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Daryl

Tapping, Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (496)

    What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last? Face it, the checklist of tired P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed - Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few - aren't working anymore.

    Sunny says: "Excellent"
    "Possibly Seth's best work to date"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Seth Godin. I am on Tribes on Ning, I have interviewed him in my blog, and I read most things he posts or publishes.

    And for me, this is probably his best work to date. The entire concept of the purple cow is simple - be remarkable. But as always he supports this with many layers of examples, tactics and case studies.

    I am a consultant and for me this book has helped a heck of a lot.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Dunstan, Gerrard Williams
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    When Truman asked Stalin in 1945 whether Hitler was dead, Stalin replied bluntly, "No." As late as 1952, Eisenhower declared: "We have been unable to unearth one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler's death." What really happened? Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams have compiled extensive evidence - some recently declassified - that Hitler actually fled Berlin and took refuge in a remote Nazi enclave in Argentina.

    Shyam says: "A Very Bizarre Little Audiobook"
    "Excellent counterfactual historical tale"
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    What made the experience of listening to Grey Wolf the most enjoyable?

    I was absolutely fascinated by the counterfactual telling in this story. The key details are well researched and many are provable, the theories linking these are plausible, and the tale itself is spellbinding.

    The author, who is a respected journo that I am aware of, clearly believes that Hitler did survive and the allies allowed it to occur.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grey Wolf?

    The life after arrival in Argentina fits with much of what I personally experienced and heard when living in that part of the world. Secrets and whispers and closed German communities and many other tales.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Our Time: The Written World

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Melvyn Bragg
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Broadcaster and arts presenter Melvyn Bragg fronts The Written World, a five-part BBC Radio 4 series following the origins of writing from its first appearance 6,000 years ago and exploring how it has shaped the world's intellectual history. In the first programme, he looks at the technology of writing, and how making signs on clay, wood, or parchment enabled the development of human culture.

    Daryl says: "Enjoyable and informative audio book"
    "Enjoyable and informative audio book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about In Our Time: The Written World?

    The interaction with subject experts across the broad sweep of history covered makes this a very interesting as well as entertaining book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tracking of writing through its impacts down the centuries was a very good way to tell this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lars Brownworth
    • Narrated By Lars Brownworth
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (367)

    In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

    Cinders says: "Just a delight for anyone interested in history !"
    "An outstanding masterpiece"
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    Would you listen to Lost to the West again? Why?

    I have already listened to this book three times and continue to go back to it. It is an outstanding sweep of history through a civilisation that was so key to the modern world, yet is not well known or understood.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The city itself. The walls the Hagia Sofia, halls chambers, hippodrome and so on. The sprawling city of Byzantium itself is an amazing backdrop to this awesome tale. The hippodrome, churches, Hagia Sofia, the walls; all played key roles in the culture, history and longevity of the empire.


    Which character – as performed by Lars Brownworth – was your favorite?

    Justinian


    Any additional comments?

    This text is more than a broad sweep of key moments in a 1100 year empire; it contains lessons from throughout history that we have so quickly forgotten.

    Short term political decisions, appeasement of aggressors, the origins of the renaissance; all of which appeared previously to be lost to history.

    It is astounding to me that the Roman empire, or at least an empire that considered itself to be Rome, existed until 1453. 39 years before Columbus landed in the Americas.

    A fascinating tale of an unknown historical landscape filled with tribes and events that have also been lost to the telling of the history of western civilisation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1710)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1469)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Offensive use of the terms BCE and CE"
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    Would you try another book from Tom Standage and/or Sean Runnette?

    From Sean, any day. But I found the authors use of the terms BCE and CE, instead of BC and AD to be highly offensive and a denial of 2000 years of history. I tried to get past this but, as a history book, it was in my ear every few minutes and in the end I could not continue to listen to it.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Steyn
    • Narrated By Mark Steyn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (338)

    In his giant New York Times best seller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction. No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.

    Peter says: "Facts"
    "Truly brilliant analysis"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about After America?

    Steyn has uncovered what many already know but have either been too ineloquent or (sadly) too frightened to say for decades. This is a warning, the west either reclaims its heritage at the forefront of modern history, or we allow ourselves to be torn down into a morass powered by self loathing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of After America?

    His comments on the war against manhood was extremely well researched.


    What about Mark Steyn’s performance did you like?

    Good, witty and well paced delivery.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Make the wrong people do the right thing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (171)

    John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

    Scot says: "Thank You, JL"
    "Excellent introduction to poetry"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poets' Corner to be better than the print version?

    I have long been a fan of good poetry but knew little or nothing of the art behind the words. This was a fantastic introduction for me to the world of poetry, the history and great names in the area - as well as providing me with a lot of very good poems to think over and work through my mind. Liked it a lot.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is something I have returned to several times and still working my way through parts of it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4656)
    Performance
    (3129)
    Story
    (3156)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Really enjoyed this one"
    Overall

    I would recommend this to anybody with even a glancing knowledge or interest in this subject. The Khans, and Genghis as the founder of the dynasty, have had a more far reaching impact on the modern world than I ever could have known. Exceptionally engaging, truly informative, and an all round great book. I have listed to it a few times already.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Emily Ross, Angus Holland
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    This accessible and inspirational audiobook examines a diverse collection of business people and how they make their enterprises work.

    Seth says: "Annoying"
    "great overviews, listened to it several times"
    Overall

    I really liked this book and the other book that accompanied it on 50 e-Businesses.

    The narrator isn't british - He's Australian! And after a lifetime of listening to American accents I found it very refreshing. The case studies were also close to home instead of the usual Wall Street plunderers whose stories have been toldl again and again.

    Reading the chapter notations and acknowledgements was a little tiring though... fortunately they learned by the second book. (The 50 Internet businesses one..)

    Good inspiring stuff, about names I know and not just retold stories of the great Silicon valley businesses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company and Revolutionized an Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marc Benioff, Carlye Adler
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    How did salesforce.com grow from a start up in a rented apartment into the world's fastest growing software company in less than a decade? For the first time, Marc Benioff, the visionary founder, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, tells how he and his team created and used new business, technology, and philanthropic models tailored to this time of extraordinary change.

    Vincent says: "Too much about marketing not much about business"
    "Great advice from an IT revolutionary"
    Overall

    I thought this book was fantastic and very inspiring. It is not everyday you get to take lessons from one of the people who is shaping the modern business world.

    Great tips on what works, what doesn't, moving forward and all sorts of ins and outs from someone who has been there. I watched this company since before the turn of the century and I remain very inspired by this entire story.

    If you want to start your own business, and you feel as though they are all lined up against you, then this book is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gruffalo

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Julia Donaldson
    • Narrated By Imelda Staunten
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Here's a rhyming story of a mouse and a monster. Little mouse goes for a walk in a dangerous forest. To scare off his enemies, he invents tales of a fantastical creature called the Gruffalo. So imagine his surprise when he meets the real Gruffalo.

    Alistair says: "Brilliant childrens title"
    "One of the all time great childrens books"
    Overall

    I have been reading my children the Gruffalo since they were born, and this audio book has taken that to a whole new level. It is heir favorite book, one that they enjoy listening to again and again. And so do I. Masterful story telling for children of all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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