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100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them | [Emily Ross, Angus Holland]

100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them

This accessible and inspirational audiobook examines a diverse collection of business people and how they make their enterprises work.
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Publisher's Summary

This accessible and inspirational audiobook examines a diverse collection of business people and how they make their enterprises work. From risk-loving entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, through to the conservative creator of Liquid Paper, Bette Nesmith Graham, and Warren Buffett to driven individuals such as Manolo Blahnik, Enjo's Barb de Corti, and James Dyson, this book is a collection of true stories from around the world that offer inspiration, ideas, and lessons on the principles of successful business. Where better to look for business advice than from the world's best?

©2004 Emily Ross and Angus Holland; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    Seth New York, NY, USA 03-10-07
    Seth New York, NY, USA 03-10-07
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    "Annoying"

    The book is fairly interesting, though not hugely. They basically harvested stories from various magazines and books and such and give very short, non-in-depth stories. Very little light is shed on the reality of how hard it is to create a business. Worst of all, though, is the narrator's voice. It's not that he's British -- I'd have taken Ian McKellan any day -- but his voice, his intonation, his reading is bizarre. It's like he twists the words to see how strange he can make them sound, plays with inflections as though he's bored and looking for something to do/ Pardoxically, he makes everything seem profoundly, deeply important -- he speaks in a constant whisper-like intonation, as if to say, "now REALLY listen to this." As a result, it's impossible to tell what's actually important from what's just narrative. This is, I'm sure, not what the writers intended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Schaefer Arlington, Tx USA 05-23-06
    James Schaefer Arlington, Tx USA 05-23-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Grade: A- & F"

    The content is informative but leaves you wanting for more detail at times. However, for a book covering 100 companies I didn?t expect to much detail. I give content an A-. I have to give the audio an F on two very annoying points. First, the narrator reads a long list of names in the ?Acknowledgement? How boring. I suspect very few readers of hard copy books actually read verbatim acknowledgements. Second is the reading of reference ?notes? at the end of each section. I dread the conclusion of each section knowing that I?m going to have to be drug through the minutia. If I?m that curious about which newspaper article or book is referenced I?ll buy the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wally Charlotte, NC, USA 07-06-06
    Wally Charlotte, NC, USA 07-06-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Decent Content, Awful Reader"

    I must give this audio book two separate grades, one for content and one for the recording.

    The content gets a B. The broad scope is impressive, however this is a book that uses secondary sources almost entirely and doesn't seem to use multiple sources to verify content. I caught many questionable statements about US businesses I'm familiar with, which left me wondering about the reporting on British and Australian businesses that I know less well.

    The only writing quibble I have is that the authors mix US and British English. The front part of a car, for example, might be a "hood" in one place and a "bonnet" in another.

    The reading/recording gets an F- if there is such a thing. It was simply awful and insulting to boot. Here are a few of the things that got to me.

    There are multiple reading errors. A date is read as "1996" when context clearly indicates it should be "1966." American Machine and Foundry is called "American Foundry and Machine."

    The reader pronounces words that have become part of the English lexicon with their French pronunciation, e.g. "penchant" and "chagrin" and "St. Louis." No such treatment is given to words derived from other languages.

    The US state of Arkansas is not pronounced properly. Neither are many company names as if the reader did not bother to research them before sitting down at the microphone.

    Abbreviations such as Corp. and Inc. are read as if they are words.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Eagle Lake, MN, USA 12-20-08
    Douglas Eagle Lake, MN, USA 12-20-08
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    "Great Snapshots of businesses"

    This audio book provided some great snapshots of 100 businesses, although many are Australian businesses. The sequel book, 50 Great E-Businesses was even more interesting to me because I have an interest in technology businesses. The great value of these two books, is in discerning the similarities in the business stories presented.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vishal TallinnEstonia 09-20-06
    Vishal TallinnEstonia 09-20-06
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    "Shallow"

    This book covers upper layer information on 100 businesses. Good compilation of information published but lacks depth.

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    Keran MerrylandsAustralia 12-23-08
    Keran MerrylandsAustralia 12-23-08
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    "educational"

    I listened with interest about Australian business' that I know so well, but had no idea on their backgrounds. It is fascinating to hear the stories and see the strategies that have had resounding outcomes. Equally the companies that have failed when they were on the path of success, but failed to capitalise on critical opportunities. I listened to this with my very sick Mum, and we both got a lot out of it. We also enjoyed the overseas content as most of the brands are also know in Australia, Easy to listen to and very pleasant narrator

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Isabel ParisFrance 09-25-07
    Isabel ParisFrance 09-25-07
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    "Interesting"

    A superficial analysis with entertaining anecdotes for cocktail party conversation. A great emphasis is placed on Australian businesses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Miami, FL, United States 02-06-07
    Joe Miami, FL, United States 02-06-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Good but not great"

    The businesses detailed are mainly from Australia. The narration is good. I was more interested in American businesses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ez 07-28-14
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    "To shalow. Many very old busness covered"
    What disappointed you about 100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them?

    Many of the business stories deal with very old businesses. random mixture of various subjects as fashion, publishing, hitch, etc. It would be much better if the book was allocating various chapters per the subject it was dealing with. In addition the analysis is very shallow, making it hard to learn from it.


    What could Emily Ross and Angus Holland have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would be much better if the book was allocating various chapters per the subject it was dealing with. In addition the analysis is very shallow, making it hard to learn from it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Aspel’s performances?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Tapping, Australia 10-23-10
    Daryl Tapping, Australia 10-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "great overviews, listened to it several times"

    I really liked this book and the other book that accompanied it on 50 e-Businesses.

    The narrator isn't british - He's Australian! And after a lifetime of listening to American accents I found it very refreshing. The case studies were also close to home instead of the usual Wall Street plunderers whose stories have been toldl again and again.

    Reading the chapter notations and acknowledgements was a little tiring though... fortunately they learned by the second book. (The 50 Internet businesses one..)

    Good inspiring stuff, about names I know and not just retold stories of the great Silicon valley businesses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandton, JohannesburgSouth Africa
    9/1/06
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    "A decent listen, but not enough meat on the bones!"

    It's not a bad listen (apart from irritating referencing and acknowledgements after each chapter). It has a bit of an Australian bias which can be a bit frustrating when they hardly compare to some of the other greats around the world but I appreciate it was probably produced for the Australian market.

    It is a little bit out of date but that shouldn't stop you buying it, it has been a worthwhile listen so if you (like me) enjoy business anecdotes then go for it, but if you are really looking for this to have a significant impact on your life....don't count on it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Abubakar
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    5/3/11
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    "a good listen"

    I enjoyed this. The narration is good too. You get many (100 in fact) short stories about successful companies' roots and how their founders got started from an idea. Most companies are well known (e.g. Mc Donalds, Nike etc) and some are less well known. You get a sense of the personalities of some of the founders too (e.g. Bill Gates) which paints some colour to the imagination as you listen. A good listen for any budding entrepreneurial types out there!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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