The Start-up of You [Audiobook]

The Start-up of You [Audiobook]

Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, "The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career" [Audiobook]
Random House Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 0307971430 | MP3@96 kbps | 6 hrs 41 mins | 275.66 MB

A blueprint for thriving in your job and building a career by applying the lessons of Silicon Valley's most innovative entrepreneurs.


The career escalator is jammed at every level. Unemployment rates are sky-high. Creative disruption is shaking every industry. Global competition for jobs is fierce. The employer-employee pact is over and traditional job security is a thing of the past.


Here, LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how to accelerate your career in today's competitive world. The key is to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you.


Why? Start-ups - and the entrepreneurs who run them - are nimble. They invest in themselves. They build their professional networks. They take intelligent risks. They make uncertainty and volatility work to their advantage.


These are the very same skills professionals need to get ahead today.


This book isn't about cover letters or resumes. Instead, you will learn the best practices of Silicon Valley start-ups, and how to apply these entrepreneurial strategies to your career. Whether you work for a giant multinational corporation, a small local business, or launching your own venture, you need to know how to:


• Adapt your career plans as you change, the people around you change, and industries change.

• Develop a competitive advantage to win the best jobs and opportunities.

• Strengthen your professional network by building powerful alliances and maintaining a diverse mix of relationships.

• Find the unique breakout opportunities that massively accelerate career growth.

• Take proactive risks to become more resilient to industry tsunamis.

• Tap your network for information and intelligence that help you make smarter decisions.


A revolutionary new guide to thriving in today's fractured world of work, the strategies in this book will help you survive and thrive and achieve your boldest professional ambitions. The Start-Up of You empowers you to become the CEO of your career and take control of your future.


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Service: A Navy SEAL at War [Audiobook]

Service: A Navy SEAL at War [Audiobook]

Marcus Luttrell, "Service: A Navy SEAL at War" [Audiobook]
Hachette Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1611134161 | MP3 VBR V8 | 12 hrs 07 mins | 416.29 MB

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.


In Service, we follow Marcus Luttrell to Iraq, where he returns to the battlefield as a member of SEAL Team 5 to help take on the most dangerous city in the world: Ramadi, the capital of war-torn Al Anbar Province. There, in six months of high-intensity urban combat, he would be part of what has been called the greatest victory in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces. We also return to Afghanistan and Operation Redwing, where Luttrell offers powerful new details about his miraculous rescue. Throughout, he reflects on what it really means to take on a higher calling, about the men he's seen lose their lives for their country, and the legacy of those who came and bled before.


A thrilling war story,Service is also a profoundly moving tribute to the warrior brotherhood, to the belief that nobody goes it alone, and no one will be left behind.


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Anatomy of Deception [Audiobook]

Anatomy of Deception [Audiobook]

Lawrence Goldstone, "Anatomy of Deception" [Audiobook]
Books on Tape | 2008 | ISBN: 1415946892 | MP3@96 kbps | ~ 7 hrs | 467.5 MB


In the tradition of Caleb Carr's The Alienist and Matthew Pearl's The Dante Club, this mesmerizing forensic thriller thrusts the reader into the operating rooms, drawing rooms, and back alleys of 1889 Philadelphia, as a doctor grapples with the principles of scientific process to track a daring killer.


In the morgue of a Philadelphia hospital, physicians uncover the corpse of a beautiful young woman. What they see takes their breath away. Within days, one doctor, Ephraim Carroll, strongly suspects that he knows the woman's identity. . .and the horrifying events that led to her death. But in this richly atmospheric debut novel - an ingenious blend of history, suspense, and early forensic science - the most compelling chapter is yet to come, as the young doctor is plunged into a maze of murder, secrets, and unimaginable crimes.


Peopled with vibrant real-life characters such as Canadian William Osler, hailed as the Father of Modern Medicine; famed surgeon William Stewart Halsted, who performed the first emergency blood transfusion and invented surgical gloves; and the controversial painter Thomas Eakins, The Anatomy of Deception brings to life a little-known and exciting turning-point in American medical history, when ignorant butchery gave way to intelligent surgery - and a young doctor is forced to confront an agonizing moral choice between exposing a killer, undoing a wrong, and, quite possibly, protecting the future of medicine itself.


