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john

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  • The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Peters
    • Narrated By Tom Peters
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    "Years ago, I wrote about a retail store in the Palo Alto environs—a good one, which had a box of two-cent candies at the checkout. I subsequently remember that 'little' parting gesture of the two-cent candy as a symbol of all that is Excellent at that store. Dozens of people who have attended seminars of mine have come up to remind me, sometimes 15 or 20 years later, of “the two-cent candy story,” and to tell me how it had a sizable impact on how they did business."

    Alexander says: "Really hard to listen"
    "From a Tom Peters fan, not his best"
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    Tom is a great lecturer but keeping the listener engaged is a different talent. The use of repetitive, semi-corny diatribes I could have done without. The start of the book goes well but I feel he ran out of material half way through. The worse of it was his insistence that one should help their competition indicated to me how much he has lost touch with the actual working world and has joined the academic ivory tower crowd he preaches to discredit in this work as well as in the past. In Search of Excellence and Thriving on Chaos are among the best books of any kind I have ever read and have made a huge impact on my business career. So if you are deciding to read a Tom Peters book check these out first.

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  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3138)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1850)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "The foundation for Atlas Shrugged"
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    Having read this after Atlas Shrugged it was interesting to see how the author developed her philosophy in the plot and characters more subtly in Fountain Head. For example I thought it odd the main characters had a spiritual component that could lead one to read in a religious undertone which contrast with the author's admitted atheism. The story is engrossing and the underlying socialist villains must have been alarming given the world political status when this book was originally released. All and all it is well worth a listen.

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