Saturday, December 12, 2009

Review: Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wess Roberts (Audiobook)

Discover the leadership secrets of the warrior who centuries ago shaped an aimless band of mercenary tribal nomads into the undisputed rulers of the ancient world-and who today offers timeless lessons in win-directed, take-charge management. Based on historical research-and filled with illuminating maxims-this essential guide offers the wisdom of a man who unified thousands, led the charge, kept the peace, picked his enemies wisely, and negotiated brilliantly-all the vital management principles that lead to success.

Listeners will learn:

Never to underestimate the power of an enemy to rise against you on another day

Never to give a Hun a reward that holds no personal value to yourself

Never to arbitrate, for it allows a third party to determine your destiny

Never to misuse power, for such action causes friction and rebellion in the tribe and nation, and much more.

This invaluable guide will help anyone manage people much more effectively.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets two stars. I'm not sure which was more boring - the material or the reader. This is a prime reason why authors should (almost) never read their own material. I think it would have been significantly less snooze worthy in the hands of a professional reader, because the choice of the author as a reader was just not good. He was just too, well, monotonous. The material itself may have been interesting, but I couldn't get past the reader's voice to truly assess it. The book is a short three discs, which is definitely a plus, but you have to struggle to stay awake and concentrate because of the trance that sets in from the reader's voice. I have to recommend skipping this one, unless you truly are looking for a business book to listen to on a drive or flight.

☆☆= Didn't Like It


Kristen howe said...

Hey Beth. I love your website. Nice set up. I don't blame you for having a bummer book to read. Sounds like a bad one to me. Cheer up!

Ryan G said...

The bad reader issue is one of the reasons I'm still not overly fond of audio books. I'm scared to death of being bored by what is probably a good book.

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