I've been reading leadership books for many years, and really couldn't find one that matched my personal style: leading from behind, mentoring employees, and working towards the good of the organization, without worrying about personal rewards.
This is a series of essays based around the concept of the leader as a servant. The leader serves the employees that work for him/her, the institution, and the community at large. This is a departure from the usual leadership books, which are usually based on the "alpha male" leadership style.
It must be said that this consists of a series of essays that were written for different target groups over a number of years. The specific topics cover corporations, seminaries, colleges, and other non-profits. The material can get a little repetitive, but in a way that helps reinforce the key concepts, as well as to give insight into the needs of these different institutions.
This is a good, though provoking book for those who want to be successful, but at the same time make sure that everyone around you is successful as well.
This is an end-of-world story along the lines of Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Windup Girl", where bio-engineering is both the way to feed the masses and control them.
The story describes the end of humanity from the viewpoint of a man who, as the best friend of Crake, sees it happen.
I have to say that the story was interesting, but by the end I really didn't care much about the main character. The performance was good, but there was just not the depth that was needed to fill out the person in a way that made care.
Granted, this is the first of a trilogy ("The Year of the Flood", and "MaddAddam" are the sequels) and there may be more background to flesh out the protagonist.
I would recommend Windup Girl before reading this one.
This is a short story set between "Tricked" (Book 4) and "Trapped" (Book 5). Its an easy listen without a lot of storyline development. There is a brief mention of the events in this story in the next book.
If you're a fan of the Iron Druid Series, by all means get it. I did while waiting anxiously for the next installment. It was a good listen.
This series is a TOTAL of 77 hours. War and Peace is 61 hours.
Its a credit to the author and narrator that the book can hold your interest that long. The characters are good, and is a good listen. The book has a multiple viewpoints over the course of the book, some more interesting than others. Overall the threads come together in this book to a satisfying conclusion.
For all the length, the characters are just a little 2D. Good, but they need a little more depth and history. Ozzie seems to be the most interesting character, and I wish that they put more story time into his thread.
The listen is not too intense, so that you can do other things while listening and still keep up.
Its an old concept where somebody wakes up and has to figure out who they are (think Bourne Identity), but you also mix in some funky powers (think x-men). It is a good story and the performance is fine. The writing is the remarkable aspect, with a good story and some funny lines.
Overall an excellent listen. It has some room to be a series.
At 37 hours this is a really long book, and only the first of the series. The action only starts in the last hour or two, with the rest being character introductions and plot development. Considering the scope of the book, there are a lot of characters to keep track of. The narrator is good enough to allow you to tell them apart.
The writing is good, as well as the performance, making it worth the listen. But it makes me wonder if this was a "pay by the word" assignment.
Did not read the print version
The death of Abe's children - real events that were retold from letters, really heartbreaking.
I expected this to be a campy novel (like Buffy the Vampire Slayer), but it was really more of an alternate history. The civil war was started by vampires to preserve their food supply - slaves.
There was enough true historical facts to make it interesting, and pegging it to actual events makes the alternate history more entertaining.
I know this shared a Hugo Award, but I am not sure why this is considered science fiction. It is a decent detective story, taking place in the present day with no real mention of technology other than some "artifacts" that are never talked about in detail.
OK as a detective read, but as science fiction I was dissapointed.
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