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Shark Tales Audiobook

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

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Publisher's Summary

In Shark Tales, Barbara shares her hilarious stories about growing up, getting into trouble, failing miserably, and then starting over again. In each chapter, she comes back to one of her mom's unconventional lessons, and how it applies in the real world of business. Whatever your calling, the homespun lessons that work for Barbara will help you use what you've got to create success in your life. Whether you're just starting out, fighting your way up the career ladder, or re-entering the workforce, Shark Tales is an owner's manual to your most valuable asset.

Growing up, author Barbara Corcoran shared one floor in a three-family house in New Jersey with her parents and nine brothers and sisters. She had few luxuries, but she was blessed with a mother who taught her to have self-confidence. Barbara's mom didn't know much about business, but she understood how the world works and how to make the most of what you've got. After failing at 22 other jobs, Barbara borrowed $1,000 from a boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real-estate office in New York City. Today, with over $2 billion in revenues, The Corcoran Group in New York's premier real-estate company, and Barbara is richer than her wildest dreams.

©2011 Barbara Corcoran (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Part memoir, part rough guide to business and 100 percent in-your-face glee." (Working Mother)

"A practical, funny compendium of advice that should stick with any reader." (USA Today)

"I love this book." (Judge Judy)

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    Kathy Oak Lawn, IL, United States 07-20-12
    Kathy Oak Lawn, IL, United States 07-20-12 Listener Since 2009
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it was well written, entertaining and informative


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy Barbara Corcoran and all that she has achieved in her career.


    Any additional comments?

    I think readers should be aware that Barbara Corcoran's prior two books "Use What You've Got" and "If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons On Your Pigtails: And Other Lessons I Learned From My Mom" are an exact repeat of the first half of Shark Tales! Buyer Beware!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Y 04-30-15
    Y 04-30-15
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    "I love Barbara Corcoran, shared so much insite..."

    She shares the best an most intimate family and business stories. I really sense that she loved and thought of her mother the way I thought of my grandmother. She also reminds me of the smart women my mother is. I look up to her because we share some of the same thoughts about personal success. I would love to learn and grow in my business to the level she has and beyond when possible. Great Story Barbara. Share more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel L. Stanley SC 01-29-15
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    "As a new Realtor..."

    I'm stealing all of these ideas! After realizing what she was doing and why, I am shocked that more Realtors do not take her approach. Amazing and entertaining listen. Perfect for recreation or any profession.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Jonesboro, GA, United States 05-26-15
    Carolyn Jonesboro, GA, United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2013

    I AM A RETIRED EDUCATOR.....I LIVE IN JONESBORO, GEORGIA.....I HAVE 3 DOGS AND 6 CATS.....

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    Barbara Corcoran is one smart lady! She is a go getter! She came from a wonderful family of 10 children who were loved and cared for and her Mother told her to go get what you want and she did! I love Barbara she's my favorite!

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    Natasha tempe, AZ, United States 08-08-11
    Natasha tempe, AZ, United States 08-08-11
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    "WOW"

    finally a book about a woman going from nothing to a billion dollar co. shes funny, KIND! and a great example! WOW! her story is amazing...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frankie; Only The Best USA 02-08-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved every minute of it."

    Lessons were outstanding. Hearing my favorite shark read her story; priceless. A book I hope everyone of my daughter's read or listen to.

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    Jennifer Staub 01-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "AMAZING!!!!!!"

    This book is so inspiring and motivating. I highly recommend this book. Strong women are game changers in this world and Barbara Corcoran is THE QUEEN!!!!

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    Robert Booth 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Mostly right"

    Only problem with this book is that it has conflicting information. If people come first you can't automatically fire your bottom 20%. I understand the reason behind that idea it's just that the book provides so much information that counters that idea and I agree with the focus on people. Overall this is a highly motivational book that only Barbara Corcoran can present with the necessary passion.

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    judith Williams 01-04-17
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    I absolutely love Barbara Corcoran's Shark Tales book as she made me, the reader, feel as though I was along side her as she was growing up and growing her businesses. She is wise, personable and wonderfully perceptive. I have four adult daughters as different as north, south, east, and west; but so close I could not tell one of them a secret. They are each beyond extraordinarily successful, healthy and happy. After reading Barbara's book, I asked each of them what lessons they remembered from me that might have contributed to their amazing lives. Each response was a hand-to-heart moment. I read, listened to, Shark Tales while working on a prototype that I intend to license. I expected another small business advice book. Beyond excellent advice, I was left feeling that I had spent an enriching time with a truly great friend and mentor. Thank you Barbara Corcoran!
    Judy W

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    Cade Joiner Brookhaven GA 12-27-16
    Cade Joiner Brookhaven GA 12-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent read"

    Interesting stories and great details of her successful career. Highly recommend for entrepreneurs or anyone wanting to start a business.

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