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James L

Charlotte, NC, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • What Would Google Do?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeff Jarvis
    • Narrated By Jeff Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (292)

    In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google, the fastest-growing company in history, to discover 40 clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.

    Justin says: "A great place to start...."
    "What Would Jarvis Do?"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book as an exercise in stretching my paradigms, but some of the concepts are a little over played. I'm not sure if that was for effect or what Jarvis really believes. It would seem they are more for effect given that the author admitted he doesn't follow his own advice.
    ie. He sells the book, he doesn't give it away.

    If you believe in your concepts as passionately as he seems to, why wouldn't you take your own medicine. I suspect he's like most of the rest of us... He loves the concepts, but is not sure how to make a profit with them.

    Still in all, it was fun to study the ideas and see if there are any I could apply in my own business.

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (433)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Is this Churchill or a History of Empire"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from William Manchester and/or Frederick Davidson?

    Yes I intend to read the follow up in the 2nd part of the series.


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

    While I appreciate the lengths the writer goes to provide context for Churchill's biography it is, in my opinion, over done. I believe there was ample opportunity to educate me with out so much superfluousness information about minute details of the daily lives of his associates.


    What aspect of Frederick Davidson’s performance would you have changed?

    Abbreviate and present only the most interesting content.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If this were a book it would be 15 hours long and then you'd still have to watch the sequel to find out what happens.


    Any additional comments?

    He does a nice job of speaking and imitating voices, even if he does come across a little pompous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (546)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "Greitens for President!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Heart and the Fist in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, just Awesome!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric Greitens is the best example I've seen in quite some time of a man who chose Service and Virtue over Greed and Self Indulgence. Quite an amazing guy and a great example of what it really means to be a "great man".


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  • Endgame: The End of The Debt Supercycle And How It Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mauldin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (368)

    Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us?As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I.

    Lloyd says: "The Best Explanation of what's Happening Now"
    "Truly Insightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Endgame again? Why?

    It's a frightening account of what the world has become. I would listen to it again, and I think it should be required reading for every American.

    There's a tremendous lack of leadership in our country's political environment which only mirrors it's citizens apparent unwillingness to pay the piper before it's too late.


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