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roger

Entrepreneur using Audible to fill the endless hours spent traversing this wonderful land until Google finishes their car!

BLUE ASH, OH, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Andrew Carnegie

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Nasaw
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (146)
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    (146)

    The Scottish-born son of a failed weaver and a mother who supported the family by binding shoes, Andrew Carnegie was the embodiment of the American dream. In his rise from a job as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory to being the richest man in the world, he was single-minded, relentless and a major player in some of the most violent and notorious labor strikes of the time. The prototype of today's billionaire, he was a visionary in the way he earned his money and in the way he gave it away.

    Peggie says: "Andrew Carnegie"
    "Interesting biography well composed and read"
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    A well put together biography with the right level of detail into the life of Andrew Carnegie. You see him not as a unapproachable titan destined to where he ended, but as a nuanced man with the typical characteristics we all have, with the advantage of having been a "boy in the room" at the right time to get his capitalistic start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The People's Tycoon

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Steven Watts
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    How a Michigan farm boy became the richest man in America is a classic, almost mythic tale, but never before has Henry Ford's outsized genius been brought to life so vividly as it is in this engaging and superbly researched biography. The real Henry Ford was a tangle of contradictions. He set off the consumer revolution by producing a car affordable to the masses, all the while lamenting the moral toll exacted by consumerism.

    John says: "disappointing"
    "Excellent snapshot of an American Pioneer"
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    This was a unique biography as the author did very well at portraying Henry Ford in a very balanced light. You see how he was a human being with flaws that hit the market at the right time, right place, with the right product. It shows his intuitive genius as he'd developed a Keynesian theory of economics before Keynes had preached his theory to the masses. It was also very interesting to learn why the American automotive industry developed in and around Detroit and the central role Ford played in the creation of Cadillac, Dodge, Lincoln, and of course Ford. Worthwhile read for entrepreneurs, especially as they enter their later stages of life as a cautionary tell of what can happen when one doesn't let loose the reins to a new generation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (309)

    Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

    Rick says: "He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!"
    "Wonderful Bio on John D"
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    I am currently researching many legendary businessman and had previously listened to "The Rockefellers" by Peter Collier & David Horowitz. "Titan" provides everything that "The Rockefellers" lacks (which is a ton). While one could view them as being complimentary, if you are to choose between the two, "Titan" is the one to go with, hands down. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ben Horowitz
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (695)

    Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

    Mark D. Adams says: "Exciting and insightful view of a "wartime CEO""
    "Exceptional understanding of the subject matter"
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    This is one of the best entrepreneurial books I've read. Ben Horowitz understands what it means to start a company at a level deeper than my current understanding and conveys it in a manner making me want a sequel. Delivery is good as well, which prompted me to listen to this twice in a week as I traveled between home base and clients. For those in the trenches of the struggle, this is a rare find. Read it, you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daniel Schulman
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (164)
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    (163)

    Like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the Kochs are one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age, but they have never been the subject of a major biography... until now. Not long after the death of his father, Charles Koch, then in his early 30s, discovered a letter the family patriarch had written to his sons. "You will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money," Fred Koch cautioned. "It may either be a blessing or a curse."

    Jean says: "Interesting family"
    "Preaching only to the choir"
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    I haven't any idea who paid for this book to be written, but the result is troubling all around. There is never a point that the author outright states he loathes his subjects, but by the handling of topics and general presentation of the subject matter, one can clearly discern his hatred of the Koch family. Which is strange as he clearly had significant access to information suggesting the Koch family was to some degree involved. The entire point of this book seems to be to showcase a political agenda which is made completely apparent in the last 2 hours of audio. I do not support the Koch's political views, and as intended by the author personally dislike the Koch family intensely after listening to this audio book, but I dislike the author even more for the dis-ingenuousness of the narrative. I view this as character assassination of a family that has achieved great things and deserved a more balanced view of them as individuals.

