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A. A. BACHMAN

Nonfiction Mainly

Cincinnati, Ohio | Member Since 2010

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  • How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (240)

    Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed. Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

    Roger Smith says: "Collins is always right"
    "Jim Collins is great, but this was disappointing."
    Overall

    I consider "Good to Great" to be the gold standard of books on business and management. It is rigorous in its analysis, profound in its conclusions, and extremely useful as a "how to" guide. It is one of the few books that I periodically re-read for its wisdom. "Built to Last" was comparable, but not as relevant as a how-to guide. I was not expecting "How the Mighty Fall" to completely live up to the standards of its predecessors, but I was expecting more than it delivered. It seemed to me to be a re-hashing of the ideas of the earlier books, with no revolutionary new material. I suspect that it served to fill an obligation for a multi-book contract, while not requiring years of research as his books normally do.

    I am looking forward to his next book, which sounds like a more extensive and original undertaking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sally Hogshead
    • Narrated By Sally Hogshead
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (314)

    Why are you captivated by some people but not by others? Why do you recall some brands yet forget the rest? In a distracted, overcrowded world, how do certain leaders, friends, and family members convince you to change your behavior? Answer: fascination, the most powerful way to influence decision-making. It's more persuasive than marketing, advertising, or any other form of communication. And it all starts with seven universal triggers: lust, mystique, alarm, prestige, power, vice, and trust.

    Lanie Evans says: "Hog your Head with Fascinate!"
    "Good advice for our "look at me" society"
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    Although this was a fascinating audio book, I was left with a unsettling feeling about it. It was hard for me to put my finger on what bothered me about the book, but then I realized that it was the fact that the book puts getting noticed ahead of virtue. Although the author's instructions for using "triggers" including "power", "lust" and "vice" sound like they might be effective (see Miley Cyrus as evidence), I would prefer a guide to developing the better angels of our nature. (Check out "Now Discovering Your Strengths" for a more uplifting resource for unlocking your potential.)

    That said, the author's narration was indeed captivating as you could almost see her pulling the levers of her seven triggers as she read.

    Alas, I am sure that my relatively negative review will only serve to increase the "vice" appeal of the material and thereby trigger more purchases.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ragamuffin Gospel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brennan Manning
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (96)

    Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe He tallies our defects and hangs His head in disappointment. In this new edition - now with a foreword by Michael W. Smith, testimony by Rich Mullins and the author's own epilogue, "Ragamuffin Ten Years Later," Brennan Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth.

    Tony Chiarilli says: "JUST AS WE ARE, NOT AS WE 'SHOULD' BE"
    "Great book despite smug narration"
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    First, this is an awesome book--fantastic and important message. I highly recommend it in book (not audiobook) format. Unfortunately, the narrator sounded smug and arrogant, which dramatically decreases the effectiveness of the message, which really has to do with having a humble, servant-like attitude towards faith.

    If the print format does not work for you, definitely get the audio format, you'll just have to try to overlook the narration..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Joel Fuhrman
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (470)

    When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

    Joseph says: "The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us"
    "Outstanding listen & got me off cholesterol meds"
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    I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Applying its concepts allowed me to reduce my blood cholesterol levels to the point where my doctor agreed that taking cholesterol medication made no sense. Secondarily, I lost 15 pounds which I've kept off for a couple years, and view this as a permanent shift to lower weight.

    The premise of the book is that many of the health problems we experience in the United States are due to the Western diet "(big surprise there!), but the author continues by spelling out an alternative. His alternative, a diet based on large quantities of fruits and vegetables, particularly leafy greens, is supported by numerous authoritative studies, such as the China study conducted by Cornell University.

    If Americans would just take seriously the responsibility for their diet, and the degree of change necessary to shift to a truly healthy diet, we would begin making progress against many of health problems plaguing our nation.

    If you, or love one, are suffering from type II diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, please listen to this book.

    It is read by the author whose passion for this subject makes it a thoroughly entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter the Great: His Life and World

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (281)

    This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

    Susan says: "detailed history"
    "I really enjoy history, but couldn't listen."
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    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    I really tried listening to this book. I probably lasted 2 1/2 hours or so listening on a long drive, but I finally had to give up. This narration is so dry and mono-toned that I finally had to give up. My apologies to the author, because based on the reviews on Amazon, I'm sure this is a great book, but I may never know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Schroeder
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (416)

    Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."

    Richard J. Riker says: "2,220 well-invested minutes!"
    "Fascinating biography, needed editing"
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    A very interesting biography that gives insight into how one of the world's wealthiest men got that way. It would have been a 5 star listen if it had been about half as long. I would definitely recommend, but listen at 3x speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11390)
    Performance
    (9857)
    Story
    (9829)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Fascinating account of a once in a lifetime leader"
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    I read and listen to a lot of business books, and intended for this to be more of a light, entertaining read. Although it was certainly entertaining, it also offers some amazing insights into what it takes to create the most valuable company in the world. I am not a big Steve Jobs or Apple fan, and am no more or less a fan after reading this, but it was a very fascinating, well written, and well read account. I think the author did a great job of capturing who Jobs was, blemishes and all.

    I was thoroughly entertained, and highly recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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