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yamir

Clearwater, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 8 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 102 titles in library
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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9849)
    Performance
    (9013)
    Story
    (9027)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    Cynthia says: "What a slog"
    "Reading this book was like being waterboarded"
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    It is so laborious to listen to. The writer just want to show off how many useless things she can describe in painful details. The story is barely visible through her pointless and lengthy descriptions. A total waste of money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (686)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "Good for the time when there were no TVs or HBO"
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    Very lengthy and tedious. Too many characters difficult to keep up. Narration is great. Not at all a book for anyone younger then 65years.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jonah Berger
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (698)

    Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral? Word of mouth makes products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. It's more influential than advertising and far more effective. Can you create word of mouth for your product or idea? According to Berger, you can. Whether you operate a neighborhood restaurant, a corporation with hundreds of employees, or are running for a local office for the first time, the steps that can help your product or idea become viral are the same.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "A Primer on Viral & Memorable Marketing"
    "Rehash from other books"
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    This book has very few Independent ideas. If you have read "Tipping Point" and "Switch". no need to buy this one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow's Success

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    Lots of books claim they can change your life. But how many actually teach you how to take the many small steps that lead to success each and every day of your life? Now in Today Matters, motivational teacher and best-selling author John C. Maxwell shows you how to seize the day. In this hands-on and inspiring guide he offers twelve daily practices to help you control your daily agenda, make time for people you love, and find success in your career.

    Mark says: "Pragmatic, Pithy and to the point"
    "Too didactic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There are no real actionable incites in the book. It talks a lot about faith and God. Not a Good leadership or self development book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Liker, Gary L. Convis
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (190)

    The missing link to long-term Lean success! Despite the fact that companies worldwide have adopted Lean production, none has sustained the same levels of excellence as Toyota. Why? Leadership. In The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, Jeffrey Liker and Gary L. Convis, a former executive V.P. and managing officer of Toyota, help executives and senior managers get employees to refocus their efforts - from simply performing their singular function to continuously improving in collaboration across the organization.

    Tamara says: "ONLY leaders should read, bean counters shouldn't"
    "Good listen"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is Toyota's story from one insider. So it is a singular point of view. But a very detailed point of view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3061)
    Performance
    (2219)
    Story
    (2228)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Jeff says: "Great for the stories."
    "Great book on Google"
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    The story is well written and chronicles in detail the rise of google. There are some really good insights on how things happen at google

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (321)

    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    Andrew says: "Worth it"
    "The very best"
    Overall

    if there is one book you need to buy on Audible if you are interested in British colonial historty, this would be it. By far the most detailed and riveting narration of Winston's life. This is better then best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (352)

    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Jeff says: "Not as good as his first but still great"
    "Too slow and boring"
    Overall

    Probably a fair book if you are passionate about knowing everything about Starbucks, but not of much use if you intend to learn anything about running a business or being an entrepreneur.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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