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Troy

Chandler, AZ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard L. Brandt
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (154)

    Amazon’s business model is deceptively simple: make online shopping so easy and convenient that customers won’t think twice. It can almost be summed up by the button on every page: Buy now with one click. Why has Amazon been so successful? Much of it has to do with Jeff Bezos, the CEO and founder, whose business strategy and unique combination of character traits have driven Amazon to the top of the online retail world. Originally a computer nerd rather than a businessman, he had the vision to capitalize on the untapped online marketplace for bookselling....

    Michael Cavacini says: "A Nice Overview of a Retail Giant"
    "Being successful doesn't make you interesting."
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    Coming immediately on the heal of listing to THE SNOWBALL about Warren Buffett, I was looking for another great business bio. This, unfortunately, was not it.

    First, let me just say that Neil Shah is apparently not my kind of narrator. His staccato delivery and robotic tone drove me to wish for the ending of this book. It couldn't come soon enough.

    As for the content of ONE CLICK, it was such a shallow telling of the story of Bezos and Amazon, I'm frankly not sure what the point of writing it, much less publishing it, was. In defense of Brandt - I doubt anyone could make Amazon seem interesting. A great company to be sure (of which I am a Prime customer as well as leasing thousands of hours of compute power from AWS) and Bezos is whip-smart and an absolute visionary, but his life just didn't make a very interesting book.

    I'd skip this one 100 times out of 100.

    1 of 1 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
    (732)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (433)

    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!"
    "Far more interesting than I had imagined."
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    Warren Buffett is far more interesting - and flawed in so many ways - that I would have ever imagined and this book does an excellent job of uncovering what makes him great - and terrible - and, well, human.

    First, I am a big believer in the need for men (and women) like Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, and others who, through their own drive and focus, deliver joy to the world while causing pain to those closest to them. Warren Buffet seems to be one of those men.

    In THE SNOWBALL, Alice Shroeder brings Buffett into ones own psyche. She goes into such intimate detail about the man, the investor, the husband, friend, and father that I literally felt as if I had met the man. What I liked best, however, was the amount of detail she gives on financial theory and the thought processes that Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger have implemented over the years to build one of the most valuable companies in the world.

    Kirsten Potter also does a first-rate job narrating the story. I must admit that I was initially put off by a woman's voice telling this story, once you know Buffett's utter dependency on the women in his life, it was perfectly fitting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2955)
    Performance
    (2801)
    Story
    (2805)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Engaging performances in a unique story format"
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    This book is so much more than a zombie story. While quite disengaged from the story that you see unfold on screen in the movie adaptation, this book is really fantastic.

    It tells the story in the format of dozens of interviews with those who were on the ground - from the very beginning of the "virus", through the war, and into the clean up. It's a war story, not a horror story. You feel the strain and age in the voices of the characters in the way that you do in a Ken Burns documentary on WWII.

    I was skeptical when I read other reviews that described the format, but I urge you to listen to this book. I couldn't stop once I started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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