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The First Tycoon [Audiobook]

The First Tycoon [Audiobook]

T J Stiles, "The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt" [Audiobook]
RH Audio | 2009 | ISBN: 1415965927 | MP3 VBR V5 | 28 hrs 44 mins | 979.84 MB

A gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism.


Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt is an American icon. Humbly born on Staten Island during George Washington's presidency, he rose from boatman to builder of the nation's largest fleet of steamships to lord of a railroad empire. Lincoln consulted him on steamship strategy during the Civil War; Jay Gould was first his uneasy ally and then sworn enemy; and Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president of the United States, was his spiritual counselor. We see Vanderbilt help to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation - in fact, as T. J. Stiles elegantly argues, Vanderbilt did more than perhaps any other individual to create the economic world we live in today.


In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models. He was an unschooled fistfighter who came to command the respect of New York's social elite. And he was a father who struggled with a gambling-addicted son, a husband who was loving yet abusive, and, finally, an old man who was obsessed with contacting the dead.


The First Tycoon is the exhilarating story of a man and a nation maturing together: the powerful account of a man whose life was as epic and complex as American history itself.


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Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark

Morris Dickstein, "Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression" [Audiobook]
Blackstone Audio | 2010 | ISBN: 1441762523 | MP3 VBR V8 | 23 hrs 34 mins | 749.12 MB

Hailed as one of the best books of 2009 by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, this vibrant portrait of 1930s culture masterfully explores the anxiety and hope, the despair and surprising optimism of distressed Americans during the Great Depression.


Morris Dickstein, whom Norman Mailer called "one of our best and most distinguished critics of American literature," has brought together a staggering range of material, from epic Dust Bowl migrations to zany screwball comedies, elegant dance musicals, wildly popular swing bands, and streamlined art deco designs. Exploding the myth that Depression culture was merely escapist, Dickstein concentrates on the dynamic energy of the arts and the resulting lift they gave to the nation's morale. A fresh and exhilarating analysis of one of America's most remarkable artistic periods, with Dancing in the Dark Dickstein delivers a monumental critique.


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Every Man Dies Alone [Audiobook]

Every Man Dies Alone [Audiobook]

Hans Fallada, "Every Man Dies Alone" [Audiobook]
Recorded Books | 2010 | ASIN: B003EUU34G | MP3 VBR V8 | 20 hrs 15 mins | 563.76 MB


Fallada wrote this novel in twenty-four days in 1947, the last year of his life; he was addicted to drugs and alcohol, and had just been released from a Nazi insane asylum. The story is based on that of an actual working-class Berlin couple who conducted a three-year resistance campaign against the Nazis, by leaving anonymous postcards at random locations around the city. The book has the suspense of a John le Carré novel, and offers a visceral, chilling portrait of the distrust that permeated everyday German life during the war. Especially interesting are the details that show how Nazi-run charities and labor organizations monitored and made public the degree to which individuals supported or eschewed their cause. The novel shows how acts that at the time might have seemed “ridiculously small,” “discreet,” and “out of the way” could have profound and lasting meaning.


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All That I Am [Audiobook]

All That I Am [Audiobook]

Anna Funder, "All That I Am" [Audiobook]
Penguin | 2011 | ASIN: B005WQ0XJK | MP3 VBR V8 | 13 hrs 08 mins | 398.58 MB

The unabridged audiobook edition of Anna Funder's All That I Am, a powerful love story that tells the heroic and tragic true story of the German resistance, read by Judy Bennett and Saul Reichlin. One September morning, elderly Ruth Wesemann wakes to the sound of a parcel being delivered to her door. Inside she finds a tattered little notebook. Opening its delicate pages she meets with a flood of memories...


