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Birdie

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  • Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (865)

    If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both! If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both! This book presents Dave’s playbook for creating work that matters; building an incredible group of passionate, empowered team members; and winning the race with steady momentum that will roll over any obstacle.

    Steve says: "Excellent insights for building a great business"
    "Great book, nothing too insightful"
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    I have read (or listened to) many business books and it is rare to find a book that doesn't feel like it is just a spin on another book. This book is no exception. Good book and overall above average, but before you start, you know Ramsey is successful, so you know his stories are going to end with him where he is today (vs. I started out recording in a small room... now he owns the entire building).

    If you are looking to move mountains, this isn't your book. If you are looking to sharpen your skills, this won't hurt!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (643)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Great book made bad because the narrator"
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    Performance
    Story

    The Heath's books are great and they take every day business practices and spin them with a different lens. Unfortunately, Charles Kahlenberg is so unusually dry, I found myself drifting off and losing track. I have read this book and was listening to it as a refresher, but it took over a month to get through because I could not stand doing it in one try.

    I wish they would rerecord with a new narrator (yeah, that bad)!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Peter M. Senge
    • Narrated By Peter M. Senge
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (116)

    Peter Senge's groundbreaking ideas on building organizations have made him a household name among corporate managers. His theories help businesses to clarify their goals, to defy the odds, to more clearly understand threats, and to recognize new opportunities. He introduces managers to a new source of competitive advantage, and offers a marvelously empowering approach to work.

    Greg says: "Abridged books are inadequate"
    "Dry voice, poor abridged version"
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    The author voice was so mono toned and dry, it was unbearable to listen. In addition, the entire audio book could have been delivered in a 10 minute wrap up. I always listen through to the end in hopes I'll be surprised... this was a waste of time!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (362)

    Looking for a practical guide to the fulfillment of your dreams? Based on natural laws which govern all of creation, this audio shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition. In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra distills the essence of his teachings into 7 simple, yet powerful principles that can easily be applied to create success in all areas of your life.

    P. Wouters says: "Concise and powerful"
    "Great for the time it took to listen"
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    Some of it was dry and Deepak's voice is not the best for narration, but he pointed out some great ideas

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1764)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1135)

    Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

    Dave says: "It's a must."
    "I am sure it was great (even better) in the day"
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    If you could sum up Think and Grow Rich in three words, what would they be?

    When this was written, I am sure it stood out above all other. With all of the leadership & management books out today, I would say it is pretty on par... but pretty amazing considering when it was written


    Has Think and Grow Rich turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    What three words best describe Erik Synnestvedt’s voice?

    Good


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

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    Great companies can fail: not because they do anything wrong, but because they do everything right. Meeting customers' current needs leads firms to reject breakthrough innovations, "disruptive technologies", that create the products and opportunities of the future.

    3.14 says: "See "The Innovator's Solution" Instead"
    "Great content, but repetitive"
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    Would you try another book from Clayton M. Christensen and/or Don Leslie?

    Yes, Christensen is great. How Will You Measure Your Life was much better


    If you’ve listened to books by Clayton M. Christensen before, how does this one compare?

    Great single idea, but I feel it could have been a long magazine article


    What aspect of Don Leslie’s performance would you have changed?

    None


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

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    The difficulty of any audible book is the narrator. The narrator of this book was dry, mono toned and easily lost. I would appreciate to hear this book with someone else

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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