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Ken Craig

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  • The Entrepreneur's Toolkit

  • By: Michael Goldsby, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldsby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

This course teaches you how to be an entrepreneur and how to think like one - skills that are essential whether you are starting a business, expanding an existing business, boosting your career as an employee, pursuing a social cause, or seeking to increase your impact as a teacher, coach, minister, or other professional. Packed with fascinating lessons from legendary entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and Henry Ford, these 24 lectures are entertaining as well as practical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant roadmap

  • By Ken Craig on 03-05-2019

Brilliant roadmap

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Reviewed: 03-05-2019

I've never felt so empowered to take on entrepreneurship. Easy to pick up on each stage as you go, but worth multiple listens as you continue on the journey. Cuts right through to the core concepts and actions you need to undertake without feeling overwhelmed, while giving you enough direction to do further reading.

I've recommended this audiobook to a number of friends, both in startups and intrapreneurs without larger organisations who are developing new products and services.

  • Life 3.0

  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Penguin Audio presents Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark, read by Rob Shapiro. We stand at the beginning of a new era. What was once science fiction is fast becoming reality, as AI transforms war, crime, justice, jobs and society - and even our very sense of what it means to be human. More than any other technology, AI has the potential to revolutionise our collective future - and there's nobody better situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor and cofounder of the Future of Life Institute, whose work has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Anonymous User on 08-02-2019

Important topic, but not always well executed

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Reviewed: 02-04-2019

Tegmark uses a cross-disciplinary approach to explore the outer limits of AI and their implications. The audience is general and the content is mostly accessible. It is an incredibly important topic and Tegmark should be commended for his ambition and mission.

It poses some incredible questions, which made me stop in my tracks, and for that alone, I’d encourage you to listen.

The execution is a little askew. At times, including the first chapter, he adopts a fictional approach which is clunky and cringe-worthy. Some of big concepts are skimmed over, while the obvious messages are drummed into you until you’re sick of hearing it. The narrator’s voice is perfect but there seems to be long gaps between the sentences, which sometimes tested my patience.

Still, if you have little or no understanding of AI, I recommend this book because the content is so important, even if it is written by a physicist trying (and sometimes failing) to be a polemicist and advocate.

  • The Charisma Myth

  • How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism (Int'l Edit.)
  • By: Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileione
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out, and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic content that needs to be re-recorded due to poor editing

  • By Anonymous User on 29-05-2018

Smart, easy exercises to apply

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Reviewed: 18-06-2018

User friendly way to provide immediate improvement on your charisma, relationship building and communication style. Don’t expect deep psychological insights here, but if you want the tools to apply, this is your book. Definitely apply the practices and exercises as you go. I found myself pausing it, writing down the exercise and then trying to use it as soon as possible.

Narrator is good but could be listened to 1.25x. The audio seems to have been poorly edited and not compressed correctly, as you notice very significant variations in volume at certain points.

  • A History of India

  • By: Michael H. Fisher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael H. Fisher
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    4 out of 5 stars 21
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Over 5,000 years, India has been home to a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures. Two of the world's great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism - have their origins in South Asia, and the lands east of the Indus River have long been a central hub for trade, migration, and cultural exchange. Today the subcontinent contains 20 percent of the world's population and is a thriving center for global business, making this region one of most significant economic powerhouses in the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Much needed topic, but poor delivery and patchy structure

  • By Ken Craig on 03-02-2018

Much needed topic, but poor delivery and patchy structure

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Reviewed: 03-02-2018

This course fills a massive gap in the Audible library for Asian non-fiction. By trying to address this gap, deliberately or not, the course is spread very thin and inconsistently. There are no prevailing themes or obvious structure to this course. It lightly touches on archaeology, literature, religion, geography and finally contemporary politics. Yet, I don’t feel that I learned much on any of these topics.