    If one is interested in learning about the Koch family, don't read this book. If you are interested in reinforcing your pre-held beliefs of the evil Koch family's hold over American politics, you'll enjoy this book. But then you're wasting your time as you won't learn anything new from it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hardwiring Excellence: Purpose, Worthwhile Work, Making a Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Quint Studer
    • Narrated By Kevin Young
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    A 'textbook with passion', Hardwiring Excellence offers a road map and practical how-to guide for creating and sustaining a culture of service and operational excellence. In this book, author Quint Studer, founder of Studer Group, draws on his personal experience as a former hospital executive who led two organizations to the top 1% in patient satisfaction and his experience coaching hundreds of healthcare organizations since.

    Amy says: "Excellent book!"
    "Seminal work on customer relations management"
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    I run a diverse holding company and at times perform healthcare consulting and have had the pleasure to see many healthcare systems from the inside out. This book laid bare many principles that I had seen but not understood on a conscious level as to what made one hospital a pleasant place to work and another dreadful with employees backbiting, gossiping, and undercutting each other. This truly should be read by every executive, in the healthcare industry or not, as it is the theoretical basis for Customer Relationship Management software, and provides a framework to structure how organizations meet customer's, and employee's needs. Wonderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (5558)
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    (4870)
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    (4888)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Let down from previous works"
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    I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's work, but was immensely let down by this book. Approximately 50% of the book I had already read in various New Yorker articles and the like that Gladwell had written over about 10 years, and here he simply tried to jam them all together with a realistic interpretation of David and Goliath at the beginning to try and make them all gel. If you're new to Gladwell, certainly look to his earlier works like Blink, Tipping Point, and Outliers which all have interesting tidbits that you can apply to your life and business. This on the other hand didn't flow or form any ideas in my head that weren't of the most plain variety.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mellon: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Cannadine
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (42)
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    (42)

    A landmark work from one of the preeminent historians of our time: the first published biography of Andrew W. Mellon, the American colossus who bestrode the worlds of industry, government, and philanthropy, leaving his transformative stamp on each. Following a boyhood in 19th-century Pittsburgh, during which he learned from his Scotch-Irish immigrant father the lessons of self-sufficiency and wealth accumulation, Andrew Mellon overcame painful shyness to become one of America's greatest financiers.

    IRP says: "Fascinating and Detailed Biography"
    "Wonderful biography of a forgotten titan"
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    The author does a wonderful job with the life of Thomas and Andrew Mellon presenting the essence of what it took to build the family fortune. He presents a good analysis of the sacrifices necessary and emotional/personality holes in A.W.'s psyche and some of their consequences on him and his family. Of the biographies of the great industrialists I've read, this one is the most interesting due to the varied life A.W. led and the story that was told of a nearly completely forgotten titan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rockefellers

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Peter Collier, David Horowitz
    • Narrated By Michael Anthony
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Against a richly detailed backdrop of history, the story of this unique American family unfolds. It begins with John D. Rockefeller Sr., who amassed a fortune amid the muck and disorder of the Pennsylvania oil fields and left his son to deal with the public outcry.

    Rohit says: "Too Long"
    "A hard listen"
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    This book was disappointing on a couple of levels. 1) the target was too broad and therefore the level of detail insufficient, 2) the presentation was the worst I have ever heard. Chronic editing problems where the performer spoke softly while reading the majority and then would get this blaring voice in voice-overs where he didn't. Further, the reading in my mind wasn't fully appropriate as he switched to his..."lesser" voice when reading quotes from certain people, certainly several of the Rockefellers, but also all women. The voice that is put on is whiny and unpleasant, which for the first many hours you think is his projection of an opinion of Jr., but later learn it's an artifact of the presentation which changes the emotional reaction to certain characters in an unfortunate way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (780)

    Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

    Michael says: "There is something useful here"
    "An easy listen"
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    Useful enough of a book with good points. A slightly different take on the same subject as Dale Carnegie's "How to win friends and influence people," which if I were to choose between the two I would go with Dale Carnegie's seminal book as the message here isn't as direct, but if you're interested in the subject and have already read/listened to Mr. Carnegie's, then this is a good compliment.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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