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Matthew

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  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1310)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (696)

    Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

    April says: "Leadership"
    "Money better spent elsewhere"
    Overall

    I am usually satisfied if I get 1 useful idea from a book like this. I listened to this book waiting for a punchline that never came. You know how sometimes when a book is published the author is interviewed on the radio or in print. Often the best parts of the book are contained in that interview. This is one of those cases. If you find a good interview or article about this book you'll get all you need to know. I'll bet you'd get even more from those than from the book itself. Save your money/credits for something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leap First: Creating Work That Matters

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (216)

    Recorded in an intimate gathering of aspiring entrepreneurs, writers, and leaders, Leap First teaches us 49 essential principles, practices, and life lessons that have helped Seth the most in his own work and life. More than an audiobook or keynote speech, each track here presents a carefully chosen catalyst intended to trigger our own passion and insight with each listening.

    @ChadGrills says: "I'm listening again right now."
    "More good nuggets even for seasoned Godin readers"
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    Performance
    Story

    It is well worth one's time. He boils down a lot of his earlier work and adds a few new anecdotes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (274)

    Every marketer tells a story. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche Cayenne is vastly superior to a $36,000 VW Touareg, which is virtually the same car. We believe that $225 Pumas will make our feet feel better, and look cooler, than $20 no-names...and believing it makes it true.

    Oscar says: "Just OK for me."
    "More useful advice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Some of the most practical advice I've ever heard regarding cognitive frames. Pay attention to their existence or ignore them at your peril.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linchpin Part 2: Are You Indispensable?

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

    Matthew says: "One of Godin's Best"
    "One of Godin's Best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book covers topics of value which lie far beyond business. I've read multiple times and each reading yields more pearls of wisdom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Hedges
    • Narrated By Chris Hedges
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Drawing on his own experience and on the literature of combat from Homer to Michael Herr, Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies, corrupting politics, destroying culture, and perverting the most basic human desires. Mixing hard-nosed realism with profound moral and philosophical insight, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning is a work of terrible power and redemptive clarity whose truths have never been more necessary.

    llr says: "Powerful, perceptive, personal"
    "Powerful"
    Overall

    Hedges reading his own work is powerful. His descriptions of war's costs to both the individual and society obliterate the pro war propaganda that's so common in today's media. It's easy to see the origins of themes he expands on in Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class. Definitely a worthwhile read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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