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  • Humble Inquiry

  • The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling
  • By: Edgar H. Schein
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

Communication is essential in a healthy organization. But all too often when we interact with people - especially those who report to us - we simply tell them what we think they need to know. This shuts them down. To generate bold new ideas, to avoid disastrous mistakes, to develop agility and flexibility, we need to practice Humble Inquiry. Ed Schein defines Humble Inquiry as "the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the read

  • By Jennifer Grant on 01-07-17

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I really wanted to like this book, but the author is actually going against what it is that he is teaching. If you are looking for a book that will help you become better at asking questions and that book that has examples of good questions to ask, this is not the one.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 154,289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 142,378
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142,225

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Too much cursing

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

Such an amazing story and great writing but this book was tainted with unnecessary cursing

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Five Temptations of a CEO

  • A Leadership Fable
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

Young, ambitious, and overwhelmed, Andrew O'Brien personifies a part of every leader as he wanders in search of the elusive silver bullet that will propel him to success. He happens upon an unlikely guide who distills the seemingly infinite list of leadership perils into the five temptations of a CEO. In an intense and often combative exchange, the two debate fundamental issues faced by all leaders, issues involving personal integrity and effectiveness in the ongoing struggle for success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, clear, and lasting

  • By Mark K on 03-23-15

Simple, clear, and lasting

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

What made the experience of listening to The Five Temptations of a CEO the most enjoyable?

this book is a lesson in the form of a story. It is a quick read, and contains countless "aha!" moments. I would highly recommend to anyone in managment or interested in forming a lasting business.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Authentic Leadership

  • Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value
  • By: Bill George
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

There can be no doubt about the credentials of Bill George, former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, who has been named one of Business Week's "Top 25 Managers". In Authentic Leadership, George lays out his plan for improving corporate America's flaws through responsible leadership.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, find a new narrator PLEASE!

  • By warant on 08-25-08

a braggart tone

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This was a great story. I can't imagine what the author went through to develop the life skills he teaches about. But over and over, I felt like the author was more interested in telling of the amazing things he's done than teaching a lasting lesson. The narrator sounds like he's narrating a car commercial the entire time as well. I really want to like this book, but the braggart tone is a contradiction to the reasons for authenticity that the author is trying to convey.

How could the performance have been better?

different narrator

Any additional comments?

I got a lot out of the book, but the words didn't hold value because I didn't feel like he was interested in teaching anything. He was interested in speaking on his greatness. This book doesn't know whether or not it wants to be an autobiography.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Moonwalking with Einstein

  • By: Joshua Foer
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,680

Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got the Ball Rolling

  • By Christopher on 03-17-11

fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

If you could sum up Moonwalking with Einstein in three words, what would they be?

This is an incredibly well written book. I for one took a lot from this and use these techniques in my daily life. My memory has improved by simply taking on a few simple changes that Joshua explains in the book. A must read!

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,166

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

really hard to get through

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you like a taciturn main character and a dreary, depressing plot, this one is for you. It was hard to get through. I didn't gain the artistic and enlightening point of view as others in the comments, but just got annoyed with the main character. Donna is a talented writer, but I felt like I was dragging an anchor to get through this book.