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David

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  • The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By A. G. Lafley, Ram Charan
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (11)

    Here's how you can increase and sustain organic revenue and profit growth, whether you're running an entire company or in your first management job. Over the past seven years, Procter & Gamble has tripled profits; improved organic revenue growth, cash flow, and operating margins; and averaged earnings per share growth of 12 percent. Through eye-opening stories, A. G. Lafley and Ram Charan show how P&G and companies such as Honeywell, Nokia, LEGO, GE, HP, and DuPont have become game-changers.

    Book fan says: "Staggeringly Bad"
    "Low on substance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What didn’t you like about Marc Cashman’s performance?

    Marc Cashman is grueling to suffer through as a reader. If he isn't enthused or fascinated by what he's saying, how are we supposed to be as listeners? The guy has no intonation. And on top of that, he takes strange pauses in the middle of thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    AG Lafley clearly didn't put much effort into writing this, which is a huge disappointment considering he has a lot of great stories to share that could be useful. Ram Charan just continuously makes a series of general statements that are just too general to be useful. Together they make a couple of weak storytellers.

    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
    (674)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (384)

    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!"
    "Weak Research Makes a Fascinating Life Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Snowball? What did you like least?

    Interesting to learn how Warren Buffet earned his fortune.


    Has The Snowball turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Adequate


    Could you see The Snowball being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Much more thoroughly researched biographies about Houdini, Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Eisner put this author to shame. Inserting her (incorrect) opinions on the economy was a distraction that I could have forgiven with better storytelling. There are plenty of business wars involving Buffet that were rushed through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Louis V. Gerstner
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.

    Arthur Held says: "Moderate Start, Picks up FAST!"
    "Insightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the candor of Louis.


    Any additional comments?

    Louis gives specific details about some events, but for a lot of the time part glosses over the details and gives grand general statements. More specific retelling of events would be much more useful to the reader. He has a great story to tell, but unfortunately he is a weak storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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