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  • The Great Game of Business, Expanded and Updated

  • The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company
  • By: Jack Stack, Bo Burlingham
  • Narrated by: Jack Stack, Stephen Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

The Great Game of Business started a business revolution by introducing the world to open-book management, a new way of running a business that created unprecedented profit and employee engagement. The revised and updated edition of The Great Game of Business lays out an entirely different way of running a company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An update on a clap

  • By Richard Bagley on 08-04-15

Great concept - GGOP

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Couldn't put it down. Nothing like shared ownership interest in driving business success. Too bad that very few owners will take this bold step. Egos and brains that have been turned into cabbage by dogma will make sure of that. When a critical mass of businesses adopt this approach and share their stories, there should be more adoption. I look forward to that day.

  • Where Are the Customers' Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street

  • By: Fred Schwed Jr., Peter Arno
  • Narrated by: Mark Moseley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Humorous and entertaining, this book exposes the folly and hypocrisy of Wall Street. The title refers to a story about a visitor to New York who admired the yachts of the bankers and brokers. Naively, he asked where all the customers' yachts were? Of course, none of the customers could afford yachts, even though they dutifully followed the advice of their bankers and brokers. Full of wise contrarian advice and offering a true look at the world of investing, in which brokers get rich while their customers go broke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight

  • By NEEL KANASE on 07-13-15

must read a book for the ages

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

Brilliant. Timeless wisdom that has even served Warren Buffett. Anyone with any money invested in Wall street must read this

  • Tao of Charlie Munger

  • A Compilation of Quotes from Berkshire Hathaway's Vice Chairman on Life, Business, and the Pursuit of Wealth with Commentary by David Clark
  • By: David Clark
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1924 Charlie Munger studied mathematics at the University of Michigan, trained as a meteorologist at Cal Tech Pasadena while in the Army, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School without ever earning an undergraduate degree. Today, Munger is one of America's most successful investors, the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, and Warren Buffett's business partner for almost 40 years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too short!

  • By Walter Hopkins on 02-17-17

Munger wisdom

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

What did you love best about Tao of Charlie Munger?

Although I've heard most of these elsewhere, there is nothing stale in listening to them again. And again. Such is Munger's wisdom. I like the matter-of-fact way the narrator states these nuggets. "Number 132; :...."

Any additional comments?

Must read for Munger acolytes!

  • The Science of Energy

  • Resources and Power Explained
  • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549

To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Overview

  • By Amanda Gannon on 04-07-16

Energy - the biggest opportunity for humankind

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Where does The Science of Energy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the very best

What did you like best about this story?

How Professor Wysession keeps it simple. Example: A watt is lifting an apple for 1 meter in 1 second! The world is using 18 trillion watts. Throughout the book, he makes is really easy with explanations such as these. Also, the presentation of facts to support ideas is something all of us should do, all the time. Versus expressing mere opinion. Worse, opinions not supported by the facts!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend it to non-scientists. For some of us, it has been decades when we studied these things. We live in exciting times with the proliferation of natural, renewable energy sources. Iceland, for example is 100% renewable with it's vast geothermal energy potential. Iowa (MidAmerican) is harnessing wind and will be close to 100% wind in a few short years. This makes so much sense. Listening to this book made all of this come to life for me.

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  • Car Guys vs. Bean Counters

  • The Battle for the Soul of American Business
  • By: Bob Lutz
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars, and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz's philosophy. When Lutz got into the auto business in the early sixties, CEOs knew that if you captured the public's imagination with great cars, the money would follow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and self-involved.

  • By NYNM on 06-19-11

Making stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Would you listen to Car Guys vs. Bean Counters again? Why?

No, once is enough.

What did you like best about this story?

Bob Lutz's passion for cars came through. Also completely agree with him for pointing out the destructive hand of the "know-it-all-MBA" in America's large manufacturing businesses. In large part, publicly held businesses suffer from the stupidity that goes on because of the stifling dominance of bean-counting over other critically important activities of business. Launching new products for one. Knowing what the costs are is surely not more important that the activities that go into reducing it!! But ask anyone who is engaged in value adding work in industry, you will hear that this happens pervasively.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The saga of the American auto industry and GM in particular has to be one of the top few stories of a century! It was great to hear it from an insider. It made me sad to listen to it.

Any additional comments?

Bob Lutz comes across as one who blames "everyone else" for GM's travails. The Japanese, the US government, consumer ratings agencies, the media and on and on. Only towards the very end of the book does he acknowledge the many unforced errors that happened at GM. Wish he was more forthright earlier in the book. I also got the impression that Bob believes in managerial prowess as the primary lever of business success. We see this false idea expressed in the form of excessive CEO compensation in corporate America. There are no magician CEO's out there. Ironically, the world continues to learn about the magical power of an empowered workforce from the company which now occupies the pedestal that GM once sat on - Toyota! Leadership is a human trait, not a 6 foot person.

  • Business @ the Speed of Thought

  • Using a Digital Nervous System
  • By: Bill Gates (Founder, CEO, Microsoft)
  • Narrated by: Roger Steffens, Bill Gates
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71

Gates' Business @ the Speed of Thought is one of audible.com's most popular programs. This is one investment that will pay consistent dividends. Download it for your commute.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My one start vote reasoning.

  • By Scott on 12-08-04

Going digital

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Would you listen to Business @ the Speed of Thought again? Why?

No, I would not be able to listen again. Given that I rated it 5 stars that has to be puzzling. The reason is that nearly two decades have passed since the writing of this book and the bewildering progress of "digital" in our lives made it hard to listen to this "outdated" book. I somewhat expected to be bored. The only reason I picked this book to listen is that the vision that Bill Gates had is still playing out and is in an early inning of the game. There are lots of "cool" uses of digital information which are not productive; actually they are time robbers. Some have actually destroyed lives. For example, distracted driving because of texting! Bill Gates was exactly correct in pursuing productivity with Microsoft. Boring ideas are often the most lucrative ones, don't we know that now from Microsoft's success?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I needed many breaks from it.

Any additional comments?

I would like Bill Gates to write a sequel some day, perhaps a decade from now.