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  • The Everything Store

  • By: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

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...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Force for good or for evil?

  • By iLard on 16-06-14

Okay. Too much information nearly

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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: 06-02-19

Okay. Too much information nearly. It is worth reading as he is now the richest person in the world

  • It's So Easy

  • And Other Lies
  • By: Duff McKagan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

In 1984, at the age of 20, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle - partly to pursue music, but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then-decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In LA only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as "Slash." Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N' Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By PerrieBelle on 15-09-16

great book if you are a gnr fan

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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: 04-01-18

of course this book only gives you one side of the picture but he seems to be a down to earth guy

  • Losing My Virginity

  • By: Richard Branson
  • Narrated by: Richard Branson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359

Losing My Virginity is an amazing memoir, a definitive business guide and an inspirational story that reveals Sir Richard's unique philosophy on business, the Virgin brand and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fasinating insight...

  • By Neil on 12-04-09

solid recount of how it all started

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

this is a book for people who enjoy business and celebrity of Branson.
it is a bit biased of course

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972

Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction. Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Useful insights into ring-fencing your focus.

  • By Mark Lancaster on 23-05-17

interesting

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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: 14-05-17

you will definitely pick up some good tips on increasing your concentration. worth a listen

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fascinating and bonkers

  • By melisa on 04-11-15

If you like facts on countries

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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: 21-02-17

I love facts and statistics and travel. so this book ticked all those boxes. The book is written for women though and you would know the author was a stylist columnist

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wilderness adventure from the comfort of home

  • By John on 28-04-07

good book. a nice listen

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

good book that is worth a read if you are a fan of bill brysons style

  • The Sellout

  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 602

Born in Dickens, Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's memoir will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed, he discovers there never was a memoir. Fuelled by despair, he sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A hilarious must-listen for the ages

  • By Gabe Fleming (Audible staff) on 14-08-17

good book. very out there

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

very out there. interesting thoughts. the narrator is brilliant and the action is good. crazy story line

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,281

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A short Review of Nearly Everything

  • By Roy on 08-08-05

Too many facts. but good book.

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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: 29-08-16

Too many facts. but good book. It does trigger an interest in reading up on more