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William F. McCann

Old Bridge, NJ USA
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  • Measure What Matters

  • How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs
  • By: John Doerr, Larry Page - foreword
  • Narrated by: John Doerr, full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513

In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that the Objectives and Key Results system has spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational, inspirational, entertaining, ~dry..

  • By James S. on 05-08-18

Solid advice based on ancedotal stories

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Here's what bugged me about this book ... the whole concept of the OKRs is based on Andy Grove's experience at Intel. But Intel's success was a marketing push that included now technology innovation ... their "success" arguably set the industry back for a decade.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,734
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,693

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Completely engrossing account

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I liked this book from the first words. it's a thorough and engaging story of fraud and corruption ... a perfect example of how not to run a company.

And I hope they throw Holmes in jail for a long time.

  • Origin Story

  • A Big History of Everything
  • By: David Christian
  • Narrated by: Jamie Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day - and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History", the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction into big history

  • By Diana on 08-15-18

Interesting but boring

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

is that an oxymoron? This book is a great introduction to the current thinking regarding creation of the universe and evolution of man. that said, it's pretty dry and a bit boring to listen to.

26 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,830

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Gripping thriller.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I liked this book, but I didn't love it. Like a lot of fiction, I found the story hard to believe. And I was a little disappointed in the end ... I kind of wish that the protagonist turned out to be evil or sinister. Anyway, it's probably the best fiction I have read since The Martian.

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,701
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,357

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

Well told but then who cares?

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I listened to this book because I got it free. it's a well written and engaging story. But it's also about a horse and sport that seem completely unimportant. The author does his best to add drama and significance, but that falls flat. it feels as though the memories of the triple crown were better than the actual thing. I lived through it after all and it wasn't all that exciting.

  • Forged in Crisis

  • The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
  • By: Nancy Koehn
  • Narrated by: Nancy Koehn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

An enthralling historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights that will be of interest to a wide range of listeners - including those in government, business, education, and the arts - Forged in Crisis, by celebrated Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, spotlights five masters of crisis: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, President Abraham Lincoln, legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and environmental crusader Rachel Carson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Great Stories

  • By Researcher on 01-14-18

Kind of falls flat

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I was really disappointed with this book. Each profile reads like an undergraduate research paper. The leadership lessons seem artificially tied together. In fact this isn't a leadership book at all, it's more like five Wikipedia articles put together in book form.

  • Everything Happens for a Reason

  • And Other Lies I've Loved
  • By: Kate Bowler
  • Narrated by: Kate Bowler
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God's disapproval. At 35, everything in her life seems to point toward "blessing". She is thriving in her job, married to her high school sweetheart, and loves life with her newborn son. Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptionally human

  • By Rachel L. Stewart on 02-13-18

it's an inspiring story

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

it's an inspiring story, if you can get past all the Prospect Gospel nonsense. Actually, just jump to the final very short chapters; read them repeatedly until you absorb her advice ... all the truly important lessons are there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,987
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,990

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

This story is unsettling

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

So I listened to this immediately following "The Man From the Train". in that book many people are accused of crimes committed by a serial axe murderer. And many of those are executed or lynched. So here is West Cork and another murder and another man accused. And after hearing the entire account I really have no idea if the man committed the crime. It's an engaging story but leaves the reader ultimately unfulfilled.

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,716

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read

  • By Mike Kircher on 01-12-12

Interesting topic, but the reader out me to sleep.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Buehler, Buehler, Buehler. Nonfiction is often very dry, so it's up to the reader to keep it engaging. I thought this book was very interesting, but the reader almost killed it. I saw Kahneman's Ted Talk and he is a pretty dynamic speaker. it's too bad he didn't narrate his own book.

  • Helter Skelter

  • The True Story of the Manson Murders
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,578

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I remembered about the case was wrong..

  • By karen on 06-22-12

This is riveting

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

This is a well told and well read story of the Manson family that is just as relevant today as it was when the crimes were fresh.