Very disappointing book. Collins utterly fails in this book. His research seems shallow and conclusions too haphazardly made.
As if this weren't enough his narration is just terrible. Screaming, awkwardly pausing, slooo...wly reading each word at a time - all makes for a very painful listen. Sigh... what a disappointment.
As if this is not enough his book is filled with plugs for his next book! Sorry Mr. Collins, you aren't getting any more of my money or my time.
I thought the material in the book was adequate, but the narration just grated on me by the time the book was finished. I just do not believe a book on this topic needs a narrator providing a dramatic reading and sometimes literally yelling the words.
Some people might describe it as enthusiastic and emotional. I found it very distracting and unpleasant. Sometimes it is best if the author does not narrate the book. It is a business book, not a thriller.
Joy Hilado Sheikh
Goes into more detail than I would like, but still good info. The narrator speaks as if every other word has an exclamation point, so it's a little too explosive in my ear most times. His fluctuations are just too extreme. Good book, though!
I loved every minute of Good to Great, and loved every minute of this book just as much. I am a business junky, and live to learn, I always gain knowledge and hopefully some wisdom from Jim Collins.
Typical quality of Jim Collins. Although some people say that Jim over reacts when reading the book, I found it entertaining. It met my expectations even though it is a short book.
After "Good to Great", "Built to Last", and "Great by Choice" I had some high standards. Those books were worth reading and packed full of research. First, I don't know if "How the Mighty Fall" has stood the test of time in its conclusions. Second, this book seemed like something thrown together in a weekend. I wish I hadn't wasted my time.
Another great bit of research by Jim Collins and his team and very well presented using Jims' usual style of analogies and metaphors.
However, it is not up to the standards of Good to Great or Great by Choice. I've listened to his books in the wrong order and there is a deal of repetition from Good to Great and obviously Jim was deep into research data for Great by Choice when this was written.
Despite being the weakest book, it is still a great listen. You simply have to
love the work this guy does and his narration is full of energy and enthusiasm as usual.
Because of the repetition and this not being as good as his other books and the relatively steep price tag, I gave the story a 4 star rating instead of 5.
Overall this was a good book and great to listen to. Narration was great and story line examples were interesting. it passed the time but was nothing close to "Great by Choice" which was in my opinion a much greater book.