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Matthew

Nicholasville, KY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard P. Rumelt
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (217)
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    (211)

    Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a school, or a government official. Richard Rumelt argues that the heart of a good strategy is insight - into the true nature of the situation, into the hidden power in a situation, and into an appropriate response. He shows you how insight can be cultivated with a wide variety of tools for guiding your own thinking.

    E. Smakman says: "Fantastic framework for strategy + how to fail"
    "Strategy Defined, Finally"
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    Runnette does the impossible in this book and makes a book on strategy interesting. It's amazing how stories and anecdotes can make all the difference. By highlighting some funny examples of bad strategy, good strategy becomes more and more obvious in contrast. Looking forward to future books from Runnette.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 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
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    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"
    "No Killer Strategies Here"
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    I have to agree with what another reviewer (Juarez) said here, the book meanders in so many directions that it's difficult really understand what the book is about. I made it to chapter 9 before decided that the book is more of an autobiography of Gary Shapiro's admitted very cool life. If you want to hear about Shapiro's interactions with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs or testifying on Capitol Hill, then this is the book for you. However, There's not much innovation strategy here.

    Check out anything by Clayton Christensen or even Drucker's classic, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Coats
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
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    In this vivid new interpretation of Genesis, former Episcopal priest John R. Coats looks at the ancient text and its characters in a new light, as stories about people whose day-to-day concerns, triumphs, and failures are not unlike our own. In fact, understanding the people and stories of Genesis can help you understand your own life, family, and colleagues.

    Matthew says: "A Personal View of Genesis"
    "A Personal View of Genesis"
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    Whether you have never read Genesis or have it memorized, you owe it to yourself to look at it from a new perspective. The author brings Genesis to life by making it relevant, even contemporary, in a way that you just don't get in church. Coats helps us find common ground with Adam, with Cain, even with the serpent. The author's personal anecdotes make the obscure and arcane seem personal and accessible. My only gripe is that Coats can't decide if this book is about Genesis or himself. In many areas, the autobiographical distracts from an otherwise profound analysis. Despite that, I still highly recommend this book. You'll never read Genesis the same way again.

    The narrator, Sean Runnette, was perfect. If only he narrated every Audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sean Carroll
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
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    (103)
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    Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: The Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists has been found. In The Particle at the End of the Universe, Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer Sean Carroll takes readers behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event.

    Matthew says: "A History of Modern Particle Physics"
    "A History of Modern Particle Physics"
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    I kept waiting for Carroll to get the point and discuss the actual Higgs Boson but the book really walks around the topic. There is a brief breakdown of the complexities of particle physics around Chapter 2 but the author blows through the details like they are an afterthought. Most of the time is spent detailing the history of the Large Hadron Collider and the engineering details that went into making it happen. Fascinating but not the book I was looking for.

    I'm going pick up a copy of 'Higgs Discovery' by Lisa Randall and see how that is.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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