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  • The Algebra of Happiness

  • The Pursuit of Success, Love and What It All Means
  • By: Scott Galloway
  • Narrated by: Scott Galloway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

As Scott Galloway puts it, by the time you hit your mid-20s sh*t gets real. Life becomes stressful. Even the smart, the hardworking and the elite can feel lost in a chaotic, noisy and unpredictable world. As a professor at New York University's Stern School of Business, the debate in Galloway's MBA class often veers away from business strategy to the challenging issue of life strategies. Which is why Galloway, in his signature take-no-prisoners style, has developed a dynamic formula for a life well lived.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • bit odd. And not really what the title suggests

  • By Chris on 26-07-2019

Life lessons from Scott

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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: 22-07-2019

Interesting life lessons and reflections from Scott Galloway trying to amend for past indiscretions and pay it forward by sharing his experiences. Great that he reads it himself. If you weren’t familiar with him and his style it wouldn’t resonate as well. Read The Four and listen to him on Pivot first.

  • Delivering Happiness

  • A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
  • By: Tony Hsieh
  • Narrated by: Tony Hsieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, but a lacks insight and detail

  • By Justin on 26-02-2019

Inspiring and Uplifting

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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: 02-03-2018

What did you like best about this story?

It was equally thought provoking and informative.

What does Tony Hsieh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I really enjoyed the authenticity of this story.

Any additional comments?

Well worth reading and in my case a must read that I would highly recommend.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relevant to this day

  • By Nathan on 01-02-2017

Mandatory reading

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

Reviewed: 02-03-2018

Any additional comments?

I can't say I really much liked this book but considered it mandatory reading given the numerous references to it in sociology, popular culture and in this age of 'big brother'. George Orwell really was ahead of his time.

  • Chaos Monkeys

  • Inside the Silicon Valley Money Machine
  • By: Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Computer engineers use 'chaos monkey' software to wreak havoc and test system robustness. Similarly, tech entrepreneurs like Antonio García Martínez are society's chaos monkeys - their innovations disrupt every aspect of our lives, from transportation (Uber) and holidays (Airbnb) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder) - all in search of the perfect business miracle. Describing himself as 'high strung, fast talking, and wired on a combination of caffeine, fear, and greed at all times', García Martínez left Wall Street to make his fortune in Silicon Valley.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Verbose but compelling

  • By lara on 02-03-2018

Verbose but compelling

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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: 02-03-2018

Any additional comments?

If the author was not so verbose the story would only have been 1/3 as long. You could sometimes get lost in his descriptions of things but under all that it was really insightful and particularly useful if you have an interest in ad exchanges.

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  • Thank You for Being Late

  • An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Mr Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

From the Pulitzer Prize winner and number one international best-selling author of The World Is Flat, an essential and entertaining field guide to thriving in the 21st century. We all sense it - something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your children. You can't miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are speeding up - and it is dizzying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating picture of where the world is headed and the pace at which we are going there

  • By Daniel Burgess on 14-06-2017

Enlightening

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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: 22-01-2018

What did you like most about Thank You for Being Late?

Such an engaging start and such and interesting author. It has a few slow patches but is definitely worth listening to right through.

What other book might you compare Thank You for Being Late to, and why?

The Four.