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D. Hartzell

WA United States | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 257 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • 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

    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"
    "Business Fiction-Interesting and Well-done"
    Would you listen to The Goal again? Why?

    Yes. The Goal kept one going. The sub-plot involving the family is a welcome addition.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character.

    Have you listened to any of Ensemble Cast’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was great to see the power of focus in restoring the business and personal life of the main character.

    Any additional comments?

    I want to get some of the non-fiction books of Goldratt in hard copy to better understand nuts and bolts of Goldratt's principles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The App Millionaire: How to Make 'Sleep Money' with a Micro-Business

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Greg Shealey
    • Narrated By Greg Shealey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The genius of The App Millionaire is that it forces you to take a close and personal look at your business goals while challenging your approach on business development. Instead of the axiom of "think big", the author, Greg Shealey, PhD suggests you "think small". This philosophy of micro-business entrepreneurship has afforded many people the opportunity to own profitable businesses with advantages to traditional business models such as very little overhead, a quick start-up time, and lower risk, just to name a few.

    S. White says: "Ugh...Reads like an infomercial."
    What disappointed you about The App Millionaire?

    I did a little research on the apps created by the author. They are in the Google Play store. Google gives ranges of installs. Based on the top end of the ranges, there are maybe 5000 installs. At $1.29 for most and $4.99 for one, you have max of $10k total sales. Apple doesn't provide stats but many suggest a 20 purchase/1 review ratio. Based on low numbers of reviews, sales are slow in the iTunes store as well. Nobody is getting rich.

    I decided to look at apps I might create and found that there is a lot of competition and many apps are free. I have decided this area won't work for me.

    I would have emailed the author to address these issues, but I didn't find contact info on the internet.

    The author is named Greg and is from Georgia. Two of the reviews on Audible have the same name and state.

    I am returning my Audible book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Creating Affluence

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra

    The precursor to The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, this book explores the full meaning of "wealth consciousness" with clear and simple wisdom. According to author Deepak Chopra, "Affluence includes money but is not just money.

    Lyn says: "Keeps Getting Better!"
    "Too foreign to my western world view"
    Was Creating Affluence worth the listening time?

    I got tired of the book and quit. It was not practical enough and had a spiritualistic view.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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