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  • Change or Die

  • The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life
  • Written by: Alan Deutschman
  • Narrated by: Brian Keeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

What if you were given the ultimatum: make a radical shift in your life, or lose it all? This was the question Alan Deutschman posed in "Change or Die", his sensational cover story for the May 2005 issue of Fast Company. Surprisingly, Deutschman concluded that although we all have the innate capability and fundamental need to change our behavior, we rarely ever do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read

  • By MMH Toronto on 2019-06-24

Good Read

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-24

interesting, a bit long winded, applicable, relevant. Glad I listened, but I would not re-listen a second time.

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • Written by: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just awesome

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-03-27

So / So

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-07

I really wanted to like this book.

Some (not much) original thought. The idea of measuring financial health through cashflow from portfolio income is interesting. The comments about financial education were interesting. The distinction between assets and liabilities (based on the author's criteria) is interesting ...

Some generalities and lack of substance. For example (using my words), if you don't have your own money's to invest, use other people's money. High risk investments sometimes pay off. It's a great idea to buy low and sell high. Come on!

All in all, not a total waste of time, but not a masterpiece either.

  • Getting to Yes

  • Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
  • Written by: Roger Fisher, William Ury
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Getting to Yes is a straightorward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting taken - and without getting angry. It offers a concise, step-by-step, proven strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict - whether it involves parents and children, neighbors, bosses and employees, customers or corporations, tenants or diplomats.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • started strong but couldn't finish.

  • By Ricky Tan on 2019-07-11

Essential Business Book

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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: 2019-06-04

I just finished "Never Split the Difference" and wanted to revisit "Getting to Yes" to compare and contrast the two books.

Bottom line, you need to read both books and apply the knowledge to the situation you are facing. The former is relevant
when negotiating with someone who doesn't share your value system. The latter is relevant when negotiating with someone who shares your principles and fundamentals.

Both books are essential business reading.

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • Written by: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,192

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it 2 times in 1 week

  • By Jonah Ferguson on 2018-07-20

Brilliant!

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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: 2019-05-29

What a great book.

The head negotiator of the FBI shares his wisdom and insights into how to drive negotiations. Beyond conventional notions of win/win, beyond assumptions of reasonableness, beyond "yes".

Brilliant book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will review again (and again). Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

  • The Courage to Be Disliked 

  • How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness
  • Written by: Fumitake Koga, Ichiro Kishimi
  • Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

The Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons required to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness. The Courage to Be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness. Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of 19th-century psychology alongside Freud and Jung, the authors explain how we are all free to determine our own future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A change on your perspective

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-01-10

Profound Book

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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: 2019-05-24

A profound book which discusses Adlerian Psychology. I learned new concepts such as Life Tasks, Ernest Living and Dancing in the Here and Now.

I agreed and recognized some of the ideas as true - intuitively, while disagreeing with others - vehemently.

At no time did the book leave me in a state of neutral.

Not an easy read. Substantive and weighty, it will appeal to readers with an interest in psychology and philosophy.

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  • Misbehaving

  • The Making of Behavioral Economics
  • Written by: Richard Thaler
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans - predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth - and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new

  • By Kindle Customer on 2019-02-25

If you like economics, this book's for you ...

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-16

If you like Economics and have a basic understanding, this book's for you.

A detailed discussion about Behavioral Economics and how the field evolved. The book offers convincing theory and justification for the positions it takes.

I'm not sure why we need to prove that humans behave as humans are prone to do, irrationally at times and that not all of us will always make decisions which absolutely serve our best interest. I see this as an intuitive point we can all agree on. But apparently not, thus the book is needed.

Glad I read it. Will likely read his other famous book "Nudge" in time.

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • A Leadership Fable
  • Written by: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quick and Easy

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-19

Short, easy read, good advice

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-03

A common sense book. Very short and easy read. Good reminders of what makes a team succeed. Trust and meaningful dialogue, productive conflict and shared goals.

  • Becoming

  • Written by: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,490
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,007
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,990

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Kendra Hastie on 2019-02-02

Brilliant First Lady, Brilliant Book

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-08

If you want to read this book to learn more about Barak Obama, don't. You will get some insights into the man's character and his story from the perspective of a loving wife, but that's anout it. This not what the book is about.

Mrs. Obama describes her journey and her family's journey eloquently and honestly. She shares enough to show you a glimpse into her life, but not so much as to endanger her family's privacy.

Throughout the book, I felt that I am listening to a brilliant mind, to a Harvard educated lawyer, to a loving wife and to "The Mother in Chief". Always compassionate, grounded, reasonable and caring.

My only gripe is that I wish the narration would have been done by a professional narrator. Mrs. Obama does great, but it could get a bit monotonous at times.

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  • Atomic Habits

  • An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
  • Written by: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,104

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving - every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent self improvement book

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-11-27

Great Advice

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-13

An easy read, the book is a good follow up on Duhigg's "The Power of Habit".

Duhigg discribed how habits work.

Clear goes further, he describes how we can leverage systemic changes (small, compounding changes) to establish and cement the habits we all wish we had.

I learned a lot from the book. Interesting, relevant and engaging.

  • Law School for Everyone

  • Written by: The Great Courses, Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, and others
  • Narrated by: Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Molly Bishop Shadel, and others
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Over the span of 48 lectures, four experienced lawyers and teachers recreate key parts of the first-year law student experience, introducing you to main areas of law most every beginning student studies. Enriched with famous cases from the annals of American law and powerful arguments by some of history's most successful lawyers, these lectures offer access to an often intimidating, surprisingly accessible, and civically important field.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Keep a note book nearby.

  • By Anonymous User on 2017-12-06

Comprehensive and Informative

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-05

This is the third of the great courses I complete. My experience with the series has been consistently positive.

The law school course offers a university level comprehensive and intriguing introduction into varied areas of law.

These courses require a time commitment of several weeks to complete. However if you are interested in a subject and are willing to spend some time on it, then I recommend this course specifically for law and the Great Courses series on other topics in general.