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Daryl Kulak

The Holistic Business Guy

Westerville, OH USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Sims
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    What do Apple CEO Steve Jobs, comedian Chris Rock, prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, the story developers at Pixar films, and the Army Chief of Strategic Plans all have in common? Best-selling author Peter Sims found that all of them have achieved breakthrough results by methodically taking small, experimental steps in order to discover and develop new ideas.

    Tad Davis says: "Useful approach, not for everyone"
    "Heard it all Before"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a great audiobook. I am from the technology world, so the iterative/incremental approach that the author advocates here is not new to me. I was hoping for a bit more depth, but there are just a few stories about how you should approach things incrementally. I cannot recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (241)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Entertaining, Funny and a Joy to Listen To"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Antony Ferguson’s performance did you like?

    I liked that Antony had an Australian accent because the author is from Australia as well.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook has to be in the top ten I've ever listened to. I really, truly enjoyed it. Funny, poignant and even insightful to people's souls. The author does not try to proclaim himself as a hero. Most of the time, he is highlighting the exact mistake he made on a particular safari trip and the problem it caused him.

    I recommend this audiobook highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrew Keen
    • Narrated By Andrew Keen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In a hard-hitting and provocative polemic, Silicon Valley insider and pundit Andrew Keen exposes the grave consequences of today's new participatory Web 2.0 and reveals how it threatens our values, economy, and ultimately the very innovation and creativity that forms the fabric of American achievement.

    Michael Fielden says: "A painful voyage from a single perspective"
    "A Poorly Researched, Weak Screed Against Web 2.0"
    Overall

    This is truly a terrible audiobook. The premise is that we shouldn't allow amateurs to provide content without the "guidance" of experts. However, the book completely skips the fact that the "experts" have let us down in every way. Judith Miller and all of mainstream news maintained total complicity with the Bush administration in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Dr. Scott Reuben faked 21 studies published in major medical journals to please drug companies. The mainstream news organizations focus on celebrity drunkenness to the exclusion of national issues. Television, radio and newspaper publish complete garbage entertainment (by anyone's estimation) and miss the creativity of artists, writers and actors who are pushing the boundaries and creating interesting content.

    One section of this audiobook rails against Wikipedia's inaccuracies, with no mention of the studies that show it is equally as accurate as any encyclopedia. Another section laments the disappearance of the newspaper, television and music industries, but totally misses the horrible decisions these companies have made.

    Another part of the audiobook discusses online gambling, sexual predators and credit card fraud, all of which are bad, of course, but the author makes no attempt to connect them to his premise that amateur content is hurting our culture.

    And finally, the author's solutions? More government regulation and more lawsuits. I'm so not kidding.

    I promised myself I would listen to this entire audiobook and I did because there must be at least one redeeming point. There wasn't one. No new fact, no interesting perspective.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • What Would Google Do?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeff Jarvis
    • Narrated By Jeff Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (304)

    In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google, the fastest-growing company in history, to discover 40 clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.

    Justin says: "A great place to start...."
    "Insights into the Google Approach to the Market"
    Overall

    The author does not have any hands-on experience inside Google, however he does put together an intriguing set of ideas around how Google and its peers (Facebook, Craig's List, etc.) will change our industries. He is very insightful and can see many things that I, being in the technology industry, never even imagined. For instance, what will happen to ad agencies? Are they toast? And if so, why don't they seem to be worried? What would a restaurant do if it approached its market like Google? Would its menu list the number of people who've ordered each dish? Would you see things like "people who liked this dish also seemed to like this one." This book changed my thinking about all industries and especially my own, IT consulting. I strongly suggest reading / listening to it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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