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Les

Danville, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The 48 Laws of Power

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (1274)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (789)

    Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

    Ricardo L. says: "Not a how to guide .."
    "Valid observations - overly cynical world view"
    Overall

    Many of the observations (aka "laws") are valid. I recognize the overall patterns the author describes in my personal experiences. However, the value ladden commentary is over the top cynical and makes me wonder if the auther has any personal experience with power. In my experience, anyone with this sort of naive and negative view toward the use of power has their power taken away quickly. I find the content interesting and thought provoking, and maybe even helpful in the real world. However, I think the values that the author espouses will not lead to success in any meaningful way.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14776)
    Performance
    (9160)
    Story
    (9033)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Nice light listen"
    Overall

    I liked the reader - she did a good job of keeping the different characters differentiated via inflection & accent. The story kept me engaged and interested, but I felt the author was a little clumbsy in many of the foreshadows used to warn the listener of the plot turns and twists.

    I classify this story as an entertaining summer read - it doesn't require much of the listener to participate - and to enjoy you should not spend too much energy questining beyond the basic outline provided by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wake Me Up When the Data Is Over

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lori Silverman
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Do you wish you could more fully engage your employees? Or reduce turnover by 25% or more? Do you need to quickly align staff around the organization's long-term strategy? Or achieve double-digit growth? Then this groundbreaking audiobook is for you.

    Richard White says: "Wake me up when the book is over!"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I found nothing in this book that couldn't be expressed on the book jacket. Story is an important way of communicating with people in business - got it. Storys are used successfully in business to communicate - right. You should use story - OK.
    But what makes a good story? How does one go about designing the use of story for a particular situation? If the author eventually answered those questions, I didn't hear it - I could only hold out for the first half of the book. In addition, the reader didn't do anything to make this book easy to stay engaged.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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