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  • The Story of Indian Business: The East India Company: The World's Most Powerful Corporation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tirthankar Roy
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    For over 200 years, the East India Company was the largest and most powerful mercantile firm in Britain and Asia. Set up to procure Asian goods for British consumers, the Company's business network spanned Persia, India, China, Indonesia, and North America. In the late 1700s, its career took a dramatic turn as the Company lost ground as a trading firm, but founded an empire in India. Why did a merchant firm end up being an empire builder? Why did politics mesh so closely with the conduct of business in this time? This new account of the East India Company answers these questions by taking a fresh look at the world of Indian business.

    N. S. Desai says: "A novel approach to a complex subject"
    "Super overview of the East India Company"
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    This little book is an excellent overview of the 275 year existence of the first modern corporation. Anyone interested this topic will find this to be an excellent source. It contains many interesting dates, names and significant historical events. I also enjoyed the audio format because I would not how to pronounce the trough of Indian words, names and places that would naturally be contained in such a book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    A New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these varied obstacles.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Swell Songs Sung So Well"
    "Funny and Instructive"
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    After a friend read Lamott's humorous passage to me about elementary school lunchroom protocols, I had to buy this book. I laughed aloud all the way through it and learned many useful insights for improving my writing (e.g., writing a "shitty first draft" as a way of overcoming the perfectionism that besieges most writers when they sit down to write).

    Lamott also opens a window to her own soul, sharing a wide swath of experiences to include how the passing of her father (also an author) affected her development as a writer. These personal sections are refreshingly non-melodramatic. Rather, the reader feels intimately connected with Lamott. The effect is one of trust in who she is and what she says.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1491)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (753)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Benioff rocks this story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Thieves to be better than the print version?

    I found the audio format preferable to print in that I would not know how to pronounce various Russian words and cities, etc.


    Have you listened to any of Ron Perlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Loved the Russian accents! Not overdone and only occasional for emphasis in certain passages. Nice interpretation, Ron.


    Any additional comments?

    After noting that Benioff wrote or co-wrote many of the excellent screenplays for Game of Thrones, I became interested in his work. This novel is a gripping account of grandfather's experiences as a young Russian man in the first winter of WWII when Nazi Germany attacked Communist Russia. The writing is extraordinary and compelling. I feel present in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Achieving Credibility: The Key to Effective Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James M. Kouzes, Tom Peters (introduction)
    • Narrated By James M. Kouzes
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In our era of companies that we hear negative things about almost weekly, where leadership is mistrusted and the foundational principles of organizations are abandoned, where the bottom line is the only thing observed, Jim Kouzes gives us a breath of fresh air and hope that you can build an organization for which good morals and values are the foundation and which can be extremely successful. His powerful examples are throughout this program will inspire you.

    BLC says: "Uncharacteristically lame"
    "Uncharacteristically lame"
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    What was most disappointing about James M. Kouzes and Tom Peters (introduction) ’s story?

    I love everything Tom Peters has written, the intro to this book being no exception. The problem wasn't Peters; it's that Kouzes didn't deliver. Don't get me wrong, Kouzes and Posner have done extraordinary work over the course of their professional lives. And if you've read it, then you won't need this book. It's merely an unorganized, repetitive hodgepodge narrative of Kouzes's ramblings. I bought the book hoping for new insights but this book offers none. I couldn't help but think of the irony of how such a piece of work is discrediting to an author who literally wrote the book on credibility. That said, if you want to understand the topic, I highly recommend the book The Leadership Challenge and the book Credibility by Posner and Kouzes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration was fine.


    What character would you cut from Achieving Credibility?

    N/A-this is a non-fictional work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ann Handley, C. C. Chapman
    • Narrated By Ann Handley, C. C. Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (98)

    To market your business, reach new customers, and create long-lasting loyalty, you need one indispensable element: CONTENT. Whether it’s bite-sized tweets that allow you to forge relationships on Twitter, blog posts that give your readers must-have advice, ebooks or white papers that engage (and don’t bore), videos that share the human side of your company, interactive webinars that deliver a valuable learning experience, or podcasts that can be downloaded and listened to on the fly (and more!) . . .

    Stephen Guyer says: "Average at best, narration needs a lot of work."
    "A complete waste of time"
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    What would have made Content Rules better?

    For a book whose title extols the supreme value of content, this book, besides being worthless, is self-contradictory. It is full of cliches, contains no recommendations a content creator with two hours of experience hasn't already figured out, and is so condescending, listening to it makes an ice-cream induced brain freeze preferable. The authors chirp in an annoying sing-song tone reminiscent of a cheerleading rally and for supposed content experts, they mispronounce words from their own book (e.g., primer, obfuscate, Waltham, PA). Pure schlock.


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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