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  • Strategic Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Stanley K. Ridgley
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    Start making savvier decisions and outsmart your competitors with greater confidence and ease with this simple and comprehensive guide to the skills, tactics, techniques, tools, case studies, and lessons behind strategic thinking. Professor Ridgley has crafted these 24 lectures as an accessible way to engage with thinking that will help you think-and act-more strategically in business and in your own life, whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or you're preparing to embark on a new career path.

    John Patten says: "Lectures run a bit shallow"
    "Makes me hate mid level Officiers"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This lecture was cr*p. Some mid-level Officer who equates everything to either his military experience or hyper macho sports references. His lecture was more a story on military history including him reading entire sections of military history books rather than strategic thought process.

    I wish I had my money back. The only way this lecture would be worth while is if I was a mid-level Officer who longs for my days in the military, you will get the same from the Military Channel as you will get from this lecture. 99% of this lecture has very little to do with real life strategic thought. Just get a copy of "The Art of War", it's free and is more relevant. Ridgley is just another huckster with a degree.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Stanley K. Ridgley?

    Stan's lecture was simply horrible that had little to do with the way he delivered the course and more to do with the lack of meaningful content.


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Send this guy back to the military as that is the only place that appears to give his sad life meaning.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (203)

    A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

    Theresa says: "A Stunning Achievement"
    "How Christian Brits are Gods Favorites"
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    What would have made A History of the Middle Ages better?

    I had to turn this off before I started murdering my neighbors. The readers arrogant English accent and tonality did nothing but made me angry.

    He spent 5, yes 5 chapters attempting to convince me that Christianity is the true religion, no mention of the Cathars, the sacking of Alexandria or other atrocities committed by Christian just what a great religion Christianity is.

    I felt as though it was 1900 and some psychotic British Imperialist was trying to convince me of things that we know now are anything but made up history.

    I truly wish practice of breaking someone on the wheel was still practiced so that I could personally break the legs of Charlton Griffen with an iron rod while impaling Briton, Christopher, and Wolff.

    If you are a Anglophile in need of validation you will love this book, if you are a normal air breathing human it will drive you insane and make you want to drown the first living thing you can get your hands on.


    Has A History of the Middle Ages turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It turned me off of any book read by an Englishman


    How could the performance have been better?

    If I could have put read hot pokers in the ears of Mr. Griffen


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A History of the Middle Ages?

    the part between the first sentence and the last


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had my money back, this book made me feel like I had just paid for a hooker who was actually a man in drag and everyone knew but me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (435)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "This Town"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Overall this was a good story. Not that many revelations but well a thought out book. Clearly something has went off the tracks in Washington DC, it is also clear that the overriding cause is money and the role it plays in American politics Without regard to Party or philosophical leanings, money has corrupted for the most part everyone engaged in government.

    The other major issue as I see it is the press and their decision to walk away from actual reporting so as not to offend the ruling class and their corporate advertising clients. This book touches on this problem. For the most part, authors have been unwilling to point out their own role in the disintegration of American politics.

    I'm a person that tries to read at least 4 news papers every day and have been doing so for some time and have witnessed this problem gradually manifest itself. It has been like the example of a frog in a pot of water on the stove. Unfortunately more and more people get their news from Comedy Central rather than the 6 PM news. Part of this has to do with the shot callers at networks and Editors of newspapers promoting news casters and print journalist based on reasons other than their journalistic ability. This has resulted in the dumbing down of content, I'm not sure if this is done for the audience or the walking haircuts now considered journalist. Another factor has been sites like Politico that turns politics into a celebrity game show like US or People is for movie stars. Politics should be treated different than Hollywood. The author does just that in this book and that is why I am recommending it.

    Would I recommend it? yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Leibovich? Why or why not?

    Yes, I thought he was good author.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Yes, flawless.


    Did This Town inspire you to do anything?

    It actually made me more despondent in regards to the ruling elites of both Parties.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Audible book. The presenter did a great job but I still like books better for some reason.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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