I'm a big fan of Michael Porter and this was a broad overview of his concepts. As far as business books, Competitive Strategy is a must-read (listen).
Despite excellent content, I could not get over the fact that he continually pronounced "Ikea" as aye-a-KEY-a. Did the editor not understand how this should be pronounced? One time would be tolerable. Twenty mispronounciations was a distraction. The sound is also of low quality though this is more a production issue than the narrator.
I would like to say it was an extremely positive reaction, which it may have been had the narrator not sounded like he was reading out loud in my bathroom, but the poor production and performance distracted from the content. I'll never see another Ikea store again without thinking of this book...based solely on the way the narrator pronounced it. So I guess that is a positive for Ikea.
Despite the performance, I would recommend the book. It's a short listen, and the content is excellent.
A page-turning (if not listening to the audio version, of course), believable thread that you can't stop listening to. In true Tom Clancy form, Threat Vector is filled with interesting characters, complex subjects which are explained in detail, and exciting action scenes that you hope will one day make it to the big screen. I had recently been turned off by some of Clancy's later work, however this book brought back some of the Tom Clancy of old.
Lou Diamond Phillips gives the best performance of any audio book I have listened to. For the first time, I have sought out other books based solely on the narrator. It was almost like having an ensemble cast with his various feelings and accents. Outstanding!
If you are looking for an adventure to listen to during drive time, this one will make the time fly by. You may find yourself parked in the garage to see what happens next.
In 1996, I read Norman Schwarzkopf's autobiography, It Doesn't Take a Hero, and it played a major part in my decision to attend West Point. General McChrystal's book is sure to have a similar impact on a generation of future officers.
While my opinion may be biased as I could recall many of the experiences and locations that are discussed, this story is a true page-turner, despite knowing how it turns out. McChrystal does a good job of explaining complex military relationships and terms that make the book understandable. The narrator correctly pronounces many challenging names and adds a good deal to the already-entertaining work.
My only negative comment would be the ending. I won't spoil, but would only say that I was hoping for more. As a true professional, General McChrystal has obviously left any juicy gossip for others to pontificate on.
Do yourself a favor and listen to this amazing piece of American military history as told from the inside.
I listened to Beyond the Goal immediately following The Goal so the concepts were fresh in my mind. While the story format of The Goal made the concepts memorable and easy to understand, it was beneficial to have them laid out in a more formal presentation.
I would have liked to, though I think it would be a bit much to internalize all that is discussed. The presentations are divided in a way that makes it easy to pick up where you leave off. You may want to listen to this and set it aside for a few weeks before you listen again.
I actually enjoyed having Goldratt narrate the book despite some of the poor reviews. It was similar listening to speeches given by Reagan versus having them performed by someone else.
I have had very little exposure to the world of memory competitions so found the subject new and interesting, though a bit overdramatic at times.
I wasn't surprised. You most likely won't be either. It's a book about memory- it isn't like we're talking about Rocky or Hoosiers here, despite the authors attempts to make it so.
Nope. Couldn't even tell you who Mike Chamberlain is, but the performance was neither outstanding or atrocious- a good thing in my eyes.
I saw this book at an airport kiosk and bought the audio version in haste (never drink and audiobook-purchase). This wouldn't be a bad book to listen to on the beach or if you need to find a book that you and your spouse can enjoy together. You really won't learn much in the way of techniques, but it did spark my interest to do a bit of (very short-lived) research on the subject. If I ever see this on ESPN-25, I'll admittedly change the channel unless the only other option is Jersey Shore.
Deep, informative, frightening
It will be interesting to see how some of Levin's conjectures manifest themselves in the coming years. With the recent healthcare changes, potential changes to gun laws, and other legislation, much of what is discussed could become a reality.
I have not listened to Adam Grupper, but have read most of Mark Levin's books. The content of Ameritopia was much more in-depth than previous books. It could be used as a primer on political philosophy.
Surely not, although this is not a negative aspect of the book. The material in the book is quite heavy and took a bit to fully comprehend at times. I found myself rewinding to catch parts for a second or third time. The narrator is acceptable, neither adding to or distracting from the book. I enjoyed having Mark Levin read the introduction and may have enjoyed the book a bit more had he lent his unique voice and style to the entire book.
I took Philosophy and Political Science in college, and the first few chapters of this book provided a succinct refresher. It laid the groundwork for the rest of Mark's analysis.
Overall, a very well-researched book that will be discussed for years to come. Whether you agree with his thesis or not, it is an interesting view point that should be considered.
Definitely! The concepts in this book can change the way you do business if you choose to follow them. The story is written in a way that keeps your attention while internalizing the methods of the Theory of Constraints (TOC). I will listen to this book again and have already sought out other material by Goldratt.
Easily one of the top 5 business books I have read.
This was my first audiobook that featured an ensemble cast. I loved it! While the music and characters were a bit cheesy at times, the plot flowed and kept my attention. I didn't even realize I was basically listening to a TOC textbook at times.
Herbie- who wouldn't love the chubby, slow kid that turns out to play an important role in productivity?
The New Millenium Meets 70's Business Porn
If you are employed in finance, operations, or other form of engineering, you would be wise to listen to this book. Even if you don't fully buy into the concepts, it provides a new way of looking at accounting, bottlenecks, and process flow.
The audio performance was excellent.
America is asleep at the wheel. Although I feel some of the claims go a bit far in the book, the author does a good job of using facts to support his hypothesis. I'm a conservative so this book did not do much to change the views I already have.
I was a little disappointed in the movie 2016 after listening to the book. I expected some new revelations, but it was a rehash of the book. Still an enjoyable and enlightening listen. The speakers voice was easy to listen to, and he did not use the typical repetitive cadence that you often hear in other audio book performances.
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