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  • Becoming Brilliant

  • What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children
  • Written by: Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In just a few years, today's children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those that were available to their parents or grandparents. While the US economy becomes ever more information-driven, our system of education seems stuck on the idea that "content is king", neglecting other skills that 21st century citizens sorely need.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Political Examples...why?

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-06-14

Political Examples...why?

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-14

Great framework. The issue is the length of the book. Too long for the information. Seems really redundant at times. A good infographic could cut out 100 pages.

The politicization within the book is a complete tangent. It was not needed for a book about raising children and hindered the message. I think the authors should have written a second book to express their political views.

Overall I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

  • Political Risk

  • Written by: Condoleezza Rice, Amy B. Zegart
  • Narrated by: Grace Angela Henry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

The world is changing fast. Political risk - the probability that a political action could significantly impact a company's business - is affecting more businesses in more ways than ever before. A generation ago, political risk mostly involved a handful of industries dealing with governments in a few frontier markets. Today, political risk stems from a widening array of actors, including Twitter users, local officials, activists, terrorists, hackers, and more. In today's globalized world, there are no "safe" bets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-06-14

Great Book

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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: 2019-06-14

Very happy with this book some excellent ideas and fantastic examples.

Narrator was pretty good too.

  • The Formula

  • Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children
  • Written by: Ronald F. Ferguson, Tatsha Robertson
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children, Harvard economist Ronald Ferguson, named in a New York Times profile as the foremost expert on the US educational "achievement gap," along with award-winning journalist Tatsha Robertson, reveal an intriguing blueprint for helping children from all types of backgrounds become successful adults. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-02-24

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-24

Great idea. I think the roles could be simplified to three: early learner, navigator rather than fixer and flight engineer and I liked philosopher which I think would also include model and revealer. Stories were excellent. Very inspiring information.

The Formula is wonderful love the acknowledgement that while your child will have some innate ability, but the Master Parent unlocks, reinforces, and supports the full potential.

The narrator was engaging. Some of the voices for the examples were annoying at times.

  • The Culture Code

  • The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
  • Written by: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world's most successful organizations - including Pixar, the San Antonio Spurs, and the US Navy's SEAL Team Six - and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent reminders!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-06-04

Awesome book

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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: 2019-02-08

Highly recommend this book. Great for business, the public sector, and family too.

Narrator was excellent.

  • The Black Swan

  • The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  • Written by: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Waseem Gharbieh on 2019-02-23

Arrogant tone. Painful to listen to

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-18

Reading this book would probably be easier to get past the author’s arrogance. Listening to it is just awful.