The delivery is very poor. The lecturer stammers over words, pauses awkwardly and have no cadence or rhythm. In the many instances where the content completely changes direction, time, place or academic discipline, there is no signal from the monotone delivery. I often found myself skipping back, assuming that I had missed something, because now we were in a completely different time and place. I only persisted because there is no substitute product on Audible at the moment and this subject is something I want to learn more about. We’re in the Asian Century, yet there is an embarrassing lack of quality non-fiction on the largest continent here.

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  • Redefining Reality

  • The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
  • By: Steven Gimbel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Gimbel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39
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    5 out of 5 stars 38
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    5 out of 5 stars 38

No subject is bigger than reality itself, and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality is undergoing continual revision and has been for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory is both philosophical and scientific, a metaphysical search for ultimate reality that goes back to the ancient Greeks. For the last 400 years, this search has been increasingly guided by scientists, who create theories and test them in order to define and redefine reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen to expand your thoughts

  • By Anonymous User on 18-12-2018

Highly recommended as a starting point

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Reviewed: 15-01-2018

This is an ambitious series - deftly combining science, history and philosophy. If you had no prior knowledge of these fields, this would be an incredible series. The delivery and narrative is fun. The major loose arguments, threads and themes are wound together, across lectures and millenia.

Personally, I didn't learn a lot. There is only a cursory investigation into each topic, given the breadth of content. Yet, the way in which this content is brought together is creative and inspiring.

  • Fire and Fury

  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 612
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
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    4 out of 5 stars 555

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, best-selling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive audiobook, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Steve Bannon's Revenge!!!

  • By yshoraka on 11-01-2018

A genuine explanation for the inexplicable

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Reviewed: 15-01-2018

I've never had such clarity about why the Trump White House does what it does. Wolff steps behind the dripped leaks from the WH and exposes the true conflicting dynamics unlike anyone else so far. The antagonists, their motives and machinations are laid bare, if not systematically, with clarity. Every major decision (or lack thereof) over the first year is explained with clear logic, often with direct quotes from ground zero. My unanticipated response was to have great empathy for the individuals involved - not sympathy - such is the vivid characterisation of the people involved.

Before listening, I had concerns about the hyped gossipy, insider nature of how this book was put together but it is hard to walk away without feeling that this is a genuine achievement, particularly in a genre that is known for overreach and error. All political junkies must listen.





  • Naked Statistics

  • Stripping the Dread from the Data
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good storytelling and well rounded book.

  • By Galahadoc on 30-04-2019

Light hearted approach to stats but not a great audiobook

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Reviewed: 29-06-2017

Covers the topic well. I don't feel as though I learned a lot. No original insights.

The fluff is excessive and not that interesting or amusing to be honest. And then the math comes hard and fast and not suited to audiobook form.

  • Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive

  • By: Peter M. Vishton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter M. Vishton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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Parenting advice isn't hard to find. There are thousands of books on the subject, as well as a multitude of websites. Much has also been written on the science of child development. What's been lacking, however, are sources of reliable advice that bring together the scientific research and its real-world applications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart approach. Useful tips. Succinct delivery.

  • By Ken Craig on 29-06-2017

Smart approach. Useful tips. Succinct delivery.

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Reviewed: 29-06-2017

Cuts through the fluff on parenting advice. Goes straight for simple tips that have sound evidence basis, grounded in contemporary psychology, neuroscience and early education. Everything is practical and pragmatic. Not a lot here that you haven't heard before, but delivered in a way that is direct and empowering.

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  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction. Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good point- didnt need 70000 words to explain it!

  • By Anonymous User on 21-06-2017

Just what I needed to hear

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Reviewed: 21-02-2017

Compelling argument.

I've already noticed improvement in my productivity and well being. I'm sceptical about some of the strategies suggested, but Newport doesn't pretend it'll work for anyone either.

  • Peak

  • Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
  • By: Robert Pool, Anders Ericsson
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying the special ones - the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate 'gift' of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outliers barely skimmed the surface.

  • By Joshua on 22-01-2017

Stick with it

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Reviewed: 14-02-2017

The listener will need to break through the early thresholds of the annoying over-articulated narration and the repetition of the content for the first 4 chapters. But stick with it and this book pays huge dividends.

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