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jjimhoog

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  • A Book of Five Rings

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Miyamoto Musashi
    • Narrated By Stanley Ralph Ross
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (28)

    Written over three centuries ago by a Samurai warrior, A Book of Five Rings has been hailed as a limitless source of psychological insight for businessmen – or anyone who relies on strategy and tactics to outwit the competition.

    Terra says: "A Book of Five Rings"
    "Not strategic at all"
    Overall

    This book has got nothing to do with "Strategy" as we perceive it in today's western world. You need to be a swords man to understand how Musashi refers to strategy: a posture and both action and reaction in a hand-to-hand combat using swords.
    The book's description is highly misleading, probably due to literal translation.

    Even the author wrote down that the majority of his techniques cannot be explained in detailed writing and basically have to be mastered by practice with the sword.

    There are a few minor nuggets that elude to some Zen spirit, but they certainly don't warrant your time and money.

    This book is unfortunately of no use to our current time (in any context for that matter), unless you plan on negotiating your next business deal using 'long swords' and 'winning' the deal, i.e. cut, slice, hack, or kill your opponent.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1476)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (877)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Great book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Old Man and the Sea the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this book while on a trip through the Caribbean and this a truly a great Hemmingway book. His style is crisp and clean, and yet, when you get into the story, has a profound and deep view on those simple and at the same time so complex details of life. With all those uncertainties and out-of-reach daily influences that we like to look away from in the 'developed' world. Great book and great flawless and good to listen to narration by Sutherland.


    What other book might you compare The Old Man and the Sea to and why?

    For Whom the Bell Tolls is a longer listen; however, another beautiful work by Hemmingway.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thank You Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (446)

    The Thank You Economy is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn't some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it's real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not. It's the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline.

    Scott says: "Gary is fun, but the book is a bit shallow"
    "Keen observations"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Thank You Economy to be better than the print version?

    Yes, due to the numerous 'off script' remarks by the narrator/author.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent and keen observations by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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