I couldn't believe this book. It seemed like the author had a hidden camera into my life and my business. He knew everything about me! As he went through the stages of a new business, it was like as if he were telling my life story. His suggestions were timely and relevant. His methods were clear and easy to follow. I found this book to be particularly exciting and motivational. He reawakened the vitality in me that I had when I initially started my business. And most importantly, this book made me realize that my business ups and downs were not unique, and gave me hope that there was a way out. This is a perfect read for someone in the small, then big, then small again place in their business. However, I imagine it is relevant at any point in the growth of a small business. Hopefully you will read this book early so you can avoid some of the pitfalls he describes and I have already experienced. This is a MUST READ for any small business owner.
"Mao's Last Dancer" is wonderful! It captures the reader's interest from the first moments. The narrator (Paul English) is wonderful! I highly recommend this book for everyone.
I initially read the print copy of this book and enjoyed it immensely. I bought the audiobook so my family and I could listen together. Unfortunately, it left something to be desired. The narrator's inflections and pronunciations of words are often incorrect, and several times he gets mid-way through a long sentence and you can tell he loses the meaning of it -- he begins talking word by word by word by word and it doesn't flow, and he begins to trail off. Another thing is the amount of cursing that is used in the book. I don't remember that much cursing in the print copy of the book, but maybe it is just in the hearing of it that it stands out more. While I personally don't feel cursing is necessary except in very limited situations, the cursing in this book seemed particularly unnecessary.
Colors of the Mountain is a good read, but I recommend the print copy rather than the audiobook.
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