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Beggars Belief

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

Reviewed: 09-03-20

Having grown up in Belfast I found Say Nothing is a very compelling read. In lots of ways it helps to confirm what everybody might have already suspected, or known, about key figures in terrorist and politics in Ireland. In no way does this make it any more palatable. In fact, it makes it all the more sinister.
The revelations contained in the Boston College tapes inform a well woven story line that keeps you glued throughout the book. It is a chilling account that beggars belief. I found the final section particularly measured and enthralling.
No one in Northern Ireland escaped The Troubles, including those on both sides who felt justified or compelled to cause relentless mayhem. Many paid and are continuing to pay a very heavy price from the collateral damage the carnage caused. Unforgivable or simply the price of peace?

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-02-20

An enjoyable listen but, not what I needed. Not sure what I’ve actually learned. The no nonsense advice on how to come up with ideas is valuable. The main take away is to just go and write.

Men behaving badly

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

This audiobook is a short no holes barred account of an elite soldiers struggle to be the man he wants to be. The unnecessary scrapes he gets himself into are at odds with the professional training he received in the military. I found those stories less interesting than the valuable lessons learned from being a member of a team and eventually leading the team. I enjoyed the book and the advice imparted.

Finding value and meaning products and services

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-17

Where does Difference rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a terrific book that provides some very good business case studies to underline the point of Difference. Jima also provides a useful template to analyse your own business, services, and products, as well as others.

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Jiwa’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Well narrated

Chasing Your Dream

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

An interesting account of the relationship between a father and son as they aspire to qualify for the professional golf tour. It's about life sometimes getting in the way, sometimes clarifying the way, but ultimately relationships and resilience. I enjoyed it more because my 16 year old son is a low handicap golfer with his own dream. If golf isn't your thing, the last third of the book, a blow by blow account of competitive rounds of golf, may be a bit tedious. Overall, I connected with a father wanting more than anything that his son could one day reach his goal. It's was a great listen.

The apparent myth of the skills gap

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

Would you listen to Why Good People Can't Get Jobs again? Why?

Yes. Terrific insight.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Good People Can't Get Jobs?

The book made me think more about why young graduates need to look for jobs with companies that will invest in them through CPD programmes. Companies need to see the dividend in employee CPD training, even if only plan to employ those staff for short fixed term contracts. Do employees today want the same job for life? Do employers want the same employees for life? No they don't. So how do employers and employees create a win win? Listen to this book and find out.

What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The book is a good listen on your daily commute.

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

This is not a funny book, more a useful reality check.

Any additional comments?

Great listen. I'll certainly look for more Peter Cappelli audiobooks.

Team work only works when you function as a team

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

Would you try another book written by Bob Nelson and Stephen Lundin or narrated by Dominic Hoffman?

Yes. This book was a gentle reminder to find value with colleagues through collaboration.

Would you recommend Ubuntu! to your friends? Why or why not?

Possibly

What aspect of Dominic Hoffman’s performance might you have changed?

The performance was good.

Do you think Ubuntu! needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. I could see how the authors could illustrate the Ubuntu philosophy through other applied scenarios.

Intermittently enthralling and funny

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

Reviewed: 28-04-17

Where does Mystery Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A bit of slow storyline that eventually gets going. Then you are intermittently hooked to find out what happens next. Frequently meandering. Frequently hilarious. I enjoyed this murder mystery and will look for more books in the series.

What other book might you compare Mystery Man to, and why?

Belfast Noir.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The hospital scene with the hypochondriac and the story of the once covered chocolate peanuts.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The emerging romance was engaging and very funny.

A great career development guide for all students

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

What did you like most about Not Your Parents' Workplace?

Tanner takes the listener on the highs and lows of his interesting career development journey. This is a no nonsense illustration about how his commitment, hard work and persistence eventually pays off. It is a terrific life lesson for all students, not just business and finance majors. Build your business network early. Create your own opportunity. Never give in.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Not Your Parents' Workplace?

Tanner provides accounts of having to work extremely long hours to contribute and survive. First as an intern, then through a series of different jobs, he learns why it is essential to stay the course. Any graduate coming out of university who thinks they are now owed a living should read, or listen, to this book. It's an important reality check for students looking for internships and employment.

Which character – as performed by Nathan Tanner – was your favourite?

This Tanner's career development story.

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

Admiration. I'll now use examples from this book in my professional practice lectures. I will recommend this book to all my students.

Any additional comments?

Shame you cannot access the end of chapter take aways and appendices as downloads with this Audible.com audiobook version. I'll have to write to Nathan Tanner to get them.

Possibly the most frustrating book ever!

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

Reviewed: 15-04-17

What would have made Frustration: Dealing with Anger and Irritation better?

This book is very low in quality. If you want a comprehensive list of frustrations, many of which I didn't even know were options, then this book might be for you.

Would you ever listen to anything by Christian Olsen again?

No. I should have known from the book cover that this was a very low budget production.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is particularly culpable in making this short book seem like an endurance test. The audio sounded like it was recorded in a bathroom. My frustration increased as I listened.

What character would you cut from Frustration: Dealing with Anger and Irritation?

The author and narrator.

Any additional comments?

Can I have my money back? I love Audible.com but, I fear I will never fully trust the book reviews section again. How anyone can award it any stars, never mind five, is just too unbelievable.

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