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Jacquie A Cleveland

Rusagonis, NB, CA | Member Since 2003

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  • Perfect Enough: Carly Fiorina and the Reinvention of Hewlett-Packard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George Anders
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Fresh from her triumph at Lucent, Carly Fiorina took command of Hewlett-Packard in July 1999. Suddenly a woman was running one of the largest technology companies on earth, venturing farther than anyone else dared into traditional men's territory. Perfect Enough is the definitive account of her daredevil bid to remake HP with a record-shattering $20 billion acquisition of archrival Compaq Computer.

    Jacquie A Cleveland says: "Perfect Enough (Unabridged)"
    "Perfect Enough (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    This is a well-researched book on the history and current happenings of the Hewlett-Packard company from its beginning to the recent events surrounding the merger with Compaq and beyond. It especially highlights the challenges facing the IT industry today. It also describes the particular challenge of moving a company established by two individuals in the 1930's and built with strong values into a company that can survive in today's business environment with employees who are from a different generation than in the early stages of the company's development. This gives some insight into some of the challenges faced today by modern companies where the balance of employee programs with the need for company achievement and productivity is not always possible to be completely in alignment and requires careful management and leadership skills.
    It highlights Carly Fiorina's character and steadfastness in moving HP towards the merger of the two companies. I think that the book was weakened by the constant praise of Fiorina. Her strength of character comes out through the story but there was some interpretation of her style which seemed to be packaged for the right approval and I found this a bit irksome.
    Overall a good book and well worth the read.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!: Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention. The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the king, and the peasants were without hope. A dragon was laying waste the countryside, while an evil witch plotted to destroy everything.

    Jacquie A Cleveland says: "A Great Story"
    "A Great Story"
    Overall

    I found this book had a great story with twists and turns. At first I wondered how all the loose ends would come together. They did and I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series. Lots of magical characters with personality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5380)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2230)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Neverwhere (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mixture of fantasy with names and facts about London is enjoyable. The story keeps twisting and turning and keeping you guessing. The cynicism and humour gives it an added zip.
    There is lots of contrast in characters and wonderful detail on some very extraordinary siutations.
    This is a book that grabs you quickly and keeps your attention until the end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    Overall
    (1655)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (211)

    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"
    "My Life by Bill Clinton"
    Overall

    This shows an interesting review of politics from Bill Clinton's perspective plus enough of his personal life to keep the reader interested. If you're interested in getting a beginner's perspective on American politics, this is a good read. If not, then you'll find the book about an hour too long. Overall a good read and an insight into how Bill sees himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2935)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (168)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "The Da Vinci Code"
    Overall

    This book is fascinating because it mixes action with a story line based on history and hidden mystery. It focusses on a set of clues which lead a couple through danger and discovery to find the reason for the death of a museum curator. In doing so, they find a meaning of the Holy Grail. The setting is in Western Europe.
    The story has some unexpected twists and turns and is paced well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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