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  • The Confidence Game

  • The Psychology of the Con and Why We Fall for It Every Time
  • By: Maria Konnikova
  • Narrated by: Maria Konnikova
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Con men are artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. They hold a deep, enigmatic fascination for us. But how do they do it? Whether it's a suspicious-looking email or a multimillion-dollar global swindle, Maria Konnikova investigates the psychological principles that underlie each stage of the confidence game and the profile of both the con artist and his mark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for anyone who wants to understand con

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-03-16

Book of anecdotes about con-artists

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

This is nothing more and nothing less than a book with anecdotes about con-artists. There is some discussion of the psychological mechanisms underlying the tricks, but the discussion and critical analysis is light.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,802
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,800

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. 10/10. A must for entrepreneurs...

  • By AJ the Tramp on 07-02-18

Fantastic story - beautifully written

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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: 08-07-17

Phil Knight has a real gift for writing, wonderfully written for someone who is not a professional writer. The story of Nike is inspiring - the guts and bravery shown by all involved is astounding.

This book definitely made me laugh and nearly made me cry. Both Phil Knight and this story are truely authentic, a refreshing change from the modern era of entrepreneurs whose anecdotes and perspectives are tainted by vanity and insecurity.

Bravo

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,924

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Great story about human progress so far

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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: 09-04-17

Really enjoyed this book. Yoal Nuval Harari is a great story-teller - engaging and thought-provoking. Well worth a read if you want to ponderson events of the past and of the future

  • Platform Revolution

  • How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy - and How to Make Them Work for You
  • By: Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Sangeet Paul Choudary
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Facebook, PayPal, Alibaba, Uber - these seemingly disparate companies have upended entire industries by harnessing a single phenomenon: the platform business model. Platform Revolution delivers the first comprehensive analysis of how platforms use technology to match producers and consumers in a multisided marketplace, unlocking hidden resources and creating new forms of value. When a company like Uber connects drivers with passengers, everybody wins - except traditional cab companies, which are scrambling to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just what i was looking for.

  • By David M Fairbairn on 18-10-16

Absolute must read for pretty much everybody

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-17

This is my favourite audible book i've ever bought. The authors are clearly very very knowledgeable about platform businesses, and are systematic in their explanation of how platform businesses work, what makes them successful and the potential implications for society. Anybody interested in entrepreneurship, politics or just societal trends should listen to this book as soon as possible

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blair Years

  • Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book Award, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, these audio extracts chart the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting

  • By David on 13-07-07

Best for those who remembered the events in real time

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

I found this interesting, but there is not a lot of explanation about the media coverage of issues at the time. This is a problem with my expectations more than the book or narration, but I'm not old enough to remember these years and the much-discussed media coverage of the time, and that did diminish my enjoyment of the book.

  • Love's Executioner

  • By: Irvin D. Yalom
  • Narrated by: C.M. Carlson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 169

The collection of 10 absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients' dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too-human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loves executioner

  • By fitztaylor on 26-04-16

Fascinating insight into the fear of death

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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: 20-02-17

Interesting to all people curious about the human psychology, particularly about the human fear of death.

  • The Panama Papers

  • How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money
  • By: Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels he then receives documents showing a mysterious bank transfer for $500,000,000 in gold. This is just the beginning. Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche Zeitung journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in a secret world where complex networks of shell companies help to hide people who don't want to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting story of financial misdeeds

  • By Kirstine on 15-07-17

A must-read. Simple as that

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-16

Absolutely loved this. Detailed insight into the making of the definitive piece of investigative journalism of the current era.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Oedipus Plays

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sophocles, Ian Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Hayley Atwell, Michael Maloney, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

The three Theban plays by Sophocles - Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone - are one of the great landmarks of Western theatre. They tell the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, who was destined to suffer a terrible fate - to kill his father, marry his mother, and beget children of the incestuous union. He does this unknowingly but still has to suffer terrible consequences, which also tragically affect the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Anna Maria Rusanova on 25-06-16

Very powerful and moving

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

Reviewed: 16-10-16

I initially only downloaded this because it was free, but found I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day.

This translation is so powerful and emotive. The performance of this book left something to be desired - the music between scenes was tacky and poor quality, the voices of some characters were somewhat forced and over-acted.

But ultimately these complaints pale in significance when hearing them read this translation. Great job on the translation and to the voice of Oedipus! Really enjoyed this and will definitely be downloading others

  • Creativity Inc.

  • By: Ed Catmull
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855

As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: To make the world’s first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream first as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged an early partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986. Nine years later and against all odds, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaking the concrete

  • By Lucas on 17-04-15

Brilliant instructive guide of creative processes

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-16

Absolutely loved this book. Full of real examples and lasting messages that any creative companies should strive to replicate

  • The Long Tail

  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Christopher Nissley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

What happens when there is almost unlimited choice? When everything becomes available to everyone? And when the combined value of the millions of items that only sell in small quantities equals or even exceeds the value of a handful of best sellers?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An important book

  • By Ron on 13-01-08

Interesting theories on future culture & tech

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-16

Performance was a bit slow and the musical interludes annoying, but the content is fantastic and really well written! The theories as to how technology will shape our culture in the future are perceptive and engaging

The story is written with a bias towards entertainment (specifically music and tv) but is applicable to many different industries.

Anyone interested in the culture/micro-economics of the future should definitely give this a listen.