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SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 2 reviews
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  • 80 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2018

  • Guide to Decision Making: The Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Helga Drummond
    • Narrated By Karen Cass

    >An invaluable guide to arrive at better business decisions. We make decisions, and these decisions make us and our organisations. And in theory, decision-making should be easy: a problem is identified, the decision-makers generate solutions, and choose the optimal one - and powerful mathematical tools are available to facilitate the task. Yet if it is all so simple why do organisations, both private and public sector, keep making mistakes - the results of which are borne by shareholders, employees, taxpayers, and ultimately society at large?

    Philo says: "Mixed feelings"
    "Disjointed and Backward Looking"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the book would have given some insights into how good decisions are made. Instead, the author writes a list of critiques on various decisions made in the past. The list should at least be organized into general themes. Instead the author rambles on from one critique with the next and I am left wondering: "What is the point?" This is the ultimate Monday Morning Quarterback book of decision making.

    What could Helga Drummond have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Organize. Organize your thoughts and make some coherent points. Use historical examples to illustrate main ideas and then move on to give the reader something positive; something actionable for their decision making process.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded angry and often spoke with contempt for the illustrated decision makers, some of whom were great leaders and successful decision makers in general. The tone of disrespect and derision simply magnified the poor writing of the author.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Guide to Decision Making?

    As editor I would have never allowed this book to go to print.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally write reviews. I have always found value in in any event, play, book, or essay I have ever read or listened to. Some are better and some are worse but I always respect the author for their art and effort. This book is different. Although the author is clearly intelligent as can be seen in her word craft, the book is incoherent and absolutely painful. I have never listened to anything so painful. It is a list of contemptuous criticisms of poor decisions that some very good people have made. The book is aloof and elitist. Worse yet, it offers no method or suggestions as to how to make good decisions. Don't waste your time or money on this book.

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  • The Wright Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough

    Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

    On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

    Vince says: "Great Story but narration is a little boring"
    "Great Book! Great Narration!"

    David McCullough's narration took me a few minutes to get used to. His style is very folksy and I thought, at first, a bit boring. But just like his subjects, the Wright Brothers, the initial impression is deceiving. His style is wholly appropriate to time when respect and professionalism ruled. Mr. McCullough sticks to the facts, like good historian should, but somehow arranges the facts in such a way that with a subtle choice of wording and a slight twist of the voice he had me on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book. At many time I felt tears welling in my eyes at the witness of so many historic events. A great book and a great read. Thank you. Please consider writing a book on the early days of aviation post Wright Brothers.

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