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Kjell

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  • Billy, Alfred, and General Motors: The Story of Two Unique Men, A Legendary Company, and a Remarkable Time in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By William Pelfrey
    • Narrated By Dickson Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    You couldn't find two more different men. Billy Durant was the consummate salesman, a brilliant wheeler-dealer with grand plans, unflappable energy, and a fondness for the high life. Alfred Sloan was the intellectual, an expert in business strategy and management, master of all things organizational. Together, this odd couple built perhaps the most successful enterprise in U.S. history, General Motors, and with it an industry that has come to define modern life throughout the world.

    Ray says: "Not Only an Automotive History"
    "Fascinating early history of the auto industry"
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    Would you listen to Billy, Alfred, and General Motors again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again, but I enjoyed listening to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fascinating to hear about the eccentric characters and the early history of companies that are household names.


    Any additional comments?

    Writing engaging business history can be very difficult, especially when it does not relate to recent crises. Pelfry does a wonderful job, and is helped by a colorful set of characters and a wily industry so different from the staid auto industry we have today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1105)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Entertaining, engaging, and informative."
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    Would you listen to A History of the World in 6 Glasses again? Why?

    Yes, it is full of interesting tidbits that I would like to remember for that next cocktail party.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Bregman
    • Narrated By Peter Bregman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review column (one of the most popular columns on HBR.com, receiving hundreds of thousands of unique page views a month), 18 Minutes clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find a way to focus on those key items that are truly the top priorities in our lives.

    Anthony says: "Really great system"
    "An unfocused book, but it had many good ideas"
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    What made the experience of listening to 18 Minutes the most enjoyable?

    The book does contain several good pieces of advice for people who need to figure out what they would like to do and provides helpful (or at least innovative) suggestions for how they go about doing so. Some things are new and some things are common sense. However, people uncertain about their direction in life (and are stressed out about it) probably benefit from being told the common sense stuff too, even if they already know it.


    What about Peter Bregman’s performance did you like?

    He speaks clearly, with conviction, and with a story teller's flair.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is remarkably unfocused. The thread meanders so much that you are often left wondering what the particular anecdote or section has to do with obtaining focus. Many of the examples, or the metaphor of Google Earth are groanworthy, in that they are examples so frequently cited by others or are the meme of the day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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