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The E-Myth Revisited Audiobook

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

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Publisher's Summary

In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed, and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have listened to The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.

©1955, 2001, 2003, 2004 Michael E. Gerber; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Gerber loves to exhort people to develop powerful visions for their companies." (Fortune)

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    LexiDavid Lexington, KY, USA 08-22-15
    LexiDavid Lexington, KY, USA 08-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "My most painful business listen since 2013"
    What would have made The E-Myth Revisited better?

    While there have been a few useful points in the book, like the phases that all businesses go through, I am stopping at 1:45 into the 8:05 listen. It's simply too painful. The narrative method the author employs is juvenile. Given the fact that he has been coaching business for 35+ years, I would have appreciated a more fact-based approach. This works, this doesn't. I never heard the author back up the narrative with statistics. One of the lessons entrepreneurs who survive learn is that you don't work outside your core competencies, you hire those out to other entrepreneurs. Mr. Gerber would have been better off with a co-author.


    Has The E-Myth Revisited turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it has colored my opinion of my colleagues that recommended it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The E-Myth Revisited exemplifies why the vast majority of authors should not narrate their own books. The author's accent detracts further from book, which is saying a lot.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The E-Myth Revisited?

    I would re-write the entire book. The author's examples are amateurish. I think there are some valuable lessons tucked away but I'm not going spend anymore time trying to pan for gold.


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    James 08-20-15
    James 08-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great learning tool"

    This Book was very informative. I learned a lot about businesses and why they're successful or why they fail. It also does a great job of defining roles in a company and how those roles can lead to repeatability and therefore, success.

    The only thing that I didn't care for it in the book was some of the stories. They just seemed out of place in a book about running a business. I would've rather heard case studies and not anecdotal stories.

    I don't think the character of Sarah needed to be as deep as she was. There was some stuff about her soul and her grandma, which is great, but it seemed like unnecessary details.

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    Anne Karenina Jahnigen Norway 08-19-15
    Anne Karenina Jahnigen Norway 08-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Life and business changing"

    I feel so blessed to have been introduced to this amazing book. It's bridging so many little things I've known about, but haven't been able to put together before.
    I've just fallen in love with my business and I'm hyper motivated to create a rock solid foundation for my business with beautiful systems! My mission is to continue to help entrepreneurs and leaders unlock their brilliant minds and get out of their inner worlds, hidden beyond the "curtain", in their comfort zones, so that we all can achieve our visions of changing the world! Karenina Jahnigen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colten Tyler 08-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "some great but not revolutionary information"

    stresses the importance of creating structure in ones bussiness. working inside your bussniss is not as important as on it.

    seems to me that the roots of the advice offered is sound. but things have become a little more advance complex in the present. day. consumers no longer value many of the companies and their systems that are idealized in this book.

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    pp. Roswell, GA, United States 08-03-15
    pp. Roswell, GA, United States 08-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Rich content but wonders at times"

    I found the first half of this book to be outstanding, but the second half was a combination of good content mixed with poetic rambling.

    Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to any entrepreneur. I wish I had read this book sooner and it will definitely change the way I think about an approach my business.

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    Kindle Customer Fairfield, CT, United States 08-02-15
    Kindle Customer Fairfield, CT, United States 08-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A textbook for any business owner"

    Told largely as an allegory, this is an incredible text for any entrepreneur or wantrepreneur. It provides great, actionable advice on how to build a sustainable business that we can all learn from. If you have a small business, or are thinking of starting one, this is a great book to read first. I highlights all those things likely to hurt your plans and how to avoid issues.

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    Robert Freund 08-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very helpful."

    Makes you really think about the details of your business and how to organize. Good for those thinking about starting a business and those of us that want to make ours better.

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    Michael 07-30-15
    Michael 07-30-15

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Fall in love with you business"

    Make the system, work the system, grow the system and to do this you have to fall in love with your business. Always tweeting it, letting it go, changing it and playing with it. Don't get caught working it whatever you do for you are creating a business, not a job. Worth listening to but there is no magic formula, 'silver bullet' fix or insight that will give you a 'ah arrr' moment. If you are running or thinking of running a small business, one day to be a large business perhaps, then listen to this book and take note of the 'pearls-of-wisdom' but it comes down to you with your focus.

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    Johnny Wilde Wall, TX, United States 07-29-15
    Johnny Wilde Wall, TX, United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2013

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    "I have heard about this book since I was 16 and I wished I would've read it then!"

    It's a great book about business and also a great book about life. Michael speaks in very common sense terms and I think anyone starting a business or running a business could benefit from this book.

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    S. Kornweibel Seattle, WA 07-29-15
    S. Kornweibel Seattle, WA 07-29-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Best business book ever b/c it's about more than business"

    Love The E-Myth Revisited for Michael's clarity, knowledge, understanding and compassion for small business owners. I see my life & business path more clearly now and am so grateful for what I learned here.

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  • KipSoton
    6/8/14
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    "Small business owners - you must listen to this!"
    Where does The E-Myth Revisited rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    We all get bogged down in the doing. This book explains why and what to do about it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Practical application.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because you need to ponder the ideas being suggested. It's better to listen to a chapter, think and then move on. But you also want to go back and listen to it again.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    7/21/15
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    "3rd time of reading, 1st time of listening."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A super business book.

    If you run a small business as I do, read this book as it'll give you a reality check.

    This audible version is easily the best format for this very worthwhile book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very sound advice for anyone running their own business.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • H. Wood
    Surrey, England
    5/19/16
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    "Insightful. The ideas behind the success of a small business. Your business."

    A must read for all small businesses starting out and for those small businesses that have become all consuming and overwhelming. This book will give you the ideas needed to enable you to set up your business in the best possible way. Working on your business not in your business. Setting up the systems at the outset so that your business does not become another job, but once set up, allows you the freedom to live the life of your choosing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    2/27/15
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    "Every small business owner should listen"

    This is a great book for small business owners. I run a number of businesses and advise many others (not as part of Emyth Worldwide, I should add!) and the themes covered in this book, the systems and processes it introduces are excellent. The only reason it isn't 5* is because the story is a little too sickly at times and the narration is too slow (like so many narrators). I listened on 1.25x to make it sound normal!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
    9/17/16
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    "Heard lots of good things, but this wasn't for me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The E-Myth Revisited to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audio over printed version


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No


    What three words best describe Michael E. Gerber’s voice?

    Uninspiring, boring, American


    Any additional comments?

    This book wasn't for me, but I do understand why its so well loved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Robins
    Thailand
    9/14/16
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    "thoroughly engaging and practical business advice"

    practical and engaging advice for small business owners. explains how to move away from being the exhausted technician to the profitable system-based business owner

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simona
    London
    9/14/16
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    "Too simplified and boring"

    Wish I returned the book. I kept listening hoping there will be some point he is trying to make toward the end. It was disappointing overall. Too simplified and obvious. Also the reader made it even more boring

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    8/26/16
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    "Excellent information"

    Excellent book, wish I read it rather than listened. Not a fan of the narration but I still took a lot away from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paschal
    Cork, Ireland
    8/7/16
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    "Storyteller"

    The author is a great narrator. He is excellent at telling his story.

    Even if you didn't own a small business it is an interesting audio book to listen to.

    If you do own a small business he talks a lot of common sense which is mostly missing in this world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rich
    UK
    7/31/16
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    "Wish I had read this 15 years ago!!"

    Pretty much an essential book for anyone turning their love in to a business. I probably relate to it more in hindsight as I've made all the mistakes it's mentioned. I can now turn that all around.

    A very easy to listen audiobook compared to most. I'll be listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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