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  • The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Freres & Co.

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William D. Cohan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Discretion, secrecy, and subtle strategy were the weapons of choice at Wall Street investment bank Lazard Frères & Co. For more than a century, the mystique and reputation of the "Great Men" who worked there allowed the firm to garner unimaginable profits, social cachet, and outsized influence in the halls of power. But in the mid-1980s, their titanic egos started getting in the way, and the Great Men of Lazard jeopardized all they had built.

    A User says: "Well written, but without a point"
    "Well written, but without a point"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 'Murder at the Vicarage' & 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Enjoy the first novels that brought the world two of Agatha Christies’ most enduring detectives: Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The Murder at the Vicarage is the first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction. In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe.

    Kathleen says: "Sorry Ms. Hickson"
    "Strange choice for a narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (1422)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (546)

    Sophie Kinsella's debut is a romp through the perils of shopping and spending, spending, spending! Becky can't resist a sale, and she's only a little overdrawn on her VISA. Readers will laugh aloud at Becky's retail adventures as she finds new and creative ways to relieve her increasingly credit card debt. Emily Gray's narration bounces along with Becky and her buying whims, while delivering a humorous account of what happens when credit goes bad.

    Evelyn says: "Not so much!"
    "Hated this book."
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First into Nagasaki

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By George Weller
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    On September 6, 1945, less than a month after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, George Weller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, became the first free Westerner to enter the devastated city. Going into the hospitals and consulting the doctors of the bomb's victims, Weller was the first to document its unprecedented long-range medical effects. He also became the first to enter the nearby Allied POW camps, which rivaled those of the Nazis for cruelty and bested them for death count.

    Harold says: "First Into Nagasaki"
    "Not right for an audiobook"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (432)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Education of an Accidental CEO

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David Novak, John Boswell
    • Narrated By Howard Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    David Novak, one of today's most engaging, unconventional, and successful business leaders, lived in 32 trailer parks in 23 states by the time he reached the seventh grade. He sold encyclopedias door to door, worked as a hotel night clerk, and took a job as a $7,200-a-year advertising copywriter with the hopes of maybe one day becoming a creative director. Instead, he became head of the world's largest restaurant company at the ripe old age of 47.

    Karen says: "This CEO is the Real Deal"
    "pretty interesting"
    Overall

    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 :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Out the Best in People: How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Aubrey C. Daniels
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (26)

    The classic best seller on performance management is updated to reflect changes in today's working environment. When an employer needs to know how to gain maximum performance from employees, renowned behavioral psychologist Aubrey Daniels is the man to consult. What has made Daniels the man with the answers? His ability to apply scientifically based behavioral stimuli to the workplace while making it fun at the same time.

    Tomasz says: "Unbelivably great"
    "fantastic!"
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2164)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (943)

    In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

    Christopher Burbridge says: "Life Changing, I Gotta Say"
    "fantastic!"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Transforming Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James MacGregor Burns
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Transforming Leadership focuses on the ways that leaders emerge from being ordinary "transactional" deal-makers to become dynamic agents of major social change who empower their followers.

    A User says: "boring ...."
    "boring ...."
    Overall

    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 ...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7786)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2489)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "A really enjoyable listen."
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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