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Jim

Santa Clara, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Christopher Nissley
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Our world is being transformed by the Internet and the near limitless choice that it provides to consumers; tomorrow's markets belong to those who can take advantage of this. The Long Tail is really about the economics of abundance, an entirely new model for business that is just starting to show its power as unlimited selection reveals new truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it.

    Jim says: "Good Book, Flawed by Repition"
    "Good Book, Flawed by Repition"
    Overall

    I thought this was a good book that should have been about half the length that it actually was. It's too bad no abridged version is available. I agreed with the author's ideas, but about 3 hours in, I really felt that he was repeating himself unnecessarily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (450)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Tremendously fun"
    Overall

    A tremendously fun read. I'm a pretty big fan of comic book mythos and cliches, and the author definatly touches on most of them, while playing with the standard themes.

    Well written, with a good plot, though the character development is what you'd expect out of a 6'6" female cyborg, or a mad scientist.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Al Ries, Laura Ries
    • Narrated By Al Ries, Laura Ries
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Learn the laws of branding in the branding bible: The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding. Brilliant, bold, and mercifully brief, this is the definitive work on branding, distilling the complex principles and theories espoused in other long-winded, high-priced professional marketing tomes into 22 quick and easy-to-listen-to vignettes.

    Sabika says: "Difficult to listen to"
    "One of the best business books out there"
    Overall

    This book, along with Innovator's Dilemma, are in my pantheon of great business book. Solid rules to follow in developing your brand, as well as concrete examples backing up the author's assertions.

    As an audiobook, it's short and pithy. I love this book. Just a few days ago, listening to it gave me an idea for a new product.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in Fiasco, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.

    Scott says: "History not Politics"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    Ricks wears his biases on his sleeve, and this is on occasion annoying, but there are facts galore about the conduct of the war, and he hammers them home over and over until you're forced to concede the rightness of his cause.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In-Flight Czech: Learn Before You Land

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Living Language
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Wondering how to make use of all that spare time on the plane while you're flying to Prague? Between your in-flight meal and your in-flight movie, try some In-Flight Czech! This 60-minute program is the simplest way to learn just enough Czech to get through anything you'll run into, whether you're traveling for business or for pleasure. Short lessons make Czech easy to use.

    Jim says: "When will I learn?"
    "When will I learn?"
    Overall

    When will I learn to not buy language stuff from Audible? This book assumes that you'll have the printed guidebook that comes with this title on hand for review. Of course, you don't get access to this guidebook when you download the book. Nor can you download it anywhere. Not recommended.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (743)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    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"
    "Unspeakably Bad"
    Overall

    No original or interesting ideas, as well as poor reading by the authors, make this one of the worst audiobooks I've ever bought. Really, really bad. Don't get this book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Leonard Shlain
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    A provocative new book that explores the mystery of human courtship, love, and monogamy and challenges your views of human sexuality. No compelling explanation currently exists for the sudden emergence of big-brained Homo sapiens 150,000 years ago. Leonard Shlain argues that profound changes in female sexuality hold the key to this mystery.

    Greg says: "Fascinating with stunning conclusions"
    "Some interesting ideas but many factual errors"
    Overall

    While several of the ideas presented in this book are both plausible and novel, when I noticed the sixth gross factual error, I began to doubt the entire book. After all, if I spotted that many, how many had I missed? It's too bad - it could have been a great book. Instead, it's frustrating and uneven.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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