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michael

Haughton, louisiana, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Jack Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (206)

    In his latest engrossing work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

    Jim Hill says: "Comprehensive and not too academic"
    "Good...but certainly not Lencioni's best"
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    Overall as with all of Lencioni's fables the story is good. It isn't my favorite, but it is good and there is plenty to take away. The narrator was good for the first half of the book, but then the audio appeared to shift significantly at the beginning of a new section. It was enough of a shift that I thought it was a completely new narrator altogether. Additionally the narration is at times a bit too animated for my taste.

    In summary, the story is good, but certainly should not be your first Lencioni book and the narration is adequate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10346)
    Performance
    (9636)
    Story
    (9638)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Simply Amazing"
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    Performance
    Story

    If you remember the days when you couldn't save your game....if you have fond childhood memories of the sounds of an old arcade game...if you are a child of the 80's...you will love this book.

    The author plays great attention to detail in a brilliant story with all of the elements of fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, and love story by sprinkling in the perfect amount of familiar nostalgic references.

    I can think of no one better to narrate than Wil Wheaton who does a spectacular job with just the right amount of enthusiasm and the perfect voice to represent the narrator's character.

    It is a true adventure in every sense as the plot succeeds in keeping you engaged in the story through the various twists and unpredictable turns. The pace starts out moderately slow setting the stage and consistently increases to an epic climax.

    This may be my new favorite book of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Screw Business as Usual

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Branson
    • Narrated By Richard Branson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Richard Branson, one of the world's most famous and admired business leaders, argues that it's time to turn capitalism upside down - to shift our values from an exclusive focus on profit to also caring for people, communities and the planet. As he writes: "It's a vibrant and definite sea change from the way business was always done, when financial profit was a driving force. Today, people aren't afraid to say, Screw business as usual!-and show they mean it."

    A User says: "Boring..... The book is a waste of time...."
    "Not Narrated by Richard Branson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm not sure who narrated this book but it sounds nothing like Richrard Branson. The voice is low, grumbling, and intolerable. Having heard Richard speak in person on numerous occasions I find his voice pleasant to hear. This voice is unbearable and as a result I could not stand more than 4 minutes of the book before finding something else to consume my time.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11345)
    Performance
    (9820)
    Story
    (9792)

    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"
    ""Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.""
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    A truly phenomenal look into one of the most visionary people of our time. This book has the feel of being truly unguided and no holds barred. The good, the bad, and the ugly of the man are revealed leaving the audience the raw product that was Steve Jobs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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