Placentia CA, United States | Member Since 2011
In business meetings both formal and informal, I retold many of the stories from the book, and started applying many of the tips right away! I was entertaining most of all, but very practical and fun to listen to.
Wonderful book! After the ending, I wanted to hear 50+ hours about the boss and the crew after they were rescued. What was it like when they got home, felt grass, took a warm bath? Then I thought they were just men, and mostly flawed. Their future was somewhat ordinary I am learning. But the adventure, wow!!!! I strongly recommend this book.
Impressive story, one of the greatest of our time. But the book was a lot like the evacuation—jumbled, fractured, fragmented. There’s not much story here, meaning no context or theme, hardly nothing about how the evacuation fit in with the pre-Dunkirk machinations of war. Just plop there you are at the start of the evacuation, and the story is told in hundreds of little brief vignettes, related only because they were all in generally the same place. After a while they all just ran together.
The discussion about the boats. And mentioning that this was probably the first time in history that the civilians came to the aid of the army. Very astounding and chilling.
Not sure. But Mr. Cummings sounds like he was reading marketing material for a toothpaste commercial. Nice voice, wrong book.
Sometimes the author tells Jerry’s side, but only in small parts and it was not very effective or thorough, and sometimes confusing—the transitions were poorly done. I would have added more about the war strategy on both sides. The BEF didn't just suddenly appear in France. They had a mission.
Sorry I was disappointed, though I am a WWII book and podcast junkie.
Turner Classic Movies has "the Essentials," movies that everyone must see. The Goal is on my list of "Essentials" for anyone who works in or around production, or any process in which constraints exist. Now, 6Sigma and Lean are more popular, but they are derivative of The Goal. I didn't always care for the story of the wife, and the narrator was not great in my opinion.
No book other than the bible has ever moved me like this one. My father was a POW and fought in the war, and he said this book is the launch code for Nazi Germany. He was right. I got this book because it was 1 credit. Only 1 credit for 57 hours! God bless Mr. Shirer and... Grover Garder you are amazing. Amazing! Bill Shirer would have been proud.
Funny and fun, and I was so nervous for Mitnick! This and Pillars of the Earth are the only books I have sat in a parking lot listening to because I did not want to stop. His poor saintly Gram and mom, I hope they are ok. I worried about them more than I did Kevin, ha! Seriously this is a fantastic book, excellent narration,and even more spectacular larger than life story about a kid who was too smart for his own good, but too good to stop hacking. I admire his ethics of not stealing credit cards or destroying files. Phone Phreaks! You will know what that means when you read this book. FREE. KEVIN.
You are purchasing someone reading formulae. If that is what you want, you will get your money's worth here. If not, just keep moving and don't get sucked in by the low price.
This book will forever change how you perceive measurement and risk. And told in a way that is easy to understand. I really enjoyed it. BUT don't stop with just this book! The Failure of Risk Management is required reading along with this one. Seriously!
This story is so well told. It is personal and touching, while still being historically accurate. I LOVED and cherished the "rest of the story" at the end, giving us a glimpse of what the boys went through after the war.
I did not like or dislike this book. It spends >80% of its time advocating the effectiveness and value of super crunching numbers, and giving dozens of examples of how it is used effectively. It could have accomplished that goal in far less time.
The balance of the book touched a very little bit on what super crunching actually is, but way too little for me. Near the end, the author says this book is an introduction, and you have to take him quite literally on that point. Get this book if you are interested in how super crunching is used. I got this book because I wanted to know more about how it is done, and I was disappointed.
Part 1 is not about cathedral building at all, but instead about the lives of some super interesting people whose paths crossed in 1492 or whenever. VERY interesting. SOOOO well performed. I felt like I was there with them. But... so, when are they going to actually build the cathedral?
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