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  • Digital Minimalism

  • Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
  • Written by: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Cal Newport
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 90
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
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Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, the best-selling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perspective changer...

  • By MK on 2019-06-11

Important ideas!!

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Reviewed: 2019-04-01

My view of social media has changed because of this book. I was in denial about how I use social media, anyone saying they “limit screen time” sounded like a total square to me. I only just realized they were getting at using screens for USEFUL things, not watching advertising and getting lost in a maze of attractive shiny things for a big corporation’s gain. It’s so sly how it gets into your life but social media and the smartphone can really waste your life.

  • Conspiracy

  • Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
  • Written by: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

In 2007, a short blogpost by Gawker Media outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel's sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn't consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private. This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker and its bankruptcy. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental - it had been masterminded by Thiel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most engaging book I’ve listened to

  • By Shane Beehler on 2019-01-21

Ryan. Talks. Like. This.

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Reviewed: 2019-03-12

Very interesting book, really glad I bought it. I don’t usually make a comment on the narration but Ryan my man, keep it movin’ instead of halting each word. Other than that this book’s a banger. Thanks

  • Sound Pictures

  • The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years, 1966-2016
  • Written by: Kenneth Womack
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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Sound Pictures traces the story of the Beatles' breathtaking artistic trajectory after reaching the creative heights of Rubber Soul. As the bandmates engage in brash experimentation both inside and outside the studio, Martin toils along with manager Brian Epstein to consolidate the Beatles' fame in the face of growing sociocultural pressures, including the crisis associated with the "Beatles are more popular than Jesus" scandal. Meanwhile, he also struggles to make his way as an independent producer in the highly competitive world of mid-1960s rock 'n' roll. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite books

  • By Carson on 2019-03-07

One of my favourite books

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Reviewed: 2019-03-07

I would suggest this as a must read for any aspiring music producer. This was so interesting, I was dying to hear the next chapter.

  • Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin

  • The Early Years, 1926-1966
  • Written by: Kenneth Womack
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 4
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Maximum Volume offers a glimpse into the mind, the music, and the man behind the sound of the Beatles. George Martin's working-class childhood and musical influences profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC's Classical Music department and as head of the EMI Group's Parlophone Records. Out of them flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the Beatles' incredible body of work, including such albums as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and Motivating

  • By Carson on 2019-02-22

Fascinating and Motivating

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Reviewed: 2019-02-22

Being a producer myself this fired me up big time. The accents the narrator did put me into the world of the story and I was very happy with the whole experience. This book is an exciting success story and I learned a ton, will be reading more on George for sure.

  • Secrets to Building a Home Recording Studio

  • The Complete Guide
  • Written by: Robson Green, Music Studio Insights
  • Narrated by: Brian Housewert
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
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    3 out of 5 stars 1
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If you want to build the perfect home recording studio, this guide covers everything from choosing the perfect location and equipment to mixing and mastering your recordings with common digital audio workstation plugins and functionalities. We'll even touch on the more technical side so you can achieve pro-sounding recordings!  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginners resource

  • By Carson on 2019-02-09

Great beginners resource

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Reviewed: 2019-02-09

A solid first step for anyone looking to get into producing and recording music, good refresher for someone more advanced also

  • Wherever You Go There You Are

  • Written by: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4 out of 5 stars 28
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Warmth, humor, anecdotes, and poems make up this inspirational guide to a revolutionary new way of being, seeing, and living. Dr. Kabat Zinn has taught this two thousand year old Buddhist method of relaxation to thousands. Let this be your guide to mindfulness meditation in everyday life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the great secular texts on vipassana.

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-07-08

A great reminder

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Reviewed: 2019-02-08

I will listen to this super calming walk through of meditation when a refresher is needed. This was very pleasant even as a way to calm down without starting a meditation practice. I recommend it.

  • Influence

  • The Psychology of Persuasion
  • Written by: Robert B. Cialdini
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
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Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say yes - and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His 35 years of rigorous, evidence-based research, along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior, has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader - and how to defend yourself against them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • important

  • By Wayne on 2018-08-28

Basic Info but Hell Yeah Books

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Reviewed: 2019-01-22

For anyone uninitiated to these kinds of influence tactics this is a great beginner’s perspective!

  • Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters

  • Written by: Alan S. Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 7
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Contrary to conventional wisdom, our brains and bodies are hardwired to carry out an evolutionary mission that determines much of what we do, from life plans to everyday decisions. With an accessible tone and a healthy disregard for political correctness, this lively and eminently readable book popularizes the latest research in a cutting-edge field of study: one that turns much of what we thought we knew about human nature upside-down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Busted my mind open

  • By Carson on 2018-12-24

Busted my mind open

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Reviewed: 2018-12-24

This can be a tough pill to swallow as a book, it really lays out the reasons we do what we do and it’s not pretty when you relate it to situations in your life you thought were simply choices made by people’s minds (or hearts lol)

  • This Is Marketing

  • You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See
  • Written by: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
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Now, for the first time, Seth Godin offers the core of his marketing wisdom in one compact, accessible, and timeless package. This Is Marketing shows you how to do work you're proud of, whether you're a tech start-up founder, a small-business owner, or part of a large corporation. Great marketers don't use consumers to solve their company's problem; they use marketing to solve other people's problems. Their tactics rely on empathy, connection, and emotional labor instead of attention-stealing ads. When done right, marketing seeks to make change in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good up to date powerful reminders

  • By Carson on 2018-12-16

Good up to date powerful reminders

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Reviewed: 2018-12-16

I’ve read a good few marketing books (22 immutable laws of marketing is my fav) and this one added to my tool belt some real points about focusing on your niche audience. Very important.

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