You no longer follow Konstantin

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Konstantin

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Konstantin

Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

25
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 5 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 142 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Spin Selling

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Neil Rackham
    • Narrated By Bob Kalomeer
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    With wit and authority, Neil Rackham explains why traditional sales models don't work for large sales. He shows how conventional selling methods are doomed to fail in major sales. And he unfolds the enormously successful Spin strategy, using real-world examples and informative cases. The methods are controversial, and they often go against the grain of conventional sales training. But the powerful evidence Rackham presents will convince and convert you.

    Konstantin says: "Not exactly practical"
    "Not exactly practical"
    Overall

    Book is for advanced sellers, who's familiar with other selling techniques, who most likely know it already. A lot of theory, not many practical examples. It is always better to learn from examples used in context, not in this book though.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (505)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    neil says: "A Must Read If You Have A Son Under 30."
    "Good, but not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Certainly good read, some facts felt one sided


    Was Boys Adrift worth the listening time?

    Yes, though it shouldn't be the only material to make conclusions


    Any additional comments?

    In disclosure, I'm not a doctor and I do not have kids, I'm however affiliated with education industry through past administrative experience and through current board of trustees involvement in the charter school, I'm an emigrant and I was one of those kids who had a hard time sitting in one place. One part that I strongly agree with an author that people should try to avoid ADHD medication unless it is absolutely necessary and the disorder is diagnosed by a professional. I think there are some valid concerns about drinking from plastic bottles and I also agree that in many instances changing schools, environment (including changing teachers), adjusting how lessons are thought (standing vs sitting) etc... is certainly worth exploration. I also agree that college education might not be for everyone and learning a trade might be viable option for many man as well as women. At the same time, author makes, what felt like, a strong suggestion that the reason boys do not succeed in this country is due to medication they took as kids and suggests boys only schools as a solution since it will give boys an opportunity to be who they really are and brings examples from an Alaskan village where spending time with adult males as a role models in the past helped boys learn the trade of hunting sea lions... Although it was clear author used it as a metaphoric example to make a point boys need role models, still many people don't hunt sea lions these days and not all live in remote locations. Although, it is certainly evident that boys are currently on the declining streak compared to girls when it comes to college education and career success, it didn't fell author made compelling enough argument backed by a research that comes from correct sampling, rather an opinion.
    We have experienced cultural transformation, particularly in US, in the past several decades and as a result women, in many cases, are competing for the same opportunities as men and that will undoubtedly affect ratios of men/women in the workforce etc..., it will probably level off at some point. Author also makes suggestions that other cultures might be more respectful and although I'm sure many will agree with this, many will also agree that in US parents' level of education, zip codes, income levels and other socioeconomic statuses of the boys, girls and their families are probably important driving factors in many cases.
    In short, I think it is certainly worth reading this book, however one should keep an open mind as some of the remarks author makes in reference to cultural development and other religions are rather an opinion than a hard proven scientific fact and feels like bears a political agenda vs fact finding, hence 3 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Schroeder
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (485)

    Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."

    Richard J. Riker says: "2,220 well-invested minutes!"
    "Must read to truly grasp the meaning of "Snowball""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Snowball rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great in the category of biography


    What did you like best about this story?

    Personal insights


    Any additional comments?

    Although, I'm sure after listening to this book everyone's experience will be different, I thought the author was able to truly capture and deliver the personal essence of Warren Buffet. To avoid repetition, I think, the summary of this book greatly summarizes the content and gives an accurate preview of what's expected in the book. Bottom line, if a person admires Warren Buffet or just curious about how he accomplished the status of one of the most influential people in the world, especially within the investment world, one SHOULD NOT SKIP this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Mackey, Raj Sisodia, Bill George
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc. cofounder Raj Sisodia argue for the inherent good of both business and capitalism. Featuring some of today's best-known and most-successful companies, they illustrate how these two forces can - and do - work most powerfully to create value for all stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, investors, society, and the environment.

    Konstantin says: "Amongst top leadership and management books!"
    "Amongst top leadership and management books!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Conscious Capitalism in three words, what would they be?

    Great conceptual approach to balanced management.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although my initial motivation to listen to this book was to learn more about Whole Foods and about John Mackey from investment standpoint in the company's stock, this book could be closely compared to "Good to Great", in fact John Mackey references it at some point, particularly the time aspect and how long it takes to build a conscious company. Similar to many other books including "Good to Great", it is hard to ignore the fact that the theories presented are not bulletproof and still subject to many other economic, regulatory and industry headwinds, the book, nevertheless portrays a very well structured approach to balanced management. Although based on Whole Foods example, it doesn't overly fixate on Whole Foods rather uses Whole Foods as an example to support the conceptual theories that should be considered as a part of balanced management approach by leaders in general. The book addresses important key elements of culture, employee relations, transparency, strategic initiatives and more. Certainly one of the best Leadership and Management books I've come across as well as an easy read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (932)

    In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

    Christopher Burbridge says: "Life Changing, I Gotta Say"
    "Good Concept, too wordy.."
    Overall

    The book has some good insights, but information can certainly be combined into a 2 hours presentation max. The author uses too many fancy words that ultimately describe the same thing and tends to loose the reader with its ambiguity. After every couple of chapters you kind of get that, aha useful moment and then it tend to go back to the wordy description of events. I'm giving it 3 stars since it has some good insights, but the presentation needs significant improvement

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.