The book started off okay, but then it went off the rails. It starts off as a historical fiction, but it moves squarely into the realm of fantasy about half way through the book. The romance isn't terribly compelling, yet we are supposed to believe that the main character's love for the boy is the driving force behind everything else. Likewise, the villain character makes no sense whatsoever, and his motivation requires more suspension of disbelief than the witchcraft.
I am notsure why they chose to have a female reader for this Marple mystery. The narrator in the story is a man, and he is the primary investigator in the mystery. It was very confusing to keep hearing the narrator say "I" and then realize she was referring to a man. Normally that kind of gender swap doesn't bother me when the narrator is good, but in this particular case I would strongly recommend getting a different version of the audiobook.
It's not poorly written, so that's what garners the two stars. I HATED the main character, who comes across as a dumb twit who is in as much trouble as she deserves. The plot was generic chick lit, except it took so long for anything to actually happen that that the book is both superficial and drawn out. The vast majority of the book consists of an annoying girl's shopping list. I loved Devil Wears Prada and thought this would be similar, but it lacks the smarts.
This is probably an excellent book in hard copy, but it does not work at all as an audiobook. There are entire chapters of quotes from soldiers, all read by the narrator in various poor accents. The majority of the book has a scrapbook feel to it that just doesn't translate into audio well at all.
If you already know and care about Lazard, the book will be interesting. It's well-written and carefully researched, but after 32+ hours of listening, there is no real point to the story. There's no scandal, no lessons in business strategy, no connection to wider trends. The Publisher's Summary makes the story sound much more dramatic than it actually was, so if you are looking for entertainment, look elsewhere. If you really want to know the history of the company, the book is great.
it's a pretty interesting story and well-narrated, but i had to take off one star because i've eaten the food that his company makes :)
this is a great book - it's a different way from looking at management from many other business books, which tend to emphasis who you are more than what you do. it gives ideas that you can implement immediately. easy to understand. highly recommended.
I really enjoyed this book. One or two of the examples about sales are a bit cliched and it is clearly promoting the consultants' interest - that's all that keeps it from being a 5-star book. What got me first was the absolutely bang-on description of what a start-up company is like and how owners treat their first staff members. What kept me hooked were the concrete suggestions for improving. Some books point out problems. Some describe new solutions. Few combine the two as effectively as this one. With a few exceptions, it is also refreshingly free of business jargon. If you're a manager in a large company, it might not be that helpful. If you've started your own company or organization this should be on your must-read list.
This might have been an interesting book to read in print but it made for a very boring audiobook. If you are looking for anything that will shed insight onto how to be a good leader this is not the book for you. I only made it halfway through book one, so it might have ended differently, but the book was more like a historical accounting than anything else. You might like it if you like to hear stories of battles or military campaigns ...
I really enjoyed this book. The narration was clear - great to listen to at night before bed. The book was focused and the point was interesting. The anecdotes all supported the general premise and didn't wander on too long.
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