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John A. Held

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  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter F. Drucker
    • Narrated By Michael Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline. It clearly explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. Peter Drucker, the most influential and widely-read thinker and writer on modern organizations, gives us a superbly practical book that explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures have to know, have to learn, and have to do in today's economy and marketplace.

    John says: "Great book, poorly read :-("
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    Drucker backs up his main points with a wealth of knowledge of the history of the evolution of business. One page we are tracing the development of bank financing in Germany, on another how Watson's interest in astronomy was a catalyst for IBM's development of the first commercially successful business computer.

    Fascinating book. No problem with the narration, either.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Randall E. Stross
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    The first inside account of life within a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, eBoys is the fascinating true story of the six tall men who backed eBay, Webvan, and other billion-dollar start-ups that are transforming the Internet and setting a new pace for the economy - an audible.com audio exclusive!

    Sean says: "Entertaining but misinformed"
    "Interesting, entertaining"
    Overall

    This is a great book about a unique time in history and a few high achievers who mostly came from blue-collar backgrounds who were in thick of it, making surprisingly seat-of-the-pants decisions.

    What is interesting is many of the companies that made it through the bubble collapse are still around and even profitable, and have changed our lives. While most of us still go to the store to get grocieries, how we research purchases, buy books, music and many other items has changed.

    It's worth adding that Eric Conger does a great job of narrating a very good book and bringing the entertaining dialog to life.

    If this is at all an interesting subject to you, I recomend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The On-Time, On-Target Manager: How a Last-Minute Manager Conquered Procrastination

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ken Blanchard, Steve Gottry
    • Narrated By Brian Corrigan
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Ken Blanchard's phenomenal best sellers, such as The One Minute Manager and Raving Fans, have made him a globally recognized business legend. Now, he has joined with noted business author Steve Gottry to explore one of the most common and insidious problems plaguing the workplace: procrastination.

    Nina says: "If I had only known this sooner"
    "Annoying. Disappointing."
    Overall

    I was excited and quickly snapped up the title on the topic of on-time/on-target delivery by the famous Ken Blanchard. Chapter 1 intro-ed a fictional character, Bob the manager, as an example of procrastination. Then, as chapter after chapter rolled on I realized I?d be trapped in this trite format for the entire book. Worse, the narrator played Bob in an idiotic tone, which left me cringing. I didn?t admire the Bob character at any point, which was the only vehicle used to communicate the central points. If you like fictional characters as a way of getting a point across?like the ?who moved my cheese? concept, you might find this okay. The points weren?t bad---just diluted by a lot of fluff. If you prefer analytically-based, detailed action plan, testimonial-type information, you may not like this book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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