©1999 by William H. Gates, III, All Rights Reserved; (P)1999 by William H. Gates, III; ©1999 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
This is actually a good book and I always enjoy hearing Bill G. talk. The problem is that it's all circa 199X, and he's talking about the future which in many cases has already come and gone.
In 199X I would have given this *****
I'm really interested in the microsoft and bill gates story but this book is so slow and boring, i couldn't listen to more then 2-3 first chapters. a shame.
A lot of paragraphs and even chapters are skiped in the audio book as compared with the paper book. Reading is very good for listenning.
I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.
Bill Gates has provided us a book full of case studies showing how information technology can improve businesses in many different ways. It gives few insights on why benefits came, nor does it give guidelines on replicating the case studies in the reader's context.
I think the book would be great for business people trying to imagine how information technology may help their organisations. I suggest that before acting people look elsewhere for more guidance on what to actually do, such as Dr. Goldratt's ideas in 'Beyond the Goal'.
For me, a teacher and translator this audio is the best talk I have heard so far. Not so much on the business side, but on the cybernetical one. Mr Gates develops an excellent emphasis on technology and language with simplicity.
Not much new here, in fact it is a rehash of better read books like FutureShock and books written by Tom Peters'. The narration itself puts one in combat with the desire to nod off and the interspersed dialog from Bill himself adds little. Don't waste your time.
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