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  • On Grand Strategy

  • By: John Lewis Gaddis
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 465

For over 20 years, a select group of Yale undergraduates has been admitted into the year-long "Grand Strategy" seminar team-taught by John Lewis Gaddis and Paul Kennedy. Its purpose: to provide a grounding in strategic decision-making in the face of crisis to prepare future American leaders for important work. Now, John Lewis Gaddis has transposed the experience of that course into a wonderfully succinct, lucid and inspirational book, a view from the commanding heights of statesmanship across the landscape of world history from the ancient Greeks to Lincoln, and beyond.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but fails to offer real lessons.

  • By Zack on 07-04-18

Promising start

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

In the beginning it was good, then it turned into a series of lectures without a clear definition of what grand strategy is and what it entails. Last five minutes were good too.

It needs a better structure.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Leadership BS

  • Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time
  • By: Jeffrey Pfeffer
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

In Leadership BS Jeffrey Pfeffer shines a bright light on the leadership industry, showing why it's failing and how it might be remade. He sets the record straight on the oft-made prescriptions for leaders to be honest, authentic, and modest; tell the truth; build trust; and take care of others. By calling BS on so many of the stories and myths of leadership, he gives people a more scientific look at the evidence and better information to guide their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • you can handle the truth

  • By Victor Novikov on 09-28-18

Probably the best book ever written on leadership

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

I long felt cynical about leadership in general and was always sceptical about the stories of inspirational leaders. This book have provide me with evidence and data to back up my conclusions.

We need a new look at how leaders are taught.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Swan

  • The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,079

Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it in the end...I think.

  • By Judd Bagley on 05-27-09

Don't read this book it'll change how you view the world around you

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Nassim Taleb will show you the reality that you have never considered. So if you aren't ready, read "the secret" or some other nonsense like that,

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • HBR's 10 Must Reads on Making Smart Decisions

  • By: Ram Charan, Harvard Business Review, Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: James Edward Thomas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

If you listen to nothing else on decision making, you should at least hear these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you and your organization make better choices and avoid common traps.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • so that's what executives talk about

  • By judy on 06-19-16

Great Collection of Wisdom, Narration not so much

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Would you listen to HBR's 10 Must Reads on Making Smart Decisions again? Why?

Yes, the articles provide insight into decision making processes in organizations and lessons can be applied to personal challenges as well.

What did you like best about this story?

Daniel Kahneman's article "Before you make that big decision"

What didn’t you like about James Edward Thomas’s performance?

It's not so much his performance, as the planning of whole process. I.e. All articles have "aside" sections that summarize the ideas discussed. The narrator reads these without any forethought whatsoever. The page that he's one might have nothing to do with the aside bar, but the minute he finishes the paragraph, he starts reading the aside bar. Aside bars should be read after the concept has been introduced, maybe even at the end of a section. Needs better planning.

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

No

  • Warriors of the Storm

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,114

A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia, and East Anglia. King Alfred's son, Edward, and formidable daughter, Aethelflaed, rule the kingdoms. But all around, the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms' greatest warrior, controls Northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cornwell gets still better!

  • By NW on 01-19-16

Narrator is bad

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

Narrator bad at pronouncing names, kept on pronouncing Ragnar with gn sounding like gn in gnocchi

Annoying voice changes in the beginning

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers

  • By: Andrew R. Wilson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Andrew R. Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

From Napoleon's revolutionary campaigns to the way insurgency, terrorism, and nuclear weaponry have defined the nature of warfare in the 21st century, the results of military strategy have changed the course of history. These 24 thought-provoking lectures give you an inside look at both the content and historical context of the world's greatest war strategists. From the triremes and hoplites of ancient Greece to the Special Forces in 21st-century Afghanistan, strategy is the process by which political objectives are translated into military action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Introductory Overview of Strategic Concepts

  • By John H. Heitmuller on 08-08-13

Brought be back to my roots

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

Reviewed: 11-06-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anyone interesting in understanding the world today should listen to this course.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything

What does Professor Andrew R. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes, he is excellent at delivering the message