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Mathieu

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Break from the Pack: How to Compete in a Copycat Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oren Harari
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Everywhere, products are being commoditized, services are being imitated, and traditional barriers to market entry are collapsing. To sustain competitive advantage in today's Copycat Economy, companies must break from the pack. This book will show you how.

    Richard says: "Enjoyable Listen! Thought Provoking"
    "Great ideas all throughout"
    Overall

    It seemed like every five minutes I was pulling over to the side of the road to make a note of how I could implement some of the author's ideas at my work. Lots of great meat and very little (if any at all) fluff.

    The author argues any company can become a leader in their industry by following specific guidelines and rules. He doesn't tell you to do something specifically (how could he or else everyone would do it) but he does explain how to recognize what you should be doing to break from the pack.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Make the Impossible Possible: One Man's Crusade to Inspire Others to Achieve

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Strickland
    • Narrated By Bill Strickland
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    According to MacArthur Fellowship "genius" award winner Bill Strickland, a successful life is not something you simply pursue, it is something that you create, moment by moment. It is a realization Strickland first came to when, as a poor kid growing up in a rough neighborhood of Pittsburgh, he encountered a high-school ceramics teacher who took him under his wing and went on to transform his life.

    Jason says: "Beautifully Inspirational"
    "Ultimate inspiration"
    Overall

    The only other book I've rated 5 stars is Steven Covey's 7 Habits for Highly Effective People. That got five stars because of the way it helped me shift my paradigm on life. This gets five stars because Bill Stickland's tale is the ultimate in inspiration. It's not preachy, it's not unrealistic even though at times you find yourself saying "Unbelievable!"

    The story that sums up Bill's can-do message is a tiny one in the book: He wanted to get his pilot's license but couldn't afford the flight time. So, he found a plane for sale, offered to lease it to the flight school, got a loan from the bank based on that agreement and then used the hours the plane wasn't in use to log the hours to get his commercial license.

    Simple but oh so effective. There are even better stories in his book and they all show you how YOU can make the impossible possible.

    I'm going to end this review and go out to start achieving some dreams I've been keeping in the back of my mind now. Enjoy the read!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (763)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "good story about team building"
    Overall

    After reading this book I gave it to my boss, she didn't like the story telling aspect, she just wanted quick lessons. I really enjoyed it, though. The team building strategies presented in this book and the instructional portion at the end were great. Eye opening and unique. Well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dispatches from the Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Anderson Cooper
    • Narrated By Anderson Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (73)

    Striking, heartfelt, and utterly engrossing, Dispatches from the Edge is an unforgettable memoir that takes us behind the scenes of the cataclysmic events of our age and allows us to see them through the eyes of one of America's most trusted, fearless, and pioneering reporters.

    Andrew says: "A Powerful Listen"
    "Ugh ... boring to listen to"
    Overall

    The content of the book is average at best. Basically Anderson Cooper is giving his memoirs of his life's adventures. He's done some interesting things and gone to a lot of cool places but it felt like he was forcing the romance and the drama out of a lot his passages.

    The reason I dropped this down to two stars is Anderson reads the audio book and I found him monotonous and to be honest I only got through 3 hours of the book because I found him putting me to sleep on the way to and from work.

    I listen to audio books while doing cardio at the gym too and it made me want to stop working out and get a milkshake it was so boring.

    Sorry Anderson, I dig you on TV just your book was a non-starter for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (249)

    The 8th Habit is the answer to the soul's yearning for greatness, the organization's imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity's search for its "voice". Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking new audiobook of next level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the Knowledge Worker Age.

    T.L. says: "It really does take it to the next level"
    "Covey does it again!"
    Overall

    I had already bought a hard copy of the 8th Habit by the time I was halfway through the audiobook. I just had to digest some of Covey's brilliant but common sense ideas through my eyes and not just my ears.

    The 7 habits are a great ground work and will take most of us from behaving like misguided idiots to having meaning and direction ... the 8th habit teaches us how to apply the 7 habits in such a concentrated way that we'll blow the socks off of everyone around us.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4369)
    Performance
    (2045)
    Story
    (2074)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Brought me back"
    Overall

    This narrator on this book was better than any of the stories my parents told me growing up. He had different voices for each character and really kept the story alive with his passion for storytelling.

    Aside from the entertainment value of the great story that is Wicked, I also enjoyed the way the author gave you a choice: either you can take the version of the Wizard of Oz the movie as "fact" for what happened or you can take "Wicked's" version of what happened while Dorothy was in Oz.

    My favourite aspect of Wicked was what isn't mentioned. As the author describes the political situation of the day in oz you begin to make sense of some of the things in the Wizard that either never made sense or that you never paid attention to before. But now that you've read them in Wicked it gives the Wizard a whole new dimension.

    I truly enjoyed this book and made a great road trip even better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2188)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (747)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Changed the way I look at marketing"
    Overall

    Very easy to follow but powerful book that I found very helpful for marketing to students at the college I work at. I gave this book four stars because it literally changed how I approach my work. I didn't give it five because it wasn't life altering.

    If you like books that bust open the way you've been thinking about processes for years and force you to look at it in a different way then you'll enjoy this book.

    The narrator is very good but there were a few times when I found myself drifting into a daze because I found he was sometimes monotonous.

    That being said, everyday I listened to this book I was telling someone about what I had just learned.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Less Is More: How Great Companies Use Productivity as a Competitive Tool in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jason Jennings
    • Narrated By Jason Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    From the author of the best selling It's Not the Big That Eat the Small, It's the Fast That Eat the Slow comes a vital new guide to increasing business productivity without adding employees or other overhead costs.

    Mathieu says: "Got some great tips"
    "Got some great tips"
    Overall

    A great book, the author had clear objectives for detirmining which companies he would profile and makes the criteria clear when the book begins. I found this particularly helpful because when I was listening to the examples of what made certain companies effecient I was able to detirmine if it was applicable to my company (I have just two employees, so the likelihood of myself running into some of the situations the CEOs and executives in the book had to tackle is less likely).

    The narrator is easy to listen to and is excited about the topic making it sound more like listening to someone who's bought into the theories and is excited to share it with you opposed to some narrators who are monotous and make you fall asleep at the wheel (I listen to mine in the car).

    I didn't give it five stars because I wasn't being blown away every five minutes. My five star rating has gone to the 7 Habits, so if you're reading this review and also feel 7 Habits is a five star book then you'll probably be very excited with Less is More as well. Of the 24 business and self-help books I've read in the last 14 months, this is definitely in the top three.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7001)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1792)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "I usually hate fiction"
    Overall

    Most of my purchases here are non-fiction. Business, comedy, etc. However I had to read this book because everyone I knew was talking about it. I would find myself driving around the block and extra time to wait until the end of the chapter (which there are many of - some quite short).

    At one point I think I actually said "no way!" when a plot twist was revealed. A little heavy at some times when the characters are explaining the ins and outs of the christian this and church that. It did get a little tiring - but it makes you appreciate the research and thought Dan Brown put into this novel.

    Finally - the narrater is supberb. I hope I can tell bedtime stories to my children with as many voices as this dude used!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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