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  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,006
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,742
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,725

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

History of Nike in a personalized view

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

I am glad that I have read this book. It is quite amazing to see how a small import company evolved in to a sports empire.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,823

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

Great read

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

The author intertwines his vast knowledge to the changes that are happening. His insights are unique and very well thought out.

  • Poorly Made in China

  • An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game
  • By: Paul Midler
  • Narrated by: Paul Midler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating look at what "Made in China" means

  • By Praetor on 12-03-11

Biased intro to business in China

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

China is not a straightforward country to conduct business in. However, the anecdotes in this book were hard to resonate with. If you don't know the details about the product you are trying to manufacture in China or anywhere else in the world, you are prone to be influenced by manufacturers' misconduct. Interesting story though.

What bothered me the most was the narrator (no offense) Perhaps hiring a Chinese American or Chinese native would have been a better choice, since all the Chinese nouns in this book were read as if they were French.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond the Pale

  • The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • By: Ken Grossman
  • Narrated by: Jones Allen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Beyond the Pale chronicles Ken Grossman's journey from hobbyist homebrewer to owner of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of the most successful craft breweries in the United States. From youthful adventures to pioneering craft brewer, Ken Grossman shares the trials and tribulations of building a brewery that produces more than 800,000 barrels of beer a year while maintaining its commitment to using the finest ingredients available. Since Grossman founded Sierra Nevada in 1980, part of a growing beer revolution in America, critics have proclaimed his beer to be "among the best brewed anywhere in the world."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A love of beer, and friends and family with money

  • By jennifer on 10-21-17

Nice history about sierra nevada

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Ken Grossman founded Sierra Nevada and worked and learned about all aspects of his brewing business first hand. The entrepreneurship spirit is amazing.

  • 747

  • Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation
  • By: Joe Sutter
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies" - the Boeing 747 - as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its design and construction. Sutter's vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge and jet travel was still glamorous and new. With wit and warmth, he gives an insider's sense of the larger than life-size personalities - and the tensions - in the aeronautical world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a beautiful plane

  • By Jean on 10-18-13
  • 747
  • Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation
  • By: Joe Sutter
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer

Great read

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

This book was a very pleasant read. For those interested in airplanes, I would say this would be a nice starter.

  • Originals

  • How Non-Conformists Move the World
  • By: Adam Grant, Sheryl Sandberg - foreword
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Susan Denaker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,247

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation's most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals, he again addresses the challenge of improving the world but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read before listening

  • By Michael on 07-18-16

What is original?

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

Unfortunately I couldn't help but keep thinking what originality this book had. If you are looking for light reading material on latest research in management field, this book will work for you. Otherwise, I'm unsure in understanding what this book really wanted to deliver to its readers.

Some stories were horribly boring and dug out from the past that did not resonate.

  • Skunk Works

  • A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
  • By: Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,429

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Jean on 08-04-15

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

This book describes the inner workings of the famed skunk works team. The stories are so intriguing and I had great fun listening to this book.

  • Made to Stick

  • Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,566

Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better The Second Time

  • By Jeremy on 09-05-09

How to make it stick every time?

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

It is challenging to propose ways to make your idea stick. The authors showed ways that could work and of course it's up to you to apply it to your own situation. The ways were rather a random list devised from anecdotes and I'm unsure if it would be easy to apply.

  • How Music Got Free

  • The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy
  • By: Stephen Witt
  • Narrated by: Stephen Witt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. It's about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention, and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes music store.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A history of the MP3 and Online Music

  • By Pezzilla on 06-19-15

Good read

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

Reviewed: 12-26-15

This book would have been more enjoyable to listen with a professional narrator.

The storyline of the music executive did not blend well with the overall story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Think Like a Freak

  • The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,412

The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not much new

  • By Bobbie on 05-24-14

Not as interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

This series should have stopped at the previous one. Stories were bland and implications were not insightful.