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  • Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.

    John says: "A Glimpse Into the Future"
    "How Innovations Become Products on the Shelf"
    Where does Makers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Makers is a keeper. It is not riveting, but it is a book that stimulates thought. It would be a great 'read' for a study on innovation and change.

    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Easy to follow - well explained when the stories might have been foreign to the reader's experience.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rene Ruiz?


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

    From Bolts to Bytes

    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time unless you are looking strictly for entertainment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Think About The Quiet Ones - Innovators Unite!"
    Would you listen to Quiet again? Why?

    Yes. I have listened to parts several times and intend to go through the entire work again. The review of history tells how we once revered the strong, silent, 'get it done' business leader, then how we migrated to seeing the hand shaking, smiling, easy-to-talk-with kind of person as the better leader. Author Cain parallels the thinking style of each and makes a case for outgoing and quiet types to work in unity to the betterment of our business and society.

    The history is excellent. The insights stimulate one's imagination. The celebration of those who are quiet and listening instead of speaking up (in the classroom, in committee meetings, in strategic planning conferences, in politics, elsewhere) might allow us to re-evaluate how we chose/elect leaders...and with a nod to the quiet ones, how we might become more innovative in our ways of managing things.

    Consider what has happened in schools - for both the kids and adults. We grade on classroom/online forum participation and thereby reward the extroverts. Yet we love the stories of the introvert who goes home to the quiet and develops a whole new approach to a problem - think the the famous 'geeks' who sketch and experiment late into the wee hours, formulating the plans for new devices and apps! Can we create equity for them in public forums such as in educational venues? How about in public leadership?

    What other book might you compare Quiet to and why?

    One of a kind!

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not a book of scenes. Loved many parts - the views from various disciplines were valuable.

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

    It made me get the author's TEDTalk and visit her website. I am using her material as a reference in working with business leaders and trainers.

    Any additional comments?

    Get it, read it, think deeply. Do you see a place for the resurgence of the quiet ones as leaders in our businesses? Government? Educational settings? I do!

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  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "History Amazes Me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Influenza to be better than the print version?

    I'd like both, please! As a writer of notes in the margin, I would love a paper copy to add to the audio version. The Audible technology does not easily adapt to notes and markers and I hope to see upgrades that improve this aspect.

    What did you like best about this story?

    History of a killer in our midst - influenza. Although I had heard that it killed many people in 1917-1920, I did not know the story, nor did I recognize the pandemic - lives were lost world-wide. Further, the importance for the present decade was not strongly apparent until the end of this book.

    This would be a great book for a book club or group studying organizational design. The politics of information and communication, and governmental/political power...the horror of mass death and family/town impact....the idea of infection control and social contact in every day activities...each of these themes could be followed with illustrations from this book.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is not a book of scenes. But the life stories of scientists studying the source and progress of influenza was absorbing.

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

    No - I listened and re-listened in chunks. Lots to comprehend!

    Any additional comments?

    An amazing piece. While I doubt my book club would find it entertaining, I would embrace the idea of having others to chat with about the message of this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves
    • Narrated By Tom Parks

    In today’s fast-paced world of competitive workplaces and turbulent economic conditions, each of us is searching for effective tools that can help us adapt and strike out ahead of the pack. Sharing discoveries from a groundbreaking study that separated the leadership skills that get results from those that are inconsequential or harmful, Leadership 2.0 introduces a new paradigm of leadership.

    Ammie says: "Double dose!"
    "Leadership in the new era is old news, repackaged"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Reviewing current information on leadership is always useful. I expected more from this treatise, however. My hope was to learn something new or at least up-dated.

    Would you recommend Leadership 2.0 to your friends? Why or why not?

    For a person with limited leadership experience, this book could have value.

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

    Tom is engaging as always.

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

    No, don't imagine I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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