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Scott

Highland Village, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement: Revised Third Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
    • Narrated By Ensemble Cast
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (428)

    In this business parable, Alex Rogo is the manager of a failing manufacturing plant who receives an ultimatum from corporate headquarters: turn the situation around in three months or the plant will be scrapped. With help from a mysterious mentor, Rogo discovers a revolutionary new way to do business - a way for people in any field of endeavor to increase productivity, profitability, and personal fulfillment.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "A Novel Based on Operations Research"
    "A Must-Read Business Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Ensemble Cast – was your favorite?

    Herbie- who wouldn't love the chubby, slow kid that turns out to play an important role in productivity?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The New Millenium Meets 70's Business Porn


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (823)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Interesting Insight Into 2 Administrations"
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    Duty is the third SecDef autobiography I've listened to in the last year, Cheney's and Rumsfeld's being the other two. Duty would place 2nd among the three. The book is well-written, and Gates is candid in his assessments of both Presidents and their relationship with DoD and military leaders. His love for the troops was clearly the central theme of his tenure. While the narrator was very good, I would have preferred that Gates narrated the book himself as Rumsfeld did. Literally hearing Rumsfeld speak the words added greatly to the story, and he was able to add emphasis when needed. I feel a bit was lost in Gates not doing the same. Overall, a worthwhile listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
    • Narrated By Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (351)

    How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

    AC says: "Educational and Entertaining"
    "I Hope You Are Wearing a Seatbelt.."
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    Not because of the pace of the book, but because of the impending crash that is looming in the not-too-distant horizon. Many reviewers have lamented that Schiff's witty story/text is too basic. I would agree on the point that it is basic, but surprisingly few seem to truly understand the content as the American public has elected economically ignorant government representatives for the past century or more.

    This book is witty (who knows how long it took them to come up with all of the fish-related names) and logical. I would use it if I taught a middle school or early high school economics class with the hope that it would sink in that our country...uh, I mean Usonia, is in DEEP trouble.

    A bit corny, pleasantly entertaining, and a good refresher. I hope more will listen and take the message to heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One-Day Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rick Pitino
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A life-changing guide to achieving your goals, by the 2013 NCAA champion college basketball coach and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Rick Pitino is famous as one of the most dynamic and successful basketball coaches of our time, leading the University of Louisville Cardinals to the NCAA basketball championship in 2013, and is renowned for writing the #1 New York Times best-selling success and leadership book, Success is a Choice.

    daniel says: "Disapointing"
    "A Fun, Basketball-Laced, Inspirational Listen"
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    Most could benefit from signing a one-day contract with themselves. I know I can. This book is a fun listen with many anecdotes from Rick Pitino's storied coaching career. Even though I'm not a basketball fan, I enjoyed his retelling of exciting and disappointing times in the game. While the lessons in the book may not be the easiest to implement, I was motivated to relook aspects of my professional life.

    Unfortunately, the performance detracts a bit from the book. It's possible that Peter Berkrot is trying to emulate the voice of Pitino, but often the cadence and tone sound forced with misplaced emphases. It's also difficult to ignore his pronunciation of John Wooden (like WOO-hoo).

    Overall, worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1231)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "A Surprising Gem"
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    What a masterpiece. I typically read/listen to non-fiction history or business books, but took a respite based on the outstanding reviews of Deliverance. Like many, I have seen the movie multiple times, but never read the book. It is FAR better than the movie. The descriptions of the trek down the river put you right in the canoe through every set of rapids and up the gorge wall. And to top it off, Will Patton's performance is possibly the best I've heard on an audio book. A homerun!

    Time well-spent listening to this great piece of literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11503)
    Performance
    (9959)
    Story
    (9932)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "A Gripping Bio, Mediocre Narration"
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    Walter Isaacson does a masterful job of capturing Steve Jobs the person, not just Steve Jobs the CEO of Apple. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the lesser-known stories surrounding this American icon. From the description of Job's personal relationships with his family and friends, the detailed recounting of his oft-odd eating habits, to his views on design, this is a well-researched book that flows well. The unfortunate part is that I nearly gave in after the first hour when the narrator's misplaced emphases and fingernails-on-the-chalkboard cadence brought me to my listening knees. Luckily, the story was so compelling that I stuck it out and by mid-way had learned to tolerate the annoyance. Either the narrator warmed up toward the end or I became numb, and I actually started to enjoy the narration toward the end. Possibly a Stockholm Syndrome effect.

    Overall, well worth the listen. I'm not a big tech geek and not a faithful follower of Jobs or Apple, but this was an interesting bio that I've already recommended to colleagues and friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Known and Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Narrated By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Donald Rumsfeld's memoir is filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also features Rumsfeld's unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history.

    Brooks says: "Inside view of five decades in politics"
    "An Unknown Perspective"
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    An interesting glimpse into the life of a powerful figure during a trying time for our nation. I was a part of DoD during the Rumsfeld years (much lower on the totem pole) so had some understanding of Rumsfeld's background. This memoir filled in the gaps. Though he spends a good amount of time pointing fingers at other agencies and organizations, I enjoyed the frank commentary on the major events of his tenure as Secretary of Defense and also earlier in his political career. Whether you agree with his decisions or not, it's hard to come away from the book without appreciating his public service. Narrating himself was a huge plus. I wish more autobiographies were read by their authors. It was a nice touch that only added to the enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10081)
    Performance
    (9133)
    Story
    (9211)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Fun if taking a trip to Italy, but..."
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    I rarely read fiction, but enjoyed Dan Brown's other works so gave Inferno several hours of my time. With its list of notable landmarks and historical characters, I learned a bit about a part of Italy I was unfamiliar with, however there were times when the in-depth descriptions detracted from the plot. The story took some obvious turns and tended to drag near the end. It was an enjoyable, zone-out listen, but it's back to non-fiction for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3606)
    Performance
    (3158)
    Story
    (3173)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Tom Clancy is Back!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Share of the Task: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By General Stanley McChrystal
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (127)

    In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate.

    Jfadams says: "Incomplete ending"
    "A Riveting Tale of a Storied Military Career"
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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Goal: Theory of Constraints

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
    • Narrated By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Since it was first introduced in the multi-million-copy best seller The Goal, Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt's Theory of Constraints (TOC) has emerged as one of the most flexible and effective approaches to management and problem solving in the corporate world.

    Manoj says: "Best Book on Supply Chain"
    "A great companion to The Goal"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beyond the Goal the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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