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André

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  • Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Today, encyclopedias, jetliners, operating systems, mutual funds, and many other items are being created by teams numbering in the thousands or even millions. While some leaders fear the burgeoning growth of these massive online communities, Wikinomics proves this fear is folly. Smart firms can harness collective capability and genius to spur innovation, growth, and success.

    Bruce says: "Editor please"
    "Couldn't agree more..."
    Overall

    ... with most of the reviews. Rich in metaphors, but poor in examples... I expected much more of it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (469)

    Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate.

    Neil says: "Very interesting history, biased conclusions"
    "Don't miss this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is a well calibrated compilation of historical facts and opinions, in a way that is rare to find elsewhere.

    The narration is very good, with good impressions of characters depicted in the story, so we're clearly aware of quotations when the come along.

    As to the book's content, we should put aside the fact that any storytelling (or any history-telling for that matter) is always biased. Even so, if as much as half of what is in the book is true, the world of communication and the internet revolution that everyone brags about is indeed very different than you might have thought.

    The author's take on this subject sheds light on historical patterns that we tend to forget.

    It's an amazing reading for those interested in the matters of business and communications!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (390)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Ryan says: "Important themes, with blind spots"
    "Couldn't listen past the intro"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I know this book has received very positive reviews all over. And I know that the authors are accredited scholars on the subjects the book attempts to cover. However, I couldn't go as far as listening to the introduction.

    Up to the point where I listened to, the book tries to convince you that successful economies got to the point where they are simply because their culture is a more entrepreneurial one. So, in contrast, not-so-successful economies are not as entrepreneurial.

    I am not fond of any socialist school of thinking, but dismissing completely that some nations accumulated wealth by economically and/or politically influencing other regions of the world is too naive a view to start such a book with.

    Maybe I'll give it another try some other day...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19000)
    Performance
    (14772)
    Story
    (14717)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "It's OK to be a woman and a boss! NOT"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tina Fey's skills as a communicator really stand out in this audiobook. Her take on the way an audiobook should be recorded makes you wonder why so many titles are incredibly dull to listen to.

    On the other hand, for a book whose initial purpose is to answer the question of "how is it for you [Tina Fey, a woman] to be the boss of all those people", it talks a awful lot about boys and dresses and how a girl must have male homosexual friends... I mean, I think a feminine touch to any work environment is very welcome, especially if this touch means going to an office free of jars full of... well, read the book and you'll know. But I don't believe that women must talk about how they gave birth to their children in order to claim their space in an world "dominated" by men.

    Being a feminist shouldn't be about being as shallow as men, but with the opposite sign.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Human Action: A Treatise on Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ludwig von Mises
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Ludwig von Mises is to economics what Albert Einstein is to physics. Human Action is his greatest work: a systematic study that covers every major topic in the science of economics. It is also one of the most convincing indictments of socialism and statism ever penned. When it first appeared in 1949, it ignited an eruption of critical acclaim.

    george says: "Couldn't follow it"
    "Deeply deeply shallow"
    Overall

    I rate it with two stars as a way to give credit for the importance the book may have had. However, reading (or listening to) it today, the book sounds very outdated, specially when it comes to the author's political positions. It's not the case of being in favor of or against the marxism or the communism. It's just that this discussion feels out of place nowadays. As to the philosophical part of the text, it builds its arguments based on assumptions and logical conclusions drawn from the author's own perspective. His logic could surely be contested, and if so, all the subsequent points made are useless. I don't recommend it.

    2 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (782)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    Unlike other business and communication titles, this book brings real information.

    The tips in this book are very useful and those tips fall back on case studies and data, which seem to be missing on other titles out there.

    Perhaps the only drawback would be the amount of common sense used on the second half of the book. You may have already heard about the ideas proposed.

    But don't get me wrong: it doesn't even get to the point of being annoying.

    Overall, the book is great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (193)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or specific rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart people solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. He calls it "the knack" and it has made all the difference to the eight successful start-ups of his career.

    morton says: "Practical Advice with Real Life Examples"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    Nothing beats real and good examples. In this case, they are very well told both by the authors and by the narrator.

    Great lessons about real-life entrepreneurship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2647)
    Performance
    (1572)
    Story
    (1548)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Totally worthwhile"
    Overall

    A great trip through the history of statistics with good contemporary examples. Kinda hard to follow along some calculations by hearing, but still time well-spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3700)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1220)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Recommended!"
    Overall

    Very well written and narrated, filled with curious data. Although a few studies may sound refutable, I believe it's a very well-done job. All and all that's what's science is about: instigation. Definitely worthwhile!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Murphy
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (425)

    In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

    Mark C Walker says: "Disappointing"
    "Great book, but..."
    Overall

    The book is great! The stories it tells are really inspiring. But, as another reviewer pointed out, it does seem as if the book was sponsored by HBS. Although HBS is indeed a reference in entrepreneurship, other schools are too. It's something about the wording, maybe...

    Apart from that, the book is really useful. And the extra round of talk is a great bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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