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WINDERMERE, FL, United States

  • 18 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 56 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Guy Kawasaki
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer

    What does it take to turn ideas into action? What are the elements of a perfect pitch? How do you win the war for talent? How do you establish a brand without bucks? These are some of the issues everyone faces when starting or revitalizing any undertaking, and Guy Kawasaki, former marketing maven of Apple Computer, provides the answers.

    A User says: "Great Content - Punishing Narration"
    "Good, but still a guy's opinion."

    The ideal reader of this book would be someone thinking of beginning a startup. It's not just for anyone, and it's not about "starting anything" like the tagline says. The book is full of nuggets of advice, with a no-nonsense, confident delivery, and a touch of sense of humor. I think Guy Kawasaki is legit, and you get a sense that he really has "been there" and is just giving you all the advice he can give. Audio format is probably not the best for this book, since there is a lot of tabulated content that starts sounding very tedious after a while. I did enjoy the part on "how to hire someone" and the concept of bootstrapping a company. A lot of misconceptions get clarified, and it gives a good idea of the attitude and expectations one should have when starting a business venture.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daniel C. Esty, Andrew S. Winston
    • Narrated By Fred Stella

    Green to Gold is an essential guide for forward-thinking business leaders who see the Green Wave coming and want to profit from it. This audio explores what every executive must know to manage the environmental challenges facing society and business. Based on the authors' years of experience and hundreds of interviews with corporate leaders around the world, Green to Gold, shows how companies generate lasting value.

    Jonathan says: "Dry, repetitive, and shallow, but some good info"
    "You must be interested in the subject"

    The perfect candidate for this book is the leader that wants to sell the idea of going green.

    It reads like an advertisement for the need for business leaders to go green, giving plenty of examples of companies that did it. It's not a manual to profit from the green wave, but more of an exhortation to join it, and explaining how to do it right. The "green to gold" postulate is that "if other companies went green and kept making money, so can you". I don't know how they manage to fill 9 hours of content in this.

    The narrator is good and so is the recording quality. His emotion is a little too enthusiastic and upbeat at times. I think a more serious narrator would make this easier to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Masterson
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt

    If you had the opportunity to work where, when, and with whom you wanted - all while getting paid very well - would you take it? Self-made multimillionaire and best-selling author Michael Masterson did, and with Ready, Fire, Aim he'll show you how to do the same.

    Adam says: "Best Business Book in a Long Time"
    "Great book"

    This is a must if you are learning about business. Talking about a topic that is seldom discussed in books of this type: the stages of evolution of a business and how strategy needs to adapt to the changes. Good narration and quality as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin Selling

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Neil Rackham
    • Narrated By Bob Kalomeer

    With wit and authority, Neil Rackham explains why traditional sales models don't work for large sales. He shows how conventional selling methods are doomed to fail in major sales. And he unfolds the enormously successful Spin strategy, using real-world examples and informative cases. The methods are controversial, and they often go against the grain of conventional sales training. But the powerful evidence Rackham presents will convince and convert you.

    Konstantin says: "Not exactly practical"
    "Pretty good, short book"

    The description of this book says "controversial", and based on the title of the book, I assumed the controversy would be caused by unethical ideas. I was wrong; it's a great book and it has ethical ideas. I do agree that the book is very poorly named. The controversial idea in this book is that you should be respectful of your customer and not try to trick him into saying yes; instead build a relationship with them and be professional. I think the ideas in this book would be useful for anyone who wants to persuade the public, not only about "big ticket items", but also about big ideas.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones
    • Narrated By James P. Womack

    Womack and Jones, the authors of The Machine That Changed the World and creators of the "lean enterprise" theory, take leanness to the next step with a focus on what the customer really wants, not what it is possible to get him to accept. This is the management book for the next business generation.

    Alastair Binnie says: "Aaaargh, get the book instead"
    "An OK book."

