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Chris Reich

Business Physicist and Astronomer

Northern, CA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Halo Effect: ...and the 8 Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Rosenzweig
    • Narrated By Jim Manchester
    Overall
    (59)
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    (34)
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    (37)

    Much of our business thinking is shaped by delusions that distort our understanding of the real reasons for a company's performance. The most pervasive delusion is the Halo Effect. When a company's sales and profits are up, people often conclude that it has a brilliant strategy, a visionary leader, capable employees, and a superb corporate culture. When performance falters, they conclude the opposite. In fact, little may have changed.

    michael says: "slow start"
    "Nothing New"
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    Would you try another book from Phil Rosenzweig and/or Jim Manchester?

    Maybe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Phil Rosenzweig again?

    Nope


    What didn’t you like about Jim Manchester’s performance?

    The narration was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't find anything even interesting in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot so this probably was simply redundant for me. You might like it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 2666

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (192)

    Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Nancy Bauer says: "Brilliant"
    "This Author Must Have a Lot of Friends"
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    I made it through 2666 and it changed my life. After dragging my way through this pretentious, poorly written, poorly crafted and poorly conceived waste of pulp, I learned that a book either shows promise by the mid point or it does not. I learned that critics are easily fooled.

    The life changer for me is the freedom to never again have to finish a lousy book because some critic thinks it good because it has to be good, right? I stick with books unless they are obvious pap. I'll invest the time and make the effort. This book is an absolute mess. I am forever free to walk away from a book that is an obvious dud which the critics fear---is it just me? This is 900 pages of crap. I'd better play it safe and talk about the "reach" or the "expanse" so no one really knows that I think it's worthless.

    Look at the reviews. When the best a critic can do is recap the book (need those 1,000 words!) and then call it massive or expansive which just means long, skip it. I now understand a code that can steer me clear of future time wastes like 2666.

    Save your time. If you want to read Latin literature, turn to Marquez.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (945)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Audible Needs a Teen Section"
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    This book is not for adults. It's a book for kids who are looking for a rather soap opera style "me and my gay angst" book.

    This about the third book I've fallen into based on reviews of originality and great story lines that simply aren't there. There is little in an audio book I dislike more than launching into an anticipated listen only to discover it's some hack teen pap that lies about 10 notches below Dog with a Blog.

    Oh me, I'm kissing a boy! Yahoo. Whoopeeee. Deep stuff.

    If you are over 14 years old this will be below your maturity level. Skip it.

    Since I'm on a nasty tear I might as well slam the narrator. MacLeod Andrews can turn an 18 year old boy/man into a whiny 11 year old. He has a gift. I've not heard such sappy narration in a book read by anyone else. No 17, 18, 19 year old would sound as deserving of a kick in the butt with an admonition to grow up as the characters Andrews portrays.

    Am I angry? Probably. I wasn't paying attention and stepped in this mess right after cleaning my shoes of "Jumper", an equally awful book.

    So, 12-13 year olds can ignore this if your standards are relatively low. 14 - 18 year olds? I'm sorry for you if you think is worth your time. If you are over 18? Well, stay away from playgrounds please.

    Audible: PLEASE MARK CHILDREN'S BOOK AS SUCH.

    Final Note. Am I just anti teen? NO. Read Skippy Dies. It's BRILLIANT. Read the Virgin Suicides. BRILLIANT. It can be done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
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    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    A 999 line poem in heroic couplets, divided into 4 cantos, was composed--according to Nabokov's fiction--by John Francis Shade, an obsessively methodical man, during the last 20 days of his life.

    David says: "Quality recording!"
    "Brilliant, Touching and Fun"
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    You have to give this book a chance. It's a little rough to get started but once you catch all the implications, it's a funny and brilliant look at academia and humanity.

    I laughed out loud at a few lines and then I felt this rather sad pathos start to come over me. It's just a spoof, right? A brilliant spoof, but the book is merely satire and so we shouldn't be disturbed by it. But it is disturbing and it runs a lot deeper than spoof.

    The feeling you'll experience are real.

    Even the title...

    Give it a chance. Buy a hard copy. Try. It's certainly one of the finest assembly of words ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henderson the Rain King

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (83)

    Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson's awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe - but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah.

    Chris Reich says: "Amazing Book on Many Levels"
    "Amazing Book on Many Levels"
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    I hate to write a trite review about a great book so I won't. I won't recap the story.

    I will say that if you are male and have 40+ years under your belt, you will enjoy and be deeply touched by this incredible book. All others? You probably like it, maybe a lot.

    This, I believe, is a book men need to read. And women? You'll get the inside scoop on the male psyche.

    Don't miss this masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carmine Gallo
    • Narrated By Carmine Gallo
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (374)

    Whether he was introducing the latest iPad or delivering a keynote presentation, Steve Jobs electrified audiences with his incomparable style and showmanship. He didn’t just convey information in his presentations; he told a story, painted a picture, and shared a vision. He gave his audience a transformative experience that was unique, inspiring, and unforgettable. Now you can do it too, by learning the specific techniques that made Jobs the most captivating communicator on the world stage.

    William says: "Great ideas!"
    "There Isn't Much Original Here"
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    This is the same stuff that I have been teaching in my presentation training classes for years. Steve Jobs didn't invent this technique, he learned it. How? He took the time to study.

