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Matthew

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  • Velocity: Combining Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints to Achieve Breakthrough Performance

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dee Jacob, Suzan Bergland, Jeff Cox
    • Narrated By Linda Weber
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (123)

    Now, from the AGI-Goldratt Institute and Jeff Cox, the same creative writer who co-authored The Goal, comes Velocity the book that reveals how to achieve outstanding bottom-line results by integrating the world's three most powerful continuous improvement disciplines: Lean, Six Sigma, and Goldratt's Theory of Constraints.

    Tom Miller says: "A business novel!"
    "A 6 Sigma Book that Doesn't Put You to Sleep"
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    Performance
    Story

    A 6 Sigma book with a plot, an underdog main character, a few villains, romance, and a happy ending. While you may not learn every 6 Sigma or Lean or TOC methodology from this book, you will have found new respect for them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27175)
    Performance
    (20921)
    Story
    (21003)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Even better than the HBO series"
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    Performance
    Story

    Despite all the foreshadowing, the story surprised me every turn. The author also has no problem killing off main characters and leave some loose end hanging. It is by far one of the best frictional series of our time with a book 1 ending that is satisfying enough. There are a lot of characters but the reader's difference voices made it easy to follow. I would suggest watching the first two episodes of the HBO series (season 1) before starting the audiobook. From the TV series, you can get a more vivid imagine of the characters and you can make sure you like the story before commiting 30+ hours of listening. But finish the audiobook before finish watching the HBO series. The book is far better with lots of details.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (491)

    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
    "Myths and Truths about Baby"
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    Using scientific research and facts, author explains the truth about baby brain development and our ability to influence it. While neither this book or anything will guarantee perfect parenting, it will provide some rules and guideline to give you the best statistical chance to raise a happy, healthy, and moral baby.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    G. Cernicky says: "great stuff"
    "Least likely Dan Brown's story to become a moive"
    Overall

    The backdrop of the story is relatively current and the audio recording is terrific. Unfortunately, the plot is predictable and lack the surprise twists that readers expect from Dan Brown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1572)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (708)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Embrace the change"
    Overall

    Terrific book on change management with strategies that anyone can apply at work and at home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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