After listening to so many good business and marketing books, this book was difficult for me to enjoy. The authors basically spit out old business one-liners and proverbs, and linked them together in a book. The tone of the book (partly the narrator?) seems arrogant and off-putting.
The "good advice" was already obvious. For example, "business meetings cost the salary of everyone in attendance." Yes, yes, I know ... this is in EVERY business book on audible. "Don't work hard, work smart!" Why didn't I think of that!?
I was hoping for something more original. It feels like a self-promotional book for their main business.
Fun little book. John Moore is an entertaining comedic fantasy writer. Reminds me of Pratchett, but a little less goofy. I thought Heroics for Beginners was funnier, but this was pretty great.
I enjoyed this book tremendously, just like all of the later Discworld books. Pratchett has always been my favorite comedic writer and I've fallen in love with most of his characters.
Raising Steam is a little different ... it jumped around a lot in the beginning (I wasn't sure who the main protagonist would be until it landed on Moist). The book also portrays the patrician differently (less decisive) and spreads the story over several years. Once it got up to speed, however, raising steam delivered !
I am praying that this isn't the final book ... but if it is, thank you Mr. Pratchett for the many hours you've filled my life. Your books are always amusing, but it is the serious bits that I find the most touching.
I agree with Rich. A lot of fluff and not much useful advice for the practicing eye doctor. I applaud Dr. Uglum for writing his half (there aren't many books on this subject) but Gerber's half was generic and not helpful. It almost felt like Gerber took his existing emyth book and pasted the word "optometrist" into it. Also, I've never read a book with as many dedications and shout-outs in my life ... seriously, the first 15 minutes of audio can be skipped.
The book doesn't cover the ethics of how Dr. Uglum hires other optometrists ... does he make them partners, or just use them to "duplicate" himself and keep them as employees forever? I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable doing that to others in my own profession, even though this is the "e-myth way." Finally, I wasn't wild about the Gerber sales pitches or the nutraceutical stuff. Other than all those negatives, a decent listen and both authors did a great job with narration.
Fun story. I think David Drummond does a great job with this read! Looking forward to the third book.
I thought David Drummond did a great job narrating this book ... in fact,his voice is what drew me to the series. I'm not sure what people want ... I can only assume the average reader of this genre is a little younger and prefer a younger-sounding author?
The story is simple, the characters not too deep. But still, a lot of fun. Reminds me of the series "march upcountry" by ringo and weber.
I am enjoying John Moore's books ... finished "Heroics" and "Unhandsome Prince." I didn't like this book quite as much and couldn't quite get around to finishing it.
Overall, however, great writer and I encourage you to explore his works for those gems!
Hilarious book. Reminds me a lot of Terry Pratchett's earlier work ... fun, light, and very witty. I'm going to start downloading the author's other books now. Hazaah!
I enjoyed this one ... good writing and great read. The biographical stories were fascinating and I found the switching of topics fascinating.
The only problem I had with this book, is that the underlying premise (that there are different stages of mastery) seemed lost at times. Also, there was a tendency to wax on and give different advice: for example, the author described the frantic energy and creative spark that deadlines can create for us ... then later describes that creative mastery should be done slowly.
Overall, though ... great read and great narrator. If you want to read something similar, try "Talent is Overated" ... this book has a similar message, similar biographies, but has a more focused premise (that all great performers required about 10k hours of concentrated practice to achieve greatness).
This was a good book ... but it doesn't seem to be an MBA book. There is one chapter on equations and metrics (I expected and wanted this) and then a ton of chapters covering basic marketing, social psychology, and self-help topics (not what I expected). Fortunately, Mr. Kaufman is a good writer and good reader. I may buy the paper version to find the cited books to delve deeper.
I finished this book yesterday ... and I can't tell you what the "three laws" are. Not much practical advice here other than examining what life path you are on. It's kind of like a Chicken Soup book. I did like their business examples, though ... they were unique and not the examples other authors keep rehashing (i.e. I'm getting tired of hearing about Zappos). Also, great reader!
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