It's 1933 and she is back in her light-filled flat in Berlin. Hans is making caipirinhas, snow falls outside the kitchen window, and Hitler is making his first speech as Chancellor of Germany. Her life and those of her tight-knit group of friends are about to change beyond all recognition. Having dedicated themselves to resisting the Nazi's rise, they have become hunted outlaws overnight. Fleeing the country, Ruth and Hans find refuge in a basement flat in Bloomsbury, but inspired by Ruth's fearless cousin Dora, they defy the conditions of their visas and risk being sent back to Germany in order continue their dangerous resistance work. But with each breathtaking act of courage and every person that they trust, they cannot help but risk betrayal and deceit. And then, one day, they face the chilling realisation that Hitler's reach extends much further than they had thought, even to London itself. Inspiring, tragic and based on real events, All That I Am is a masterful and devastating novel of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices that people endure to protect their beliefs and of discovering remarkable heroism hidden in the most unexpected of places.


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The Case of Comrade Tulayev [Audiobook]

The Case of Comrade Tulayev [Audiobook]
The Case of Comrade Tulayev [Audiobook] by Victor Serge
Audible | 2010 | ASIN: B00469X2MY | MP3 VBR V8 + EPUB | 15 hrs 18 mins | 513.82 MB

This book is a forgotten masterpiece! Its author, Victor Serge, was born in Belgium in 1890, of exiled russian parents, become an anarchist, went to revolutionary Russia in 1919 where he fought for the Bolsheviks, then became a left oppositionist to Stalin, being expelled from the Party, emprisioned and deported to Central Asia, then expelled from the Soviet Union in 1936 as a result of an international campaign. He died in Mexico in 1947.


Of his many works, this novel is widely regarded as his fictional masterpiece, considered by many as the finest piece of literature ever written about the stalinist purges. This is indeed a wonderfully conceived work, with a structure that in a certain sense seems to mirror conditions under Stalin's reign: Tulayev, a member of the Central Committee of the USSR Communist Party is murdered by mere chance, in the first chapter, by an anonymous disgruntled moscovite youth. Then, in suceeding chapters, members of government, party funcionaries, and known oppositionists (all of them entirely innoced of this particular crime,) are charged of being part of a wide conspiracy, arrested and interrogated. As the action unfolds, the diverse independent characters become ever more connected, at least in the perpective of the officials in charge of the investigation, not a few of which end up also arrested as conspirators... After a number of life sentences for the supposed plot are passed on and duly executed, the true culprit discover by change, in the last chapter, the tragic dimensions his act has produced. The way the main investigator of the case deals with the anonymous letter he receives from the murderer is a telling parable of a totalitariam state contempt for the truth. All this evolved story is written with such a superb wit, and even brilliancy at times, that the reading of this book is made into an indelible experience. - By F. P. da Costa




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The People's Train [Audiobook]

The People's Train [Audiobook]

Thomas Keneally, "The People's Train" [Audiobook]
Bolinda | 2012 | ISBN: 1743107889 | MP3 VBR V8 | 16 hrs 54 mins | 587.73 MB

A novel adventuring between the pre-WWI Russian enclave in Brisbane and Tsarist Russia. From the author of Schindler's Ark, another tale of oppression and the triumph of determined peoples.


Artem Samsurov, a charismatic protege of Lenin and an ardent socialist, reaches sanctuary in Australia after escaping his Siberian labour camp and making a long, perilous journey via Japan. But Brisbane in 1911 turns out not to be quite the workers' paradise he was expecting, or the bickering local Russian emigres a model of brotherhood. As Artem helps organise a strike and gets dangerously entangled in the death of another exile, he discovers that corruption, repression and injustice are almost as prevalent in Brisbane as at home. Yet he finds fellow spirits in a fiery old suffragette and a distractingly attractive married woman, who undermines his belief that a revolutionary cannot spare the time for relationships. When the revolution dawns and he returns to Russia, will his ideals hold true?


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Searching for Schindler [Audiobook]

Searching for Schindler [Audiobook]

Thomas Keneally, "Searching for Schindler" [Audiobook]
Bolinda | 2008 | ASIN: B001D066CC | MP3@56 kbps | 9 hrs 02 mins | 395.78 MB

A memoir of Tom's journey around the world to discover the complete story of Oskar Schindler and those on his now-famous list.


