I have listened to Jeff Jarvis for some time on the podcast "This Week in Google". I enjoy his insight and perspective on media, business, Google and our changing world. The book includes many of the forward thinking ideas I have heard him share on the podcast. I have to say that Jarvis understands the new media as well as anyone can. But the book seems a bit lacking in some ways. First, there was a lot of opinion that was not as well supported by examples as I would like in a book. This is fine for podcast discussion, but I was expecting more from the book. I also agree with the critics who have said Jarvis should have included more direct communication and insight from Google...instead of doing an arms length analysis of their operation and reasoning. Having said all this, I would still highly recommend the book. The shortcomings are minor in comparison to the insights and understanding that Jarvis shares.
I think what I like most about A Game of Thrones is the unexpected directions the author takes. It's not the often overdone hidden twists found in some books, but rather a logical storyline that you just didn't expect to happen. At least, that was my experience.
I also love the dialogue and wordplay. I'm often replaying a part of the story if I think I missed some witty comment or jest.
I really enjoy Roy Dotrice's reading. His voice seems to fit the genre. However, it is occasionally irritating when a character's voice takes on a different tone/sound than what you have been hearing earlier in the book. But then, they can't all be Jim Dale (Harry Potter series).
I love what Gutfeld has to say about politics, life and human behavior...and I even enjoyed how he said it, for about 20 minutes. But then the repetitive use of the same comedy techniques got a bit ridiculous. After an hour of the book I was almost able to predict his next humorous comment, missing only a detail or two. It seems that Gutfeld had much more truth content than he had comedic variety. I would say that the substance of the book deserved four/maybe five stars, while the style was only a two. Don't get me wrong, the humor was funny...just way too predictable and repetitive after about an hour.
Kathryn Stockett does an amazing job of storytelling though the voices of three women in Jackson, MS in the early 60s. The dialogue is wonderfully written and the use of humor and simple, yet excellent metaphors makes the book that much more enjoyable. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys good literature, wonderfully read...well, more like performed.
If you're looking for a thesis on business operations, don't look here. The authors book is an example of their business philosophy...forgo the fluff and formalities and get down to substance. The book is narrated list of dos and don'ts for running your business. Some ideas are more challenging than others, but all will cause you to think and rework how you do business. I loved the book and would recommend it highly.
Before starting this audio book, grab a pen and paper so you can write down some of the great ideas that Corbett shares on how to get the most out of selling your home. The book is filled with wonderful ideas, some simple, other a bit more involved. Corbett teaches you to turn your home into a product for sale...maximizing your profit in the process.
My only disappointment was getting pass the first several chapters of fluff to the real content. Corbett spends most of the first few chapters telling you what you're going to hear instead of getting right to the point. The motivational speech just repeats itself until you get further into the book.
I do recommend this book to anyone selling their home. Great ideas from a man with experience.
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