    Still, the book has a ton of great material---I really liked it until I hit the Joel Olsteen stuff. I personally don't care for or feel trust in the Olsteen machine.

    So yes, if you are new to presenting, this will your first exposure to much of this material. If you're a seasoned speaker, stick with your own style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Stravinsky - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (18)
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    (15)
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    (14)

    Stravinsky composed what is arguably one of the two most important musical compositions of the twentieth century, The Rite of Spring. He forged a new "musical language" to portray the sense of the ballet's primitive and earthy theme. More than a dozen excerpts of Stravinsky's works are examined.

    Chris Reich says: "Right Up the Middle"
    "Right Up the Middle"
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    After a very disappointing Wagner course followed by a stupendous Shostakovich course, I decided to put Greenberg in the lineup once again. This course started rather pleasantly with solid biographical background and excellent musical analysis of Stravinsky's early life and works. There's the typical Greenberg train wreck at about mid way through. He launches into a sort of "whose on first" dialogue about Stravinsky and another artist discussing a new piece.

    Again, the jokes. This time we get a full routine smack in the middle of a serious discussion about World War 1 and the Russian Revolution. From there out, we get the usual corny Greenberg humor but not in as strong an application as usual. Perhaps his seemingly endless parody satisfied the frustrated comedian long enough to limp through the remaining lectures without need to ham it up?

    I did learn from the course and enjoyed it for the most part. I am, however, weary of Greenberg's jokes which detract much from the subject matter. If you want to learn a bit about Stravinsky and get some insight into the technical aspects of his music, buy the course knowing you'll have to endure some bad humor.

    The Great Courses should consider adding a couple of other music experts to their stable. It would be wonderful to have some variety in this category.

    While not a home run, the course is a hit that will get you to first base of Stravinsky understanding. It's got some solid content and Greenberg obviously knows his stuff. Scale way back on the sophomoric humor and this would be a much better course.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
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    (991)
    Story
    (1003)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Cather says: "A nice descent into fantasy..."
    "Let's Not KID Ourselves"
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    No, this isn't an adult book disguised as a pre-teen book. It's a kids book at best. The writing is horrible---aimed at a grade 6 level---maybe. The reading is childish---"LYBERRY" for liBRaRy?

    The reviewers who claim this is really a grownup book are misleading...

    That said, kid's fantasy, escape books may be your favorite read. If so, you might enjoy this. When I was 12, I read the Heart is a Lonely Hunter and liked it. I also liked 1984 and Animal Farm. So I think even kids will find this pretty boring stuff.

    But, I'm not the boss of you. It's your credit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (731)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    Lorrie says: "A question about further Clavell books."
    "I Can't Get Through This Awful Reading"
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    There might be a decent story hidden in there but this narrator is awful. I can't tell half the time if I'm replaying something I've already heard---it seems to just ramble around senselessly.

    This is some of the worst reading I've heard on Audible. Very disappointed as I was looking forward to a saga that wasn't loaded with old English.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Lewis
    • Narrated By Don Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
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    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Facts are and must be the coin of the realm in a democracy. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction - always a formidable challenge - is now more difficult than ever, as a constant stream of questionable information pours into media outlets. Lewis argues forcefully that while data points and factoids abound, it is much harder to get to the whole truth of complex issues in time for that truth to guide citizens, voters, and decision makers.

    Chris Reich says: "This Is the Book We All Should Read"
    "This Is the Book We All Should Read"
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    This book lays bare the mythology we have bought for years about our glorious nation under god. Turns out there's a reason we believe we're special---part of the trappings of power. I agree.

    Every American should read this book and learn. Learn that neither party has the honesty market cornered. Nope, you can't even say that one party is a little better than the other party. The lies both parties have told us have cost thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars in treasure. From Johnson to Obama, we haven't had a truly honest man in the White House.

    We're not talking about little lies either. Big stuff.

    Please give this book a listen. Then buy a few copies of the print version and give them as gifts---or curses. It's pretty rough to face the myths we believe in.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kevin Birmingham
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (22)
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    (21)
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    Literary historian Kevin Birmingham follows Joyce's years as a young writer, his feverish work on his literary masterpiece, and his ardent love affair with Nora Barnacle, the model for Molly Bloom. Joyce and Nora socialized with literary greats like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot and Sylvia Beach. Their support helped Joyce fight an array of anti-vice crusaders while his book was disguised and smuggled, pirated and burned in the United States and Britain.

    RDB says: "Fascinating combination of literature and history"
    "Excellent and Informative"
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    This book made my annual Bloomsday read of Ulysses even more meaningful. I gained new insight into Joyce and the struggle to get the greatest novel written published.

    This book gives a lot more detail about the struggle with health that Joyce went through. Most biographies somewhat gloss over the health problems and especially the root cause of his eye problems: syphilis. The book makes me wonder about his daughter's madness. Certainly Joyce's wife contracted the disease and likely passed it to the children since both were born prior to the development of antibiotics. Was Lucia's madness a result of syphilis?

    This is well presented though the pronunciation at times seems dicey. I swear the reader mispronounces the name of the very book, Ulysses, for the first 2/3rds of the book. Then, almost as though someone catches it, he starts pronouncing it correctly.

    What do you think? Am I hearing it wrong?

    Anyway, I highly recommend this book if you're a Joyce fan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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