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Bryden

Mt nasura, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (8621)
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    (7039)
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    (6993)

    Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    Anaxamaxan says: "Good info, over-the-top narration"
    "Interesting but Requires Revision"
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    if you can get past the list of 'great' company's that haven't done that great. its a worth while read as it is so frequently referenced (often badly) in current literature.

    I think the basic message of this book that the right type of simplicity is very hard but very worthwhile is still valid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Careful!: The surprising science behind everyday calamities - and how you can avoid them

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steve Casner
    • Narrated By Steve Casner
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    The modern world can be a dangerous place, filled with fast cars, smartphones, drugs and extreme sports. Meanwhile, we humans are as fragile as ever. In fact after a century of decline in injuries and accidental deaths, they are on the rise again. The question is - why? Steve Casner has devoted his career to studying the psychology of safety, and he knows that there's not a safety warning we won't ignore or a foolproof device we can't turn into an implement of disaster.

    Bryden says: "the fun police are out on patrol"
    "the fun police are out on patrol"
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    the hand wringing is endless. These are the people ruining the world with pretend safety rubbish who would wrap every one up in cotton wool if given half a chance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Follow the Geeks: 10 Digital Innovators and the Future of Work

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsey Gilpin, Jason Hiner
    • Narrated By Jason Hiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Follow the Geeks tells the stories of 10 digital entrepreneurs who transformed their careers for the 21st century. See the risks, setbacks, and innovations that defined them. You'll find programmers and photographers, podcasters and philanthropists. No matter what industry you work in, what size your company is, or if you're launching your own startup, these stories provide a trail of wisdom for the future.

    Andrew says: "A must listen for fans of Twit.tv"
    "this is just book about 'Tech' journalists"
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    I was hoping to read a book about people doing real work and actually deveoping some technologies not just a bunch of talking heads.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1159)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Michael says: "Just Right - Not too technical not boring"
    "The narrator Sounds like Brian from the family guy"
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    Grate read full of the personal interplay that brings the history of a field to life. and i like to imagen its being read by a dog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present as If It Were the Past

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Chuck Klosterman, Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (879)

    We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there's nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure - until, of course, they don't.

    Norris Family says: "Another bad review for the narrator"
    "quite interesting"
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    good ideas i liked it , could go evan further with some of the counter factual scenarios .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Chuck Klosterman
    Overall
    (663)
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    (590)
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    (584)

    In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the very nature of how modern people understand the concept of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don't we see Batman the same way we see Bernhard Goetz? Who's more worthy of our vitriol - Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O.J. Simpson's second-worst decision? Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and limitless imagination, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the anti-hero.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "My Favorite Writer Falls a Little Short..."
    "self obsessed garbage"
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    amusingly the author sounds like the comic book guy from the Simpsons "worst book ever"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennet Conant
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (250)

    Prior to the U.S. entering WWII, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. They called themselves the Baker Street Irregulars after the band of street urchins who were the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in some Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

    Sara says: "Spying in Washington"
    "Fascinating insight into wartime politics"
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    Roald Dahl's intriguing career is reviewed in this excellent book. I was fascinated by how this 'childrens author' was connected to the political elite during the most tumultuous period of modern history and how famous many of his then colleagues became.
    Including 007 author Ian Fleming and ad-man David Ogilvy.

    Simon Prebble's voice and style are perfect match to this novel making it a joy to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Murphy
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (631)

    In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

    Mark says: "Disappointing"
    "An Infomercial for harvard business school"
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    This book had the chance to be a fascinating set of case studys but is sadly just an elitist advertisement for harvard business school and its graduates. As if no successful company had ever been built without the blessing of HBS Alumni.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor
    • Narrated By Joel Leffert
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (457)

    Clayton M. Christensen is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Michael E. Raynor is a director at Deloitte Research. Together, they outline an innovative plan that urges businesses to create disruption rather than fleeing from it. Named one of 2003's Best Business Books by Business Week, this book is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller.

    Pat Cheung says: "Great Book...Drone Narration"
    "Possibly the best business book available"
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    I found this book to be a refreshing no BS analysis of the business of innovation

    It is well articulated well researched and puts forward a clear, precise and consistent idea that is backed up and explained in real world case studies.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Flip It: How to Get the Best Out of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Heppell
    • Narrated By Michael Heppell
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    It seems we're all growing more negative. Bad news on the TV and in the papers makes us all feel fed up and we find it easier to talk about what's wrong instead of looking for what's good. But imagine knowing a simple trick that you could use to help you feel better about everything. That simple trick does exist, and it's time to learn how to "Flip It".

    Genny says: "Great Pep Talk"
    "An exercise in stating the obvious"
    Overall

    This is real lowest common denominator stuff written and read in a rather patronizing manor. Go and check out some of Brian Tracy's stuff instead

    However if your in a dole Que it might really help.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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