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michael

Brisbane, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2442)
    Performance
    (1956)
    Story
    (1947)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    A. Yoshida says: "Inspire to find why you do what you do"
    "A book for business and life"
    Overall

    Simon Sinek in his easy to listen to and thought provoking book explains how business' who describe or identify themselves by their process' or what it is they do rather then why they do it, find themselves directionless and floundering in their chosen field.

    By starting with why they exist, an organisation or individual can focusing on that purpose allowing clarity and congruency within their decision making. People are inspired and motivated by the why; it allows them to identify with the individual or organisation.

    Simon presents his thoughts in a logical and easy to follow manner. His voice is enjoyable, and he presents his material passionately and with conviction. I enjoyed his presentation thoroughly and recommend it highly to anyone interested in developing a why to their business or interests in life.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (790)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "A fantastic classic beautifully delivered"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    David Copperfield is a masterfully constructed story with vivid characters, dramatic struggles, love and loss. Set in the form of a first person memoire David Copperfield follows a man's life, tracking his loss's, joys and aspirations as he struggles to find his place and happiness. Simon Vance does a fantastic job of the narration bringing the characters and their emotions to life in all of their glory, doing justice to this classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robin Sharma
    • Narrated By Robin Sharma
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (200)

    The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is an inspiring parable about a lawyer, Julian Mantle, whose out-of-balance life provokes a spiritual crisis. As he journeys to an ancient culture, he gains powerful and practical wisdom. The story offers a step-by-step approach to a life of balance, courage, abundance, and joy.

    Will says: "Much hype for rehashed ideas..."
    "An early work that doesn't show Robin's full value"
    Overall

    I purchased this audio book after listening to Robin's free book on leadership (a book that I highly recommend you do listen to). Although The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is packed full of interesting and useful ideas, I found the story to be simple and the dialogue to be almost anoyingly so at times. Still well worth the time to listen too and draw upon; however, the book failed to demonstrate the maturity of Robin as the presenter he is now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Kilcullen
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare. A senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war dramatically influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the surge."Now, in The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror.

    Krista M. Haas says: "Excellent if advanced"
    "Facinating Insight"
    Overall

    An enjoyable and easy to follow audio book which provided remarkable insight into counter insurgency tactics. The book was well read and laid out. Highly recommended for anyone trying to make sense of insurgencies in play across the globe.

    A must.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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