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  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • Written by: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm surprised this book has such great reviews

  • By Exanime on 2017-12-15

I thought this would include investment principals

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-03

This is mostly about how to be at a work place. If you're looking for investment advice this is not it.

  • Michael Jordan

  • The Life
  • Written by: Roland Lazenby
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net. He is responsible for incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there's also a dark side to Jordan: A ruthless competitor, a gambler. There's never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • GET A DIFFERENT NARRATOR

  • By tristan on 2018-12-02

Good overall read

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-19

it's not bad, performance is good and you get a fair amount of details. I'd have liked to have more input from Jordan himself. Clearly this author didn't have access to Jordan.

  • Crushing It!

  • How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too
  • Written by: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk, Rich Roll, Amy Schmittauer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

Four-time New York Times best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands. In this lively, practical, and inspiring audiobook, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough detail

  • By Shawn on 2018-09-12

Gary is genuine and motivational

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-31

Based on the little clips here and there I always thought Gary Vee is so arrogant and a nobody. Listening to this book made me realized he's very genuine and smart. This book is great motivation but the content isn't very informative. I can't say I learned much but it does get you fired up.

  • Growth Hacker Marketing

  • A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising
  • Written by: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Best-selling author Ryan Holiday, the acclaimed marketing guru for American Apparel and many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians, explains the new rules and provides valuable examples and case studies for aspiring growth hackers. Whether you work for a tiny start-up or a Fortune 500 giant, if you're responsible for building awareness and buzz for a product or service, this is your road map.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not much new if you know a little bit

  • By Sean Arani on 2019-01-05

Not much new if you know a little bit

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-05

I can't say this book taught me anything. but it does motivate you to think about stuff for your own. in the boom he says Growth hacking is a mindset not methodology and he's right about that, and this book makes you try and think that way.

  • The Everything Store

  • Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
  • Written by: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story of the Amazon empire

  • By Lucas on 2019-07-23

Not as detailed as you'd hope.

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-01

I thought there's be more insights into the inner functioning of the company. There's a fair amount of information but everything is mostly surface.

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  • Delivering Happiness

  • A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
  • Written by: Tony Hsieh
  • Narrated by: Tony Hsieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made a difference!

  • By L on 2018-07-13

Great motivational book with good insighta

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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: 2018-11-21

It's a good look into his train of thoughts. You can skip the end which is the Q&A part it's pretty much a repeat of stuff he says in the book.

  • Titan

  • The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
  • Written by: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 35 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 67

Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story

  • By Raven W on 2019-07-15

Great book on a great man.

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-20

The only complaint I have is that it does not include much about the inner workings of Standard Oil and details of the thought processes behind some decisions made. It looks at it from a 20000ft distance angle.
Otherwise the book is great. Very informative on the man and the family too.

  • Onward

  • How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul
  • Written by: Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was Okay

  • By Law on 2019-05-03

Meh. Not enough business learning

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-18

I'm a big fan of autobiographies. But this one left to desire. It's mostly a Starbucks marketing book, not much value added content unless you're a huge fan of Starbucks. I also found the reader tries to sound dramatic all the time which gets tiring when you're listening to the book.

  • This I Know

  • Marketing Lessons from Under the Influence
  • Written by: Terry O'Reilly
  • Narrated by: Terry O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 211

Big companies spend a fortune marketing their wares and services. Can yours? Invariably people ask advertising veteran and CBC Radio host Terry O'Reilly one question more than any other: How does a little business compete with the big guys? After decades at the helm of an award-winning advertising production company, and over a decade exploring the art and science of marketing for CBC Radio, O'Reilly delivers all the answers they - and anyone with something to sell - ever wanted to know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good I am buying the hard copy too

  • By kw on 2018-03-12

Interesting examples but not a marketing guidebook

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-29

There are some interesting examples of people who have done things right. And of course I'm a big fan of the radio show, but if you're looking for a general guidebook of what a marketing department of a company is supposed to look like and what their responsibilities are, this is not it.

  • Built from Scratch

  • How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion
  • Written by: Bernie Marcus, Arthur Blank, Bob Andelman
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Built from Scratch is the story of how two incredibly determined and creative people - and their associates - built a business from nothing to 761 stores and $30 billion in sales in a mere 20 years. Built from Scratch tells many colorful stories associated with The Home Depot's founding and meteoric rise; shows that a company can be a tough, growth-oriented competitor, and still maintain a high sense of responsibility to the community; and provides great lessons useful to people in any business, from start-ups to the Fortune 500.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great tale. Very candid and inspiring.

  • By Sean Arani on 2018-06-15

A great tale. Very candid and inspiring.

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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: 2018-06-15

the stories are inspiring and educative. Emphasis on customer service is a must for any business who wants to succeed.