    I think it was a mistake to have the author read his book. He has the inflexion of a seasoned businessman who is talking to you at a bar. He is believable but still not a professional voice reader. The content itself is interesting but I think it changes focus and style enough to be distracting. It may go from explaining Japanese-inspired business principles to extremely detailed descriptions of the smelting of bauxite. It made me wonder if the book was aimed to general readership or only to executives that own manufacturing plants. But some interesting information can be extracted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter F. Drucker
    • Narrated By Michael Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline. It clearly explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. Peter Drucker, the most influential and widely-read thinker and writer on modern organizations, gives us a superbly practical book that explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures have to know, have to learn, and have to do in today's economy and marketplace.

    John says: "Great book, poorly read :-("
    "An excellent book that needs a remastering"

    I was very concerned when I read other people's review of how the narration was below quality. I still downloaded the book, and I'm glad I did. The content of the book is excellent, well suited for an audiobook because of its narrative style. Very interesting, well laid-out topics about business, with plenty of examples of well known companies. The only issue -and I can see what people are referring to- is the quality of the recording, which probably started as a cassette tape that got poorly mixed to digital audio. It is somewhat muted, but still understandable. I think the narrator does a pretty good job. I don't think it's a "dry" reading.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    suzanne says: "Step 3: PROFIT!!!"
    "A book that wakes you up"

    This book is great because if might make you realize how your life plans might be outdated and flawed. It might throw light on areas that maybe you thought made some sense (such as the question "do I really need to work this hard?"). The ideas are not new, but the way Tim Ferriss puts them together and presents them, makes you get excited about the possibilities. A warning, though, you have to get past the style of the author, and ignore what might seem like constant bragging. Just listen to the entire book and take what applies to your life.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stewart D Friedman
    • Narrated By Stewart D Friedman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Leadership can - and indeed must - be learned. But first you've got to choose to lead. If you're going to make a difference, thinking of yourself as a leader will make it more likely that your legacy - not your fantasy, but the real impact of your life, today and in the long run - is the one you really want.

    brent says: "Too Many "Exercises" for an Audiobook"
    "A methodical plan for making your life better"

    The title of the book may not describe fully what the book is about. The title suggests that it's a manual on corporate management, but it's more about enhancing performance in all areas of life. Probably one of the side effects of this program is an enhancement of leadership. It has many sections with action items and exercises that make the audiobook desirable also in written form, just to keep track of all the activities to be done. It is read by the author, who is a very good speaker, but is not a professional audiobook reader, so be ready for some imperfections.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Leo Babauta
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With the countless distractions that come from every corner of a modern life, it's amazing that we're ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary - freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better

    Dany says: "I enjoyed it very much"
    "Worth having"

    I was already familiar with some of the concepts written by Leo Babauta, but in this audiobook the ideas are presented in a larger context. It's a refreshing book and addresses many situations that are familiar to anyone trying to get things done. The book will pay for itself manyfold when you act on its recommendations.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ramit Sethi
    • Narrated By Ramit Sethi

    At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

    Dusty says: "The content is much better than the title"
    "Excellent book to plan out your personal finances."

    This is a no-nonsense book written by a normal person who knows what he's talking about. There are many opinions that might seem counter to the mainstream, but with a lot of truth. I have internalized many concepts from here and I'm already putting them in practice, and telling everyone some of the great concepts in here. I've read several books about personal finance, but this one is my favorite so far. Very accessible.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 3-D Negotiation: Powerful Tools to Change the Game in Your Most Important Deals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David A. Lax, James K. Sebenius
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stuck in a "win-win versus win-lose" mind-set, most negotiators focus on the face-to-face process at the table. David Lax and James Sebenius urge bargainers to look beyond tactics at the table. Persuasive tactics are only the "first dimension" of the authors' path-breaking approach, developed from their decades of doing deals and analyzing great dealmakers.

    G says: "Could be a much better audiobook"
    "Could be a much better audiobook"

    I think the concepts are pretty good in this book, but I believe the author takes himself way too seriously and has allowed raw academic language to get in the way. On top of that, the narration is good, but more suited for a fiction book. From listening to the long winded phrasing in abstract terms, and the dramatic voice, it's very easy to get distracted by the delivery and not focus on what the author is trying to say. The listeners with a highly academic background might be ok with this book, but I'd say that it needs a rewrite in a much more comprehensible format for the general public.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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