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Douglas

Endicott, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of 'Intangibles' in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Douglas W. Hubbard
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (152)

    Anything can be measured. This bold assertion is the key to solving many problems in business and life in general. The myth that certain things can't be measured is a significant drain on our nation's economy, public welfare, the environment, and even national security. In fact, the chances are good that some part of your life or your professional responsibilities is greatly harmed by a lack of measurement---by you, your firm, or even your government.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "Let go of "I don't know""
    "Good Information but a Little Nerdy"
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    What made the experience of listening to How to Measure Anything the most enjoyable?

    The author explains how even a little information can dramatically lower your uncertainty.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The jelly bean experiment where he asks people to give a 90% confidence level of the average weight of a jelly bean. After giving the weight of only one bean, everyone was able to dramatically narrow their estimate. Great stuff.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way. It is too dense and too long.


    Any additional comments?

    The equations are difficult to follow in audio format.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jose A. Rodriguez
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez and built on by his successors. Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior Al Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques....

    Rebecca says: "Not politically slanted as I expected"
    "Water Boarding Detail Post 9/11 - The Inside Story"
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    What did you love best about Hard Measures?

    It told how water boarding works, how often it was used after 9/11, and the kind of information that resulted. The media missed most of the main points here.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Measures?

    The press criticized the process saying that most of the useful information gained happened after the water boarding stopped when that is how it is supposed to work.


    What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a fine job. He keep me interested the whole way.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Imagine: How Creativity Works

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By Jonah Lehrer
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (538)

    From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types”, Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective.

    aaron says: "Starts out Promising, but Then...."
    "Be more creative in one easy listen."
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    What made the experience of listening to Imagine the most enjoyable?

    The stories help establish the notion that we are all creative and creativity can be encouraged or discouraged. This is a must read for educators and parents alike.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it! You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2126)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1216)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "Even Mozart Had to Work Hard"
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    If you could sum up Talent Is Overrated in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, surprising, captivating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Talent Is Overrated?

    The story of the Polgar Sisters


    Which character – as performed by David Drummond – was your favorite?

    All good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of how even Mozart had to work hard for ten years before he was vary good.


    Any additional comments?

    Educators and Parents must read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1526)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Boomerang Provides Warning for The World"
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    Where does Boomerang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Boomerang is the only audiobook that I listened to again as soon as I finished it the first time. If you only listen to one book, this should be it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way Michael Lewis does he research and tells the story in a funny and informative manner.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What Goes Around, Comes Around


    Any additional comments?

    By the time the movie gets made, the story will advance. Lewis should start working on Boomerang II now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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