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.
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.
I found the audio format preferable to print in that I would not know how to pronounce various Russian words and cities, etc.
Loved the Russian accents! Not overdone and only occasional for emphasis in certain passages. Nice interpretation, Ron.
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.
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.
Narration was fine.
N/A-this is a non-fictional work.
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.
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