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Reading List Updates - Lone Wolf and Cub, Ultimate Sales Machine, Think and Grow Rich, Greatest Salesman in the World

I finished the Lone Wolf and Cub series, which was excellent. It's 28 books, a tale of a fallen samurai out on a quest for vengeance. Very philosophically deep and powerful. The whole series is very, very good, though I feel it dragged on a little bit at the end. There's an amazing duel between a great marksman and Itto, and then then Itto hijacks a ship to Edo (modern day Tokyo). After that, the series kind of meanders around - it could've ended in 2-3 books after that, but instead it went much longer, introducing a new antagonist and plotlines, fleshing out the backstory of the primary antagonist... it seemed just unnecessary, which is why I had a hard time getting through the last five books after enjoying the first 20 so much.

With that said, it's one of my favorite stories and my favorite comic of all time now. Well, calling it a "comic" doesn't do it justice - it's beautifully drawn, with lots of great philosophy and deep points. You definitely want to read at least the first three books. I wrote about this in Rule an Empire, a Fistful of Rice, with excerpts from the comic and discussion on the philosophy. If you're curious about the series, go read that post right now - I think you'll enjoy it, it's been a favorite around here.

I finished "The Ultimate Sales Machine" by Chet Holmes. Wow, that was a great read. Brilliant. Highly recommended, probably the best business book I've read since The E-Myth by Michael Gerber.

I listened to "The Greatest Salesman in the World" on audio - a very nice book, quite moving. It has some basic lessons for sales and life in the form of a narrative back in Biblical times. The audio was recorded by its author, Og Mandino, some 20 years after the book came out, so he's in his 50's or so. Really lovely, thoughtful piece, with good lessons. I really enjoyed it. His voice is nice to listen to too - it's very different from professional vocalists who are more steadfast, this one feels more like your grandfather is telling you a story.

Amazing. I just bought 32 audiobooks for $158.

If you're a reader and audiobook person at all, then this might be the most amazing sale you've ever seen. Audible just announced 200+ titles for $4.95 each. That's nuts. There's some good ones in there, too.

Here's what I bought -

Catch Me If You Can $4.95 War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning $4.95 Hughes: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire $4.95 Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul $4.95 Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China $4.95 Waterloo $4.95 The Iliad & The Odyssey $4.95 Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution $4.95 The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires $4.95 Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi $4.95 Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 $4.95 Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else $4.95 How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes $4.95 Influencer: The Power to Change Anything $4.95 Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets $4.95 The Lessons of History $4.95 Reminiscences of a Stock Operator $4.95 The Law of Success: From the Master Mind to the Golden Rule (in Sixteen Lessons) $4.95 Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand $4.95 Empire of the Summer Moon $4.95 Crime and Punishment $4.95 Gilgamesh: A New English Version $4.95 Man's Search for Meaning $4.95 The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance $4.95 The Prince $4.95 China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power $4.95 Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City $4.95 The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind $4.95 The Ultimate Sales Machine $4.95 The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything $4.95 The Road to Serfdom $4.95 Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda $4.95 You Paid: $158.40

I actually own several of those already on Kindle or paper, but I got audio copies of the ones I like since it's so cheap and such a good deal.

If you're ever thinking of doing the audio thing, this is the time to get started.

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