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Mike

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 78 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
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    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Christopher says: "A fascinating listen"
    "A concept that must be embraced"
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    What did you love best about FREE?

    Great insight into developing technology and how it effects business and marketing goods and services online (mostly). The business person breaking their bank and back for that million dollar invention may be surprised that they have to give that away for FREE to attract attention and sell something else.One business model discussed is a significant departure from the norm; keep development costs down and hope for a 5-10% paid capture rate. 90-95% of the free loaders bring in the small % of paying customers and that makes the venture work!It makes sense to me-Now excuse me while I go get rich-


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (463)

    In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance. He explains why true innovators focus on trust, remarkability, leadership, and stories that spread. And he makes a passionate argument for why you should be treating your work as art. Art is not a gene or a specific talent. It's an attitude, available to anyone who has a vision that others don't, and the guts to do something about it.

    Clay says: "Change the way you see work"
    "Worth getting it."
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    Would you listen to The Icarus Deception again? Why?

    I have bought about 3 Godin audios and like the content. Is it a life changer, no. He does a great job weaving in Icarus and flying too high and too low. Give it a try if you don't have a Godin book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Investing in Oil and Gas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mike May P.E.
    • Narrated By Dean Wendt
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    Part I - Oil and Gas Operations covers oil and gas operations in the field. It includes historical and structural geology, seismic surveying, drilling a well, well logging, completions, production methods, reservoir drive mechanisms, selling oil and natural gas, and workovers. Part II - Oil and Gas Business delves deeply into the business side of oil and gas investments. Part III - 150 Questions to Consider Before You Invest - provides over 150 specific questions to ask before you invest in an oil and gas deal.

    Brent says: "Fantastic Book on Oil & Gas Investing"
    "This is a SNOOZER"
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    What disappointed you about Investing in Oil and Gas?

    Was expecting a business description or "How To" book. This is great is you need someone to read a periodic table of the chemical composition of hydrocarbons. I knew I had made a mistake 3 chapters into it when for some unknown reason, this author thought it necessary to give a chemistry lesson.
    Unless you are looking for a doctoral dissertation on oil and gas, save your dough. The 150 questions to ask before investing couldnt had been written or delivered in a more dry fashion.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Billion is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America's Energy Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By T. Boone Pickens
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
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    From a businessman who is extraordinarily humble yet is considered one of the world's most visionary, The First Billion Is the Hardest is both a riveting account of a life spent pulling off improbable triumphs and a report back from the front of the global energy and natural-resource wars - of vital interest to anyone who has a stake in America's future.

    Eric says: "A Guide for a U.S. National Energy Policy."
    "Pickens Energy policy alone is worth it"
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    If you could sum up The First Billion is the Hardest in three words, what would they be?

    Great business story and his ups and downs. His energy policy outline makes all the sense and our dependence on foreign oil expands that catch phrase. Interesting that he mentions all presidential candidates refer to getting the US less dependent on foreign oil and never layout a plan. I was listening to this as Romney and Obama were doing just that! He has a really sound plan and should be appointed energy secretary of the US and get us moving in that direction. The US has real problems in the near future if something isn't done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Make Your Own Rules: A Renegade Guide to Unconventional Success

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Wayne Rogers, Josh Young
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Wayne Rogers has, over the past four decades, become an enormously successful entrepreneur and businessman - and in Make Your Own Rules he shows you how to retain your own identity and reap tremendous rewards in your career and business while doing so. Using fascinating examples from his wide array of experiences - all of which involved leaping into situations where he lacked the traditional background in a particular field - Rogers presents a clarion call to the creative-minded person who isn’t quite sure how to apply that creativity to the world of business.

    Rick says: "An Axe to Grind?"
    "Dont let the MASH actor as a biz guru scare u off!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Make Your Own Rules the most enjoyable?

    I glossed over this a few times in my wish list as I didn't want to hear an actor stumble around dishing business advise although I really like the title of the book. I gave in and bought it and it was good. I didnt know Rogers was such a varied and accomplished business success. That was a very pleasant surprise and the material was helpful.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Warrillow
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    A business parable about how to create a start-up that won't trap you when you want to sell it. According to John Warrillow, the number one mistake entrepreneurs make is to build a business that relies too heavily on them. Thus, when the time comes to sell, buyers aren't confident that the company-even if it's profitable-can stand on its own. To illustrate this, Warrillow introduces us to a fictional small business owner named Alex who is struggling to sell his advertising agency.

    M. Muin says: "Good content, Very bad narration"
    "Surprisingly informational with good tips"
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    What did you love best about Built to Sell?

    I wasn't sure I would like a fictional company story and tips weaved into this format. It went into good detail and the expert friend, Ted, had good and fairly complex tips. The fictional company was fairly realistic and I liked the part when the seller was fumbling over why he was selling to potential buyers.

    The narrator is a little pole smokey. I have heard him on one other audio book and his delivery is smarmy. The end of most of his sentences sound like questions. You might want to listen to the 5 min sample to make sure you can handle this narrator.

    The content is good for all level of business owners.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Henry Cloud
    • Narrated By Henry Cloud
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    While endings are a natural part of business and life, we often experience them with a sense of hesitation, sadness, resignation, or regret. But consultant, psychologist, and bestselling author Dr. Henry Cloud sees endings differently. He argues that our personal and professional lives can only improve to the degree that we can see endings as a necessary and strategic step to something better.

    Philade says: "A Good One"
    "Pull the band-aid off fast!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Necessary Endings to be better than the print version?

    2nd book I read by the author and the 1st one "Boundaries" was life changing. Big question I got was for a problem area of your life was "Is there any reason to expect your tomorrow to be any different than today?" If not, you need to make some changes. Bad Jobs, acquaintances, etc need to be run through the filter.
    I quit my job about 10 days after listening to the book but was teetering on quitting beforehand. I may try to hand out copies to business prospects b/c it is really powerful.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (220)
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    Every marketer tells a story. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche Cayenne is vastly superior to a $36,000 VW Touareg, which is virtually the same car. We believe that $225 Pumas will make our feet feel better, and look cooler, than $20 no-names...and believing it makes it true.

    Oscar says: "Just OK for me."
    "Worth the time for sure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the 3-4th Godin book I have listened to and gotten something from all of them. I liked this one b/c I push $1000 residential windows in the home. Most people do NOT want the facts, just a good story they can buy into. All marketers need a good story and I learned a lot about that consumers want to buy a story- sometimes any story.
    Get this one if you are in any type of sales.
    I have seen some comments that Godin has a bad reading style but I sure like it. Gotta go spin a yarn for someone...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (674)
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    (370)
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    What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last? Face it, the checklist of tired P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed - Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few - aren't working anymore.

    Sunny says: "Excellent"
    "Great listen in the car"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was my first book Godin book. Gets you thinking outside the margins. Great insights for a business I am pretty close to starting. If you are a worker bee and not an entrepreneur this will help you look for an industry where you are not fighting the low end of the market- building something a little cheaper and delivering minimum quality crap. Following the low risk option IS the most riskiest avenue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (374)
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    In an audiobook that challenges everything you thought you knew, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne assert that tomorrow's leading companies will succeed, not by battling their rivals for market share in the bloody "red ocean" of a shrinking profit pool, but by creating "blue oceans" of untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

    Robert says: "Get the actual book"
    "Good for new product development"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good for someone wanting to get out of the building something a little cheaper and to focus on untapped market segments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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