Good thriller becomes a bit of a romance novel for about 20 pages in the middle. Good thriller anyway. Highly enjoyable. Looked for another, but it's not a series. :(
It's Not Luck is a wonderful book that provides an approachable introduction to the Theory of Constraints and the thinking processes. It is one of my favorite books.
When I first read it twenty years ago, I thought: "Here we go. Another author found one solution and thinks it solves all problems." But, I was wrong. Goldratt -- who I had the honor to meet later - did have something new that can help almost anyone analyze almost any problem. I can't recommend this book (in print form) highly enough.
So, I've been waiting for 20 years for the audiobook. Unfortunately, the narration is not up tot the standards I had hoped for.
The main problem is that pretty much all the characters other than Rogo sound like they are whining all the time, especially the women and children. Many characters sound alike, including the two board members and the plant managers. Even when one character is identified as having a British accent in the text, he has no accent in the narration. UGH!
Finally -- and I know this may be petty -- he pronounces Hilton Smyth's name wrong. I guess I was spoiled by the wonderful narration (dramatization, really) in The Goal.
To give the narrator a little credit, somehow he does describe the diagrams in the book such that you can visualize them. Not an easy feat.
OK. I still highly recommend this book based on it's content. Narration could be improved. You may want a non-audio edition nearby to review the diagrams, but it's really not necessary.
Not schmaltzy. A little slow in the middle, but it picks right back up. Not as predictable as expected. Very enjoyable. Good performance although the cockney accent gets a little tiresome.
Mr. Kaufman is exceptionally well versed in virtually all business topics. I have an MBA and highly recommend this book as an excellent resource for business owners and any others wanting to learn or get a refresher with regard to managing business . This is one of those books that I will listen to many times over.
I'm also a Jonah, so I am especially impressed that Mr. Kaufman covers (or, at least mentions) Goldratt's Theory of Constraints. Like I said, he is exceptionally well versed. . .
BTW, Mr. Kaufman's narration works. Period.
In Mike Goss's "Breaking Through Walls", you will find a parable in the spirit of "The One Minute Manager" with a generous dose of kumbaya.
If you're a supportive manager wanting (or in need of) moral reinforcement, this book will be just what the doctor ordered. For you, I give it five stars. Otherwise, this book won't change anyone's mind. For them, it's only two or three stars.
Aimed squarely at the sales function (and perhaps the CEO's office), this story is a bit over the top with some plot elements can only make you smile. Of course, that level of enthusiasm may be perfect for the intended audience. (You weren't expecting a twist ending were you?)
Regarding Mr. Goss's narration, I say: "UGH!" However, self-narration was probably the only feasible way to create an audio book, so I can't fault him for it. Nor, can I deduct anything from my overall score for his narration. Who knows? Some may even like it.
In the end, I'm glad I read it. I applaud Mr. Goss's effort and hope it's a success for him and brings success to everyone who reads it.
Overall - Four Gold Stars
One (or three) too many potential villains make Easy Prey a difficult read. I love the series and am reading all the books in order. Unfortunately, this one is not up to the level of the rest.
Read/listen for completeness. Otherwise, skip it. You won't miss it.
Not as much action as previous Reacher novels. Hence the 4 stars.
As usual, Dick Hill is Jack Reacher. Gave his performance only 4 stars because I found Reacher's broken-nose voice to be off-putting. I know he had little choice due to it being mentioned in the book, but it was a bit grating.
At the end of the day, this one is as good or better than the best books from most other authors.
Hope Reacher's nose heals for the next one. (For which, I eagerly await.)
The author(s) keeps repeating himself and summarizing, as if you are just joining the story without having read the previous chapters. Meanwhile, the narrator uses the same monotone voice for all the characters.
The first 20% of this book is a little slow. The slow pace of the narrator doesn't help. Once it gets going, however, it is excellent. I look forward to the author's next book.
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