If the author provided any substance at all it might have been worthwhile.
self-serving worthless information
Total disappointment - this guy must love to hear himself talk
Not necessarily a bad book, but if you've done anything with marketing or web branding this will come off as very basic and obvious. It should have been called "Personal Branding for Idiots". I really got nothing new out of this book and it was quite painful to finish.
This is a book to listen to rather than read. As Gary admits in the book, he is not a writer. He "wrote" this book by recording it and having a ghost writer write it out. His character and passion come out beautifully in the audio version. Additionally, he has numerous riffs where he expands or updates what he wrote.
I am not looking to Crush It, but I do want to increase my impact in this world. Gary has motivated me to work harder and to push the envelope more.
This book is awesome. Anyone who wants to break free from their mundane work routines and get involved in the digital age taking their business or passion online and succeeding should get this.
Not only is it very informative the way it's read makes you want to listen to it. You know how most audio books are read straight off the script and tend to bore you so gotta rewind to listen to what you missed??? Well not this book
The Author of the book is the person reading it and I lost count of how many times he went off the script just to give you extra tips on what he is talking about. Very refreshing
It is excellent and worth every penny. Authenticity is what makes it work. Yes...he knows his stuff and give good practical advice...but he comes across as someone who genuinely cares about his readers/listeners doing well.
The author is obviously passionate about the topic, but I got tired of the high-school-teenager-style of writing. "Awesome!" "Crush it!" "Totally sick!" It wore on me.
But the reason for my low review isn't because of the author's verbage. It's because, like many business books, it just didn't leave me with any real insight as to how I can change my business to apply the ideas. The actual "how to do it" chapters were pretty old news to me. Get a blog, use this or that technology, what social media sites are best, etc. I'm looking for how to use those technologies better, with specific tips.... not what tools are best.
The one thing in the book that helped me and has stuck with me is the chapter on caring. Changed my perspective.
I don't think I would have bought this book if I could go back in time, but that's just my personal preference. I'm sure there are many thousands who find this book to be useful.
In my opinion, the best small business book ever written is "The E-Myth Revisited." I read that book and it completely changed my business.
I just wanted to say that I've listened to this book twice and I fully intend to listen to it again. It's not that the book has special, gamebreaking insight(though Gary does provide great insight) it's that Gary brings such passion to the book and the reading, that you cannot leave without being pumped.
THIS is how audiobooks should be. Gary frequently breaks away from reading to dive into side topics (which do actually add more value to buying this format) and conveys even more of how to realize your own passion and personal brand.
The book itself is a concise and effective volume that you will refer to for inspiration and to trigger action for years to come.
The audiobook has the Gary fairydust sprinkled all over it.
While perhaps not technically the best reader in the world, his enthusiasm and passion for what he is reading shines throughout.
If you do not own the book and have no idea who Gary V is, this is a great place to start.
If you do own the book and/or watch Wine TV, I honestly think there's enough extra in this audiobook to warrant the additional purchase.
The deviation from simply reading the book appealed the most to me. I hope other audiobook authors follow this example.
This is the first time I am writing a review and what better book to review than Crush it!
It is a great book and you should definitely read it especially in an economy where nothing is what it seems. Where people are losing their jobs or new grads cannot find work this books gives direction and most of all hope to its reader.
Most of it is common sense but then as the saying goes common sense is really not that common so we have people like Gary who dish it out to us on a silver platter.
Having said that Gary really does open your eyes and makes sense as to where and what we should do. He speaks about building your own brand which I have always believed in but most importantly he shows you how to sell it.
Gary dishes it out the best way he knows, with clean clear English and a no nonsense approach. I have read the ebook and also listened to the Audio Book. To be honest I prefer the Audio book as Gary usually moves away from the script and give additional advise.
Overall I give this a five star rating. So do get the Audio book it really is worth it.
Although the tactical actions in the book were not that relative to my current work (Product Manager in Rural sector), I could see some use for the core principles Gary speaks about, including 'Passion'.
The 'off the script' approach helps the book come to life, even if Gary does get a little too much at times!
Not a bad listen