In 1980, Tom Keneally walked into a store in Beverly Hills owned by Polish Jew Leopold Pfefferberg Page to buy a new briefcase. For the next few years, Tom's life was taken over by this charismatic and driven man, known as Poldek, and the story he wanted shared. The resulting book was Schindler's Ark, which went on to win the Booker Prize and ultimately became the Oscar-award-winning film Schindler's List.


Tom and Poldek travelled across the US, Germany, Israel, Austria and Poland, interviewing survivors and discovering their extraordinary stories. Searching for Schindler is very much Tom's journey; he reflects on his early days as a successful but less than confident writer, and how this book, the film it became and the people he met, changed his and his family's lives forever.


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The Office of Innocence [Audiobook]

The Office of Innocence [Audiobook]

Thomas Keneally, "The Office of Innocence" [Audiobook]
Chivers | 2003 | ISBN: 0754083063 | MP3@56 kbps | 259.44 MB

Marshalling the vast powers of narrative and historical re-creation that he brought to his international bestseller Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally has created a moving and provocative novel about a headstrong young Catholic priest in World War II Australia. As Sydney braces itself for a Japanese invasion, Father Frank Darragh finds his pastoral duties becoming increasingly challenging. How should he counsel an AWOL black American soldier who may face death for his involvement with a white woman? And what should he say to another woman—the distressingly beguiling Kate Heggarty—who impresses him with her virtue even as she edges toward sin?


When Kate is found murdered, Darragh falls under suspicion. And even if the police clear him, his superiors—and his own conscience—may not. Office of Innocence is a book that’s impossible to put down, dense with moral complexity and alive with period detail.


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A Commonwealth of Thieves [Audiobook]

A Commonwealth of Thieves [Audiobook]

Thomas Keneally, "A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia" [Audiobook]
Tantor Media | 2006 | ISBN: 1400152917 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 28 mins | 380.95 MB

Keneally offers a novelistic chronicle of the founding of the colony now known as Australia, focusing on the first five years, 1788 to 1793, when the initial flotillas of boats carrying convicts, their military guard and administrators arrived in New South Wales. At the book's center is the relationship between Arthur Phillip, the pragmatic first governor, and Woolawarre Bennelong, the Aborigine who eventually served as a liaison between the settlers and natives. Keneally describes their first meeting "as fateful and defining as that between Cortés and Montezuma, or Pizarro and Atahualpa." Using their relationship as a prism, Keneally depicts the instances of tense commingling between the two communities. His historical narrative is so detailed as to at times feel dutiful. He's most successful serving up some of the dozens of pithy mini-portraits of the lowborn settlers. Like Robert Hughes in his seminal The Fatal Shore, Keneally seeks to correct some of the clichés that have arisen. He's careful to point out that the few thousand convicts sent to the colony were hardly the worst of the worst. Keneally's new consideration won't replace Hughes's definitive work, but with its colorful and eloquent prose, it makes for a compelling companion piece, one that credits Phillip for most of the colony's success.


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The 5 States of Success [Audiobook]

The 5 States of Success [Audiobook]

Brendan Foley, "The 5 States of Success: Create Meaningful Success in Your Career, Business & Life" [Audiobook]
Creative Content | 2012 | ASIN: B007PX6W0C | MP3@128 kbps | 4 hrs 37 mins | 246.95 MB

Brendan Foley has worked with thousands of people and hundreds of companies across all sectors to help create meaningful success. Through working with highly successful business professionals across the globe, he has identified the "5 States of Success": insight, connection, certainty, vitality, and spirit. When these states are entered into, they produce clarity, empathy, conviction, action, and purpose - which are the essential ingredients of meaningful success. He has found that most successful people and businesses demonstrate these traits.


Using clear examples, deep insights, the latest research, tools, techniques, and practical exercises, the listener will learn how to enter these states to create meaningful success and happiness in business and life!


The question you have to answer now is: are you prepared to create meaningful success in your business and your life?


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