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  • Relentless

  • From Good to Great to Unstoppable
  • By: Tim S. Grover
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,051

Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Tim Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: You keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In "The Relentless 13", he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Philadelphia on 06-13-15

For sports players

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

The book seemed like an ad for sports players, with a lot of braggadocio on who the author helped (Michael Jordan, etc.), whereas I hoped it to be a motivational book that would be applicable in the work environment. Not what I was looking for.

  • Lean Six Sigma and Lean QuickStart Guides

  • By: ClydeBank Business
  • Narrated by: Lucy Vest
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

Lean. Total quality management. Process improvement. If you're in the business world, you've undoubtedly heard these terms - from your supervisor, from a client, or from someone talking shop in the breakroom. Don't get overwhelmed by the long books that simply have too much information and are impossible to follow. In the Lean QuickStart Guide, we will teach what you need to know to get up and running with lean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Summary of Lean Concepts

  • By Mark, the Amazon Customer on 04-19-16

Excellent Summary of Lean Concepts

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-16

Any additional comments?

This is an excellent summary of the Lean and Six Sigma (LSS) concepts. For those who are new to these ideas, it should give you a basic idea of the methodology involved.

It will not give you the knowledge to go out and immediately implement the LSS ideas. I don't know if any book would do that. But it will at least better familiarize you with what sort of things are focused on, as well as the terminology and framework behind LSS.

There is some repetition of key-points. Some people might not like that. But, if you're driving in your car and can't give the audio-book your full attention, it's nice, particularly when you think to yourself, "What did the author just say?" (and prepare to rewind). Or maybe that just happens to me? Also, I think that by repeating some key information, it helps with the memorization of these concepts.

In any case, you won't be a LSS Blackbelt when you're done listening to this audio-book. But this audio-book will certainly help you as you begin your journey into the concepts of continuous improvement, which starts with you and, ideally, results in significant improvements in the work place.

Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,894

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Hit-piece

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

Author seems to have grudge. Trash journalism. Disappointing. The guy isn't perfect -- and I don't know who is (including the author) -- but author seems iconoclastic, wanting to vilify Musk. I bet he wishes he didn't bother to take time out of his schedule to meet with her.

  • The Compound Effect

  • Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
  • By: Darren Hardy
  • Narrated by: Darren Hardy
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,870

Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of Success magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small actions repeated add up huge

  • By Jeff Currey on 06-19-15

Motivational

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Good ideas to succeed, through persistence and recording. If the program is properly followed, listener is likely to benefit.

  • Agile Project Management & Scrum QuickStart Guides

  • By: ClydeBank Business
  • Narrated by: Dave Barron
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83

The ultimate companion for professionals interested or involved in Agile and Scrum, this book will give you a holistic, well-balanced introduction to both subjects while discussing their integration and synergy!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a dry performance of a three hour infomercial

  • By kingkongkongming on 06-16-16

Good overall review of process

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-16

If you could sum up Agile Project Management & Scrum QuickStart Guides in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, Well-Researched, Intelligent

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agile Project Management & Scrum QuickStart Guides?

The book gives a good background and understanding of both the Scrum methodology and Agile, as well as their relationship to one another.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Scrum methodology seems to be gaining more widespread uses, and is now even used in some high schools, and had more of an interest in that. I also liked the book's focus on not only the benefits of Scrum/Agile to that of typical waterfall methodology, but problems that may be encountered. Such an understanding is obviously worthwhile to understand for those departments that decide to transition to these approaches.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really enjoyed listening to this book, which helped to reinforce concepts and improve my understanding of such. Great book.

Any additional comments?

Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 2 Second Lean

  • By: Paul A. Akers
  • Narrated by: Paul A Akers
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

2 Second Lean will flip your world right-side up. It's a practical way to improve your life every day by making a simple 2 second improvement. Join author, business expert, radio show host, and international speaker, Paul A. Akers, as he takes you on a LEAN journey that will transform every aspect your life... from your home to the office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just another flavor of the month

  • By Jon on 03-21-12

Inspiring, awesome ideas

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-16

What made the experience of listening to 2 Second Lean the most enjoyable?

Akers understanding of what it takes to promote lean concepts within the business environment is truly admirable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 2 Second Lean?

Realizing that the small improvements can make all the difference.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful lean book. Worth listening!

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,289

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

Awesome book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Would you listen to How to Win Friends & Influence People again? Why?

Despite when this book was first written (though it has been updated since), the author was truly a pioneer on understanding the human psyche. If his tenets are followed - and believed in - I truly feel that they can improve all sorts of relationships - from business to personal.

  • The Six Sigma Way

  • How GE, Motorola, and Other Top Companies are Honing Their Performance
  • By: Peter S. Pande, Robert P. Neuman, Roland R. Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: John Lescault
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78

Cost reduction, productivity improvement, customer retention, these are the promises of the Six Sigma quality management system. The Six Sigma Way reveals how GE, Motorola, and numerous other companies are successfully using Six Sigma to fine-tune products and processes, improve performance, and increase profits. Now you can learn the roadmap for implementing Six Sigma in your manufacturing or service organization.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a struggle

  • By Patrick on 04-01-07

Some interesting points but unimpressive

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Most of the book seemed pretty generic. It did provide some info worth listening to, so it wasn't a total waste, but much of it was pretty much general knowledge. The puns were annoying, certainly not amusing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful