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Y. Syed

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  • Failure Is Not an Option

  • Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
  • By: Gene Kranz
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brings back so many memories!

  • By Mr. P. J. Bellchambers on 13-04-13

We need more people like these…

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Reviewed: 14-02-19

It is sad that the Apollo moon missions came to an end, early.
It is even sadder that missions to the moon came to an end.
It is a crying shame that people with the vision, desire and the “Right Stuff”, no longer seem to exist…

  • Living with a SEAL

  • 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
  • By: Jesse Itzler
  • Narrated by: Jesse Itzler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will try almost anything. He brazenly pretended to be an established hip-hop artist to secure a meeting with a studio head - and it led to a record deal. He convinced a bunch successful business executives to invest in an unprecedented business plan - and it turned into Marquis Jet. He sincerely offered to run a 100-mile race in Spanx to get the attention of the beautiful founder of the company - and ended up marrying her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-04-16

*Must try harder*

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Reviewed: 09-08-18

It’s hard to listen to this without feeling inadequate and lazy!
Knowing what the human body can endure; how hard it can really be pushed; and just how accustomed I am to relaxing in my comfort zone, is just embarrassing!
*Must try harder*

  • The Science Delusion

  • By: Rupert Sheldrake
  • Narrated by: Rupert Sheldrake, David Timson, Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. In this book, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, shows that science is being constructed by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. The sciences would be better off without them: freer, more interesting, and more fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helped me see how I've been fed a line my whole life

  • By Alistair on 18-03-17

A much needed contribution to science that dogmatic ideologues won’t like

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Reviewed: 27-07-18

Very pleased to have come across this book.
I don’t agree with all of it, but it’s given me new ideas and a new way to view things; and that’s the point, isn’t!

I’ve always felt constrained by what passed for _science_ in the modern world.
The distinct arrogance of the grand wizards of material science, has smothered all other avenues of investigation!
A scientist should follow the evidence; not lead it!
A scientist should question their own results.
A scientist should be open to new ideas and new ways of thinking.
Shouting: “LA LA LA LA”, hoping other ideas just go away, isn’t remotely scientific!

Well done Rupert! May the learning and discovery continue!

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  • The Tycoons

  • How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
  • By: Charles R. Morris
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
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    4 out of 5 stars 12
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    4 out of 5 stars 12

Acclaimed author Charles R. Morris vividly brings these men and their times to life. The ruthlessly competitive Carnegie, the imperial Rockefeller, and the provocateur Gould were obsessed with progress, experiment, and speed. They were balanced by Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought, instead, for a global trust in American business. Through their antagonism and verve, they built an industrial behemoth - and a country of middle-class consumers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great history of the people and the period.

  • By Y. Syed on 16-05-18

A great history of the people and the period.

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Reviewed: 16-05-18

I was pleasantly surprised by this.
Yes, it gives a great deal of information about the main characters in the title; however, it also delves deeply into many other innovators and industrialists of the time; along with a great deal of historical background and context.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Quest for Cosmic Justice

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

This book is about the great moral issues underlying many of the headline-making political controversies of our times. It is not a comforting book but a book about disturbing and dangerous trends. The Quest for Cosmic Justice shows how confused conceptions of justice end up promoting injustice, how confused conceptions of equality end up promoting inequality, and how the tyranny of social visions prevents many people from confronting the actual consequences of their own beliefs and policies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Mark on 07-06-18

Should be read in all schools …

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Reviewed: 05-05-18

This is essential, evidence based wisdom, on the subject of Cosmic (social) justice.
It is essential that all people understand just how costly and unjust social just is!

  • To Rule the Waves

  • How the British Navy Changed the Modern World
  • By: Arthur Herman
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 121
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy - of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent book, well read.

  • By Michael Davison on 26-10-17

Great piece of history; told very well

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Reviewed: 18-05-17

A very useful and educational piece of history that many more Brits would do well learn.

Only two problems:
1. Brushes over British involvement in the Slave Trade with a simple "everyone else was in on it".
2. It appears to have been recorded off a tape that was chewed up for a half-hour segment of the Armada!

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Think and Grow Rich

  • By: Napoleon Hill
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432

Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very instructive, but there is more!

  • By Jeff Anderson on 04-09-16

Overall, very informative

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Reviewed: 18-09-15

Some very good advice, though coupled to a lot of Philosophical BS.

I can do without the author's philosophical ideas.
Most of the advice is excellent - similar to many modern motivation books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zero to One

  • By: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  • Narrated by: Blake Masters
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

What valuable company is nobody building? The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won't make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to 10, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes from zero to one. This book is about how to get there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality of starting a business

  • By Ahmad on 27-04-16

Very good advice for any tech startup

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Reviewed: 14-09-15

Shame about the performer's monotone delivery, otherwise, an excellent book.
If your planning a new startup, be ready to take notes and apply them, dispassionately to your grand idea.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Sun

  • The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Richard Rhodes
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Richard Rhodes' landmark history of the atomic bomb won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Now, in this majestic new masterpiece of history, science, and politics, he tells for the first time the secret story of how and why the hydrogen bomb was made, and traces the path by which this supreme artifact of 20th-century technology became the defining issue of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential history

  • By Y. Syed on 16-06-15

Essential history

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Reviewed: 16-06-15

The Thermal nuclear weapons, the science, the history, the politics, the espionage, the arms-race and the Cold War; all in one book.
I wish that the author's "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" was also available as an audiobook.
Also wish that both were available as unabridged…

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How to Take Charge of Your Life: The User's Guide to NLP

  • By: Richard Bandler, Owen Fitzpatrick, Alessio Roberti
  • Narrated by: Owen Fitzpatrick
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

Richard Bandler - the world-renowned co-creator of NLP who has helped millions around the world change their lives for the better - has teamed up once again with Italian NLP Master Trainer Alessio and co-founder of the Irish Institute of NLP Owen, to offer a simple yet engaging introduction to the groundbreaking ideas of NLP. Written in the form of a fable, Choose Freedom is the prequel to The Ultimate Introduction to NLP.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book

  • By Anonymous User on 28-07-17

Short, sweet, to the point.

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Reviewed: 09-06-15

Though short, this covers all the salient points about NLP. Doing it with a fictional (if protracted) story, makes it easier to digest.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful