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  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,804

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Yes again another gripping story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Chain listened to the first two stories. Best download the next. Nice to have a brutish narration and his voices he does are very good. Highly recommended.

  • The Phoenix Project

  • A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of the Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An example of Audiobooks being better

  • By Matt Williams on 01-12-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

I couldn’t stop listening to it. I ended up doing housework just to be alone and listen to it. So simple and effective. If you want to see the power of dev ops read this book.

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  • Team of Teams

  • New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
  • By: General Stanley McChrystal, David Silverman, Tantum Collins, and others
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq in 2003, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. The allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment and training - but none of the enemy's speed and flexibility. McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom to create a 'team of teams' that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralised decision-making authority.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Relevance to the modern leader.

  • By Mr Matthew J Fry on 08-01-18

A slow start, but got better

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

Reviewed: 26-12-17

Initially I was wondering if I shouldn't have downloaded this title, but it had been recommended to me so I percavered and glad I did. Lots of stories how it can be achieved and lots of quotes I now use in my training, but little in the way of hands on how to advice. Still worth getting though.

  • Turn the Ship Around!

  • A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  • By: L. David Marquet
  • Narrated by: L. David Marquet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story of leadership at all levels

  • By Steven on 03-06-18

An inspiring story & advice on how to achieve it

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

Reviewed: 26-12-17

I loved this book. Hard listen as it has pockets of questions to ask your organisation to try to get similar results and I had to make lots of audio clips to come back to. Hard to when driving which is when i normally listen to audio books. Shame there is no companion PDF of these for easy reference.

Having said that it was very interesting and narrated well and I have already recommended this book to several people.

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup--practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Feels like they didn't edited the book for audio

  • By Omar on 12-06-17

Didn't really tell me anything

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

I got half way through and realised that while hearing about what had happened with his company I didn't feel I was learning anything.

  • Cure

  • A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body
  • By: Jo Marchant
  • Narrated by: Genevieve Swallow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

The field of mind-body medicine is plagued by wild claims that mislead patients and instil false hope. But as scientists in a range of fields uncover solid evidence that our minds influence our bodies quite profoundly, there is now great promise, too. Jo Marchant attempts to use scientific research to find out if alternative medicines work; if our thoughts, beliefs and emotions influence our physical health; and if we can train our brains to heal our bodies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content, terrible narration

  • By Gemma on 12-03-17

Great content but dodgy accents

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

Loved the content but the narrator attempted to do accents of the people being interviewed but they sucked at it and I found it annoying. However it didn't detract enough to let me get the learning.

  • The 4-Hour Work Week

  • By: Timothy Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint. Includes more than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what you might expect

  • By Colin on 24-01-16

I feel cheated

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

So I was thinking, well if we believe the hype the process is great and it couldn't do any harm to drink less. However (SPOILER ALERT) the book leads you through hours of listening to find out the author thinks you can not just cut down, it's all or nothing - which you only find out at the end.

Up until that point the book was okay - yes the author does take the long way around to push any point.

I couldn't recommend this book unless you want to completely give up. Does it work, well I don't know. IT does give food for thought, but not convinced it was a good use of my time.

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  • The Innovator's DNA

  • Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators
  • By: Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clay Christensen
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In The Innovator’s DNA, authors Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen ( The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution) build on what we know about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact. By identifying behaviors of the world’s best innovators the authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Gupster on 23-06-16

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 23-06-16

While not heavy on hands-on advice (although there is some, just not detailed) it's a very inspiring book to listen to.

It's a shame there isn't a PDF of the self assessment tool mentioned in one chapter.

  • The Explosive Child

  • A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
  • By: Dr. Ross W. Greene
  • Narrated by: Dr. Ross W. Greene
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren't attentionseeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren't passive, permissive disciplinarians. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great advice, for any parent. A must read!

  • By Mrs Kelsa Jane Richards on 12-01-19

Wonder what I'm missing

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

Reviewed: 18-04-16

As this is abridged I wonder what detail from the book we are missing. Is this enough to do what we need? It's a cheap audible title as it was q copy of the cd, do designed for two CDs clearly.

As for content it's okay but nothing radicle other similar tiles haven't covered.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No-Drama Discipline

  • The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
  • By: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears - without causing a scene. Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dry content for an audiobook

  • By M. Sheleg on 09-08-16

Challenged the way I thought about discipline

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

I admit I was sceptical when my wife suggested I read this. However it seems to make sense and it feels like it's making a difference with my son. If I think about it, there is commonality with some concepts and things I covered when doing a coaching course in the past.

Having now listened and seen improvements I'd recommend people try their approach.

Fyimthere is a useful crib sheet on their website that is useful to remember some of the techniques post listen.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful