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Norrene

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  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (713)

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "Can't get passed the narrator"
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    What disappointed you about Great by Choice?

    I think this is a great book and I was excited to listen to it, but the narration on this book is so over the top that it kills it for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen again?

    Don't know.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Either toning down the narration or finding a professional reader.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Great by Choice?

    I can't cut anything, I'm only 30 mins. into it and the narration of the book is making it painful for me to finish it.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brandon Webb, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Jon Bailey
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (421)

    Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

    Robert says: "Decent story, narration left a lot to be desired."
    "Great narrative and leadership lesson"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Brandon, through his use of story, teaches us how to be great team players and leaders.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Brandon, he had a rough upbringing, but it was that upbringing that taught him to hold fast and be tough all through BUDs and his Navy career. I also enjoyed that Brandon added an additional narrative to each chapter of the book. I wish more authors would do this. It's this attention to detail by Brandon, that made Brandon my favorite. Osman, was my second favorite, because you never knew what kind of trouble he would get into next.


    Have you listened to any of Jon Bailey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I liked Jon's performance, he wasn't bland like some audiobook performers, he brought out Brandon's character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    While I certainly loved the story about the Germans and their drinking game, I think what moved me most about this book was the fact even though Brandon was telling his life's story, he was also teaching us leadership skills. He is always the teacher.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to those who wonder what it's like to be a Navy SEAL. I also recommend this book to those who want to build great teams in the work place. Through the use of story, Brandon illustrate good and effective leadership and how it can motivate a team to do great work. He also illustrates when ego and poor leadership get in the way and how they can destroy a team, training and cost people their lives. Brandon stands up for what he believes is right, regardless of the cost to himself and this is what makes Brandon a the best of the best. Give this book a try, you will not be disappointed!

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