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Elyssa

Secunda, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gary Hamel
    • Narrated By Gary Hamel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    What Matters Now is Gary Hamel's impassioned plea to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about management, the meaning of work, and organizational life. He asks, "What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead?"

    Drew says: "Pure bombast"
    "Turn down the volume"
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    What made the experience of listening to What Matters Now the most enjoyable?

    The content of the book is very good. I believe the content would be very relevant and useful to MBA students. It however felt as if the reader was screaming, I got very agitated listening to his performance and continuously had to turn down the volume because he kept on raising his voice in excitement. The frustration was exacerbated by the reader's nasal tone of voice. The reader raced through his reading. I believe one need to give the listener time to think about some of the concepts and the reader rushed through them without slowing down when explaining complexities.


    What three words best describe Gary Hamel’s performance?

    Loud, fast, nasal


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (450)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela J says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Fantastic!"
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    What did you love best about Society's Child?

    I loved the parts where Janis played her own songs and filled in the story with music.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Janis


    What does Janis Ian bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You cannot read the book, it is specifically a audio book because there are musical sections incorporated with her story.


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

    If I could, I would have. I was listening to it in the car... at some points I did not want to get out of my car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert I. Sutton
    • Narrated By Robert Sutton
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    In a landmark article published in the Harvard Business Review, Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton addressed a taboo topic that affects every workplace: employees who are insensitive to their colleagues, corporate bullies, bosses who just don't get it, the kind of people who make you exclaim in exasperation, "What an asshole!" Now, in a definitive book that addresses this growing problem, Sutton shows you how you can work with unsavory people without becoming one of them yourself.

    David says: "okay, I get it"
    "Insightful and fun"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is relevant to anyone that deals with people, be it work, church or being part of a sports club. The book helps you to identify the "certified assholes" and teaches you how to stay sane in an asshole infested workplace.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible: Please provide the asshole checklist in print so that we can download it an complete it on paper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3660)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1186)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Fantastic book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Predictably Irrational the most enjoyable?

    Who could ever think that it is possible to turn economics into such an interesting story! The writer has found a way to explain behavioural economics through the various experiments he has conducted. It is very interesting, insightful, useful and memorable.


    What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

    Simon is an excellent reader. He read the part about the writer's childhood pain with such insight, it felt as if he was the writer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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