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David

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  • The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected - a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness. Eric Schmidt is one of Silicon Valley’s great leaders, having taken Google from a small startup to one of the world’s most influential companies. Jared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas and a former adviser to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

    Mike says: "Disappointing. At once obvious and curious."
    "Nothing to Gain. Seems to Glorify Radicals?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Relevant Information


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen again?

    NO


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roger Wayne’s performances?

    NO


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Surprise in that this book is so out of touch with relevant society and humanity beyond social media.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that contains little if any information. It is as if a roomful of Huff Post auto-headline generators were in a virutal circular mirrored room. Kinda like the "do loop" from the days when programming mattered. This is what I would expect if twitter expanded to 141 characters.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lisa Bodell
    • Narrated By Margie Lenhart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In the ever-changing world of business, we've arrived at a point where process has trumped culture, where the race toward efficiency has made us complacent and unable to reach our potential. Stuck in the land of status quo, we've forgotten how to think. And the very structures put in place to help businesses grow are now holding them back. It's time to Kill the Company. What this audiobook suggests is simple: to SIMPLIFY by getting rid of things first rather than continually building on what doesn't work; a form of spring cleaning for your organization.

    Salina Siu says: "Enjoyed the simple techniques shared"
    "Thank You AUDIBLE for return policy. Awful Book"
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    Would you try another book from Lisa Bodell and/or Margie Lenhart?

    NO. she is regurgitating terms and issues we were spoon fed in the mid-80's that did not work effectively. Follow her lead and you will bankrupt your company before you have a chance to execute her "ideas".


    What could Lisa Bodell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I quit after one hour in (1/3), and heard nothing but lists and lists and time-worn cliches.


    What didn’t you like about Margie Lenhart’s performance?

    Poor narration and intonation typical of a fashion merchant


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NONE, but I only heard 1/3 and it seemed they were already wrapping up. Snide inflection and profanity were included in body and narration. Inappropriate for true business survival and thriving.


    Any additional comments?

    stay away from this. If others manage to make it through the whole book; I will consider deleting review ...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (381)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Ryan says: "Important themes, with blind spots"
    "Great Explanations team-up with Atlas Shrugs"
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    What did you love best about Why Nations Fail?

    Great insight based upon historical examples. Explains what no one else (to my knowledge) has even attempted. It is a "Politically Correct" explanation of the incredible failures of countries and their stagnation over centuries and millenia. It does NOT put a feel-good "liberal" slant on the clear facts of history. A very long book that flows through history!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very encompassing in that it covers all civilizations and eras. Does not compromise the facts and principles presented. I kept expecting a "surrender" for Mao, Chavez, Liberals, Socialists, Democrats, etc., The authors stuck to principles without pulling punches, or compromising, and did it very professionally without degrading the idiots and marauders of history or their present day acolytes.


    What about Dan Woren’s performance did you like?

    Pace, understanding ... no mistakes


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

    The Preceding History that Led to Atlas Shrugged


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding effort of time and intellect of the authors is GREATLY APPRECIATED!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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