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A multimillion dollar company falters, sees red. A surprising choice of CEOs approaches the podium before administrators and investors and gives a speech on "Safety Precautions" which seems completely irrelevant to their issues. Yet, Paul O'Niell completely transformed the way Alcoa was running their business, by considering the safety of every worker, he re-built the company from the roots upward.
In the "Self Help" genre, I quickly become bored. Either the authors are telling readers how to live better with overly ambitious and sweet rhetoric, or else they are so scientific, cerebral and monotone that I am "dried out" before the first chapter.
I've read review that suggested this narrator's performance was too cheerful in their opinion. Given the subject matter, Mike Chamberlain read with humor, irony, yes, cheerfulness, but kept me listening because I LIKED the person who was "teaching the lessons". Never monotone.
Already have used the analogy of Michael Phelps', in a classic example of utilizing visualization habits, experiencing a goggle mishap in Bejing Olympics... and subsequent victory.
People may feel that the topics wander, but it seemed to me as if he were using illustrations to enhance his point, and, armed with those, returns for a successful lesson. I will listen again because there is much information to be absorbed and this was a perfect book to listen to while I was multitasking.
I will not listen to this book again, however I might purchase the books and recommend them to friends. (Note: Mother Earth Father Sky is book 1 of a trilogy, and my review covers my experience with book 1- but you are not finished with this story until you read all three!)
I live in the Aleutian Islands. I can look out my window at the harsh beauty and imagine the characters' lives and spirits here so easily.
Monotone, pinched, gulping
Harsh world for a woman! I feel really fortunate. The book kept my interest and I enjoyed it. Since it is set in the Aleutians, I would have enjoyed more detailed descriptions of the setting. I have the luxury of looking out and seeing the very islands and seas she writes about, and throughout the "listening" used my eyes to add to the imagery of the plot, where I would have enjoyed reading the author's unique perspective on this place.
In the busy season, rarely do I make time to sit and read, and audio books are a fantastic way to enjoy literature while pressing forward with tasks. This book is very interesting in that the story line is set in the Aleutian Islands, where I live. However, the recording is distracting- the editors left in the sounds of vehicles and talking people passing the recording studio, (at first I looked around to see if a loud truck or neighbors were passing my house) The narrator's gulping swallows were not edited out, her mispronunciation of "Aleutian" also distracting. Note- I have great respect for anyone who reads this many pages- it's harder than it sounds! The sound engineers could have done a better job helping bring out the best in the narrator. That said--- did I turn the recording off? I'm not to book 3 yet, but I will be downloading it, and it will probably keep me listening until the end!
Admittedly, I saw the movie, and my random attention to birds became an impassioned hobby. (75 ID'd species in two months, still counting) I stepped into this audiobook knowing full well it would likely have less "drama" than Hollywood's version, but, conversely, it had it's own color, humor, and informative yet engaging plot that kept me not only listening, but listening again. Because of this audio book, I purchased the printed one as well. I really enjoy Oliver Wyman's reading style, easy on the ears, funny, touching, a good "actor" in his own right. Unlike many outdoor hobbies, this one, birding, changes faces each season. And as you get to know the characters in this book, you've a slightly quirky, but earnest, group of colleagues to 'take along' with you. As for the movie? It states in opening credits, laughingly, "This is a true story, only the facts have been changed". If it inspired thousands to go on to read the book, pick up binoculars and start birding, then it's all good. Besides, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology gave the movie a good review. This audiobook rocks. I hope you enjoy it too.
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