Yes, Josh Kaufman (author/narrator) has a way of keeping it livelier than the print version. (I listened to it at 1.3X speed, might be too slow at normal speed)
Many good parts, my favorites were the business idea evaluation methods and the bureaucratic breakdown and communication sections.
Rather quick overview of a lot of simple topics, some more complex than others. It was a good intro that pulls a lot of things together. can't replace an mba as author agrees as it requires a lot of personal learning which this book offers a good start.
I'd say it's in the low-middle. The author narrates and thus well understands his material. On the other hand, he's no voice actor and that costs him. I think Josh might have done a bit better to have practiced on some other materials for a few months to develop this skill. Voice acting is at least as hard as stage acting and much harder than routine public speaking or film/TV acting (because all you have to work with is your voice). The mistaken notion that it's as easy as reading your children a bedtime story is soundly disproven here. What confuses me is that ACX kind of showcases Josh as an author-narrator success story.
I love the content. There are so many ideas that I can't choose one.
Sincere, idiosyncratic, unpolished
No way. The delivery is encyclopedic and unsuited to my normal audiobook context: driving. It's more for sleepy time or perhaps quick, tip-of-the-day type listening at my desk.
Josh has the capacity to do this well--even professionally. I'd suggest he make an effort to do more acting work as well as radio interviews, podcasting, etc.. He also needs coaching from a spoken word accent and voice coach. I did such work in Korea, and I know firsthand how it can dramatically improve anyone's ability to speak with poise, engagement and polish.
I'm a personal trainer & a Registered Nurse. I own my own personal training studio, where I train a lot of clients w/ medical conditions :)
Great book and he does a good job keeping your attention. I personally really liked how he referenced a lot of other great books which I've read.
I love memoirs and books on personal triumphs and business. I like to learn, be inspired and relax while listening to my books.
Out of roughly 20 books on business that I have read I would easily say that The Personal MBA ranks in my top 5 books. Its a book I would listen to again, as well. However the book doesn't have completely groundbreaking ideas, nor does it proclaim to. It is a very solid compilation of lots of ideas from many very solid books. I would certainly recommend it.
Although I do appreciate all that I've learned from my actual MBA, I can't deny the value of the well organized nuggets Josh provides here. His voice is at times annoying, but not completely so.
Best book I have ever read regarding business and personal grow.
the whole book
Yes, only because is was narrated by Josh himself
To Brian Tracey's simpilfy your life
Journey to success
No. For those concepts that were new, I needed time to digest them, and since there are no notes supplied with the audio version, listening too quickly can mean you lose focus.
I think I remember others commenting about this, but skip the first chapter (about an hour). It's basically just the author telling you how MBAs suck, and you should follow his method. Not really sure what the purpose of this is since if you're already listening to/reading that chapter, then you've already paid for his book.
In general, it's a reasonable summary of a lot of concepts related to business and psychology. I'm sure MBAs are flawed - especially in the States where you need to go into so much debt to get one! - but this isn't comprehensive enough to replace one.
What it does do is give you a good idea of whether you'd actually like to take an MBA or not, whether it's an area that interests you or would just waste your time, and if all you need is an overview, then this is probably the book for you. There's plenty of extra reading material recommended throughout the book as well, so you can supplement your reading in those areas that interest you.