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Calum

Sydney, NSW, Australia | Member Since 2005

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  • Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Paul Smith
    • Narrated By A. T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (126)

    Storytelling has come of age in the business world. Today, many of the most successful companies use storytelling as a leadership tool. The reason for this is simple: Stories have the ability to engage an audience the way logic and bullet points alone never could. Whether you are trying to communicate a vision, sell an idea, or inspire commitment, storytelling is a powerful business tool that can mean the difference between mediocre results and phenomenal success.

    A. Yoshida says: "Provided stories to use in business"
    "A few gems, but overall missable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There's a world of difference between reading a book written by a subject matter expert who has deep expertise and passion for their subject. The author Paul is not such an expert, he has some experience in crafting stories and gave a good crack at what sounds like his first ever book. Good on Paul for writing a business book.

    To his credit, Paul did pack in lots of advice to craft your own stories. There are some gems that I'm taking from the book in these tips.

    Paul's stories were mostly P&G stories, where Paul spent most of his life. Some stories were so lame I felt embarrassed for Paul, while some were new, fresh and great for illustrating Paul's points.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (735)

    Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

    Heidi D. Dugger says: "The gift that keeps on giving..."
    "Interesting personal story, but NOT social science"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book comprised a budding new author's personal journey into her happiness project. Please don't buy this book if you're looking for a social science study on happiness. It's very low on research and low on examples that are not part of Gretchen's personal application. Gretchen applied those areas of Happiness that she happened to come across in her research and that she liked the sound of. Gretchen is not a Happiness expert. If you want to read books for the experts, try Audible's The Happiness Advantage (very good). I found Gretchen to be far too long winded, and was bored by many of the personal details she shared - sorry.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gretchen Rubin’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from The Happiness Project?

    Gretchen's family and friends


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Real Time: Preparing for the Age of the Never Satisfied Customer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Regis McKenna (Chairman, Regis McKenna
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Are you ready for the age of the never satisfied customer? McKenna explains how to manage companies in the "real time" world, drawing upon his experience as an entrepreneur and his work with over 300 start-ups.

    Calum says: "Needs revision - not 'real time' enough"
    "Needs revision - not 'real time' enough"
    Overall

    Need to side with the majority of reviewers. Problem with making a book so time specific, is it passes its sell by date very quickly. May have been interesting back in 2000, but (insert your current date here...)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (222)

    Every marketer tells a story. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche Cayenne is vastly superior to a $36,000 VW Touareg, which is virtually the same car. We believe that $225 Pumas will make our feet feel better, and look cooler, than $20 no-names...and believing it makes it true.

    Oscar says: "Just OK for me."
    "Rivetting Listen - highly thought provoking"
    Overall

    Only downside was hearing Seth "reading" his book - would have loved to hear him deliver it more impromptu. If you can forgive this - the creator of the "Purple Cow" brings a highly provocative and yet totally logical idea. Swap out "Liars" for "Storytellers", and you've got the story line. Have listened to it twice, will listen another couple of times at least and brainstorm further. Very stimulating.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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