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Brandon

Lincoln, NE, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bob Lutz
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (68)

    In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars, and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz's philosophy. When Lutz got into the auto business in the early sixties, CEOs knew that if you captured the public's imagination with great cars, the money would follow.

    Reader says: "Boring and self-involved."
    "Intersting insight into the car business"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Car Guys vs. Bean Counters to be better than the print version?

    It was interesting to learn about how the car business works and get a peek behind closed doors at GM. I didn't really like how he said the failure was due to the credit crisis and I found his arguments that they deserved to be bailed out duplicitous for a free market guy.


    What does Norman Dietz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a great voice and I enjoyed listening to him immensley.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Freaky Theories Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John R. Lott
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Economics can explain everything, from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. As the blockbuster best-seller Freakonomics demonstrated, economics can explain everything - from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. But are the basic assumptions and conclusions in Freakonomics true? Does the free market usually lead to unintended and negative consequences?

    Gerald says: "Repetitive conservative arguments"
    "I'm a big free market guy but good lord"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It gives a pretty good explination of free market principles if someone doesn't have a great grasp of them.


    What could John R. Lott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It is so dry an unengaging when compared with Freakonomics or any of Malcom Gladwell's books


    Which character – as performed by Brian Emerson – was your favorite?

    its non fiction, there are no characters, this question is ridiculous


    What character would you cut from Freedomnomics?

    ....and it goes on


    Any additional comments?

    Just read Milton Freidman or BOTH Adam Smith books and Atlas Shrugged and you've got it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jason Vuic
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (279)

    Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Hardly. The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

    Roy says: "Flim Flam at its Best"
    "Pretty Interesting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend this book to anyone. The specifics of the auto business aside its an interesting tale of Bricklin from Handy Man franchises all the way though the war in the Balkans. The story never gets booged down in details and even though at some points it goes down a questionable trail it is soon tied back into the Yugo and Bricklin story. Highly recommend, good listen.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it was not that kind of a book but I looked forward to the times I usually listen while working out or cleaning the house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich - and Why Most Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Donald J. Trump, Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By John Dossett, Skipp Sudduth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    In the tradition of their number-one blockbuster Why We Want You to Be Rich, the all-star team of best-selling authors Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki reunites to teach listeners what it takes to be successful and influential entrepreneurs in Midas Touch. What makes some business owners wildly successful? What separates the entrepreneurs who build businesses from ones who just seem to create more work for themselves? Here are answers.

    Chad says: "Nothing New - But Great Motivational Speakers"
    "Not so hot, I'd skip it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone more interested in hearing self aggrandizing stories.


    What was most disappointing about Donald J. Trump and Robert T. Kiyosaki ’s story?

    It had little to offer that someone already in the business world wouldn't already understand.


    Have you listened to any of John Dossett and Skipp Sudduth ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Midas Touch?

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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