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Kirstine

Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom Member Since 2007
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  • "A bumper podcast"

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    These free, monthly podcasts are one of the extra good things about having an Audible subscription as you get interviews with authors and also first chapters read from a book or books enabling one to get a good indication if an author or particular book appeals. This particular podcast was a bumper edition. A feast of first chapters from classic books of recent decades with authors such as Saul Bellow, John Irving, Betty Freidland, Randy Shilts to name but a few. What I found so useful, as well as entertaining, was I was able to decide not only which authors' book I would look out for, but also those I didn't fancy.

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    Audible.co.uk Podcast 21: Paul Auster

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    Kirstine says: "A bumper podcast"
  • "Poignant and inspiring"

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    I found the interview with the author Michael Cox very poignant, knowing that he died not long after. I've read his The Meaning of Night and the sequel The Glass of Time with great enjoyment. Both are gripping books the latter even better than the former. Though the books are very long they are difficult to put down (or listen to now there are available as audio books). Fortunately, before he died, he knew what pleasure he had given many readers; and what better epitaph could a writer have than that his books give enjoyment. I'm sure that his legacy will persist and future generations of readers will be hooked as I was.

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    Audible.co.uk Podcast 20: Michael Cox

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    This month we feature an interview with Michael Cox, author of the critically-acclaimed Victorian murder mysteries, The meaning of Night and its sequel, The Glass of Time.

    Kirstine says: "Poignant and inspiring"
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A Peek at M.J.'s Bookshelf

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M.J.'s greatest hits:
  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

    "Shoot the messenger"

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    This book takes an awfully long time to unpack a very simple idea - interesting, persuasive but excessively laboured and wordy. The worst part though is the choice of narrator. Grover Gardner is just plain unbearable, quacking away in a style that destroys the material. Shoot the messanger. Please!

Jim

Jim Twickenham, United Kingdom 27/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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  • "All of us are smarter than any of us"

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    Some readers seem to feel that Surowiecki stretches this idea further than it really deserves thus leading to some repetition or padding. It didn't feel that way to me. Using genuinely interesting examples the author makes a case for how and why the wisdom of crowds works before going on to clarify the conditions that differentiate this approach from a simple matter of asking a bunch of people what they think and averaging the results. In addition to being just long enough it's also well narrated although the production standards are poor; hence the dropped star. Ten minutes in I no longer noticed the slightly muffled delivery.

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    The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

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    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    Jim says: "All of us are smarter than any of us"

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  • 4.3 (48 ratings)
    Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround (






UNABRIDGED) by Louis V. Gerstner Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround

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    • By Louis V. Gerstner
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.

    Jacob says: "Really enjoyed it."
  • 4.3 (12 ratings)
    The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (






UNABRIDGED) by David C. Korten Narrated by Sandra Swafford

    The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

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    • By David C. Korten
    • Narrated By Sandra Swafford
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    David Korten argues that global corporate consolidation of power is but one manifestation of what he calls "Empire" ¿ the organization of society by hierarchies of dominance that have held sway for the past 5,000 years. Empire has always resulted in misery for the many and fortune for the few. Now it threatens the very future of humanity. The Great Turning traces the ancient roots of Empire and charts its long evolution from monarchies to the transnational institutions of the global economy.

    Vaughan says: "Very Very interesting"
  • 4.0 (44 ratings)
    The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few (






UNABRIDGED) by James Surowiecki Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    Jim says: "All of us are smarter than any of us"
  • 4.3 (36 ratings)
    Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message (






ABRIDGED) by Donald J. Trump, Robert T. Kiyosaki Narrated by John Dossett, Skipp Sudduth

    Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Donald J. Trump, Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By John Dossett, Skipp Sudduth
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    Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are both concerned. Their concern is that the rich are getting richer, but America is getting poorer. The entitlement mentality is epidemic, creating people who expect their country, employer, or family to take care of them. And like the polar ice caps, the middle class is disappearing. America is becoming a two-class society, and soon you will be either rich or poor. Trump and Kiyosaki want you to be rich.

