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  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy

  • The Difference and Why It Matters
  • By: Richard P. Rumelt
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strategy Defined, Finally

  • By Matthew on 05-15-12

Might be a better digital read than listen

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

So I liked this ridiculously long, rich in example, lite in direction, work. I am confident that I can identify poor strategy now, and may be able to come up with a strategy if asked to aid in doing so. I will be honest though, I need to listen to this at least once more because I did not follow or catch everything.

I’m used to fantasy or science fiction in my Audio library, dialogue, voices, inflection, this had little of that. It, I admit, is a different genre but there are things I’d like to re read and it will be more difficult to do so and harder to highlight in an audio format. It also references itself quite a bit “covered in chapter “ I don’t care in an audio, covered later is all that needs to be said unless I should reference said topic now which is awkward in audio book format. I did enjoy the content enough that in a few years I will likely listen again, hours and hours on end, and may even take notes like a lecture which it reminded me of, oh college.

The speaker did a fine job, as was the content, hamstrung from inception I can only give this 3 asterisk.

  • Video Game Plotline Tester

  • Dark Herbalist Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Atamanov
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015

Would you be prepared to work for free? How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation 60-plus hours a week without a wage or a single day off for the vague promise of some mysterious perks in the distant future? You'd refuse point blank, wouldn't you? But what if the job in question was playing a state-of-the-art fantasy MMORPG game? And what if this was the only thing you're really good at? Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different and Good LitRPG

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-15-18

Great idea

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The story was cute and I enjoyed hearing goon immortalized in a book, or maybe goon got their name from this fiction. There are focuses in economics that the story seems to fail at and the game mechanics seem very punishingly ambiguous. I do not believe a game like this would have the pull to players that the story relies upon. I do think the politics of a gaming company are well thought out.

The reader did a fine job and made it sound very exciting for what would likely have need more akin to reading a spreadsheet of percentages at times. I do not hold the lackluster story against the reader, I do however hold it against the writer or translator; not knowing whom holds the responsibility, I say both get my blame.

All in all it is a great idea though I am left wanting.

  • Master Assassins

  • Fire Sacraments Series, Book 1
  • By: Robert V.S. Redick
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Kandri Hinjuman was never meant to be a soldier. His brother Mektu was never meant for this world. Rivals since childhood, they are drafted into a horrific war led by a madwoman-Prophet, and survive each day only by hiding their disbelief. Kandri is good at blending in, but Mektu is hopeless: impulsive, erratic - and certain that a demon is stalking him. Is this madness or a second sense? Either way, Kandri knows that Mektu's antics will land them both in early graves. But all bets are off when the brothers' simmering feud explodes into violence, and holy blood is spilled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Labor of Love

  • By ;) on 04-30-18

The ending

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

This is a five star book, if the ending was more definitive. I would have taken a few extra hours for more closure, instead I get to wait for hobbit book 2.

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,466

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

The only reason it wasn’t all 5’s was the conversational back and forth got a bit messy. Negotiations or three party conversations, I don’t want to get into spoilers, but sometimes the difference between a male vs female voice, and additional participants was tough. That said, THE voice was amazing and I knew as soon as we met dad because this guy is that good.

The discrepancies were addressed, or mentioned, in the afterward or I’d have knocked one on story also. History travel being what it is, and the story being in the United States’ “history,” it was still amazing.

Oh by the way, history travel, if you don’t care for it, do not read this book. It is one of the better versions of time travel I have ever heard, and some of the repercussions are not fully investigated in this book, but it was complete for what it is.

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  • God Touched

  • The Demon Accords, Book 1
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,411

Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Fantasy Where Good Kicks *%# and I Loved It

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-19-17

If Dresden was Dracula, this is Twilight

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

In the same vein that Twilight is the new Dracula, this book is the new Harry Dresden. More powerful than his predecessor, more reactionary than his predecessor, if Chris was a wizard and not just Superman he might provide an entertaining twist. The only twist is that he’s stronger than he ever thought. Munchkin is a better use of your time, unless you’re into twilight and vampire flirting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful