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  • Lean Six Sigma: Value Stream Mapping

  • Simplified Beginner's Guide to Eliminating Waste and Adding Value with Lean
  • By: Jerry Kershen
  • Narrated by: Pourya Rahbar
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

In Lean Six Sigma: Value Stream Mapping: Simplified Beginner's Guide to Eliminating Waste and Adding Value with Lean, you will learn exactly what you need to know in order to create more value, and waste less, which is what we're all after here isn't? Do you want to squeeze the best out of your budget and reduce cost, time spent, and your resources massively and efficiently? This guide will introduce you to the best system out there in an easy-to-understand and interactive manner.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I just paid for a sales pitch

  • By Marcus on 06-02-18

I just paid for a sales pitch

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I expected to learn about value stream mapping. this was just about selling six sigma, not teaching a methodology. I stopped half-way and skimmed through the rest in hope for content.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • DevOps for the Modern Enterprise

  • Winning Practices to Transform Legacy IT Organizations
  • By: Mirco Hering
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Many organizations are facing the uphill battle of modernizing their legacy IT infrastructure. Mirco Hering, a thought leader in managing IT within legacy organizations, lays out a road map to success for IT managers and tells them how to create the right ecosystem, how to empower people to bring their best to work every day, how to put the right technology in the driver's seat to propel their organization to success, and addresses the different challenges that legacy organizations face as they transform into modern IT departments.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great first chapter, but then it got weak

  • By Marcus on 05-15-18

great first chapter, but then it got weak

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

I really enjoyed the early chapter on batch sizes, but the rest didn't contribute much with actual advice that gets me closer to doing microservices.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Modern Economic Issues

  • By: Robert Whaples, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Whaples
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Gross domestic product. Health insurance. Soaring energy prices. Major economic issues dominate today's news, but how do these issues impact the average citizen? This primer in 21st-century economics for the non-economist surveys today's most urgent economic issues that affect both global events and our everyday lives.You'll learn what economics has to say about making the decisions - big or small - that affect our daily lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro, but outdated.

  • By J. Savage on 12-23-14

Great book about US economics

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-23-18

The book was great! Good narrator, and important issues. I miss the international perspective though, and important questions about the validity of capitalism was quickly breezed through. I was expecting a bit more on 0% growth, environment, politics, and ethics.

  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would

  • By Brady on 09-22-13

visual version really

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Reviewed: 03-09-17

the narrator forgets about the nonvisual audience halfway through, but still amazing! just hard to visualize that "strings will wiggle like that".

  • Nutrition Made Clear

  • By: Roberta H. Anding, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roberta H. Anding
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032

Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a side book

  • By Angela on 08-26-13

good for US

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-09-17

I enjoyed it! But the author only did non-metrics, and overall was too normative about the wives being the cooks.

on the positive side, it was informative and full of scientific findings.

  • Exploring Metaphysics

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Examine your existence in an incredible journey!

  • By Grant on 09-21-14

audible hopes you've enjoyed this program

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Reviewed: 05-30-16

not sure I enjoyed this program. who am I? do I exist? so many supercool thoughts after listening to this. as a developer, I can relate to the quantum weirdness that in my work is simply called side-effects.

so. just give it a listen and let your mind melt away!

  • Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

  • By: Eamonn Gearon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Gearon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

The Middle East is a critically important area of our world. And, with its current prominence in international affairs, media images of the Middle East reach us on a daily basis. Much media coverage, however, is incomplete at best, failing to take account of either the complexities or the historical background of this pivotal region. For most of us, the real story of the Middle East remains untold. What made this crucial geopolitical area what it is today?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an Israeli, I knew so little about my region.

  • By Daniel M. on 09-15-17

A story of wars and kings, but not the people

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-07-16

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Eamonn Gearon?

I think the author felt informed, so I could give another book a chance, but I do not agree on where the focus should be. For me, wars and kings are mostly products of its age and people. Muhammed felt like an exception, and there was a couple of more after that. But I would not stand a book with this kind of obsession of war.

What do you think your next listen will be?

My next listen after this was about particle physics.

Have you listened to any of Professor Eamonn Gearon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not.

What character would you cut from Turning Points in Middle Eastern History?

N/A.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to learn much more of the inventions, philosophers, turning points of everyday life. This kind of book is what made me not like history in school. The intro was tantalizing! The rest of the book had really good spots. But overall, I didn't learn that much.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Questions of Philosophy

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763

We have all pondered seemingly unanswerably but significant questions about our existence - the biggest of all being, "Why are we here?" Philosophy has developed over millennia to help us grapple with these essential intangibles. There is no better way to study the big questions in philosophy than to compare how the world's greatest minds have analyzed these questions, defined the terms, and then reasoned out potential solutions. Once you've compared the arguments, the final step is always deciding for yourself whether you find an explanation convincing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No easy answers, just easy questions

  • By Gary on 03-17-16

sorry but I enjoyed it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-16

This is a perfect book for understanding philosophy as a beginner.

it gets too heavy into the questions about god. but I guess its an american thing.

still, the book is light, comical, serious, and leaves me with more questions than before.

just terrific!

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Democracy Project

  • A History, a Crisis, a Movement
  • By: David Graeber
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution - from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we - average citizens - make change happen? David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes listeners on a journey through the idea of democracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must-read: such insight, an awakening!

  • By Kevin on 10-15-14

there's a something magic about this book.

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Reviewed: 12-31-15

I loved the book, but if I had to recap it, it would be hard. The book moves between history and the events of OWS and sums up some thoughts of possible future. I would love an entire book just going through the future of an anarchy world.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful