor had I, but we should know them. Michael Lewis shows his colours from Liar’s Poker so this cannot be seen as entirely impartial narrative but the testimony is utterly damming.

It provides excellent insight into how we prefer the blissful ignorance of the current economic momentum to rational facts. For the next 10 years or more we will be living our lives and managing our businesses in the fallout from financial greed, corporate mis-management, corruption, ingenuity and our own innate optimism. Enron again, but this time on steroids. Some of this will leave even the most hardened sceptic incredulous at the stupidity of it all. Why is it only in hindsight that giving a $700k mortgage to a $14kpa strawberry picker seems so stupid? So, be warned, as David McRaney has shown us, ‘You are not so smart’.

So now that we’ve survived the mother of all crashes I guess we can all get on with our lives again! A few trillion here and there in national debt for having rescued the system that brought us to our knees is surely nothing to worry about.

@upfinder

  • The Thank You Economy

  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

The Thank You Economy is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn't some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it's real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not. It's the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As relevant in 2016 as when it was written

  • By Richard Mawer on 11-03-16

Gary doing what Gary does best

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-12

Reminding us all, with buckets of passion and character, that the traditional customer service basics and personal touches that were initially lost as we moved to the new economy are even more critical to success today due to the way in which positive and negative feedback can spread so quickly using social media. Most repeated phrase, Pull don't Push. Perfect sense. @upfinder

  • The Lean Startup

  • How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
  • By: Eric Ries
  • Narrated by: Eric Ries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Startups and product developers should take note

  • By Mark on 14-02-12

Startups and product developers should take note

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-12

Humble and persuasive, the author highlights through his own struggles how he came to apply a lean manufacturing mindset to software development. What is particularly fascinating to me is how well this translates to all business startups not just to product development. Excellent stuff. @upfinder

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Free Marketing

  • 101 Low and No-Cost Ways to Grow Your Business, Online and Off
  • By: Jim Cockrum
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

You used to need a big ad budget to get your message across. Not anymore! Thanks primarily to the Internet, a world of free and inexpensive tactics exists for spreading the word about your business. Free Marketing delivers more than one hundred marketing ideas to help small business owners and marketers generate new revenue—with little or no marketing budget.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting (ish)

  • By Neil on 01-08-12

Logical simple techniques everyone can apply

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-12

Good narration of a well laid out book containing sensible advice and genuinely free or no cost ways of growing your business online. That is to say free of third party costs. Jim makes it perfectly clear that these are not get rich quick ideas and rightly so. The models he describes are clearly founded selling information but the ideas are equally transferable and applicable to other sectors. @upfinder

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What You Need to Know About Strategy

  • By: Jo Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Stuart McLoughlin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

In any career in business, chances are that the time will come when someone will ask you to do a strategy for something. Too often, this will be a cue for stress at work and sleepless nights. What You Need to Know about Strategy shows that it doesn’t have to be like this. Taking you step-by-step through the basics of what you need to know to come up with a great strategy.... By cutting out the theory, and focusing on the things you need to know and do to come up with a killer strategy, this book means that you never need to panic again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This may work better as a text rather than audio

  • By Mark on 19-01-12

This may work better as a text rather than audio

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-12

Listening to this on the move didn't work very well for me. This content may be better than it came across in audio format or if at a desk and able to make notes/mindmap. I found the narrative and the narration too lifeless and not a patch on the Project Management text in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Zen and the Art of Making a Living
    A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design
    
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    Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
    9 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • Zen and the Art of Making a Living

  • A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design
  • By: Laurence G. Boldt
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

First published in 1991, Zen and the Art of Making a Living is the life-changing book that helped revolutionize the career planning field by offering a new vision of work. This new edition has been updated throughout.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 1 star too many

  • By Mark on 13-01-12

1 star too many

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-12

This may go down well with some but for this Brit the narration and music made the cheesy words unpalatable. 'You are your life's work' is not entirely lost on me and there may be other pearls of wisdom but all was lost in a sea of hogwash.

  • It's Not Who You Know, It's Who Knows You

  • The Small Business Guide to Raising Your Profits by Raising Your Profile
  • By: David Avrin
  • Narrated by: David Avrin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Almost everyone who runs a business recognizes the value of generating high-profile attention for their company, product, or service. Unfortunately, the high cost of hiring an outside marketing or PR firm can put these kinds of efforts out of reach for many small businesses and individual professionals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Serious about your business? Get this book!

  • By Gary on 03-03-10

For those with no prior exposure to business only

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-11

I'm afraid that I bailed out after three hours of hearing the blindingly obvious. I wish I'd trusted my gut feeling as per Simon Sinek and stopped within the first hour. I kept waiting for a new insight or fresh approach but left wanting. Maybe as a book this works better because you can skim through and pick out the key headlines and the odd insight but this was a random walk through treacle.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Start with Why
    How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
    
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    Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    450 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • 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 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Read This Book?

  • By Ian on 26-05-11

An excellent principle although slightly laboured

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-11

Straight away you can tell this is not being read so much as owned. I just wish Simon had opened with how his life changed and led onto his excellent 'golden circle' principle rather than leaving this until the end. The good examples are repeatedly referred to and whilst this helps ram home the message, my interest started waning halfway through. Nonetheless this is an interesting marketing angle and like all good simple ideas is one that is only obvious when you have been told. Its interesting that because of his good delivery, I think this is a book that probably works much better as an audible.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Your Brain at Work

  • Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
  • By: David Rock
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beethoven on a Kazoo

  • By M. Russell on 23-08-11

Why don't we know this already?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-11

Your brain is up there with, er oxygen and it is amazing how little most of us know about its capabilities and limitations and how to make the most of this most vital of assets. The core analogy, namely seeing the brain as a stage, works well. I would have awarded 5 stars but found that at just short of 10hrs the message could have been delivered more succinctly.