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.
I've been listening for an hour and so far it is a total BS. He is just saying business schools are bad. Why the hell does he think he can get my money and talk non-sense for an hour about why business schools are bad. Pure saturated and concentrated bullshit.
The book is solid as far as delivering business concepts. One thing that annoyed me was his premise that all of his readers believe in evolution - that we used to be animals and thus aren't designed to sit at a desk. Oops - I said "designed"...I mean...we haven't evolved to be able to sit at a desk yet :)
One or two references - no problem. However, the author hits it again and again and couple that with the fact that it was getting boring (it was the subject matter, not the performance), I shut it off about 1/2 way through the book.
If you want a crash course in business, the book is fine, however.
The author highlights a wide array of information for the business minded person than points you in the right direction if you would like to learn more about a particular subject.
I would definitely listen to this audiobook again, but for now I'm going to listen to as many books as I can.