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  • Caesar

  • Life of a Colossus
  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822

Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caesar and his times

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-31-15

Hardly engaging

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

maybe I'm simply not the target audience of this book. But for somebody with a strong general interest, not history specific, this book didn't do it. Didn't make it halfway through.

In general, each book should value the time of its reader. It's author should intent to make it as short as possible without losing any information or storyline. I felt the opposite was done with this one. Filled with information potentially interesting for an academic audience but not for the general public. Makes it very hard to read and basically just very boring, to put it bluntly.

It does feel, from an academic perspective, the book is vey comprehensive. So for those audience I can see this being a great work. For the general reader I'd not recommend.

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  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,736

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long and drawn out

  • By Joel on 08-05-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

A collection of anecdotes (divided in chapters) with very little depth. It's not that the stories themselves were not entertaining. There was just very little morale and learnings to take away.

If you'd replace this book by an article about; "10 things to keep in mind for productivity" you could tackle all of the books content easily.

Would not recommend reading unless you enjoy anecdotal story telling and don't care too much about actual learning. This book is more 'entertainment' than anything else.

  • The Virgin Way

  • Everything I Know about Leadership
  • By: Richard Branson
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,994

While building the Virgin Group over 40 years, Richard Branson has never shied away from seemingly outlandish challenges that others (including his own colleagues on several occasions) considered sheer lunacy. He has taken on giants like British Airways and won, and monsters like Coca-Cola and lost. Now Branson gives an inside look at his strikingly different swashbuckling style of leadership.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiration, and nuggets of wisdom for anyone

  • By John R. on 05-08-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Not what I hoped. Didn't even finish which is something I seldom though.

Very little structure and super fluent advice. Would not recommend