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Peter

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  • 139 titles in library
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  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1494)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1231)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Zed says: "Great book, fascinating ideas"
    "Great Content, pretty good story"
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    Where does The Lean Startup rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely higher in terms of how I will use the content. Keeps me thinking lean.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line was pretty good, but could have been more compelling.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Emotional Branding: The New Paradigm for Connecting Brands to People

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Marc Gobe
    • Narrated By DeMario Clarke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Emotional Branding is the best-selling revolutionary business book that has created a movement in branding circles by shifting the focus from products to people. The “10 Commandments of Emotional Branding” have become a new benchmark for marketing and creative professionals, and emotional branding has become a coined term by many top industry experts to express the new dynamic that exists now between brands and people.

    Peter says: "I want to read this book. But the narrator is poor"
    "I want to read this book. But the narrator is poor"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Marc Gobe again?

    Yes, as long as it is a different narrator


    What didn’t you like about DeMario Clarke’s performance?

    His tone was dark, emphasizing the wrong words, and didn't convey emotion. It sounded like a synthesized text to speech.


    Any additional comments?

    Please redo this audiobook with some other narrator! I just couldn't get past that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Is My Coworker So Crazy?: A Little Book About Lack of Cooperation in the Workplace

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Vito J. Pandolfo
    • Narrated By Vito J. Pandolfo
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    >Why Is My Coworker So Crazy? is a read for nearly every person who is immersed in today's workplace. It addresses the difficulties of navigating various personalities as well as the influences of company culture. During the course of the book, one is taken on a sequential and thought-provoking journey that reveals the workings of the interactions among people working together in today's climate. It pulls the various influences of behavior apart, breaks them down for the reader to understand them, and forces a self-reflection for each person as they each examine their role of influence in such matters.

    Robyn says: "Good content loooongest possible delivery format"
    "Good content, but annoying structure"
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    Where does Why Is My Coworker So Crazy? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right about the middle


    What did you like best about this story?

    The content is very good. It demonstrates the various perspectives we and our co workers take when interacting with one another.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The main narrator is very good. However, the sound affects, secondary narrators, and intro/outro to every chapter is very annoying. This made me excited to be done with the book, even though I wanted to take in the content.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Vito J. Pandalfo: Listen to me!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Hands on Deck: 8 Essential Lessons for Building a Culture of Ownership

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Joe Tye
    • Narrated By Joel Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the stormy seas of today's world economy, organizations need people to own their work, not just rent a spot on the organizational chart. All Hands on Deck is a fun story that is both a business strategy book about creating competitive advantage through corporate culture and a personal development book that will inspire listeners to be more committed and engaged with their work and their organizations.

    Peter says: "Feels like a children's book"
    "Feels like a children's book"
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    What was most disappointing about Joe Tye’s story?

    It is a fictional story where wait disney guides a new ceo through establishing organizational health. I doubt the readers of this book are children or not intelligent enough to listen to a unifying theory. Get rid of the quasi fictional anecdotes and present an intelligent framework!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Joel Richards?

    Yes, the narration was good.


    What character would you cut from All Hands on Deck?

    The fictional ones. This really should be a meta analysis of historical business practices in regard to organizational health.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're new to organizational psychology, this may summarize some of the modern ideas. But if you are an intellectual who has read a free boss on the subject, don't bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (299)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Ryan says: "Important themes, with blind spots"
    "Clear, logical theory"
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    What did you love best about Why Nations Fail?

    This book did a great job of allowing me to understand "why nations fail" It presents a logical and intelligent framework for viewing social history, without making specific predictions (save for a couple on China). Well worth the listen, even though for me, and 18 hour book needs to be done marathon style (1.5 weeks) or it will take a month or more to complete.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Clay Shirky
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    For decades, technology encouraged people to squander their time and intellect as passive consumers. Today, technology has finally caught up with human potential. In Cognitive Surplus, Internet guru Clay Shirky forecasts the thrilling changes we will all enjoy as new digital technology puts our untapped resources of talent and goodwill to use at last.

    Roy says: "Many Helpful Insights"
    "Great"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book provides a great perspective on the modern "cognitive revolution". It does not make predictions, rather it demonstrates the potential.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (414)

    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

    glamazon says: "Finally!"
    "Illustrative narrative of social neuroscience"
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    If you could sum up The Social Animal in three words, what would they be?

    Illustrative, synopsis, narrative


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The book does a nice job of portraying a cohesive image of the current understanding of social neuroscience


    Any additional comments?

    The book takes some narrative liberties in interpreting research. Much if the evidence and research in this field is isolated and incomplete. The author takes a few unjustified leaps in his implied understanding.

    NOTE: cognitive and social neuroscience is a very young field, we do not have as complete or concrete understanding as the author implies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraordinary Leadership

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Robin Sharma
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (679)

    In a constantly changing, hyper-competitive world, leadership is more important than ever. Yet few people have what it takes to inspire, develop, and guide others. In this presentation, Robin Sharma shares the leadership lessons that he gives to clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and NASA.

    Mrs says: "Di's point of view"
    "Motivational, but not intellectually engaging"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is a good reminder of how to conduct yourself. I am glad it is not longer


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robin Sharma? Why or why not?

    Maybe, I would be weary he would reference anecdotes rather than cite evidence and research.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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