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North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • 7 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 145 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"

    With 3124 on my new SUV's odometer, I was laughing so hard listening to Tina that I clipped a cement highway divider driving to work.

    That's not the funny part.

    I kept on laughing.. Tina Fey is like comedic Oxytocin.

    Buy this book. Keep both hands on the wheel.

    255 of 272 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By George W. Bush

    In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for numerous historic and controversial decisions.

    shirley K. Bigham says: "straight forward"
    "Delivers what it promises"
    What did you love best about Decision Points?

    Good insights from the oval office as key events played out.

    Any additional comments?

    Interesting way of portraying Bush's perspective as events played out during his tenure as President. Not a chronological autobiography, which occasionally was jarring as it is 2005 in one moment, then back to 2001 in another.. but this was explained in the book summary so was as promised.
    Whether you like or dislike George W. Bush, you can't discount that President of the USA is one heck of a tough job and you don't get any

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner

    After almost 60 years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. It seems that Shatner is everywhere, and he was recently elected to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. In this touching and funny autobiography, he reveals the man behind his career, and explains how he's become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.

    William says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Brilliant, poignant, hilarious, touching."

    If you can, listen to the audio version. Listening to Bill narrate his own book truly gets across his wry humour and self deprecating stories.
    One of the few audio books I've listened to multiple times. Brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies...and How to Break Them

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jagdish N. Sheth
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy

    Why do so many good companies go bad? In The Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies...And How to Avoid Them, the authors examine the companies that were once thought-of as great (A & P, Sears, Xerox, Kodak, GM, Corning, Atari, Wang) and analyze how they ended up self-destructing. This book identifies seven dangerous habits even well-run companies fall victim to.

    Warren says: "excellent with practical advice"
    "excellent with practical advice"

    I found the observations in this book to be very accurate, from my personal experience with a great company that is experiencing many of these bad habits.
    A pleasant surprize was the very useful suggestions for determining if a bad habit is forming, and many practical recommendations for working to break these habits.
    Also, the organization of this book is very good, with key points being revisited in summary at different times throughout the audiobook.
    I would highly recommend this book both for those who realize their company had some bad habits, but also for those in growing companies to help stop these behaviors from occuring in the first place.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Winning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jack Welch, Suzy Welch
    • Narrated By Jack Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jack Welch knows how to win. During his 40-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. His honest, be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits.

    A User says: "Jack's Alltime-Best"
    "Great insights for aspiring leaders"

    I have listened to this book several times. It is entertaining and inspirational, filled with many useful and practical insights into business management and leadership.
    Jacks Welsh reads the book himself and this conveys the emotion of the events he describes so much better than a professional narrator ever could. It's almost like being in the boardroom with him, understanding his thought process and how he works complex business problems towards a solution.
    This book is so much more than an autobiography of Jack's time running GE.. it shines light on what goes on behind the closed doors of the boardrooms of billion dollar companies and shows that the difficulties and business decisions being made are no different than you are making in your own job today - - there are just a few more commas and bigger dollar signs attached.
    For those who disagree with Jack's hard-hitting management style, there is a lot to learn whether you agree with his decisions or oppose them. As you listen to Jack explain some of the difficult situations he was faced with, you can decide how you would have handled the situation.
    Overall a very useful and entertaining management and leadership workbook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Donald J. Trump, Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By John Dossett, Skipp Sudduth

    Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are both concerned. Their concern is that the rich are getting richer, but America is getting poorer. The entitlement mentality is epidemic, creating people who expect their country, employer, or family to take care of them. And like the polar ice caps, the middle class is disappearing. America is becoming a two-class society, and soon you will be either rich or poor. Trump and Kiyosaki want you to be rich.

    Warren says: "Dubious content lacks substance"
    "Dubious content lacks substance"

    This audiobook begins with Donald and Robert praising each other's wealth, then moved into a series of questions that each answers independently of each other. There are small morsels of business insight, but very few. Most commentary is of a "think big, and be big" nature, with many platitudes and little substance.
    The most dangerous aspect of their message is to denounce the "Richest Man in Babylon" and "Wealthy Barber" theory of saving, investing, diversifying, and living within your means. Instead we are told to live beyond our means, and leverage ourselves into wealth.
    Without providing any specific insights or details. There is a caveat provided that if you cannot do this successfully, then you shouldn't do it at all.
    Overall their messages are contradictory, trite, and self serving.
    For non-sophisticated investors and the average salaried worker, more practical and useable books are the two mentioned above (Babylon, and Barber). For business insight, any of Jack Welsh's books (GE CEO) are inspirational and provide tons of useable business knowledge.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Rebecca says: "A Blinkin' Good Read"

    The premise of this audiobook was intriguing; unfortunately, only a small percentage of the text (2% ?) directly speaks to this premise. The remaining 98% consists of painfully long, drawn-out analogies and tenuous examples.

    37 of 47 people found this review helpful

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