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Marker

Pasadena, CA, USA

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  • Beyond a Passion for Excellence

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Tom Peters
    • Narrated By Tom Peters
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    There is a new, highly personalized, more entrepreneurial environment being created inside today's most successful organizations. There is an intense focus on the customer, the quality of the product, and the contribution of each individual.

    Marker says: "Total rip off"
    "Total rip off"
    Overall

    This is a compelation of stale Tom Peters sound bites introduced by an announcer. A huge disservice to Mr. Peters' widom and the inspired delevery he has for his own material. Listen to "Reimagine"

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Words That Work

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dr. Frank Luntz
    • Narrated By Dr. Frank Luntz
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    The nation's premier communications expert shares his wisdom on how the words we choose can change the course of business, of politics, and of life in this country. In Words That Work, Luntz offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the tactical use of words and phrases affects what we buy, who we vote for, and even what we believe in. With chapters like "The 10 Rules of Successful Communication" and "The 21 Words and Phrases for the 21st Century", he examines how choosing the right words is essential.

    Timothy I. Morgenthaler says: "Repetative vainglorious windbag"
    "Proof of its thesis."
    Overall

    This book listens well. It reinforces the concepts because the hearing of words that work is more powerful than reading the same words on a page. The author should renew your committment to think before you speak. Words have emotional impact and cultural subtext. The meaning is in what is heard, not what the speaker meant. The examples are very clear, showing how great communicators were effective and how the same smart people were derailed by using the wrong words.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The New York Times Pocket MBA: Business Planning: 25 Keys to a Sound Business Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Edward E. Williams, James R. Thompson, H. Albert Napier
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Learn the 25 keys to a great business plan, including writing the company's mission, identifying marketing opportunities, calculating appropriate financial ratios, and projecting growth rates, that will help guide your company's expansion and attract necessary funding. Business Planning is part of The New York Times Pocket MBA Series.

    Marker says: "Not a book to be listened to"
    "Not a book to be listened to"
    Overall

    Get the book. The material is not listenable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The New York Times Pocket MBA: Forecasting Budgets

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Norman Moore
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Learn the 25 keys to the art of the budget in terms of forecasting costs, revenues and profits for short-term and long-term projections. Forecasting Budgets is part of the New York Times Pocket MBA Series, a 12-volume reference tool for all businesspersons.

    Marker says: "This is simply not an Audio Book"
    "This is simply not an Audio Book"
    Overall

    Impossible to follow or enjoy. Get the book if you must master this kind of material. A waste of time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bob Newhart
    • Narrated By Bob Newhart
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    That stammer. Those basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There has never been another comedian like Bob Newhart. In this, his first audiobook ever, Newhart gives his brilliant and bemused twist on a multitude of topics, including flying, the trials of a family holiday in a Winnebago, and more serious subjects, such as golf. And, of course, there are side-splittingly funny stories from his life and career. Who else has a drinking game named after him? ("Hi, Bob!")

    Kerry says: "I love Bob!"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall

    This is a long comedy album. You wil laugh. The key to it is that Bob himself reads it. It is the telling of the story telling that makes this worth listening to. I gave it 3 stars as it is consumable, not memorable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1903)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (524)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "This book is s pleasure"
    Overall

    So much has been written about Linclon that it is hard to figure out why anyone would tackle telling the story again. However, this book is a well done narrative from a different perspective. Old facts are retold in a way that freshly describes his leadership greatness, and how much the world has changed. Listen to this book if you want to meet a man that proved that you can live right side up in an upside down world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Christopher Nissley
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    Our world is being transformed by the Internet and the near limitless choice that it provides to consumers; tomorrow's markets belong to those who can take advantage of this. The Long Tail is really about the economics of abundance, an entirely new model for business that is just starting to show its power as unlimited selection reveals new truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it.

    Jim says: "Good Book, Flawed by Repition"
    "In depth solid material"
    Overall

    The Long Tail is a well-presented, well-researched book describing the democratization of the means of producing and distributing goods and information. The long tail is what Chris Anderson calls the effect of aggregating vast numbers of like items and graphing them as hits and niches in such a way that the chart looks like a 'reverse hockey stick' with the handle being the tail.

    In a digital age the cost and ease of producing niche products and media has both redeemed and made irrelevant Karl Marx? critique of capitalist society. We all can virtually own the means of production and we can independently have access to markets without capital, or very much of it.

    In an age of search engines we have the ability to filter an unbelievable range of options so that markets can be made from the thinnest quantity of items and to the smallest niche number of consumers. The Long Tail, once irrelevant and inaccessible, now is driving the digital ecomony.

    As a listen, the unabridged version can be a little more detail than you might need, but stick with it and the detail will payoff.

    Unlike some books of this type, the audible version does not suffer because you cannot visually scan backward to review when the argument becomes too complex. The reader, Christopher Nissley does a great job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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