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Would you try another book written by James M. Russell or narrated by Christopher Ragland?
By the author, no
What could James M. Russell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
To give a 'Brief Guide to Business Classics' the 'Brief Guide..' treatment, allow me to summarise in the style of the author from the author's perspective:
Whilst my book's title indicates it to be an extremely useful and time-saving book, my lack of understanding about how best to approach the business genre and my desire to pick holes in the content and other authors dominates most summaries so as to make my book a near-pointless listen.
Add my douchey personality and opinions which have no objective value and nothing to do with the books I am writing about, and you get the picture.
I start off well but soon my summaries demonstrate that I do not understand rule #1 when reading business books - take what you need and leave the rest. Because of this I get carried away in finding any reason to summarise why the author's intentions may not be as virtuous as the messages of their books are, how cheesy or subjectively grating I find them, how unrealistic the claims are (e.g. a 4 hour work week, really? And 1 minute manager, are you insane?!), etc ad nauseum.
My douchery leads each successive summary to become more of a sarcastic rant than a summary, and many towards the end wouldn't give the listener a clue about what the book contained because my aim to take cheap shots and misrepresent is so overwhelming.
For example for the international best seller and actually useful book, The 4 Hour Work Week, instead of picking the valuable tips of which there are many to choose from, I instead remark how the following them would actually make you a lazy scrounger because you have outsourced everything and rely on other people to get things done.
In summary, I am a massive douche and have no respect for other authors in my genre who have had much more success than I will ever achieve, and continually remind you of this throughout by being a rude and petty commentator.
What character would you cut from A Brief Guide to Business Classics?