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Despite some negative reviews I read on other sites, I downloaded this book with lower expectations however this book turned into a nice little surprise.
At times, especially at the beginning, I found the author’s story-telling style a bit frustrating, specifically I found it lacking context and I struggled to understand. But once I got passed it (used to it?) this book was a thoroughly enjoyable ‘listen’. At times, I was laughing out loud at the author’s stories.
Although I have never worked as a consultant, I have worked with and hired them in my career and I found it easy to relate and understand the author’s stories as he poked fun at his industry – everything from his McKinsey interview (this was priceless) to his consultancy engagement with the tire manufacturer.
He pretty much confirmed my suspicions of consultants when defined “low-hanging fruit” as the things that the client could do themselves but are usually too lazy to do it on their own. He definitely nailed that one!
This is my first audio book narrated by Johnny Heller. He too has an interesting narrative style, sounding a bit old-school but his style worked well with this book and I am going to search out other titles that he narrates.
I recommend this book - not just to those who hire consultants or thinking about being a consultant but to anyone looking for a lighter entertaining ‘read’.
Please note that while the Audible release date is January 2012, this book was actually published (in print) in 2005, which makes it 7 years old now. As a result, the references the author makes in the book are at times, a bit dated.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Not what I expected, in terms of prose. but Marty seems to have done it.
What disappointed you about House of Lies?
TOOOOOO long, too tedious, too badly written
Would you ever listen to anything by Martin Kihn again?
Under no circumstances
How did the narrator detract from the book?
He was ok but not particularly good
What character would you cut from House of Lies?
Any additional comments?
Possibly the worst of the many Audible books I have bought