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Sami

Addicted to audible. One the best things that happened to me

Halifax, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 23 reviews
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  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dev Patnaik
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    In this essential and illuminating book, top business strategist Dev Patnaik tells the story of how organizations of all kinds prosper when they tap into a power each of us already has: empathy, the ability to reach outside of ourselves and connect with other people. When people inside a company develop a shared sense of what's going on in the world, they see new opportunities faster than their competitors. They have the courage to take a risk on something new.

    Kathleen says: "Great ideas badly read"
    "The missing link to success"
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    I believe in empathy and its role in building organizations. Actually, empathy is the real driver for the success of families, organizations and countries for that sake!

    The book is surely entertaining, but the narrator makes it boring! I tend to drift away because of the low tone consistent voice.

    I can surely relate to the content and do advise especially hard working managers that sometimes don't seem to understand where is the problem to read it. this is the missing link

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Zhu Xiao-Mei
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Zhu Xiao-Mei was three years old when she saw her first piano. Soon after, the child began to play, developing quickly into a prodigy who immersed herself in the work of such classical masters as Bach and Brahms. Her astonishing proficiency earned her a spot at the Beijing Conservatory at the tender age of 11, where she began laying the foundation for a promising career as a concert pianist. But in 1966, with the onset of the Cultural Revolution, life as she knew it ended abruptly.

    Vira says: "Music, Philosophy, and Life"
    "The True Meaning Of Grit"
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    Recently I have been learning about the meaning of GRIT. I think this novel embodies that word, yet not in the aggressive and forceful nature of GRIT as we would imagine it, rather by the quite persistent perseverance of that pianist.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3238)
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    (1917)
    Story
    (1946)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "So twisted I loved it!"
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    This novel is by far the most memorable I have ever read. Ayn Rand is surely a different author by all means and this novel is not for the close minded. Despite its excessive length, I enjoyed every day the turn of events and the interaction between the characters to the extent that it caused real mood swings for me!

    After reading the fountainhead, I don't think I'm the same person at least in the way I view people around me. Try it but be guarded with the length; you need to assign a lot of time for this listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Billion Dollar Lessons: Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paul B. Carroll, Chunka Mui
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
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    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    In the 1960s, IBM CEO Tom Watson called an executive into his office after his venture lost $10 million. The man assumed he was being fired. Watson told him, "Fired? Hell, I spent $10 million educating you. I just want to be sure you learned the right lessons." In Billion Dollar Lessons, Paul Carroll and Chunka Mui draw on research into more than 750 business failures to reveal the misguided tactics that mire companies over and over.

    Cynthia says: "Predictions are Hard - Especially about the Future"
    "Great lessons to learn"
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    This is surely one of the memorable books I have read. The analysis goes into different levels and tracks real lessons from these misfortunes. Although I would argue that some of the assumptions for losses were too simplified, I find it interesting and logical reasons that surely assist in the fall of these companies.

    A great read for the business minded and not to miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
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    (1572)
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    Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    Anaxamaxan says: "Good info, over-the-top narration"
    "The best thing I have ever read in my life!!"
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    I'm in operations all my life and have been involved in many sectors and my turnarounds. The rationale in this book is truly level 5 in every angle and corner. This book is more than explaining How to go from Good To Great. It is a message to each of us that you need to do everything with precision, dedication and thoughtfulness, even the parts that don't show up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Zeynep Ton
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Almost one in four American working adults has a job that pays less than a living wage. Conventional wisdom says that’s how the world has to work. Bad jobs with low wages, minimal benefits, little training, and chaotic schedules are the only way companies can keep costs down and prices low. If companies were to offer better jobs, customers would have to pay more or companies would have to make less. But in The Good Jobs Strategy, Zeynep Ton, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, makes the compelling case that even in low-cost settings, leaving employees behind - with bad jobs - is a choice, not a necessity.

    Sami says: "Great book and great knowledge"
    "Great book and great knowledge"
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    I loved this book all the way. When I read its reviews, when I started listening and when I finished it. As an operations professional, I cannot stress the amount of knowledge it added to me. The numerous examples provided are more than adequate to explain the theory behind.

    For me personally, my take on it would be the focus on retail business which is not my line. It would have been great if it tackled a number of disciplines, yet this is the focus of the book and it is meant to be like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (919)
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    (905)

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Jason says: "Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!"
    "Insight into our minds"
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    Best note I have: this book is brought in a forward, clear and simple method to the listener. It really provides a clear perspective into our minds. One thing I have to warn the reader and make very clear. Prof. Novella might put forward thoughts related to conspiracy theories such as 9/11 or human evolution as obvious fallacies which by its own merit contradicts his findings in the lectures. His arguments of 9/11 for example are BIASED towards his views that it wasn't staged so the whole argument is geared in that direction neglecting the full spectrum of arguments against. (Please note that I'm not with that argument as I don't have the full knowledge about the subject) It is an irony that he is acting against his own preachings.

    Finally, what makes this rather dangerous that fact that it is brought to us in a "scientific" and "logical" way so any argument against would be futile and stupid!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (639)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "Interesting"
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    The book is a must for people in sales, customer service and surely law enforcement. I believe the findings in the book need refinement as the assumptions are not based on real science rather than observations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (1669)
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    (1513)
    Story
    (1526)

    In BV Larson's "An Army of One" the Macros of the Star Force series invade from the skies, forcing a nanotized assassin into a deadly decision.

    Sami says: "Powerful scenario and smooth follow up"
    "Powerful scenario and smooth follow up"
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    Although I haven't read the series Star Force, I didn't find it difficult to follow with "Army of one". It is well written and I look forward to start listening to the series. Highly recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Carnegie
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
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    (48)
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    Andrew Carnegie was an immigrant, a poor boy who worked in a cotton mill, a man who amassed a great fortune as a steel baron and then became one of the most generous and influential philanthropists the world has ever known. His famous dictum, that he who dies rich dies disgraced, has inspired philanthropists and philanthropic enterprises for generations. During his own lifetime, he put his ideas into action by creating a family of organizations that continue to work toward improving the human condition.

    Sami says: "The narration ruined it!!"
    "The narration ruined it!!"
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    I was disappointed because the book is great and written in such simple, articulate and easy language, however the narration is horrible! It is the same tone all the way that eventually my mind drifts away and he doesn't finish the sentences right so one might find two different stories narrated as if they are one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1180)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "My wife's iPhone"
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    When my wife had her Nokia more than five years ago, whenever she needed to change her ringing tone, she would ask me to do it. The minute she got her first iPhone, she was all over it at so much ease and at that time I thought: "Gosh, the guy who invented that must be brilliant!!".

    This biography literally changed my life prospective and made me see so many things I never did! What can I say?! it made me a rebel and I'm no longer tolerant to pitiful mistakes. Steve is the pinnacle of self declaration and confidence. His management style is so effective it could turn around cultures of countries (not companies) in matter of years.

    This is beyond a must read for any person looking for what is missing from our life these days: passion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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