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Susan

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  • Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    The audio that shows how to get the job done and deliver results...whether you're running an entire company or in your first management job. Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, who Jack Welch calls "a great practitioner and an insightful theorist," collaborate on a "compelling business story of 'how to get it done.'"

    David says: "the triumph of bad design over sound contact"
    "Good But A Difficult production"
    Overall

    This book was a fascinating look at one pair's ideas about getting business done. Their ideas, plans and strategies seemed logical and fair with tremendous toughness. What I liked was that there was focus on the need to make employees successful in order to gain success in a business. Some managers I have met did not understand that.

    In Execution strategy, fast trackers were identified and groomed for success. The scary part was the inference of a sort of Darwinism--fail and you're vanquished. The bottom line is everything in this tough economy and world. Culling out those who can make 'success' is the goal of top management.

    I liked the idea of a top boss that actually tracks the day-to-day operations of his empire. It was refreshing after the Ken Lay style of 'noblesse oblivious.' As a worker bee, I was attracted to the idea of management that took responsibility for the situations and results that their decisions had created. I also liked the idea of management that operated in 'reality.' They were not afraid, in fact encouraged hearing the truth from their subordinates. Management can not manage successfully on the basis of misinformation.

    Clear, refreshing, straightforward--though I am not sure I would listen to it again. Technically, there were some problems with the production. In the audio version of the book the reading was performed by three voices. The professional voice and Bossidy were terrific. Charan was a real problem to understand. His heavy accent, mispronunciation of words or placing the accent on the wrong syllable was impossibly difficult at times. I would turn up the volume all the way and still could not decipher some of what he said. This was the first audio book I had encountered that had production problems that made understanding difficult.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (2643)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (214)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Rick says: "Getting Things Done"
    "Very do-able"
    Overall

    This was a great book to listen to while driving to work. It got me psyched up to get organized so that by the time I arrived I was ready to sort and file. Written in a single voice and being a "how-to" manual, it was especially easy to stop and start the book without having to re-read sections to remember where I was as I worked through it day-to-day. There were some good ideas for saving time and getting organized. At the conclusion, I made my three piles of papers and acquired my folders. I now sort through my collected papers once a week.

    This is the kind of book that I could read again. I can imagine wanting a refresher in a couple of months...about the time tax preparation starts. While I would not go to the extreme of doing everything that the author suggests, I picked up some little tips and procedures to improve my organization without radically changing my life or work style. I found this book useful and actionable. Very do-able.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alan Deutschman
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history.

    Thomas says: "Awesome background on Apple, NeXT, and Pixar."
    "Genius or weirdo?"
    Overall

    Appropriately, I listened to this book on an iPod. As much as I have heard about Steve Jobs over the years, this was fun to listen to. Even so, at times it was more than I ever wanted to know about Jobs. There was a little too much weird personal information in this book. Fortunately, I came away continuing to like Apple computers even after reading about Job's life and idiosyncrasies.

    I especially liked hearing about Pixar, the founders and how the business developed. I also liked hearing about how the author thought Jobs developed his sense of style and design. The true test of this book is would I read it again? Yes, I would. Maybe not right away, but it is definitely on the repeat list. The business development and Job's negotiating skills are fascinating. I might skip the parts about his girlfriends, his relationship with his children, and his weird eating habits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2063)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (311)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Perfect!"
    Overall

    Al Franken's book should be required reading for every voter in the next presidential election. Can't quote it? Can't pull the lever!

    I enjoyed this book tremendously. The other thought I had about this audio book is that Al Franken has most successfully evolved a new performance media. This audio book is actually the best media in which to hear Franken's words. If you only read the print, you miss a great deal of the value of the audio book. If it was a video performance tape, I couldn't possibly site through it. But as the audio format is perfect!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    J. Anderson says: "The Teeth of the Tiger"
    "Better than radio drama"
    Overall

    This was my first "dramatic" audiobook. I had some difficulty getting into the storyline because I couldn't keep track of the characters in the beginning. I also found myself laughing out loud (distracting from the story) because the reader/actor used some pretty goofy voices to distinguish the characters.

    In spite of these difficulties, I did finally get into the storyline and recognized the characters as the story unfolded (the production became transparent). I found it very enjoyable as I listened during a long drive. The timeliness of the story made it all the more disturbing. I am a fan so I can imagine listening to this audio book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2286)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (373)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Fun"
    Overall

    This book was terrific! I am looking forward to hearing it again soon. Each day I found myself asking people if they knew some interesting concept, fact, or bit of science that I had discovered from this book. Often these conversations were with my 16-year old, so I am especially grateful.

    The most memorable part of this book for me was the realization that our human history is so small next to the incredible and fragile history of our planet and universe. It was a very entertaining and interesting book.

    Once again, I heard this book on the iPod. The quality of the production was very good and it was easy to listen to and follow the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Living History

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    You've probably heard clips from Senator Clinton's interview with Barbara Walters. But now you can listen to her full account of her years in the White House. Hillary Clinton vividly describes her pain over her husband's betrayal with Monica Lewinky saying that former President Bill Clinton lied to her about the relationship until the weekend before he admitted the nature of it to a grand jury.

    Timothy says: "Love It or Hate It"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to reading this book. I listened to it on the iPod and it was read by the author. In this case, I think that hearing the author's voice read the text made it even more meaningful. I give her a lot of credit for talking frankly about the difficult events that unfolded with her husband late in his presidency. It was interesting to hear her point of view.

    I am not sure I would read this again. It was interesting to hear once, but it felt a bit like Mrs. Clinton was playing the role of apologist for the regime. I think Clinton did a lot of good things in his term and it was certainly a prosperous and meaningful time for the country. But there were so many attacks and dirty politics that I would not want to hear about again. It was a good read...but once was enough.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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