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Matthew

Nicholasville, KY, United States
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  • Understanding Michael Porter

  • The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy
  • By: Joan Magretta
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

Michael Porter’s groundbreaking ideas on competition and strategy have unfolded over three decades and are spread across a dauntingly long list of publications. Every manager can name individual pieces of his work - competitive advantage, the value chain, five forces - but no one, not even Porter himself, has put the entire puzzle together to reveal it as an integrated whole. This lucid, concise audiobook does just that. This book provides an engaging summary of Porter’s ideas and an invaluable synthesis of this important body of work....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clearer Than The Original

  • By Douglas C. Bates on 07-06-12

Erik Synnestvedt

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Why do publishers keep hiring Erik Synnestvedt? His reviews are universally negative so why is he still reading books for Audible? He's ruining excellent books like this. Text-to-speech is getting really good. Audible's competitive advantage is excellent narrators. Bad narrators can easily be replaced with text-to-speech and erode any competitive advantage that Audible has. Please invest in good narrators.

  • Ninja Innovation

  • The Killer Strategies of Successful Businesses
  • By: Gary Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

In Ninja Innovation, Gary Shapiro, the head of the Consumer Electronics Association, answers the universal question - What leads to success? - revealing how everyone can use the ninja way to create a killer strategy that will help them achieve their own goals. "Ninja Innovation" is his ultimate how-to for envisioning, executing, and maintaining a successful innovation-based strategy like those utilized in the technology world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No Killer Strategies Here

  • By Matthew on 06-10-14

No Killer Strategies Here

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-14

I have to agree with what another reviewer (Juarez) said here, the book meanders in so many directions that it's difficult really understand what the book is about. I made it to chapter 9 before decided that the book is more of an autobiography of Gary Shapiro's admitted very cool life. If you want to hear about Shapiro's interactions with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs or testifying on Capitol Hill, then this is the book for you. However, There's not much innovation strategy here.

Check out anything by Clayton Christensen or even Drucker's classic, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Original Sinners

  • A New Interpretation of Genesis
  • By: John Coats
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In this vivid new interpretation of Genesis, former Episcopal priest John R. Coats looks at the ancient text and its characters in a new light, as stories about people whose day-to-day concerns, triumphs, and failures are not unlike our own. In fact, understanding the people and stories of Genesis can help you understand your own life, family, and colleagues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Personal View of Genesis

  • By Matthew on 08-15-13

A Personal View of Genesis

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-13

Whether you have never read Genesis or have it memorized, you owe it to yourself to look at it from a new perspective. The author brings Genesis to life by making it relevant, even contemporary, in a way that you just don't get in church. Coats helps us find common ground with Adam, with Cain, even with the serpent. The author's personal anecdotes make the obscure and arcane seem personal and accessible. My only gripe is that Coats can't decide if this book is about Genesis or himself. In many areas, the autobiographical distracts from an otherwise profound analysis. Despite that, I still highly recommend this book. You'll never read Genesis the same way again.

The narrator, Sean Runnette, was perfect. If only he narrated every Audible book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Particle at the End of the Universe

  • How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
  • By: Sean Carroll
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: The Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists has been found. In The Particle at the End of the Universe, Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer Sean Carroll takes readers behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A History of Modern Particle Physics

  • By Matthew on 12-22-12

A History of Modern Particle Physics

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-12

I kept waiting for Carroll to get the point and discuss the actual Higgs Boson but the book really walks around the topic. There is a brief breakdown of the complexities of particle physics around Chapter 2 but the author blows through the details like they are an afterthought. Most of the time is spent detailing the history of the Large Hadron Collider and the engineering details that went into making it happen. Fascinating but not the book I was looking for.

I'm going pick up a copy of 'Higgs Discovery' by Lisa Randall and see how that is.

36 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy

  • The Difference and Why It Matters
  • By: Richard P. Rumelt
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a school, or a government official. Richard Rumelt argues that the heart of a good strategy is insight - into the true nature of the situation, into the hidden power in a situation, and into an appropriate response. He shows you how insight can be cultivated with a wide variety of tools for guiding your own thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic framework for strategy + how to fail

  • By E. Smakman on 01-03-13

Strategy Defined, Finally

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-12

Runnette does the impossible in this book and makes a book on strategy interesting. It's amazing how stories and anecdotes can make all the difference. By highlighting some funny examples of bad strategy, good strategy becomes more and more obvious in contrast. Looking forward to future books from Runnette.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful