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John

I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

Chamblee, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (337)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Rebecca says: "not his best"
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    There is a lot of interesting information here. The book points out the need for adopting checklists and procedures for avoiding basic errors across many professions and businesses. Very well done. My only reservation is that it is a little repetitive at some points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Krauthammer
    • Narrated By Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (352)

    A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

    Alan says: "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
    "Great Book"
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    Charles Krauthammer is a great writer, and this collection of is work over several decades is well worth reading. Of modern political writers, Krauthammer is probably the best at laying out an organized, thoughtful, supported, and convincing argument. At he is entertaining to boot.

    The book is not limited to politics and some of the most entertaining selections are about the author's family and passions (I'm glad he likes baseball; sorry he is a Nationals fan!).

    The narration is inexplicably split between the author and another narrator. I don't know why it was done this way, and it is a bit distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Josh Linkner
    • Narrated By Josh Linkner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Companies, communities, and individuals fail for many reasons, but one of the most common - and easily avoidable - is the failure to reinvent. When people and organizations rest on prior successes rather than driving purposeful transformation, they discover too late that they have lost their market position altogether to competitors and external forces. The most successful companies, brands, and individuals make reinvention a regular part of their business strategies.

    John says: "Not Much New Here"
    "Not Much New Here"
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    This is not a bad book. I could probably give it 3.5 stars if the rating system allowed it. The book is well organized and covers a lot of information regarding the process of re-inventing organizations and yourself. If you need a pep talk, it is a good book and it has a lot of good ideas.

    Why not a higher rating? The book simply does not cover much in the way of new ground. There really is not much here that was not covered decades ago by Napoleon Hill and there are many other newer books that cover much of the same subject matter in much the same way.

    Still, the book moves well and the stories included for inspiration and explanation, although some are familiar, are good.

    The narration, by the author, is not bad. However, as is so often the case, a professional narration probably would have been better.

    One word of warning: The author is from Detroit, and a lot of the examples are about Detroit. The author earnestly believes that Detroit will re-invent itself as a great American city. If you do not want to hear repeatedly about that, this book is not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You're 80 and Beyond

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge
    • Narrated By Don Leslie, Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    Younger Next Year is about how to turn back your biological clock. How to become functionally younger every year for the next five to 10 years, and continue to live with vitality and grace into your 80s and beyond.

    A. Stephens says: "Excellent information"
    "Great Book, Better Audiobook"
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    I read Younger Next Year about 5 years ago and have followed quite a bit of it in my personal life. Work pressures did not have me on a good path, and this book was an inspiration to do better. I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm a lot better off because of this book.

    In January, I decided to revisit the book -- the audio version this time -- for some inspiration for the new year. The audiobook is even better than the paperback. The narration is really well done, and an example how the medium can actually enhance a publication.

    There are not very many books I have bought for friends and family, but this is one of them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Aftershock Investor: A Crash Course in Staying Afloat in a Sinking Economy, 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Advice on protection and profits in the short and long term future from the experts who accurately predicted the financial crisis of 2008, and who now have more detailed information about what is yet to come.

    John says: "Interesting, But With a Grain of Salt"
    "Interesting, But With a Grain of Salt"
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    The authors have built quite a franchise with their Aftershock series, which, like a number of others, predicts that the Fed's money printing and bond buying will end badly, essentially in a depression in which the economy will ultimately re-set. There certainly is plenty to worry about and the authors make a good case for their position.

    What is disappointing is that the authors really do not present a lot of actionable investment advice or other advice. It might be summarized as buy gold and learn a useful skill that involves repairing things. To that end, I think the title is a little misleading. It should be noted that there is an Aftershock mutual fund (SHKNX), although it has high expenses and its performance has been pretty awful as of the date of this review (February 1, 2014). Of course, that does not necessarily provide a means for judging it because the market boomed in 2013 -- the authors would argue as a result of a fake recovery pumped up by Fed stimulus -- and the fund is presumably built to do well in a crash or the aftermath.

    Another disappointment -- although not surprising -- is that the book seems to offer a lot of recycled material. I'm going on memory here from the original Aftershock, but there is a lot here that will be very familiar if you have read the authors' prior works. Further, it seems to me that there are parts of the book that are very repetitive. My impression after listening is that the book could really use a good editing.

    In terms of actionable advice, there's not much here. To me, the overall economic thesis of the book is persuasive, and it makes sense to be cautious and to keep a very close eye on things. Readers might want to consider "The Permanent Portfolio" for more actionable advice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Great at the Stuff You Hate: The Straight Talking Guide to Persuading, Networking and Selling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nick Davies
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    You have to do it… you might as well enjoy it No one likes a pushy, smarmy salesman – no one wants to be that guy ... but most of us need to sell to some extent. How else can we get any business? We all have to do it now, whether we're lawyers, accountants or start–ups. But don't despair – there's no need to go on some cringey sales training day.

