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J

Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Flip: How to Turn Everything You Know on Its Head---and Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imaginings

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peter Sheahan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    "Business today requires new perspectives," argues Peter Sheahan, one of the youngest and fastest-rising international consultants. In Flip, he shows that to succeed in a small-world economy, companies must distinguish themselves by finding a new way of doing business, one that systematically reexamines every single aspect of running a company.

    Mark says: "Interesting Stories, Flawed Logic"
    "Good advice on sale!!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Flip the most enjoyable?

    Now is the time to read this one. A look over your shoulder at what just (7 yrs) happened? Twitter's IPO-Is it a "Flip"?. Read the book and see if you are a "flipper".


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

    History


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

    I want to flip at the right time.


    Any additional comments?

    With the current events this is dated information.
    His examples are in the news (Or gone "MySpace") and gave the book a comfortable way to explain his observations (mid 2000s) and conclusions. The models are sound and will work in many situations as the facts are deduced.

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  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (424)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Are you kidding, who are all these people ?"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Town the most enjoyable?

    It was quick. I did know a few of the names. List of who make or Gov't work?


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    What a bunch of phonies and back stabbing, self absorbed, .........."Party animals!"


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

    His voice was easy to listen.


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

    Yes. A sitting may include drive time. Once I started it was interesting.


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  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (609)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    PHIL says: "Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks"
    "I want tobe antifragile. This make too much sense!"
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    Would you listen to Antifragile again? Why?

    Yes, I need too.


    What other book might you compare Antifragile to and why?

    The Drunkards Walk
    Black Swan (of course)


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

    I must have. They all read better than I do.


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

    His overall strength of purpose and his wellingness to tell some "want to bees" to kiss off was good for him .


    Any additional comments?

    Listen and observe.

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