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Paul

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  • The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John P. Kotter, Dan S. Cohen
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Kotter and co-author Dan S. Cohen delve deeper into the subject of change to get to the heart of how change actually happens. Through compelling, real-life stories from people in the trenches, in all kinds of organizations, the authors attack the fundamental problem that underlies every major transformation: How do you go beyond simply getting your message across to truly changing people's behavior?

    Paul says: "Shame about the narration"
    "Shame about the narration"
    Overall

    I was really looking forward to hearing Kotter's latest offering and was not disappointed. The first hand case studies were illuminating and inspiring, it's a shame therefore that different voices were not employed in telling them. I found the use of only one narrator spoilt the impact of the content, I found myself nodding off now and then and/or having to rewind to ensure the point being made stayed with me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (191)

    In "the most exciting bio of the year," Richard Hack uses recently uncovered (and in some cases, recently declassified) personal letters, court testimony, FBI files, autopsy reports and exclusive interviews to reveal the man who was a legendary lover, record-setting aviator, award-winning film producer, talented inventor, ultimate eccentric, and, for much of his lifetime, the richest man in the United States.

    Ian says: "Truely Incredible"
    "Blah, Blah, Blah"
    Overall

    I wanted to understand more about Howard Hughes and had good expectations that this book would enlighten me. However I gave up after Part 1 - it was a long dry litany of names, places and events - no insight or comment upon Hughes life and the man himself. Do yourself a favour and give this one a miss.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Next Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Is your loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Welcome to our genetic world: fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future; it's the world right now. Most of the events in this book have already happened. And the rest are just around the corner. Get used to it.

    Paul says: "Yes, but!"
    "Yes, but!"
    Overall

    Yes, I liked the premise for this novel that genes left in the control of scientists, academics & corporates equals mega trouble ahead for mankind. Despite the superb narration the tale has too much science interwoven around far too many characters - I was losing the will to continue listening and pulled the plug mid-way through. Good idea but too much detail, although I did like the novel approach of using news flashes throughout the story to illustrate how the media would manipulate headlines to grab audience attention. Will look out for other books delivered by the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (222)

    Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who, with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership, fought for his people's land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

    Brian says: "The Journey of Crazy Horse"
    "A case to answer?"
    Overall

    Although a Brit I was captivated listening to this well reseached and narrated piece of native american history - it provides a unique insight into recent american history but from the native american stance. The demise of the Sioux nation is sad tale of ethnic cleansing 19th C. style - and this account of that blot on US history is well told. You are left with the view that if the land/gold grab in the Black Hills had been managed more sensivitely by the government of the time everyone involved would have been a winner - but history is not about sensible actions taken by governments and/orleaders (Iraqi/Iran comes to mind!). The tale also provides a unique insight into the previously untold history of the events of the time and the culture of the Sioux - I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in american history & native american culture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2502)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (794)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Great time trip"
    Overall

    Really clever mixing of quantum physics and fiction - plus medeval social history thrown in for good measure - it is not high brow stuffy content, just smart use of fact & fiction - a great story that keeps you listening wherever you are. In my case I listened whilst driving through Wales, sitting in my garden and commuting to the office. The narrator holds you attention and builds up the tension as the story countdown moves to zero!! Another superb tale from Michael Crichton (P.S. take the unabridged version - a much richer tale)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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