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George Orwell

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  • Microsoft: First Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cheryl Tsang
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    Microsoft: First Generation uncovers the range of surprising success secrets behind the upstart company that defined the Age of Information - and reveals, once and for all, exactly what makes Microsoft tick.

    Glenn says: "Some interesting history but..."
    "Truely awful"
    Overall

    It is such a shame. Imagine a party where everyone is telling the best reditions (often exaggerated) of their life choices and career path. These party goes will be slapping each other on the back for their good judgement, their luck, their brilliance. They are unlikely to tell the truth such that you would ever use the story as a basis for your own decision making. The story is also unlikely to provide access into what actually happened so that you get a sense of being there or give lessons to repeat it. Record these stories at your next party. Transcribe them. Publish as a book.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Andrew Sobel, Jerold Panas
    • Narrated By Andrew Sobel, Jerold Panas
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    Skillfully redefine problems. Make an immediate connection with anyone. Rapidly determine if a client is ready to buy. Access the deepest dreams of others. Power Questions sets out a series of strategic questions that will help you win new business and dramatically deepen your professional and personal relationships. The book showcases 35 riveting, real conversations with CEOs, billionaires, clients, colleagues, and friends. Each story illustrates the extraordinary power and impact of a thought-provoking, incisive power question.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good book but performance is lacking."
    "Decent Questions, but bad writing & editing. Bad."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Power Questions?

    This could have been 20% of the length. There are superfluous quotations added that get in the way. Many are cliches. All the music lyrics referenced (yes, this is useless) are boomer-era, of course. 1/3 of the stories are helpful. 2/3 are too generic.


    What was most disappointing about Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas ’s story?

    cliche' after cliche'
    tired stories
    You can play at double speed and not miss a thing. I have never been able to do that w/any other recording.


    Any additional comments?

    All I need is the list of questions. skip the audible, just get the kindle version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Procrastinator's Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rita Emmett
    • Narrated By Rita Emmett
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Filled with practical, useful, common-sense advice and real-life stories of people who have overcome procrastination, this program is as entertaining as it is rewarding. Rita Emmett's proven strategies will help you change your attitude toward your work and play, and help you regain control of your time and your life!

    J. Crosby says: "Practical remedy to this pervasive ill"
    "Avoid unless you are over 70..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Procrastinator's Handbook better?

    ...or have been asleep since 1990.


    What was most disappointing about Rita Emmett???s story?

    This book was released in 2001? It was written for things I recall in 1980. Take a class in "word processing"? WTF!?!?!?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rita Emmett?

    an unsuccessful insurance broker, real estate salesperson or poorly motivated housewife.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Procrastinating: The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Joseph Ferrari
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone, Joseph Ferrari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    There are all sorts of reasons people procrastinate. What are yours? This book draws on scientific research on procrastination conducted over more than 20 years by the author and his colleagues, to help you learn what stops you from getting things done so that you can find the solutions that will really work. Contrary to conventional wisdom, chronic procrastination is NOT about poor time management, but about self-sabotaging tendencies that can prevent you from reaching your full potential.

    Laura says: "It's Just a Character Flaw"
    "Lazy author, if not himself a procrastinator"
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    What would have made Still Procrastinating better?

    Ditch the tired cliches. Ditch the empty academic citations. This book is not helpful.
    It reads like it was written in about as much time as it takes to read it.

    The book is just a series of pop-advice...
    example: "Worry will not lead to happiness" Really? Thanks for the wisdom!

    ...and recitations from academic literature
    "research shows that procrastinators do not trust other procrastinators." Really?

    Do these two statements help with your motivation? Then this book is for you.

    The problem is that this is a tired subject and the author seems to be an expert (don't believe me? Just ask him!), but is too lazy to edit the book down to what is actually useful (new & rare, if not unique).

    What is in this book that you Mother hasn't told you? Very, very little.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph Ferrari again?

    No!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guerrilla P.R. Wired: Successful Publicity Campaigns On-Line, Off-line, and in Between

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Levine
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Guerilla P.R. Wired transports Michael Levine's legendary street-fighting P.R. tactics to the wide-open domain of the World Wide Web. Motivating, brilliant, and filled with invaluable strategies for getting maximum attention regardless of your budget, Guerrilla P.R. Wired will show you how to get noticed now and help you craft a message that is both powerful and profitable in today's fast moving, wired world.

    Don McGowan says: "Don't bother"
    "painful"
    Overall

    hard to listen to, perhaps b/c it is unabriged. I would rather read (and scan) the book. This tedious listen includes *frequent* articulating of the address 'h t t p : / / w . w . w....' That grates really fast. This program goes slooooowly.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (203)

    Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

    Steven says: "Best Audible Book Yet"
    "Shockingly good book."
    Overall

    I couldn't care a hoot about baseball, but after this book, i find a part of it to be fascinating. To do that takes very good writing.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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