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Charlotte, North Carolina United States | Member Since 2007

  • 2 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 402 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Dethroning the King: The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser-Busch, an American Icon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Julie MacIntosh
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    How did InBev, a Belgian company controlled by Brazilians, take over one of America's most beloved brands after barely a whimper of a fight? With timing - and some unexpected help from powerful members of the Busch dynasty, the very family that had run the company for more than a century. From the very heart of America's heartland to the European continent to Brazil, Dethroning the King is the ultimate corporate caper and a fascinating case study that's both wide-reaching and profound.

    Doug Whitescarver says: "Good Information, difficult chronology."
    "Good Story but Narration Can be Annoying"

    If you ever wondered how an American icon could get taken over by a company outside the US (more specifically Brazil) then you will find this book very interesting. The author did a very good job in digging up a lot of details that when considered could have kept the company independent. Unfortunately, the author is a woman and made it a point that she was pregnant when writing the story and how she was able to break into the man's world of beer drinking anyway. It should have been clear then as to why the author chose a female narrator. Every person referenced in this book was male so you can imagine what it was like listening to a woman imitate a man's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Warren Berger
    • Narrated By Michael Quinlan

    In this groundbreaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, underappreciated tool - one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning - deeply, imaginatively, "beautifully" - can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask "Why?"

    cbrave says: "The perfect way to not sound smarter but be smart"
    "A better Answer is to Look Elsewhere....."
    What disappointed you about A More Beautiful Question?

    There were not enough examples of the types of questions to be used. It seemed it was more of a regergatation of others questions than anythhing from the author.

    Has A More Beautiful Question turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, in fact a much better alternative to this title is "Questions that Get Results" by Paul Cherry and Patrick Connor. The book has chapters built around the types of questions you are looking for with example upon example. It's available for audible download as well. :)

    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Quinlan’s performances?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A More Beautiful Question?

    The book was more of a biography on questions that a business book about them. For someone that may not be in a business capacity it maybe OK but for someone looking for a lot of meat I would again suggest "Questions that Get Results."

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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