I consider "Good to Great" to be the gold standard of books on business and management. It is rigorous in its analysis, profound in its conclusions, and extremely useful as a "how to" guide. It is one of the few books that I periodically re-read for its wisdom. "Built to Last" was comparable, but not as relevant as a how-to guide. I was not expecting "How the Mighty Fall" to completely live up to the standards of its predecessors, but I was expecting more than it delivered. It seemed to me to be a re-hashing of the ideas of the earlier books, with no revolutionary new material. I suspect that it served to fill an obligation for a multi-book contract, while not requiring years of research as his books normally do.
I am looking forward to his next book, which sounds like a more extensive and original undertaking.
Although this was a fascinating audio book, I was left with a unsettling feeling about it. It was hard for me to put my finger on what bothered me about the book, but then I realized that it was the fact that the book puts getting noticed ahead of virtue. Although the author's instructions for using "triggers" including "power", "lust" and "vice" sound like they might be effective (see Miley Cyrus as evidence), I would prefer a guide to developing the better angels of our nature. (Check out "Now Discovering Your Strengths" for a more uplifting resource for unlocking your potential.)
That said, the author's narration was indeed captivating as you could almost see her pulling the levers of her seven triggers as she read.
Alas, I am sure that my relatively negative review will only serve to increase the "vice" appeal of the material and thereby trigger more purchases.
First, this is an awesome book--fantastic and important message. I highly recommend it in book (not audiobook) format. Unfortunately, the narrator sounded smug and arrogant, which dramatically decreases the effectiveness of the message, which really has to do with having a humble, servant-like attitude towards faith.
If the print format does not work for you, definitely get the audio format, you'll just have to try to overlook the narration..
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Applying its concepts allowed me to reduce my blood cholesterol levels to the point where my doctor agreed that taking cholesterol medication made no sense. Secondarily, I lost 15 pounds which I've kept off for a couple years, and view this as a permanent shift to lower weight.
The premise of the book is that many of the health problems we experience in the United States are due to the Western diet "(big surprise there!), but the author continues by spelling out an alternative. His alternative, a diet based on large quantities of fruits and vegetables, particularly leafy greens, is supported by numerous authoritative studies, such as the China study conducted by Cornell University.
If Americans would just take seriously the responsibility for their diet, and the degree of change necessary to shift to a truly healthy diet, we would begin making progress against many of health problems plaguing our nation.
If you, or love one, are suffering from type II diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, please listen to this book.
It is read by the author whose passion for this subject makes it a thoroughly entertaining listen.
I really tried listening to this book. I probably lasted 2 1/2 hours or so listening on a long drive, but I finally had to give up. This narration is so dry and mono-toned that I finally had to give up. My apologies to the author, because based on the reviews on Amazon, I'm sure this is a great book, but I may never know.
A very interesting biography that gives insight into how one of the world's wealthiest men got that way. It would have been a 5 star listen if it had been about half as long. I would definitely recommend, but listen at 3x speed.
I read and listen to a lot of business books, and intended for this to be more of a light, entertaining read. Although it was certainly entertaining, it also offers some amazing insights into what it takes to create the most valuable company in the world. I am not a big Steve Jobs or Apple fan, and am no more or less a fan after reading this, but it was a very fascinating, well written, and well read account. I think the author did a great job of capturing who Jobs was, blemishes and all.
I was thoroughly entertained, and highly recommend this audio book.
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