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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Great story mistold with large amounts of repetition, overly general statements, bland business lectures and story lines that start and stop. There were times when I had to look at the chapter I was listening to see if I had accidently replayed an older chapter. Dick has a line in the book where he says he waged war on sloppy work. This book was sloppy work, so this makes it even more disappointing. While Dick does give some details of his work, I wish he did more details and less general statements or repeating details over and over again rather than offer new ones. Still there are moments in the book that are important to know so I’m glad I listened to it –it just took some effort.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Most: How American Drive fought the UAW and the survival story from 2008-2009. Least: "Going from a five-cut, wet cut to two-cut, dry cut..." This may be the most repeated line in the book. Don't mind the details, but this seems to represent 90% of his technology advancement in the company based on the repetition.
What aspect of Pete Larkin’s performance would you have changed?
Pete did the best he could with the story he had.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I would see a movie about American Axle, but not one based on this book.
Any additional comments?
I wish I could have given this book five-stars. This great company deserved a better story.
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