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Jack Benadon

LA, CA | Member Since 2007

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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
    (86)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (65)

    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.

    Michael Parks says: "Opinionated and one-sided"
    "Clearly mistitled book"
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    What did you like best about Car Guys vs. Bean Counters? What did you like least?

    I liked understanding the car industry over time and how it evolved and changed. However, Lutz was clearly talking about his own career and the title should have been something like "My life in the car industry" so you understood that it was his personal experience (and opinion).
    His rants about "the liberal media" the "misdirected right" was too much opinion for the book the way it was represented.
    He clearly was jealous of how the Japanese (and their car companies) were "idols" and later how Ford was the "darling" of the media.

    he claims to have predicted most things correctly and makes himself to be a hero in this story--again, mistitled story


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    change the title to be more representative of what it is and delete the ending chapter where he writes about how he would have done things differently


    Do you think Car Guys vs. Bean Counters needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO--at least not by this egomaniac


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (173)

    This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.

    Kathy says: "The Great Bridge"
    "Loved this book"
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    Would you listen to The Great Bridge again? Why?

    No, too long but loved it


    Any additional comments?

    Very long but fascinating--David McCollough does great work and I will read anything he writes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy’s Only Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Allison
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Did Wall Street cause the mess we are in? Should Washington place stronger regulations on the financial industry? Can we lower unemployment rates by controlling the free market? Answer: no. Not only is free-market capitalism good for the economy, it is our only hope for recovery. As the nation’s longest-serving CEO of one of the top 25 financial institutions, John Allison has had a unique inside view of the events leading up to the financial crisis.

    Will says: "Best analysis of the Financial Crisis"
    "Banking Info Excellent"
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    Would you listen to The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure again? Why?

    No--most of it was informative and interesting but he ended up talking about his other views, outside of banking, which were a bit weird


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Allison? Why or why not?

    NO--the banking part was interesting, even when he talked about his own bank, but the rest was boring


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the book was interesting, but seemed to be poorly edited, especially at the end. At one point the author pointed to poor education for minorities (when talking about minimum wage problems) and said that they could not get jobs so they ended up dealing drugs and then got thrown into jail. This should have been edited out or modified because it sounded very strange.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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