"Koontz used to be my favorite author. I had read most everything he'd written and enjoyed most everyone of them, some more than others. There is no question he is a true artist. His ability to paint pictures with words has always amazed me and in so far as this talent is concerned I continue to believe there is no one who does it better. Yet as for his latest, 77 Shadow Street, the problem (at least for me) is the picture he has chosen to paint is a hideous one, not at all to my liking. I managed to read through it but did not enjoy it at all."
"A very fascinating, extremely well written story which proves once again that truth is far stranger than fiction. Unquestionably, if this were a mere fictional account, critics would say it is far too unbelievable. It is a very easy read and a journey worth taking."
"This is a review of this audio CD version of the novel, not the novel itself. I am one of Lee Childs biggest fans. I love every book he has written and couldn't wait to get into this, his latest. Unfortunately, this time I made the decision to try an audio version rather than to read the book. Big mistake!! Dick Hill, the reader (recipient of all kinds of awards for his "golden voice") totally destroys it. As most professional readers he changes voices with each character, using his own voice for Reacher. That was bad enough, since no body talks that slow, certainly not Reacher. But when he gets to the beautiful woman sheriff Reacher meets, OMG! He makes her sound like a cackly old lady. I simply couldn't take it and had to quit listening before completing the 2nd of the 14 CD's. If you have a choice, buy the book and forego the convenience of listening. I wonder if Lee Child ever listened to this. If he had, I can't imagine he would have authorized its release!"
"This is probably the most mind-blowing book I have ever read. As New York Review of Books commented in it's original review of this book, "More mind-blowing than extraterrestrial spacecraft." If there was ever a book one would want to go back and re-read, not just once but even a second re-read, this has got to be the one. "This immaculately objective report will un-nerve even the most stalwart skeptic", wrote The Kirkus Reviews, and my own reading certainly confirmed the truth of this statement."
"What a marvelous item. It is much more than a book. It is working keyboard (batteries required)with keys that light up as they play that is built right into the book. Even used in very good condition, this interactive book retails for over $50. Every one of my children (I have 4), when between the ages of 4 and 8, have played and loved it. It even plays songs by itself."
"This was my first Iris Johansen novel and, to say the least, I was extremely disappointed. The only thing I liked about it is her photo; she is a very beautiful woman. I can only assume her earlier books were substantially better. I doubt I'll be finding out any time soon, howeever."
"I have read a substantial number of the nineteen books Baldacci has written (up to and including this one), and I must say, in the category of thrillers, this is his best one yet. I loved it. Although not essential, it helps a great deal (in order to have a full understanding of the characters, Shaw and Katie Jones, to first read Baldacci's The Whole Truth."
""W. Edwards Deming is to management what Benjamin Franklin was to the Republic -- a conscience, a guide, a prophet, an instigator. Here in one book is an incisive summary of his wisdom".-- Robert B. Reich, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, author of the Next American Frontier
"I'm proud to say I'm a disciple, and we at Ford are committed to his operating principles, particularly to the ethic of continuous improvement and the involvement of all employees", Donald E Petersen, former Chairman of the Board, Ford Motor Company was quoted as stating."
"This is certainly one of the best spy novels I've ever read. Although written in 1985 when circumstances, particularly as regards the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, were quite different, the reader can easily draw many parallels to current times."
"Connelly is a remarkable storyteller and I have never read a novel written by this author (and I've read a substantial number of them) that I didn't thouroughly enjoy. His Mickey Haller books are my favorite, speaking of which from my point of veiw this one is clearly his very best! I truly loved it."
""It's a fact--American business is in trouble. Nevertheless, certain companies are surviving and even thriving today, while so many around them are on the brink of disaster. Why?
Flexibilety, says Barbara Forisha-Kovach. Companies that know how to adapt their people to change are the ones with staying power. In this breakthrough book, the author takes what she's learned from working with such leading corporations as Michigan Bell Telephone, General Motors and Ford and presents you with a blueprint for creating -- or becoming part of -- the ideally flexible company. Step by step, she shows how the use of two basic kinds of structures in your organization -- pyramids and circles -- can lead to your company's success!
The Flexible Organization will give you a new perspective on the organizational framework -- and why its flexibility is so crucial to companies that want to thrive. From the exercises featured inside, you'll get a better understanding of how the various groups within your organization work...and how you can make them work even better.
Whatever rung of the corporate ladder you're on, The Flexible Organization shows how your company can prosper -- while so many others are failing.""
"I acquired this book new in the summer of 2009, but didn't get around to reading it (since the reviews by other members were only "lukewarm") until March of 2011. Once I finally did, however, was I surprised! I liked it a lot. From the outset I was drawn by the author's marvelous writing style. Magnetic is a good word to describe it. The layout of the book with the actual story interrupted thoughout by the historical description of the various items of antiquity along with correspondence of questinable rellevance, makes it somewhat difficult to follow at first, but once the reader comes to grip with the fact that the author apparently has a purpose for doing this, it becomes quite a bit easier. Overall, I'd have to say it was well worth sticking with -- a most enjoyable story."
"There are books that are hard to put down once begun and still others that are extremely hard to put down. Then there are those that one will do almost anything possible to avoid putting down. This is that kind of book."
"It is no wonder this was the best selling book in the year of its orininal publication, 2002. It takes a special author to choke me up and bring tears to my eyes, but Alice Sebold did it in this one many times over. A marvelous and unforgettable read!"
""Based on experiences with more than one hundred major corporations including General Motors, General Electric, IBM, AT&T, and Ford, this book is an extensive study of what to do about poor performance and how to do it. It develops patterns, prognoses, and solutions to inform managers how to effectively cope with and improve subordinates' por, slovenly, or otherwise unacceptable performance. The book covers the whole area of unsatisfactory performance, how real unsatisfactory performance is identified, how uncertainty can be eliminated, how marinal performers can be salvaged, motivation of unsatisfactory performers, and severance of unsalvageable people. This book is important because many managers do not know what can be done when an employee's peformance falls off or is not what it should be. This work is intended to help the manager when he needs to know what to do."
Having personally met and spent some three days in a workshop session with the author (about a year following publication of this book), during which Dr. Steinmetz presented me with a personally signed copy, I can honestly say this is one of the best resources I have ever found dealing with this important subject. It is a must read for every serious student and practitioner whose job success depends on getting work done through other people."