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Member Since 2014

  • 11 reviews
  • 60 ratings
  • 66 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Going Lean: How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen A. Ruffa
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Going Lean sets aside the notion that efficient operations and powerful innovations are only possible when business is steady and demand is growing. Instead, companies must learn that sudden shifts or unpredictable conditions need not undermine their results.

    A User says: "Boring, boring, boring"
    "Boring, boring, boring"

    This author repeats himself over and over again, throughout the book, throughout the chapters, until you finally decide to stop listening. Basically this book provides some vague notions about lean dynamics and is referencing Southwest Airlines and Toyota in every paragraph - without actually touching any specifics. Honestly, this book was a waste of my time and I would not recommend it to anyone.

    46 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Whyte
    • Narrated By David Whyte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    According to Whyte, we humans are involved not just with one marriage with a significant other. We also have made secret vows to our work and unspoken vows to an inner, constantly developing self. Whyte's thesis is that to separate these marriages in order to balance them is to destroy the fabric of happiness itself; that in each of these marriages, will, effort, and hard work are overused, overrated, and in many ways self-defeating.

    "There is no substance in this book"

    You may enjoy this book if you like well written novels. However I bought this book to actually learn something from it, or at least get me to think about the subject. However the content is very disappointing.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Management: Revised Edition

    • ABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter F. Drucker
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas

    The essential book on management from the man who invented the discipline. Now completely revised and updated for the first time.

    will says: "Super Interesting Listen"
    "For very patient people only"

    Although I have really tried, I was not able to finish the entire book. Apart from the fact that the reader's voice is a bit annoying, the author likes to hammer every point thoroughly by repetition... over and over again. This book could potentially be 90% shorter by removing repetition. There are a few interesting points in this book to be honest, but it just doesn't justify the time spent reading it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Masterson
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt

    If you had the opportunity to work where, when, and with whom you wanted - all while getting paid very well - would you take it? Self-made multimillionaire and best-selling author Michael Masterson did, and with Ready, Fire, Aim he'll show you how to do the same.

    Adam says: "Best Business Book in a Long Time"
    "Interesting read before starting a business"

    Very interesting way to look at things, opposite to many people's normal way of working. You cannot plan everything and expect perfection from the first try. Experience will teach you how to improve aim after you have fired. Good reading from a person with lots of experience to earn enough credibility.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate Sales Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chet Holmes
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald

    The only lasting way to enhance your productivity and growth is to focus on a handful of basic concepts and repeat them week after week - and teach your staff to do the same. This audiobook explains how to tune up virtually every area of your business systematically, with just a little disciplined focus. Spend an hour per week on each "impact area" of your business, and you will be astonished at how much you can accomplish.

    Sandy says: "Ok if you are selling carpet cleaning services."
    "Nice introduction to sales"

    This book is good when you don't have that much experience in sales and get discouraged by negative responses on your sales pitches. Holmes' experience is vast in this field and shows you that this is normal in the sales process, and provides helpful tips on how to increase efficiency of sales. Sometimes Holmes encourages slightly misleading advertising techniques, which may definitely be efficient but I wouldn't feel good using on my potential customers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich The 21st Century Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie

    Success is not an accident, it's a habit. Think and Grow Rich is where that habit begins. Throughout this inspirational masterpiece, which has influenced men and women on every continent, Hill gives examples and detailed analysis of how hundreds of exceedingly wealthy people earned and maintained their fortunes.

    Darvin says: "Note: "21st Century Edition""
    "Must-read for anyone with high ambitions in life"

    The word "rich" refers to riches of all kind. That it be money or happiness. Basically the message is quite simple, and tells you to go for all your dreams. Hill proves that this is a pre-requisite to any success. He also tries to show that believing is a guarantee for success. However this lacks any evidence or data. Nice reading though.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel Yergin
    • Narrated By Bob Jamieson

    The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil, and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations. The Prize is as much a history of the 20th-century as of the oil industry itself.

    Randol says: "major let down"
    "Relatively boring"

    I found it hard to concentrate and listen to the book. The pace is quite quick in summing up historical events in the oil industry. It lacks a bit of coherence and behind the scenes analysis.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this new, greatly updated edition of The Return of Depression Economics, Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increasingly out-of-control financial system set the United States, and the world as a whole, up for the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. He also lays out the steps that must be taken to contain the crisis, and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession.

    John Satterfield says: "Buy the printed book"
    "Keynesian theory"

    I'm still not convinced by the basis of the Keynesian concept. There is some fundamental flaw to this concept in my opinion, but the Keynesian answer to the flaw is "in the end we are all dead". That may be true, but new people are born every day. It's definitely an interesting book, however it lacks the fundamental evidence to support this theory.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Visionary Business: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Success

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Marc Allen
    • Narrated By Marc Allen

    Every successful business is based on a vision. In this presentation, Marc Allen shares his secrets for envisioning and creating success. He helps you to understand how to build a truly visionary business - one which supports its employees, its community, and the environment. This engaging guide presents 25 practical, concrete principles for creating your visionary business. Visionary Business will teach you how to manage by goals rather than by crisis, use your business plan and mission statement as visionary tools, recognize the benefits within adversity, plan your work and work your plan, and much more.

    Robert D. says: "some pretty good ideas...great presentation.."
    "Very bad sound quality and narration"

    The content of the book is not as much informative as it is entertaining and perhaps a bit inspiring. However there is a lack of concrete information if you are seriously looking to startup a business.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad's Prophecy: Why the Biggest Stock Market Crash in History is Coming...and How to Profit from It!

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
    • Narrated By Jim Ward

    When 401(k)s first became popular, Robert Kiyosaki's rich dad predicted grave financial consequences for the unprepared. Now, with companies in disarray and an ever-volatile stock market, Kiyosaki says that the worst is still to come. Rich Dad's Prophecy will show you how to build a financial ark that will make sure you not only weather the storm but profit from it. And profit well.

    A User says: "Invest in real estate"
    "Invest in real estate"

    This book starts off by warning of a coming stock market collapse based on the observation that the baby boom generation is approaching retirement. A direct effect will be felt because of the 401(k) construction which forces elderly to withdraw money after a certain age.

    Later, the part about how to profit from this situation, basically tells you to invest in real estate.

    While the first part of the book about the market collapse is quite interesting and compelling, the second part of the book about real estate is nearly worthless, in my opinion. Real estate markets can be volatile as well, only the variations are much slower in time. Also, in this part of the book, the author does not discuss the effect of the baby boom generation's retirement on real estate markets.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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