I'm an info-junkie, so when I'm not online or reading, I'm listening to a book or podcast.
Let's be honest: For a long time, most audio books have been a compromise--they're something you consume when you're too busy to sit down and read the book yourself.
Only rarely does an audiobook match up to the print version, let alone exceed it, even when it's read by its own author.
This is one of those times. I bought the print version over the holidays but it kept disappearing (people in my family kept nicking it). So I downloaded the audio and there was just no comparison--it's twice as good as the book. Print just does not do the material--nor it's charismatic author-- justice.
The premise of the book is as simple as it is powerful: Social networking platforms are creating unprecedented opportunities for anyone with the drive and the persistence to go after them.
And nobody can deliver the message better than "Garyvee". He's funny, inspiring and irrepressible.
And he has a terrible time "sticking to the script", as he puts it, which means the audiobook is chock-full of "bonus material" you won't find in the print version.
I think that, like me, a lot of people will end up buying both formats, using the book as a quick reference/refresher and the audio download for inspiration and motivation.
But if you have to choose, definitely get the audio book--you won't be disappointed!
If you like Gary, you will like this book. If you have never heard of the guy, I recommend you check out Wine Library TV.
Be aware. He is not the best reader in the world. He fumbles a bit, but I would not have wanted anyone else to narrate this book. It is his message and he was right to be the voice reading it.
An honest and spot on take on the way Gary sees opportunities in the rapidly changing environment the internet has created. Thanks, Gary for all that you give.
I'm a big fan of Gary V, but this book is now part of history of the Internet. 8 years have passed since this audiobook has been recorded, alot of the info, websites and apps he talks about are either updated, forgotten, don't exist anymore, irrelevant or replaced by other modern websites. Most of the things you learn in this book can easily be found anywhere with a simple Google search.
on top of that, Gary is extremely repetitive. he keeps repeating over and over again "follow your passion", "work hard". yes we get it, we understand. I know that for those who need that motivation, this is a good thing, but for those who already understand the concept of working hard for your passion, it just gets annoying to hear every few sentences the same thing over again.
Also, why does he tell us at the beginning of the book that "loving your family" is one of the 3 components to success? That's one of his own personal values, not a universal principle of success.
With all that being said, I think that if you are a noob, and have no idea how to get into branding and social media, this book is a great place to start, but then again you could just search the Gary V engine on his website and find all the info you need, or read one of his more recent books for up to date information.
In conclusion, I still think Gary is an awesome dude with so much value to offer, but this book is just a relic of ancient times.
in 2010, but there's still some relevant information though. specially the motivational part, basically he just wants you to stop learning by consuming material but rather learn by doing it instead
This book is AWESOME! Gary gives some Valuable information + also keeps it real in the process. This isn't one of the boring audio CD's that go over the same type of information that is always re-hashed.
This info is Valuable. He also talks about something for everyone. It doesn't matter if you like to do videos, write, or just talk. There's something for everybody. Everyone can CRUSH IT!
Thanks Gary for taking the time to put this together!
I actually bought the book and then had to buy the audio because I couldn't read fast enough. :)
Gary brings to you an unbelievable amount of positive energy that you can't help but to get involved and get in gear, or simply get out of the business. He tells it like it is with no sugar coating. When you're done listening you'll want to listen again and again. There's a lot of information, good information, and sometimes you may feel the same information you can read in other books, but this is brought to you in a way that you will want to take action and not just say it was a good read. There's a lot of extras in the audio version that you won't want to miss. It's very personable and it makes you feel he's talking to you in the same room. This book is for everyone who wants more out of life, and not just for business owners who's trying to get ahead. Thanks Gary for sharing your experiences.
Admittedly, this book started off like I was listening to a Gary V. podcast. I missed the "actor" sound of the common audiobook orator. But, how else could you listen to "CRUSH IT"? Once I got over my audiobook snobbery, the content of the book smacked up side the head.
Gary V. delivered only as he could, the simple truth of how to be happy and successful at the same time. Work hard, do what you love. work hard and then work even harder. It definitely gave me a jolt of reality and energy to pursue my passions.
this book needs to be listened to, rather than read. You can't get the passion from Gary V.'s voice without hearing Gary V. One piece of advice, though, don't drive and listen. His passion may cause you to swerve off the road on a couple of occasions.
I'd rate this book a 90.
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/reader is a deeply unagaging character, as filled with a sense of his own
Almost anyone would have been a better presenter than the gentleman chosen. His manic manner of speech was truly annoying and distracting in extremis. Whatever his day-to-day presentational style, when speaking to his regular listeners, I found him absurd, bording on offensive. He delivered every word - from pithy insight to chapter number (yes, literally) - with equal urgency of tone and insistence of volume: all as if denying paedophilia or confronting a war criminal.
This book is not the declarative work of genius the author might appear to think. That said, more than six years into running my own business, I did find a couple of interesting ideas at which I shall be looking.
The book is about some obnoxious guy with a lot to say about nothing... Rather go out there and make a difference by yourself. You don't need this.