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  • Conspiracy

  • Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

In 2016, one of the giants of modern journalism fell: Gawker Media, infamous for saying what other outlets wouldn't say, was sued for publishing Hulk Hogan's sex tape, lost the case and went bust. After countless other lawsuits it seemed that Gawker had finally run out of luck. But luck had nothing to do with it. Peter Thiel, PayPal founder and billionaire investor, had masterminded the whole thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling!! Amazing story masterly told!

  • By G-Montoya on 13-03-18

very disappointing end to mostly excellent read

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2 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

absolutely excellent book of Holidays, when he sticks to journalism he is unrivalled. I thoroughly enjoyed this book until his political Trump Derangement syndrome views leaked in and ruined it. Unnecessary and unwanted commentary on what was a mostly excellent story.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Heretic

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 221

What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Continuing her personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard and American citizenship, the New York Times best-selling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repression of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive

  • By S. Morley on 10-05-15

a must read

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Very good arguments on what to reform in Islam. You can tell she is not always balanced in her arguments however the general thrust of her work is spot on.

  • Rules for Radicals

  • A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
  • By: Saul D. Alinsky
  • Narrated by: Scott Lange
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know "the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listening to this book is a necessary evil

  • By Alana2 on 22-01-17

absolutely incredible

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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: 05-01-18

loved it. it was inspiring, frightening and empowering. I felt serious compassion for the lower middle class because of this book, Alinsky was a genius.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Win Bigly

  • Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Scott Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Trump triggered massive cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias on both the left and the right. We're hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason. We might listen to 10 percent of a speech - a hand gesture here, a phrase there - and if the right buttons are pushed, we decide we agree with the speaker and invent reasons to justify that decision after the fact. The point isn't whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to listen to this in 3D

  • By Simon Huggins on 09-11-17

excellent read- must have

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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: 22-11-17

as a committed persuasion fan and persuader this book was a once in a lifetime. a must have

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

  • How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
  • By: Dr. Joe Dispenza
  • Narrated by: Adam Boyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book

  • By Crazy shopper on 21-04-17

Incredible - must read

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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: 06-06-17

This book has given me a whole new paradigm with which to view my life and reality. This book is incredibly empowering and with the principles espoused in this book I can take even greater responsibility for myself and my personal reality.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

  • By: John Perkins
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

"Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Filled In So Many Blanks

  • By TheZee on 11-01-16

Very poor

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-17

Ramblings from a fantasist. If you're coming to this books for facts you'll be disappointed.

  • Trump: The Art of the Deal

  • By: Donald J. Trump, Tony Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith, Donald J. Trump
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Here is Trump in action—how he runs his organization and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent must read view into mindset of Trump

  • By Patrick on 01-04-17

Excellent must read view into mindset of Trump

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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: 01-04-17

I was fascinated to read this book because I wanted to know about the decision making processes of the greats. This book Gave it all. a little more detail than I'd like at times but some people might want that. Worth a read

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,242

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight but a little repetitive

  • By Andrew on 15-01-17

Ashlee Vance is unable to write balanced accounts

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Written by a fanboy for fanboys. While there was massive merit to it, Vances input was highly unnecessary and he could have at least feigned objectivity and balance but didn't, this became quite grating.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too little nuance

  • By Santiago on 17-10-16

Just amazing!!

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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: 20-07-15

I wouldn't change a thing about this. I especially loved the narrator he was perfectly chosen

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Civilization and Its Discontents

  • By: Sigmund Freud
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

First published in 1930, Civilization and Its Discontents is one of the most influential works of pioneering psychologist Sigmund Freud. Focusing on the tension between the primitive drives of the individual and the demands of civilization for order and conformity, Freud draws upon his psychoanalytic theories to explain the fundamental structures, conflicts, and consequences of society.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • understanding difference between guilt and remorse

  • By Elma on 05-04-18

I didn't love it

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

Reviewed: 16-03-15

There was some really great points but in critical junctures it was circuitous and tedious. I got a few gems all the same