Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World [Audiobook]

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World [Audiobook]
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World [Audiobook] by Adam Grant, read by Susan Denaker
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 7 mins | 273.62MB

The New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take examines how people can champion new ideas - and how leaders can encourage originality in their organizations.

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation's most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals, he again addresses the challenge of improving the world but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?

Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can fight groupthink to build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn't even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

The Longest Race [Audiobook]

The Longest Race [Audiobook]
The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance [Audiobook] by Ed Ayres, read by Richard Waterhouse
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 5 mins | 228.54MB

First and foremost a book about running, The Longest Race takes listeners alongside ultramarathoner Ed Ayres as he prepares for, runs, and finishes the JFK 50-mile race at a then record-breaking time for his age division - 60 and older. But for Ayres, this race was about more than just running, and the book also encompasses his musings and epiphanies along the way about possibilities for human achievement and the creation of a sustainable civilization.

Looking back over a lifetime of more than 50 years of long-distance running, Ayres realizes that his running has taught him important lessons about endurance, patience, and foresight. These qualities, also hallmarks of being human, likely helped humans to survive and thrive in the evolutionary race - and, Ayres posits, they are qualities absolutely necessary to building a sustainable society.

Grounding each step of his argument are vivid details from this particular race and other moments across his long running career. These experiences take us far beyond the sport, into new perspectives on our origins as future - and what it means to be a part of the human race. In the end, Ayres suggests, if we can recapture the running prowess and overall physical fitness of our "wild" ancient distance-hunting ancestors, we will also be equipped to keep our bodies, our society, and the entire world running long into the future.

Listen to This [Audiobook]

Listen to This [Audiobook]
Listen to This [Audiobook] by Alex Ross, read by the Author
2010 | MP3@64 kbps | 14 hrs 30 mins | 411.66MB

In Listen to This, Alex Ross, the music critic for The New Yorker, looks both backward and forward in time, capturing essential figures and ideas in classical-music history, as well as giving an alternative view of recent pop music that emphasizes the power of the individual musical voice in whatever genre.

Ross combines a selection of his New Yorker essays with new material that will serve as an introduction to some basic classical-music concepts and figures and will give an alternative view of recent pop music. It will demonstrate the essential equality of great musical creators in whatever genre.

It begins with 'Listen to This', his most famous New Yorker essay, an autobiographical account of his early passion for classical music and belated discovery of pop music in college. It sets forth the themes of the book as a whole: how classical music can become a vital part of wider contemporary culture, how it can survive and even prosper in the face of proclamations of its decline.

There follows a new essay tracing the history of the chaconne, a dance form based on a descending bass line, which originated as an erotic Afro-Caribbean dance in the 16th century, then migrated to Europe and inspired such Baroque masterpieces as Bach's Chaconne in D minor, and later found echoes in the bass lines both of 20th-century classical masterpieces and African-American blues. Led Zeppelin's 'Dazed and Confused' and Bob Dylan's 'Simple Twist of Fate', among other songs, extend the principle. This chapter develops, in a less personal way, the themes of 'Listen to This', and serves as a kind of whirlwind tour of five centuries of music history. Third in the introductory section is 'The Record Effect', an account of technology's impact on pop and classical music.

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century [Audiobook]

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century [Audiobook]
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century [Audiobook] by Alex Ross, read by Grover Gardner
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 23 hrs 7 mins | 657.46MB

The Rest Is Noise takes the listener inside the labyrinth of modern music, from turn-of-the-century Vienna to downtown New York in the '60s and '70s. We meet the maverick personalities and follow the rise of mass culture on this sweeping tour of 20th-century history through its music.

Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for music criticism. In addition, he was named a 2008 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, given for achievements in creativity and potential for making important future cultural contributions.

Jillian Michaels - BodyShred [Video]

Jillian Michaels - BodyShred [Video]
Jillian Michaels - BodyShred
MP4, AVC, 624x358 | AAC, 96 kbps, 2 Ch | 348 mins | 3.34GB

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  • Involves synergistic 3D body dynamics that explore the scope of movement possibilities to maximize athletic performance and metabolic potential in just 30 minutes
Jillian Michaels - BodyShred [Video]