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Ben Smith

Rozelle, NSW, AU | Member Since 2012

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  • Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Avinash K. Dixit
    • Narrated By Mark Delgado
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    The international best seller - don't compete without it! A major best seller in Japan, Financial Times top-ten book of the year, Book-of-the-Month Club best seller, and required reading at the best business schools, Thinking Strategically is a crash course in outmaneauvering any rival. This entertaining guide builds on scores of case studies taken from business, sports, the movies, politics, and gambling. It outlines the basics of good strategy-making and then shows how you can apply them in any area of your life.

    BB says: "better read"
    "Diagram dependant, monotone narrator, still good"
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    What made the experience of listening to Thinking Strategically the most enjoyable?

    The content. There were dozens of casestudies that made it useful.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Delgado’s performances?

    No. His performance was montone and dull at best.


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

    No. It required some digesting


    Any additional comments?

    Although I wished I had a copy of the actual book to see the diagrams and charts, it was still a good book and I'm glad I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8914)
    Performance
    (3523)
    Story
    (3529)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Seriously good book for driving."
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    Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

    I am going to listen to Outliers again with my wife. It's so interesting and well narrated that I'd enjoy listening to it another time.


    What other book might you compare Outliers to and why?

    I can't think of a comparable audio book. I really like the narrators style.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Oh..it was the author... I didn't realize. It would explain why he seemed to have an intimate understanding of the material and it was presented in a relaxed yet interested manner.


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

    The first chapter of the book. I won't spoil it, but it set up the rest of the book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy, buy, buy. Listen to the sample. The best 7 hours I've spent in the car thus far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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