Alan Partridge is my favourite comic character but this book is flabby. It has it's moments, but in reality the best moments are when we get get Alan's inside thoughts on the classic chat show episodes or re-hashed memories from the subsequent TV series. Nothing new in the book really rivals what we've had before.
The narration by the man himself is almost worth a fourth star.
This helped us pass an hour on a long car journey to Scotland. The story was enjoyed by the kids (ages 6, 8 and 10) although it required repeated explanations of some of the language - the fact they didn't understand what the carbuncle was was particularly tricky...
Great autobiography - his writing and narration is as lucid and fun as he is on the radio.
This is an early years story that takes us up to the time when he began to become a household name. Danny's outlook on life is refreshingly optimistic which makes this a hugely enjoyable, whimsical listen. I look forward to volume 2.
I hesitated before buying this book. The cover and title gave me a low expectation - the book way over delivered!
The 10 words are very well chosen and their power demonstrated through thoughtful and insightful reflections on Leahy's time at Tesco, his work outside Tesco or examples drawn from the wider world.
For me, highlights included the section on values, the section on turning decisions into action and the discussion around harnessing loyalty via the implementation of Clubcard. Also the section on Balance Scorecards is great for any organisation that uses or is considring using this techniue
The overall style is engaging and well complimented by the narration. I really enjoyed this.
This reminded me of Danial Kahneman's book 'Thinking Fast and Slow' - the chimp representing fast thinking and the human representing slow. Kahneman was slightly kinder on fast thinking however this book certainly helps harness the power of different thought processes very simply and succinctly.
I really liked the narration by the author. Peters is now so well known in this field that it added a lot to the power of the book to have his relaxed but forceful style narrating.
As other reviewers have said I found the planet metaphors slightly harder to grasp than the chimp/human relationship at the heart of the book. However, my overall impression was that this is a helpful book that will benefit almost anyone and I have been keen to recommend it to family and friends.
Brilliant telling of the facebook story and the definitive account of the early years of a phenomenon.
Slightly weak on the future prospects of the business and at times it feels a little distant from Zuckerburg as clearly many of the incites were not coming directly from him. Nevertheless a very enjoyable listen.
Makes a great companion piece to Stephen Levy's book on Google 'In the Plex'.
I don't normally listen to fiction audiobooks, I tend to read fiction and listen to non fiction.
This book was a brilliant exception. The story is obviously fabulous, the narration is excellent. This really is a first class audiobook and I can think of few better.
This is a really good book but incredibly long and at times the detail get in the way of the narrative. I also find the chronology skips about as different issues and projects are discussed which can be confusing.
That said, the story is engaging and well read. I didn't know much about the oil industry and this was an eye opening account of the power players. At its best this is riveting stuff.
We listened to this as a family while driving 8 hours to Scotland for Christmas. It made the miles pass quickly and made the kids put down Nintendo's for a change.
Really enjoyed it and will listen again in the future.
I didn't like the Americanism of this book and the 'self help' 'you can do it too' style. However, I knew to expect these things when I downloaded the book - the cover says it all - and therefore I can't really criticise.
If you can get around the Americanism then the actual content is really very solid and there are some genuinely useful nuggets of information. I have found myself going back over favourite sections, taking notes and then trying to implement the advice.
Overall, while this was not an overly enjoyable listen I can't really find fault with the quality of the content.
I really like Michael Lewis' writing. He has the ability to explain complex theories and strategies in simple engaging language. He turns real people and events into brilliant storylines which are enlightening and often fascinating. This book is no exception.
That said, I don't think I found baseball as engrossing a topic as those covered elsewhere by Lewis. People are correct that this book is not simply about baseball but clearly it has baseball at its heart.
If I was a baseball fan I would have given this 5 stars. My 4 star review is not really a fair reflection on the quality of writing, the quality of insight or the quality of the reading or production of this book - on all of those levels I found it excellent.
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