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Sami

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | Member Since 2017

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  • 47 reviews
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  • 218 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2018
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  • The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William N. Thorndike
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (992)
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    (831)
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    (822)

    In The Outsiders, you'll learn the traits and methods striking for their consistency and relentless rationality that helped these unique leaders achieve such exceptional performance. Humble, unassuming, and often frugal, these "outsiders" shunned Wall Street and the press, and shied away from the hottest new management trends. Instead, they shared specific traits that put them and the companies they led on winning trajectories: a laser-sharp focus on per share value as opposed to earnings or sales growth; an exceptional talent for allocating capital and human resources; and the belief that cash flow, not reported earnings, determines a company's long-term value.

    Anurag K. says: "Clear, structured presentation. Well narrated. Worth a listen!"
    "It could have been better"
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    The book's idea is great. The stories are too short to understand or enjoy.

    I would give it the plus for opening the door to more investigations regarding theses CEOs

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael D. Eisner, Aaron R. Cohen
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson, Michael D. Eisner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Dig deep and you will find the most compelling argument for working together: Happiness. In business there are always unique individual achievers, but pull down the veil and you'll often find someone alongside them. Michael Eisner does just that in Working Together. Using his own collaboration with Frank Wells at Disney as a launching point for examining other famously successful partnerships, Eisner offers us an intimate and deeply personal look at some of the most rewarding business partnerships.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting to see what all partners had in common"
    "I was misguided!"
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    When I bought this book, I thought I will be getting insights on teamwork, however what I found was history narration with too many personalities and names and titles that confuses me so I lost track.

    The book has many positive reviews so maybe my misunderstanding has to do with me personally! so if you are buying this book for the teamwork aspect, I don't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce G. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was just months away from running out of cash. With the auto industry careening toward ruin, Congress offered all three Detroit automakers a bailout. General Motors and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, but Ford decided to save itself. Under the leadership of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already put together a bold plan to unify its divided global operations, transform its lackluster product lineup, and overcome a dys­functional culture of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses.

    Michael says: "The best business book I ever read"
    "Great Story. Great Book"
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    Through my many years listening to Audible, this is one of the best books I've read so far. I enjoyed every bit of its 14 hours which flew by! The sequence of events is amazingly linked. The author made sure to mix emotions with facts to create a full experience to the listener.

    It is a must for every manager. The emphasis on team work and its role to awaken the Ford giant couldn't have been done any other way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Another extraordinary business fable from the New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni. This new book in the popular Lencioni series shows what it takes to gain a real and lasting competitive edge.

    ROBERT says: "Comfort Food that's Good for You"
    "Tells You What Other Business Books Won't"
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    When addressing business management and productivity, we are consumed by business jargon and lengthy charts to explain or build a productive work environment. This book, and Patrick's books and methodology in general, takes it back to its essence. ITS ALL ABOUT FACING YOUR FEARS!

    This book might be aimed at consultants, but far from it, it is applicable in business life as it is in our social life.

    Do What Is Right; Results Will Come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By William H. McRaven
    • Narrated By William H. McRaven
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

    A. Yoshida says: "Watch the YouTube video"
    "A winner for kids!"
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    I like this book for its simple ideas. It is so basic that we tend to miss a lot of them or just keep them in the back of our minds

    I do like the dedication of the author. He took the army in a literal sense rather than political!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Deutschman
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
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    (206)
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    What if you were given the ultimatum: make a radical shift in your life, or lose it all? This was the question Alan Deutschman posed in "Change or Die", his sensational cover story for the May 2005 issue of Fast Company. Surprisingly, Deutschman concluded that although we all have the innate capability and fundamental need to change our behavior, we rarely ever do.

    Bil Moore says: "Fantastic info"
    "Enjoyed the story not the ideas!"
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    I listened to the whole book because I enjoyed the stories but the idea of bringing change through the ideas in it evaded me and nothing came up that would help me identify a clear path for change

    I understand we are different so do buy the book because you might enjoy this style anyway

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4038)
    Performance
    (3560)
    Story
    (3547)

    Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

    duane barker says: "AMAZING BOOK"
    "Don’t be fooled by the comedian "
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    What grabbed me by this audio is the intensive simplicity yet powerful content. The style is closer to a memoir than life experience. The knowledge gained and life nuggets are unmatched.

    It is an easy book to follow; something you’d recommend to your teenage sibling. I would recommend it without reservations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Helen Russell
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
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    (1983)
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    (1980)

    When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

    AR says: "Entertaining but Brittle"
    "This Is How Books Should Be Written!"
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    Education hasn't evolved since it was invented. This book explains the Danish culture in an amusing way without compromising on the technical aspects. It is structured, dealt with the many aspects of Danish culture and way of life and utilized the opinions of many experts. Yet, it was done in a funny and engaging way.

    I wish we teach our children this way at school!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hate U Give

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Angie Thomas
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14076)
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    (13143)
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    (13102)

    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

    Michael - Audible says: "What a story!"
    "There should be an Oscar for narrators "
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    A great book with a great message. As a minority, I understand the bitterness of injustice. Simply, we can’t stay silent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle: Transform Your Body Forever Using the Secrets of the Leanest People in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Venuto
    • Narrated By Tom Venuto
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (857)

    A smart, energizing program to help you shed fat, build muscle, and achieve your ideal body in just 30 days! A huge success as a self-published e-book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is the bible of fat loss that will help anyone to get his or her dream body. Tom Venuto has created a program using the secrets of the world's leanest people, although it's not about getting ripped; it is about maximizing your fat loss through nutrient timing and strategic exercise. This totally revised and 25 percent-new book includes a never-before-shared plan that will make it even easier for everyone to achieve amazing results.

    Lanlady says: "this book is a game-changer for me."
    "Great tips. Easy listening"
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    Hard copy is a nice addition but not necessary. The book should have discussed age in relation to exercise

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David Livermore Ph.D. Michigan State University
    • Narrated By Professor David Livermore Ph.D. Michigan State University
    Overall
    (1478)
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    (1322)
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    (1318)

    Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

    Quaker says: "Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses"
    "A book to bring people together"
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    Misunderstanding or Misinterpretation is the main perpetrator in our struggles as humanity in this modern world. We do not appreciate someone's lack of attention when we feel very emotional about something... and we judge them for that. We don't appreciate that different cultures bring different behaviors and priorities.

    This book is on the top of my recommended book list (out of the 200 titles I have in my library) and I urge all readers to listen to it because, from the fact of being muslim, understanding where different cultures come from and how we think is the key to living together and learning to appreciate each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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