    Neil says: "Scarey"
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  • 3.9 (29 ratings)
    Linked: The New Science of Networks (






UNABRIDGED) by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi Narrated by Henry Leyva

    Linked: The New Science of Networks

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    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
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    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Venice says: "So Good!"
  • 3.9 (11 ratings)
    Seeing What's Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change (






UNABRIDGED) by Clayton M. Christensen, Scott D. Anthony, Erik A. Roth Narrated by Joel Leffert

    Seeing What's Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen, Scott D. Anthony, Erik A. Roth
    • Narrated By Joel Leffert
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    Seeing What's Next is a framework for predicting industry winners and losers. Every day, individuals take action based on how they believe innovation will change industries. Yet these beliefs are largely based on guesswork and incomplete data, and can lead to costly errors in judgment. Internationally renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen and his research partners, Scott D. Anthony and Erik A. Roth, present this guide for predicting outcomes in the evolution of any industry.

  • 4.2 (11 ratings)
    Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires  by Brian Tracy Narrated by Brian Tracy

    Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires

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    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
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    Brian Tracy reveals the success secrets of millionaires who achieved their dreams. You'll learn how to increase your income, achieve your goals, eliminate your debts, and realize your full potential. Tracy presents motivational ideas and principles that are followed by provocative questions and action exercises to help you apply the secrets to create your own success.

    Costas says: "Great choice!"
  • 3.7 (30 ratings)
    Small is the New Big: And 193 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas (






ABRIDGED) by Seth Godin Narrated by Seth Godin

    Small is the New Big: And 193 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
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    Seth Godin, one of today's most influential business thinkers, writes best-selling books like Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars. And in between those annual books, he delivers a daily stream of ideas on one of the world's most popular blogs.

    Nick says: "Perfect when you need to boost your creativity"
  • Collective Genius (Harvard Business Review) (






UNABRIDGED) by Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, Kent Lineback Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Collective Genius (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, and others
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Linda A. Hill, a professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Greg Brandeau, head of technology at Pixar, Emily Truelove, a researcher and a PhD candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Kent Lineback, a manager and executive with over 25 years of experience, write about how smart leaders of innovation don't set a vision and motivate others to follow it; they create a community that is both willing and able to innovate.

  • Four Paths to Business Model Innovation (Harvard Business Review) (






UNABRIDGED) by Karan Girotra, Serguei Netessine Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Four Paths to Business Model Innovation (Harvard Business Review)

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    • By Karan Girotra, Serguei Netessine
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Karan Girotra, a professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD, and Serguei Netessine, a professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD, write about how the secret to success lies in who makes what decisions when and why.

  • HBR: The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage (






UNABRIDGED) by John Hamm, Harvard Business Review Narrated by Harvard Business Review

    HBR: The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage

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    • By John Hamm, Harvard Business Review
    • Narrated By Harvard Business Review
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    If you want to know why so many organizations sink into chaos, look no further than their leaders' mouths. Over and over, leaders present grand, overarching - yet fuzzy - notions of where they think the company is going. The result is often sloppy behavior and misalignment that can cost a company dearly. Effective communication is a leader's most critical tool for doing the essential job of leadership.

  • HBR: Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail (






UNABRIDGED) by John P. Kotter Narrated by Todd Mundt

    HBR: Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By John P. Kotter
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Businesses hoping to survive over the long term will have to remake themselves into better competitors at least once along the way. These efforts have gone under many banners: total quality management, reengineering, rightsizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds, to name a few. In almost every case, the goal has been to cope with a new, more challenging market by changing the way business is conducted. In this article, John Kotter outlines the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts.

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  • HBR: When Should a Leader Apologize - and When Not? (






UNABRIDGED) by Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Business Review Narrated by Harvard Business Review

    HBR: When Should a Leader Apologize - and When Not?

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    • By Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Business Review
    • Narrated By Harvard Business Review
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    When corporate leaders or the organizations they represent mess up, they face the difficult decision of whether to apologize publicly. A public apology is a risky move. It's highly political, and every word matters. Refusal to apologize can be smart, or it can be suicidal. Readiness to apologize can be seen as a sign of character or one of weakness. Because the stakes are so high, Barbara Kellerman says, leaders should not extend public apologies often or lightly.

  • Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround (






UNABRIDGED) by Louis V. Gerstner Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Louis V. Gerstner
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.

    Jacob says: "Really enjoyed it."
  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few (






UNABRIDGED) by James Surowiecki Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    (44)
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    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    Jim says: "All of us are smarter than any of us"
  • Small is the New Big: And 193 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas (






ABRIDGED) by Seth Godin Narrated by Seth Godin

    Small is the New Big: And 193 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
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    Seth Godin, one of today's most influential business thinkers, writes best-selling books like Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars. And in between those annual books, he delivers a daily stream of ideas on one of the world's most popular blogs.

    Nick says: "Perfect when you need to boost your creativity"
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  • The Telegraph: 30 Minutes with Jonathan Miller  by Jonathan Miller Narrated by Matthew Stadlen

    The Telegraph: 30 Minutes with Jonathan Miller

    • ORIGINAL (31 mins)
    • By Jonathan Miller
    • Narrated By Matthew Stadlen
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    In the sixth interview in The Telegraph's 30 Minute's with... audio interview series, Matthew Stadlen talks to Sir Jonathan Miller about his style of directing and updating operas and the significance of "sub-intentional actions". Sir Jonathan also talks about science, comedy, and his time spent with Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Peter Cook in Beyond the Fringe.

  • Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message (






ABRIDGED) by Donald J. Trump, Robert T. Kiyosaki Narrated by John Dossett, Skipp Sudduth

    Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Donald J. Trump, Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By John Dossett, Skipp Sudduth
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    Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are both concerned. Their concern is that the rich are getting richer, but America is getting poorer. The entitlement mentality is epidemic, creating people who expect their country, employer, or family to take care of them. And like the polar ice caps, the middle class is disappearing. America is becoming a two-class society, and soon you will be either rich or poor. Trump and Kiyosaki want you to be rich.

    Neil says: "Scarey"
  • New York Times Audio Digest, September 12, 2014  by The New York Times Narrated by The New York Times

    New York Times Audio Digest, September 12, 2014

    • HIGHLIGHTS (51 mins)
    • By The New York Times
    • Narrated By The New York Times
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    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

  • Wall Street Journal Morning Read, September 12, 2014  by The Wall Street Journal Narrated by The Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal Morning Read, September 12, 2014

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    • By The Wall Street Journal
    • Narrated By The Wall Street Journal
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    Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

  • Wall Street Journal Weekend Journal 09-12-2014  by The Wall Street Journal Narrated by The Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal Weekend Journal 09-12-2014

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  • Science News, September 13, 2014  by Society for Science & the Public Narrated by Mark Moran

    Science News, September 13, 2014

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    • By Society for Science & the Public
    • Narrated By Mark Moran
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    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Since its debut in 1922, Science News has been committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman would find interesting and easy to digest.

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  • New York Times Audio Digest, September 11, 2014  by The New York Times Narrated by The New York Times

    New York Times Audio Digest, September 11, 2014

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    • By The New York Times
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    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

  • Wall Street Journal Morning Read, September 11, 2014  by The Wall Street Journal Narrated by The Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal Morning Read, September 11, 2014

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    Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

  • New York Times Audio Digest, September 10, 2014  by The New York Times Narrated by The New York Times

    New York Times Audio Digest, September 10, 2014

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    • By The New York Times
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    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

  • The Danger from Within (Harvard Business Review) (






UNABRIDGED) by David M. Upton, Sadie Creese Narrated by Todd Mundt

    The Danger from Within (Harvard Business Review)

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    • By David M. Upton, Sadie Creese
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    David M. Upton, a professor at Oxford University's Said Business School, and Sadie Creese, a professor of cybersecurity at Oxford, write about how the biggest threat to your cybersecurity may be an employee or vendor.

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  • Wall Street Journal Morning Read, September 10, 2014  by The Wall Street Journal Narrated by The Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal Morning Read, September 10, 2014

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    Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

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