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Paul Gardner

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  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

    A. Yoshida says: "Good book for leaders of an organization"
    "Poor performance, awful recording!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A friend tells me there is some good information in this book, but I didn't make it far enough into the audiobook to know for myself.

    What could Patrick Lencioni have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have someone else record it perhaps.

    What didn’t you like about Patrick Lencioni’s performance?

    The audiobook performance is flat and lifeless, and the recording is AWFUL. Every minute or two there's a loud klonking noise as if the narrator is slapping a podium. The timing of these jarring noises makes them even worse - it's just long enough between klonks to let you start hoping you've heard the last one, and then KLONK, another smack upside your brain.


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

    Frustration that I wasted my time and money on something so poorly produced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Great Ideas, sometimes tedious storytelling."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to all curious minds.

    What other book might you compare Outliers to and why?

    It's not as compelling a story as Black Swan. And the early focus on financial markets and players nearly kept me from finishing the book. But just as I was about to hit fast forward, the story connected with real life events in my world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Guy Kawasaki
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What does it take to turn ideas into action? What are the elements of a perfect pitch? How do you win the war for talent? How do you establish a brand without bucks? These are some of the issues everyone faces when starting or revitalizing any undertaking, and Guy Kawasaki, former marketing maven of Apple Computer, provides the answers.

    A User says: "Great Content - Punishing Narration"
    "Love it!"

    I'm a couple of months into starting up a slightly disruptive publishing company called TimeStarvd. This book, along with Kawasaki's previous works, helped me to take the leap!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pensees

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Blaise Pascal
    • Narrated By William Sutherland

    Compiled after his death in 1662, Pascal's "pensées" (thoughts) are his ideas for a book in defense of faith in a rational world. These fragments give evidence of a profoundly original thinker who had resolved the conflict between his scientific mind and heart-felt faith. This audiobook begins with an analysis of the difference between mathematical and intuitive thinking and goes on to consider the value of skepticism, contradictions, feeling, memory, and imagination.

    Thomas Phelan says: "Great work, mediocre audio version"

    I've loved Pascal every time I've read his work, but I couldn't finish reading this production. The reading is dull, lifeless, but I've suffered through that before. In this production, the reader and producer collude to crash chapters and thoughts into one another like a slow motion train wreck. A moment's hesitation, or at least a deep breath once in a while, would have been appreciated.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • It's Your Ship: Management Techniques From the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By D. Michael Abrashoff
    • Narrated By George Wilson

    The superb former commanding officer of the USS Benfold reveals his pioneering management techniques in this insightful audiobook. Given command of a high-tech destroyer, Abrashoff soon encountered a disillusioned and unhappy crew with a very low retention rate. The smart steps he took to improve the efficiency of the ship and quality of life for its sailors brought the Benfold to a new level of excellence, earning it accolades as the best ship in the Navy.

    Dan says: "Good for military readers"
    "Great book, awful reading."

    As a manager with five harrowing years of experience, it's got spot-on practical advice. I was a little surprised to find that the title refers to what the skipper worked to get everyone on the ship to buy into - rather than refering to his own command. And, having enlisted in the military as a young man, I wish I would have had the author as my CO. But the reading is just plain awful. Entirely without passion or believability, the reader even at times misreads the name of the author's ship. Were the story not so valuable, I would not have been able to suffer through the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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