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  • 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 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192

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

A must-read for anyone in IT or business

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

What I love about this book is that it doesn't just dump a "solution" on us (Agile, Lean, Kanban, DevOps and “The Three Ways”), but shows the problem first, in vivid, painful style, then works through a process of continual, incremental improvements, under the mentorship of the enigmatic Eric. The outcome for the Parts Unlimited team is compelling, to the least, providing what I think is the best argument yet for true digital transformation.

  • Band of Brothers

  • E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 396

Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets

  • By frank on 09-08-13

Excellent, apart from the English accents

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

Reviewed: 31-05-16

I found this book to be excellent in content. It contains quite a bit more detail than the HBO series. What was disappointing, though, was the English accents. The narrator puts on a hammy, camp voice like Leslie Phillips, which sounds utterly farcical at best, and, at worst, disrespectful to the brave souls depicted. A real shame as the reading is otherwise great.

  • Anything You Want

  • 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
  • By: Derek Sivers
  • Narrated by: Derek Sivers
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 181

When anyone can start a business (when everyone is running their career like a business), it begs a question. This is your one chance at life, you can have anything you want, what is worth doing? Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own. They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won't make them happy. Anything You Want is a manifesto about living life, appreciating enough, and doing what matters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for the stories and fun all round

  • By Elephant908 on 08-09-11

Sivers is an inspiration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-16

Derek Sivers is a truly inspiring human being. If I were asked, "who springs to mind if you think of success," Derek is that man. This book contains the secrets of that success, and it's all surprisingly simple; all so easy to act upon. It's short, yet dense with insight. Humble, imaginative, honest and charming. Worth listening to again and again and again, especially as it's read so beautifully by the author himself.

  • The Art of Learning

  • An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
  • By: Josh Waitzkin
  • Narrated by: Josh Waitzkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

The Art of Learning takes listeners through Waitzkin's unique journey to excellence. He explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't ask for an autobiography

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-12-15

Deeply inspiring and thought provoking.

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

Reviewed: 24-12-14

Josh is not only a brilliant chess player and tai chi master but, as it turns out, an excellent writer (and reader) too. This book blends a gripping true story (not unlike The Karate Kid) but an inspiring guide for improving your own approach to learning. Great stuff. One of the best books I've read this year.

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