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Jonny

Liverpool, United Kingdom | Member Since 2011

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  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
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    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"
    "Not an MBA, But A Damn Decent Experience."
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    If you're expecting this to be a substitute for an MBA course, you'll be disappointed, and rightly so. If, however, you are looking for an excellent summary of a great deal of critical business, psychology and marketing concepts, that any aspiring entrepreneur or successful business owner should know, then this is the audiobook to get your hands on.
    It's 13 hours, but i'll still be giving it another listen in a few months or so, a testament to it's quality. Highly recommended.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Branson
    • Narrated By Richard Branson
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    Business advice from the best in the business. Looking for advice in setting up your own company, improving your career prospects, or developing your leadership skills? Why not ask Richard Branson? In Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School, Richard distils and shares the wisdom and experience that have made him one of the world’s most recognised and respected entrepreneurs.

    Jonny says: "Very Repetitive."
    "Very Repetitive."
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    If you like other books by Richard Branson, you are likely to enjoy this, mainly because a lot of it is simply lifted from the others.

    The voice is that of Branson, which is a nice touch but overall probably not as valuable as one would hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Branson
    • Narrated By Adrian Mulraney
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    Overall
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    (91)
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    From its creation as a mail-order record company to the literal launch of Virgin Galactic, today Virgin is one of the premier ‘way-of-life’ brands in the world, trusted and enjoyed by many millions of people. In Business Stripped Bare, Sir Richard Branson shares the inside track on his life in business and reveals the incredible truth about his most risky, brilliant and audacious deals.

    Garrett says: "Eccentric read by an eccentric man."
    "Slightly bias, because I love Branson!"
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    Take this review with a pinch of salt as I happen to like all that Richard does, and that tends to cloud my judgement.

    As an entrepreneur, this book did what all his books do - motivate me, and make me ask some big questions. It acts as a reflection gatepost so I can get back to what really matters in my business.

    The voice is easy to listen to, the words gold, and apart from too much environmental hype towards the end it was an all round excellent read, or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Persuading, Convincing and Influencing Others

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
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    In this new book from the best-selling author of Drive, Dan Pink explores the ways in which we can all improve our sales skills in every area of our lives and identifies the three personal qualities and four essential skills necessary to move people. Relying on science rather than platitudes and analysis instead of exhortation, Dan builds on his own sales experience and on the profiles of some of the world's best salespeople - and makes us look again at our own sales skills.

    Michael says: "The best of Pink's work thus far"
    "Really? A Best Seller?"
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    It may just be me, but it appears that everything is a New York Times bestseller these days. Most should not be.

    Dans book has a few helpful insights, and some of the research is interesting. However, it is in no way groundbreaking, and failed to impress me.

    I found the writing to be average, and the material to be only one step up from a series of blog posts.

    Basically, I was disappointed. It has been a long time since I have read a book that really blew my mind. And I read four to five of these type books every month.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Overall good, if a little repetitive"
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    I enjoyed the book, and you will too if you like the science behind the basic concept that "Exercise is good for the brain and body".

    Honestly, I have integrated a few tweaks to my daily routine based on some on the science, but be prepared for a fair amount of repetition and a decent chunk of industry acronyms that you are unlikely to ever remember, or use again.

    I'm not saying that it was a bad book, it just didn't blow me away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
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    Overall
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Good But Really Worth All The Praise?"
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    So considering the praise this book received I was expecting something very special. What I got, at least it appeared to me was a good book, but nothing that blew my mind.

    The story was unique and I did find myself being drawn in and attached to the characters though considering the market appeal this book appears to have I was somewhat let down. It finished a little abruptly and then sets everything up for the follow on series.

    I enjoyed it, but not enough to continue the saga and I honestly don't understand how it got so much acclaim.

    Just being honest.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
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    Overall
    (2391)
    Performance
    (1442)
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    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "Not All I Was Hoping For"
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    To be fair to Tony, I am impressed by then man and what he has done in business and with both LinkExchange and Zappos. I had high hopes for the book, perhaps too high.

    The story is interesting, though the narration is difficult to listen to. I understand the idea of being authentic and using the peoples real voices but sometimes it really is best to leave it to the experts.

    I found the story of Tony's life the most interesting part though the repetition of key beliefs and approached to business got a little tiring.

    Overall I just think I was expecting too much. I did enjoy it, though it didn't blow me away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "Good but forced"
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    I enjoyed the book. Some great inspiration and an inside look at Apple and Jobs. However, the writer tended to crowbar in his achievements and thinking in a way that appeared too forced when I really just wanted to hear about Jobs.

    Very much worth a listen though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jonah Berger
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
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    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (647)
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    Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral? Word of mouth makes products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. It's more influential than advertising and far more effective. Can you create word of mouth for your product or idea? According to Berger, you can. Whether you operate a neighborhood restaurant, a corporation with hundreds of employees, or are running for a local office for the first time, the steps that can help your product or idea become viral are the same.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "A Primer on Viral & Memorable Marketing"
    "An Excellent Listen"
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    Listening to this audible book I was in the process of finalising a viral product. Just hearing about business best practice with regards making a product contagious helped enhance and tweak some of the more viral hooks in this product before launch.

    Well worth the investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brad Feld, Amy Batchelor
    • Narrated By Brad Feld
    Overall
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    (11)
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    Entrepreneurs are always on the go, looking for the next "startup" challenge. And while they lead very intensely rewarding lives, time is always short and relationships are often long-distant and stressed. In Startup Life, Brad Feld - a Boulder, Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist - shares his own personal experiences with his wife, Amy, offering a series of rich insights into successfully leading a balanced life as a human being who wants to play as hard as he works and who wants to be as fulfilled in life and in work.

    Jonny says: "Very Enjoyable, Very Insightful"
    "Very Enjoyable, Very Insightful"
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    As a young entrepreneur just starting out in a serious relationship and being involved in both a new startup and an established business, I found the book quite insightful. I have given it to my better half as well, as sometimes she struggles with how I think and this book did a great job of explaining some of the quirks of living and being in a relationship with an entrepreneur.

    It also gave me some insights on areas I can focus on improving and making a conscious effort to address in order to honour my girlfriend.

    Very worthwhile listen in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
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    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "Very informing...Really enjoyed it."
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    An excellent introduction to how mathematics and geeks are slowly controlling everything. I found it to be fascinating to listen to and very helpful in how I structure my own business and investment strategies. Make me wish I paid more attention to my maths teacher in school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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