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Peter

Palm Springs, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Ninja Innovation: The Killer Strategies of Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gary Shapiro
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In Ninja Innovation, Gary Shapiro, the head of the Consumer Electronics Association, answers the universal question - What leads to success? - revealing how everyone can use the ninja way to create a killer strategy that will help them achieve their own goals. "Ninja Innovation" is his ultimate how-to for envisioning, executing, and maintaining a successful innovation-based strategy like those utilized in the technology world.

    Juarez says: "Totally Bias"
    "Interesting theme, good stories"
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    The main strength is this is an insider's view of of the electronics industry. There are also many other interesting business stories, nicely told. The premise, act like a Ninja to succeed, is novel, but readers will have to judge just when to apply these ideas. Looking back in time one can find success in emulating Ninjas and failure otherwise, but one can cherry pick as needed to suit the theme. Still, I did enjoy this very much. There is a lot of sane analysis in here. Note also that the author is a stong free market proponent. NI made me think much more about what innovation really means, and why it is so very important. So, I just changed my overall to 5 from four!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (798)

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "Another winner by Collins"
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    Nicely narrated by the author, this is another enlightening effort by one of the best in the business. The analogies are perfect and memorable ( I even used one in an innocent discussion with my wife the other day.) This is not a rehash of old stuff, but new and fesh material. Those who appreciated Good to Great and Built to Last will also like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2560)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1619)

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "There are always opportunities"
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    I was not familiar with the Zappos story before. It is quite a wild ride. Lots of good insights here for business and life, especially considering the youth of the author. He is the narrator, with a style that is a bit halting but very real. He is likable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (836)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Downright exciting"
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    This a fascinating history of science book, but much more. The groundwork leading to Newton's breathtaking achievements or delightfully depicted (for example Kepler's work - but most of what he produced was nonsense!) And why were the dark ages so dark for so long!
    It has been decades since college, but having listened to this I have a deeper understanding of what I was trying to learn then in Physics, Calculus and Astronomy. The story quickly moves along, the narration is first rate. I plan on listening to more of this author's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immortality: How Science is Extending Your Life Span and Changing the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The first immortals are already living among us. You might be one of them. At first glance, that arresting statement sounds as if it might come from a science fiction story. But it is an astonishing, exciting fact - as explained clearly and cogently by Dr. Ben Bova. Here is a compelling, startling, understandable, and vitally important study of the greatest challenge - and the most tantalizing opportunity - ever faced by humankind.

    Jill says: "Mountains of information"
    "A really bad choice for me"
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    This book is very simplistic. If you know anything about biology (like you have taken college cell bio) you will be bored as I was. Also, the book is old, 1999. It is out of date. My mistake was to look at the release date of the audiobook and conclude it was current and not to find out when it was first published in print. The narrator's voice is just so deep as to be distracting, and he mispronounces medical and scientific words. Also, my mistake, I should have listened to the sample. Now, if Mr. Bova would write a 2011 version, getting a new reader, skipping the basic biology, and prognosticate, speculate, and predict for 300 pages, well that would be attractive.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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