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vivek

North Brunswick, NJ, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • It's Not Just Who You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tommy Spaulding, Ken Blanchard (foreword)
    • Narrated By Dustin Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In It’s Not Just Who You Know, Tommy Spaulding—the former CEO of Up With People—has written the new How to Win Friends and Influence People for the 21st century. Success—in business and in life—is all about relationships. In this powerful guide to reaching out to others, Spaulding takes Dale Carnegie’s classic philosophy to the next level—how to create lasting relationships that go well beyond mere superficial contacts and “second floor” relationships.

    Glenn says: "Another networking book"
    "Its for 10th graders"
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    Any additional comments?

    I can't say what could have made this book better but I know the book has so little substance and no depth. It a very good book for school kids who are starting to enter the real world. The book has very little to offer for a seasoned professional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (533)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "Good but gets boring at times"
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    What made the experience of listening to The 4 Percent Universe the most enjoyable?

    Some very good pieces of scientific information on what's out there or what's not out there and how scientists came to tat conclusion.


    Any additional comments?

    The internal politics etc gets too boring at times. This could be a very good read for the folks in the same field and close to these types of projects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China, and What It Means for All of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robyn Meredith
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Exotic India is as near as the voice answering an 800 number for one dollar an hour. Communist China is as close as the nearest Wal-Mart, its shelves full of goods made in Chinese factories. But India and China are vastly different nations, with opposing economic and political strategies - strategies we must understand to survive in the new global economy. The Elephant and the Dragon explains how these nations have spurred a new "gold rush", and what this will mean for the rest of the world.

    R. Reed says: "Confused and not scholarly"
    "Very good summarization of the two countries"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant and the Dragon the most enjoyable?

    Detail, Descriptive, Accurate


    What other book might you compare The Elephant and the Dragon to and why?

    The World is Flat


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

    The Elephant eats the Dragon :) Looks like its poised to do that.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a few years old now (2014). It would be a good time to write the next one in 2016.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (422)

    In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye on the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of history and geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.

    Ryan says: "Take with a few grains of salt"
    "Crap"
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    What disappointed you about The Next 100 Years?

    Absolutely no research.


    What could George Friedman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book was enjoyable, like a book of jokes. The USA would dominate because programming language is in English.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2813)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1429)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Tymber Dalton says: "Excellent listen!"
    "Outdated"
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    Any additional comments?

    Some very bad examples and case studies (like an accountant setting up pricing strategy). Outdated in terms of use of technology to improve productivity. Review written in 2014.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12811)
    Performance
    (11069)
    Story
    (11048)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Very good read"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    A very good biography. Covers both the good and bad aspects. In my opinion there are several management lessons and takeaways. One could also infer the type of challenges the company could face after Steve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flip: How to Turn Everything You Know on Its Head---and Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imaginings

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peter Sheahan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    "Business today requires new perspectives," argues Peter Sheahan, one of the youngest and fastest-rising international consultants. In Flip, he shows that to succeed in a small-world economy, companies must distinguish themselves by finding a new way of doing business, one that systematically reexamines every single aspect of running a company.

    Mark says: "Interesting Stories, Flawed Logic"
    "Total Waste"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Peter Sheahan and/or Simon Vance?

    Never by Peter Sheahan


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Sheahan again?

    Never


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't blame the narrator, its the author, never on track.


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

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    Outdated, out of context, does not have any value.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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