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  • Interview with Jack Welch

    • ORIGINAL (19 mins)
    • By Jack Welch
    • Narrated By Jane Friedman
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    In this interview, Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, talks to Jane Friedman, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers, about his new book, Winning. Jack describes how he went about writing this book with his wife, Suzy Welch, why he chose to write it now, and how the business world has changed during his legendary career.

    D. EDWARDS says: "A Good Interview"
    "A good complement to the book"
    Overall

    This interview is a nice complement to the book "Winning" and I suggest you listen/read the book first (which is a great one).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (592)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Covers a lot of old territory"
    "Great summary of years of research"
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    This book is filled with great information about how we humans work based on many different researches throughout the world and the years. Some topics are covered by other books in greater depth, but I found that here you have just the right amount of explanation to understand what's going on and with a bit of humour to add to it.If you read other books on Human behavior and how the brain works, some info here may be repeated, but if not, I highly recommend you listen to this and you'll be surprised at how we deceive ourselves in so many different fronts.The only thing I wish there was is a PDF with a summary of the 46 chapters (maybe just the chapter name, even). It would greatly help remembering everything we learned.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Carla says: "Interesting, but a bit annoying"
    "Interesting but longer than it needed to be"
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    I'm a fan of Starbucks and have great respect for what they achieved.
    I was aware of the troubles they went through in 2008-2010 and it's good to hear from the CEO's perspective what happened and how they turned around. Gives us good insight on how successful CEO's think and operate and we get a better understanding of what Starbucks is about.
    That said, this book could be about half the lenght... at times it goes on and on and on about things that are not relevant. For example at one point Mr Schultz rambles on about what customers might be doing at a store when the point he was trying to make was something else altogether.
    Still, a good story about Starbucks' history. Enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3042)
    Performance
    (2696)
    Story
    (2702)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Riveting story, the way it's supposed to be read!"
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    The story of this guy is amazing. There are some technical terms but not too much (I'm an IT guy and recognized most of what he was talking about). He makes it sound simple, but it's not. Some of the things he went through are unbelievable.
    One big point of this book is the reader's performance. I think it's the best so far that I've listened. Always appropriate to the situation, without overdoing it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Fawkes
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions. Also available: The History of Opera.

    Walter says: "highly recommend"
    "Delightful to listen"
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    This book was a break from the usual books I listen. It was great to learn more about a topic I wansn't very familiar with and with music every now and then.
    Very good read, just wish the author would include more music to exemplify what he's talking about, especially when talking about the techniques used by composers.
    I think I now have a better appreciation of classical music and understand better what the composers were trying to do. Recommended listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace Positive Emotions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Barbara Fredrickson
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls "the upward spiral." With Positivity, you'll learn to see new possibilities, bounce back from setbacks, connect with others, and become the best version of yourself.

    Chuck says: "Excellent!"
    "Good content, poorly delivered"
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    A bit ironic that I'm saying negative things on a book about positivity, but oh well..
    The content of the book is overall ok and gets better towards the end. I think it could be a lot shorter as the author sometimes goes into examples that take too long and are not always as applicable to the point she's trying to make as I would like. Other books based on scientific studies (such as Dan Ariely's) also present studies but in a much clearer and funnier way, which helps us readers enjoy and remember more.
    Also the narrator seems like she's reading a fairy tale.
    I stuck through the whole thing and learned a few things, but overall it wasn't a ver good experience, in my opinion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Whole New Mind (Live)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Daniel Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel Pink
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Just as we were getting used to the Information Age, Daniel Pink tells us that it is ending. With it goes our focus on charts, statistics, and linear thinking. Traditional "left-brain" activities, like logic, analysis, and repetitive production, are being turned over to robots, computers, and offshore labor. The valued skills of the 21st Century will be those of the right brain: empathy, design, synthesis, and contextual thinking.

    Amazon Customer says: "A good reminder of the book"
    "A good reminder of the book"
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    Read the book about a year ago and decided to listen to this talk instead of listening to the whole book again. It's a great talk and makes the same arguments as in the book in a succint way. Great complement to the book and very funny too, which makes it easier to listen and remember.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adrian Gostick, Scott Christopher
    • Narrated By Scott Christopher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The benefits of the levity effect are not conjecture but are built on extensive research and case studies from some of the world's most successful organizations. New York Times best-selling authors Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher provide powerful examples from Boeing, Nike, KPMG, Yamaha, Enterprise, Zappos, and dozens of others, showing how lightening up can drive real business results.

    Scott says: "Note to all managers: Have fun at work"
    "Good but repetitive"
    Overall

    The book goes on and on about how having fun at work has all kinds of benefits. It even list some 120 or so suggestions.
    If you already agree that you should have fun at work or you're a manager who tries to keep things light, there's not much value to this book b/c it says what you already agree with.
    If you're a bit skeptical about the value of fun at work, then yeah, you should listen to this.
    The narrator (and one of the authors) is very funny at times. Great job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being Martha: The Inside Story of Martha Stewart and Her Amazing Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lloyd Allen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When Martha Stewart was under investigation for insider trading and later on trial, the media served up countless gratuitous stories describing her ornery character. Now, Lloyd Allen, Martha's old friend and neighbor, is out to set the record straight.

    Armani says: "Excellent Book!"
    "A view to Martha Stewart's life from the inside"
    Overall

    The author is Martha Stewart's friend and he makes that perfectly clear. That said, I think he does a good job at being impartial. Provides good descriptions of how it all started however doesn't go as much into how the business grew after a while.
    If you want to know more and learn from Martha Stewart, I find this a good book to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Googled: The End of the World as We Know It

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ken Auletta
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    In Googled, esteemed media writer and critic Ken Auletta uses the story of Google's rise to explore the inner workings of the company and the future of the media at large. Although Google has often been secretive, this book is based on the most extensive cooperation ever granted a journalist, including access to closed-door meetings and interviews with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, CEO Eric Schmidt, and some 150 present and former employees.

    Brian says: "Interesting, but Tedious"
    "A good view of Google's path"
    Overall

    This book will make you understand where Google came from and has lots of details from the research the author did.
    Found it to be a bit more lengthy than it needs. My attention wandered off at times.
    I also think it's up to date until 2011. As the book states many times, the speed the technology world changes is amazing. Since the book was written Google Wave was tried and failed, Google Music is now in Beta, Tablets are coming in, etc. Lots of new stuff that will make the book less valuable in a couple of years. But for now (May 2011) it's a good read if you want to understand Google and the search business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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