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calgary, AB, Canada

  • 6 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 131 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Murphy
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

    Lorena says: "HBS promotional material"

    The book very closely follows the Harvard Business School (HBS) case study method. At one point the author describes HBS' (you will hear this acronym countless times) case study method as filled with details that students need to sort through to find the essence of the case. This book felt just like that, a lot of unnecessary detail. There are other more succinct books that teach similar principles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

    Lindblad says: "An amazing insight to the brain"

    The details are based on research. The research is then presented to give the listener an understanding why some activities are difficult, and then provides examples how to change the situation to make increase the liklihood of success by simple techniques to work the way your brain works best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Quiggin
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery

    In the graveyard of economic ideology, dead ideas still stalk the land. The recent financial crisis laid bare many of the assumptions behind market liberalism--the theory that market-based solutions are always best, regardless of the problem. For decades, their advocates dominated mainstream economics, and their influence created a system where an unthinking faith in markets led many to view speculative investments as fundamentally safe.

    Josh says: "Mediocre"

    Great concept. Mediocre execution. The tie-in with Zombies could have made this an accessible, humorous book on economics, if you are looking for humor laced with facts then give Al Franken a listen. As it stands this Zombie tie-in was a stretch at best, adding little to no entertainment value, leaving the book to stand solely on the facts and research which are present in great depth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You, Inc.: The Art of Selling Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harry Beckwith, Christine Clifford Beckwith
    • Narrated By Martin Ruben, Lisa DeSimone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Written in a personable and homespun style, You, Inc. offers doses of humor and pithy knowledge to anyone who wants to thrive in the increasingly competitive business world. What veteran sales and marketing experts Harry and Christine Beckwith understand is that, to succeed in life, the most important thing you need to be able to sell is you.

    Rudy says: "worthy"
    "For avid business book readers this one is a pass"

    I found this book to be little more than a series of suggestions that I could have heard from any one of my peers. Very little seemed to be from hard research and much came across as common sense. If you only read one business book a year then you may find this broad approach of suggestions valuable. However if you, like me, listen to several business books a year then this one comes across as amateurish and does not drill deep enough into any one subject to provide the depth you are likely after.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    "Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals.

    Nelson Alexander says: "What Every President Should Know"
    "Should be required reading"

    An excellent historical review of America's foreign policy. This should be required reading for every American, as this covers material that is not a part of the public conscience but most certainly should be.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
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    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Alex says: "Network theory for beginners"
    "A good listen"

    The book is a great listen if you are an academic. For general interest readers I found "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell an easier and more insightful read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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