Full of practical guidance accompanied by insights from theory and experience, this book is essential for any analysts (or manager) interested in truly measuring everything they want to measure now, but simply do not know how. This book will not help those looking for a way to defend "intangible" characteristics, but will focus the willing on asking the right questions the right way to reduce uncertainty and make better decisions. As a professional analyst myself, I have used many of the techniques outlined in this book – though I did come up with some of them on my own, years before I read this book — and I find myself revisiting it periodically.
This short book gives great insights into the inner workings of the mind of one of the major characters in the Old Man's War universe. The writing, narration, and themes are absolutely great, especially -- maybe only -- when considered in the context of the previous two books, "Old Man's War" and "The Ghost Brigades". I highly recommend "The Sagan Diary" only after the previous two because they the context of many of the memories in this book rely on the larger context of those novels.
Wow! This is a war novel, so it is not peaceful and cheery, but the themes and characters are so well-developed that it smacks of Heinlein with a bit more modern language. Although set in the distant future, all of the technology and characters are highly believable, which allows the listener to become part of the story as a spectator and witness to the events. I recommend this book to every sci-fi fan!
This is the second Hank book, and I really enjoy the not-so-serious character and his pragmatic outlook on just about everything. Nothing in this book depends on understanding what happened previously, so it is just fine as a stand-alone distraction that holds its own without excessive exposition.
The narration is both good and bad. The reader has a very flexible vocal range and characteristics, and he also makes very good use of some electronic tools to alter the speech for key characters and interactions (e.g. when the speaker is supposed to have a strange or disguised voice). The metering could use some work, however, as it sometimes comes across as wavering in pitch and speed. In fact, I was listening to the story while cooking and my girlfriend asked how I could listen to the book because she found it so distracting. As for myself, I found that it detracted from the overall package only slightly, and it even worked well in some (not all) places.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in a bit of a lighter scifi story with interesting, if not overly-developed, supporting characters.
I recommend this book for anyone interested in the stories of the snipers and Tier 1-3 units involved in GWOT. It is not about tactics, training, or equipment as much as it is about the experiences, rivalries, and stand-outs.
This short-format book -- a long essay, really -- explains the complex issues surrounding the presumptions and assumptions of free will through the enlightening lens of neuroscience. From the philosophical arguments about the nature of free will, to experiments that show a person's choice occurs several seconds before they are aware of the decision, Harris paints a clear picture of the true nature of what we feel is our own will to act or decide, and follows with how the truth about our decisions can and should influence the public debate on crime, punishment, and responsibility. The book is long enough to cover all of the bases and short enough to leave your evening free to discuss it with your mate; I cannot recommend this book more!
Mr. Smith’s book is an excellent synthesis of existing popular management books ranging from classics like “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” to more recent works such as “Blue Ocean Strategy.” There is no groundbreaking information presented, with many of the works mentioned as required reading in many MBA programs. However, this audiobook is a good review of basic communication concepts that many forget after B-school. Right from the start, this book contains a very heavy, explicit religious bent throughout that may be off-putting to many readers. Laced with bible verses and references to “ultimate” rewards for being a good leader/manager, Mr. Smith implies a very particular and narrow moral high ground for many of the expressed opinions and practices.
The stand-out quality of this book is its fantastic production and excellent narration by the author.
Herb Silverman provides a good and reasonably-ordered autobiography for events along many branches of his life. Although not as earth shattering as I thought it might be, I did enjoy the book throughout. I do believe that the author could have chosen a better narrator, and that may have significantly improved the value of the book as entertainment.
Eric Haney provides interesting insight into one of the many aspects of special operations we like to read about. I know that his book is taken a lot of heat from those inside and outside of the community, but I found the story speak consistently entertaining and worthy of listing from beginning to end. The narration of this book is first-rate, and it is sure to keep anyone interested in the topic wrapped-up in the events clear to the end.
Classic advice about managing priorities, not managing time as is often supposed. Lots of good information about the power of vision and mission, and their use to focus resources--including emotion--to accomplish what is truly important in life (and business).
Recommended for everyone.
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