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  • Summary of Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée A. Mauborgne

  • Includes Analysis
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Blue Ocean Strategy is the 2015 update to the classic business strategy text of the same name originally published in 2005. The text offers a practical handbook to business students and entrepreneurs who wish to rise above the fray of the competition, become pioneers in previously uncharted market territory, and gain access to impressive growth opportunities and an untapped customer base.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good content, poor narration.

  • By Ryan Arnold on 12-05-17

Summary yes-but maybe too much of a summary

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

It is a good high level summary, but not enough detail. Was hoping for a little more.

  • Start

  • Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters
  • By: Jon Acuff
  • Narrated by: Jon Acuff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571

There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives listeners practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The overall ratings tell the Truth!

  • By Roberts Hunter on 09-05-14

Easy read. Love John’s style. Funny

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This was a fun book to listen to. I love John’s easy going style. Definitely inspiring as i try to find my own AWESOME!

  • Warren Buffett's Ground Rules

  • Words of Wisdom from the Partnership Letters of the World's Greatest Investor
  • By: Jeremy C. Miller
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Compiled for the first time, and with Buffett's permission, these letters spotlight his contrarian diversification strategy, his almost religious celebration of compounding interest, his preference for conservative rather than conventional decision making, and his goal and tactics for bettering market results by at least 10 percent annually. Demonstrating Buffett's intellectual rigor, they provide a framework to the craft of investing that had not existed before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fantastic

  • By Matthew on 08-18-16

Mostly good but excessively repetitive

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Not as instructive as i had hoped and the repetitive excerpts made it less enjoyable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Snowball

  • Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
  • By: Alice Schroeder
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 37 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,923

Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2,220 well-invested minutes!

  • By BogKid on 01-07-09

Fascinating story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-18

This book is fascinating and truly inspiring. The fact that he is so successful in spite of some major setbacks is amazing.

  • What is Knowledge?

  • A Crash-Course in Epistemology
  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

It is made clear what knowledge is and how we acquire it. It is also explained how we can have knowledge of the future, the past, the possible, the imperceptible, and the non-existent. The Gettier problem is solved, and it is proved that we have a prior knowledge, as well as knowledge of non-trivial but purely analytic truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb

  • By Grey on 09-08-17

Huh?

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-17

I was completely lost from the very first sentence. Not at all easy to follow. More confused than before listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Warrior Elite

  • The Forging of SEAL Class 228
  • By: Dick Couch
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world. What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for physical punishment, cold water, and days without sleep?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capturing an Essence of the SEAL-building Process

  • By Darren B on 10-03-12

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-17

The training described in this book is absolutely fascinating. Hard-core. I'm proud to be an American.

  • Permission Marketing

  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

Internet marketing pioneer Seth Godin says he wants to change the way almost everything is marketed today. Will you give him permission to show you the future? Listen to how you can turn strangers into friends and friends into customers with this groundbreaking new approach.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good concepts but outdated examples

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-10-11

Good concepts but outdated examples

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

Reviewed: 12-10-11

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. The concepts are good. However, the examples he uses are outdated. References to things like excite and the palm pilot leave me wishing the examples were more timely.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Divine Conspiracy

  • Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God
  • By: Dallas Willard
  • Narrated by: Dallas Willard
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34

In an era when many Christians consider Jesus a beloved but remote savior, Willard argues compellingly for the relevance of God to every aspect of our existence. Christians, Willard says, for the most part consider the primary function of Christianity to be admittance to heaven. But, as Willard clearly shows, a faith that guarantees a satisfactory afterlife, yet has absolutely no impact on life in the here and now, is nothing more than "consumer Christianity" and "bumper-sticker faith".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great advice about your Christian walk

  • By Ronald on 06-26-07

good content poorly read

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-11

It was a good book, but some authors should NOT read their own book. Dallas has an even tone/reading style that didn't capture and keep my attention. The writing style of the book was more like reading classic literature...not as clear or direct as I would have preferred.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself (2009 Edition)

  • By: Brian Fikkert
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Often done, rarely discussed - POVERTY RELIEF

  • By Adrian on 11-22-11

Not convincing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-11

Brian has some good ideas, but in my opinion he didn't present a very convincing argument for his premise. Jesus said if someone asks for something, then give it. He didn't say "find out if they have a family or church that can assist them first". Brian suggests we often hurt the poor when we give, but didnt back up his assertions with compelling evidence.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful