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Thomas R. Smith

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Lemon Grove, CA

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  • Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    The audio that shows how to get the job done and deliver results...whether you're running an entire company or in your first management job. Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, who Jack Welch calls "a great practitioner and an insightful theorist," collaborate on a "compelling business story of 'how to get it done.'"

    David says: "the triumph of bad design over sound contact"
    "Makes sense out of nebulous subjects"
    Overall

    "Execution" moves subjects such as performance management, strategy development, and operational execution into a form that logically links them and is easily understood. It makes sense. Too often, authors spout their theories or push their particular methodology for doing things that wind up being next to impossible to implement. The authors explain things in a way, using real world examples, that make me shake my head and wonder why managers make things so hard. The authors switch off with the narrator, which breaks things up, and makes the book much easier to listen and concentrate on the content for long periods of time. This is one of the best books I have encountered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (2646)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (216)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Rick says: "Getting Things Done"
    "Good read..."
    Overall

    I have seen immediate improvement in my personal time management habits. I have listened to the book twice and will likely do it again in a month or so. I am still working up the will power to go through a cleaning out of my piles & boxes, but at least I know what to do when the time comes. The book makes sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're in Charge, Now What?: The 8 Point Plan

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Neff, James Citrin
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Getting a new job or a big promotion is like building a house: You need to get the foundation right for both. With a job, the quick-drying cement is how well you do in your first hundred days, since they establish the foundation for long-term momentum and great performance.

    Patrick says: "Solid, action-oriented advice"
    "Good listen..."
    Overall

    Excellent listen for anyone who takes on a new management position. Lessons are centered on the CEO, but we all have boards and stakeholders to keep happy. Since there are a number of lists of important things to do and not do, I am seriously considering purchasing the hardcopy to use as a reference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (362)

    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
    "Leans left, but good even for right wingers..."
    Overall

    Sarah Vowell writes from her heart. I love to hear her read her work. For this reason I was able to get through the listening of "The Partly Cloudy Patriot". I believe, like Sarah, that this is a country of different voices and each has a right to express themselves. It is good to hear the fairness in Sarah's voice, painful to hear some of her opinions that make my head want to explode. I am tired of listening to Gore supporters complain about the "stolen" election, but refreshed to hear someone articulate it beyond the hanging chad even if they are wrong(joke there). Sarah's honesty about her family relations shows her love and intelligence and helped me to find a bit more tolerance for my daughter, even if I don't understand it. This is a good book for people on the right whose favorite book is Matthew to get a glimpse of someone who does not think like they do but is just as honest, loving, and patriotic--if not more--than they are.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (1996)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (478)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "Sarah Vowell is one of the best..."
    Overall

    It is a true joy to listen to Sarah Vowell narrate her text. Not only is she witty with her words, but her voice sets off her writing in a way that no other could match. Sarah's narration of "Assassination Vacation" makes history interesting and takes it to a very personal level. This is one of the best audio books I have ever listened to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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