I love Larry and loved this book. Fans will be glad to hear he's narrating this one. If you like to be told things straight up, no holding back, with a "I'm here to kick butt and take no prisoners" attitude - this is the book for you. If you're the type who needs to be cuddled and spoken to gently, skip it. This is not an audio book for the precious, sensitive-types among us. If you're not familiar w/ Larry, listen to the sample to see if you like his tonality. He's blunt, sarcastic and sometimes a tad crude so be warned.
His common sense, take responsibility for yourself and act like a mature adult ideology is a perfect antidote for the seemingly overwhelming numbers of whiny, self-absorbed, lazy, "it's all about me" princesses (of both genders) that seem to have invaded the population over the past several years. If you're up to really evaluating yourself, your actions and your life in order to get where you want to go, I urge you to get this book, do ALL the exercises and follow through. I think it's time for all of us to "put on our big kid panties" and work towards a more positive, stable, productive tomorrow.
Now, since I believe Larry's title that people are idiots, I'll just wait to see how many reviews show up complaining about how mean and uncouth Larry is in this book and what a waste of a credit it was, even though they've had ample warning. :-)
It ranks high amongst the business books for its detailed information on entrepreneurship in general and the fashion industry in particular.
There was a very memorable moment when they discussed selling Juicy to Liz Claiborne, but not in a good way. They spent most of the book portraying themselves as fashion-obsessed airheads who couldn't be bothered to follow industry standards in most aspects, just sort of "doing their own thing" and, whaddaya know? It all worked just so AWESOMELY well; except for their warehouse staff. Apparently these employees were pretty much left to their own devices, as long as items shipped on time. Levy and Nash talked about how obscenely expensive their subscriptions to industry fashion mags were, but, dude, they NEEDED to see all the fashion shows. What a shame for their employees they decided they DIDN'T need to train their warehouse employees in up-to-date industry practices because when the people from Claiborne reviewed their process, they decided that none of the employees were worth keeping because they were so far behind current shipping technology it wasn't worth the money it would take to train them. Maybe if Levy and Nash had worried more about being responsible employers for their hundreds of employees and less about making sure they didn't miss pictures of a few designer lines, those jobs would have been saved.
They go out of their way to brag about how they made sure their clothes are all "Made in the Glamorous USA" as they claim their "Republican fathers" would have wanted; aside from the awkwardness of trying to insert irrelevant political commentary, they seem oblivious to the irony of patting themselves on the back for all the American jobs they created for the seamstresses making their clothes while their failure to make sure their employees received necessary training in warehouse procedures ended up costing many others their livelihoods.
The narrator sounds as if this is her first audio performance - starts off very awkwardly, but the flow does improve a few chapters in. What does NOT improve is her long list of mispronunciations - seriously, did NO ONE listen to this book before finalizing it? If you're narrating a book on the fashion industry, you should know how to pronounce Lagerfeld, Hermes and brocade, at the very least.
There was a lot of valuable information about the fashion industry, but I found it better to listen to an hour or two at a time in order to process the information before continuing on.
Definitely worth listening to, but take the "la-la-la-we're just silly girls who LOOOOOOVE clothes" shtick with a grain of salt.
As someone who has been forced to explore the limits of self-discipline when attempting to coax young nephews and cousins to sleep, hearing Jackson's imposing baritone voice reduced to imploring whimpers while he says all the things I ever wanted to say gave me a deep sense of delayed gratification and left a huge smile on my face. One thing - if listening at work, it's just not enough to use headphones - your coworkers will STILL hear you giggling like a fool as you listen - be warned.
I fully intend to send this to anyone I know that's expecting a baby - it's only fair to let them know what they're in for in a couple years.....
It's awesome to be able to picture Mr. Badass Motherf%$#er Jackson curled up in the fetal position on the floor, watching helplessly as the wide-awake toddler goes sprinting down the hallway to freedom....
Buy this. Seriously. Even if you never have kids, this is an instant mood-brightener.
This book has done something few books have done for me before - as soon as I had finished a chapter, I thought, "This was the best, most thought-provoking chapter in the book." Then as soon as I had finished the NEXT chapter, I thought the same thing.
The extent of the authors' research, clear and compelling explanations and real-world examples of the experiences they call "The Illusion of Memory", "The Illusion of Knowledge" and "The Illusion of Cause" has really made me stop and deliberately apply their criteria to many aspects of my life - my memories of events, news stories, urban legends, "expert studies" and the things people say to me, among others. If you're interested in being a student of the truth and having culturally imposed and evolution-based blinders stripped from your eyes, I can't imagine a better point of reference than this.
Dickens' masterful work comes vividly to life with Tim Curry's brilliant narration of "A Christmas Carol". I treat myself to this every year - waiting until after Thanksgiving to start listening, then usually listen 3-4 times before Christmas. A gift to myself that will never get old.
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