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  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "Decent Content; Aggravating Narration"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The content is decent and the research methods seem solid. Although there wasn't a great deal surprising or innovative, I thought it was a very good summary of what conscious efforts and decisions are required for a great company to be built and maintained. I especially like the idea of taking active responsible for your (or your company's) destiny, rather than being a passive actor or acceptor. The heroes in this book made their own luck. What really ruined this audiobook for me to the point of me not wanting to finish listening was the the narrator. This is the worst reading of a book I have encountered thus far. The enunciation was so exaggerated and speaking so stilted, and at times so laboriously slow that it just made me frustrated and annoyed. So I would recommend this book, but not in audio form.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen again?

    Probably not if they continue with this narrator

    How could the performance have been better?

    See above. Speak in NORMAL English, more conversationally, in a normal pace. It's laudible to try to pronounce your consonants (many Americans have virtually stopped this, in the age of the

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Drayton says: "Less than I expected"
    "Interesting but a little self serving"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it if it could be borrowed from the library, not purchased. Interesting to hear how Clinton presents his version of the very controversial events. I repeatedly got the feeling that the book was written as a carefully and more fully constructed defense of the scandals Clinton lived through. Clinton's political ideas are more interesting by far than his personal tale. He is an engaging speaker, if a little simplistic in his presentation.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Clinton again?

    Perhaps, but not anything autobiographic. His personal life is NOT interesting.

    Have you listened to any of Bill Clinton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I heard Bill Clinton speak live before, and was impressed by his ability to connect to every person in the audience.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Thoughtful and Interesting"
    If you could sum up The Chaperone in three words, what would they be?

    Thoughtful Real Characters

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The chaperone herself, because she had to take her own character in hand, and decide consciously how she would think about things, evaluate things, and form her own, independent opinions. She was very admirable, and yet very real to the times.

    What about Elizabeth McGovern’s performance did you like?

    Her accents were pretty spot on, and differentiated from character to character, making dialog very easy to follow. Good pace

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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