    John says: "Simplifies Networking and Business Development"
    "Simplifies Networking and Business Development"
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    This book is really an outstanding example of how subjects on which volumes have been written -- networking and business development -- can be simplified into a straight-forward, common sense system that really works.

    The book is great for lawyers because Nick was one and now works with lawyers. The book was written for an English audience, but it still translates well for application in the U.S.

    The book is well-paced and the narration is well-done. If you don't like selling and business development, this is a good book to get you started, and is a reference you can come back to again and again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Narrated By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    The audiobook provides unprecedented insight into leadership, management, strategy, and life-thinking that not only helped Rumsfeld lead the Pentagon in wartime, but earned him a reputation as one of America's toughest and most effective CEOs.

    Al says: "Good leadership lessons"
    "A Great Compendium of Life Lessons"
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    Don Rumsfeld has led a long and fascinating life. This book contains his rules to live by, and anyone can benefit from listening.

    The book is filled with entertaining stories and history. The book is not particularly political, although Rumsfeld is, of course, a Republican. One thing that really comes through in the book is how Rumsfeld is willing to take hard looks back at his decisions, and he is more than willing to admit mistakes or to discuss how something might have been handled in a better way. This increased my level of respect for him.

    Rumsfeld narrates the book and does a good job. Sometimes, authors are not the best narrators, but not a problem here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2609)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1248)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Greta says: "Get the "Paper Book" instead."
    "Helps Get Rid of the Clutter"
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    This book has been out a long time, and there is not a lot that I can add to other reviews. It presents a straight-forward method for eliminating the clutter, interruptions, and mindless thinking that plague so many of us in the modern world.

    The book is a little dated, but the principles are timeless, do not let that be a deterrent to reading it. However, if Mr. Allen wanted to do a revised version with a focus more on email and current tools for implementing the system, it would be welcome.

    This book is all about process and it has a lot of lists and tools, so it would probably be a good idea to buy an electronic or hard copy print version with it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1079)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "My How Things Have Changed ..."
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    This book was written in the 1940s by Lewis, a famous author, as a lay member of the Church of England. The book is written as an intellectual defense of Christianity in general without getting into the schisms that divide various denominations.

    The book is incredibly well-written and the arguments are laid out in a logical and compelling manner. In fact, the book would be worth studying simply as a guide to presenting a tight and very cogent argument.

    I found the book generally thought-provoking and inspiring. Remember, however, that this book was written about 70 years ago. Many of the author's statements, such as regarding women and gays, will strike many readers as old-fashioned at best. That said, the book illustrates how views in the mainstream Christian denominations have changed since the book was written.

    The book remains a convincing defense of Christianity that is well worth listening to by believers and those who are on the fence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (662)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "Interesting Short History of the English Language"
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    This was a pretty enjoyable book that makes some interesting connections about the history of the English language. As someone who has tried (with only moderate success) to learn German, it helps explain why English, although a Germanic language, is so "un-German." I found some of the author's conclusions more plausible than others, but they are all presented in an entertaining fashion.

    The narration is good. McWhorter comes across as a very opinionated and very capable college professor giving an impassioned lecture, maybe with just a little too much caffeine. If you don't like opinionated, then maybe this is not for you, but I give him high marks because he is not boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Permanent Portfolio: Harry Browne's Long-Term Investment Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Rowland, J. M. Lawson
    • Narrated By Mark Delgado
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    An up close look at an investment strategy that can handle today's uncertain financial environment. Market uncertainty cannot be eliminated. So rather than attempt to do away with it, why not embrace it? That is what this book is designed to do. The Permanent Portfolio takes you through Harry Browne's Permanent Portfolio approach - which can weather a wide range of economic conditions from inflation and deflation to recession - and reveals how it can help investors protect and grow their money.

    John says: "Great Investment Advice for Preserving Wealth"
    "Great Investment Advice for Preserving Wealth"
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    This is a great book about a very simple strategy aimed at preserving wealth and making a reasonable inflation adjusted return. The strategy is very simple, but the detailed advice about how to implement it is very helpful. I found the arguments in favor of the strategy very compelling.

    As an audiobook, it suffers in two respects. First, the book has a lot of tables, which the narrator just reads. Kind of mind-numbing. Second, the narrator is just not that good. His voice reminds me of Don Adams playing Maxwell Smart, for those of you old enough to remember.

    Maybe better purchased for a Kindle or as a hard copy book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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