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paraglider man

Beaverton, OR USA | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 479 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins

    Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed. Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

    Roger Smith says: "Collins is always right"
    "Not quite par for the course"

    I'm a BIG Collins fan, and upon reading other reviewers criticisms about this not being as well-rounded of a book, thought they were just being picky, but... it's true. He fails to back up several of his deductions with the same rigor as Good to Great, and the general quality of these deductions isn't as significant in the first place. I'd say he had more than enough content for a chapter in a book, but not nearly enough for a whole book. This could have been a section of his next book. But, it's short...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaire Real Estate Investor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Gary Keller, Dave Jenks, Jay Papasan
    • Narrated By Cliff Haby

    Keller Williams' The Millionaire Real Estate Investor is your handbook to the tried and true financial wealth-building vehicle that rewards patience and perseverance and is available to all: real estate.

    You'll learn about the myths about money and investing that hold people back and how to develop the mindset of a millionaire investor; how to develop sound criteria for identifying great real-estate investment opportunities; and more.

    Eric says: "Some good/repetitive"
    "Great book for people just getting started."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book was recommended by a friend and my expectations were high, but almost immediately I noticed problems with the book.
    The author relies heavily on hype and banner waving and the "experts" he interviewed for the book are "Real estate Millionaires" meaning they own $1 million of realestate (not a net worth of $1 million) this would be most home owners is many parts of the country and is a deceptively low bar for "expert" classification.
    Beyond that, his advice is good, elementary advice for anyone who has not already put considerable thought into his or her strategy and goals. Nothing ground-breaking here.

    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    I know a very successful realestate agent who swears by this authors other titles, so maybe he has more to say on other subjects. I might try one more...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Intelligent Investor: The Classic Best Seller on Value Investing

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Benjamin Graham
    • Narrated By Bill McGowan

    The classic best seller by Benjamin Graham, perhaps the greatest investment advisor of the 20th century, The Intelligent Investor has taught and inspired hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Since its original publication in 1949, Benjamin Graham's book has remained the most respected guide to investing, due to his timeless philosophy of "value investing".

    gulrez says: "very useful, unfortunately abridged"
    "The Thumbnail sketch of the book..."

    They're not kidding when they call this the "abridged version of The Intelligent Investor! How do you take a 700 page book and boil it down to under 3 hours and maintain much of the content? This is good if you want the general idea of what Graham is talking about, but if you're looking for nuts and bolts... I'd look elsewhere.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter F. Drucker
    • Narrated By Michael Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline. It clearly explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. Peter Drucker, the most influential and widely-read thinker and writer on modern organizations, gives us a superbly practical book that explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures have to know, have to learn, and have to do in today's economy and marketplace.

    John says: "Great book, poorly read :-("
    "A MUST read for any entrepreneur or innovator!!!"

    I have listened to this book literally 12 or 13 times and reviewed sections of it more than that! This is the definitive work on the systemization of innovation! I'm being literal when I say that this has to be the MOST significant book on the topic ever written! I'd put it on my shelf next to Good To Great!
    5 stars all the way!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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