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The Greatest Salesman in the World | [Og Mandino]

The Greatest Salesman in the World

This is the legend of Hafid, a camel boy 2,000 years ago, and his burning desire to improve his lowly position in life, as told to his apprentice Erasmus. Hafid relates the story of how he became known as the Greatest Salesman in the World. His success lies in the wisdom of ten leather scrolls passed down to him from his master, Pathros.
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This is the legend of Hafid, a camel boy 2,000 years ago, and his burning desire to improve his lowly position in life, as told to his apprentice Erasmus. Hafid relates the story of how he became known as the Greatest Salesman in the World.

His success lies in the wisdom of ten leather scrolls passed down to him from his master, Pathros. Hafid applied their secrets of success to become the Greatest Salesman in the World. You will long remember the timeless words of the ten scrolls in Og's most popular work and learn to apply them in your life to find great success!

©2008 Og Mandino; (P)2008 Dreamervision Publishing

What the Critics Say

"The power of storytelling and ancient fables makes The Greatest Salesman in the World a classic for all intrigued by the world of business....Og Mandino's performance is even more poignant after hearing his introduction, in which this mild-voiced, world-famous motivational expert tells the tale of his own accomplishments through hard work and perseverance." (AudioFile)

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    James Seattle, WA, United States 05-30-10
    James Seattle, WA, United States 05-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Inspiring!"

    I found this book very inspiring and helpful in picking me up and helping me to stay focused to be the best that I can be,

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Eric PASADENA, CA, United States 11-20-08
    Eric PASADENA, CA, United States 11-20-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Not the greatest book in the world"

    Looks like the author wondered "how do I write a book when all of my ideas contain in just one page? I know I'll write a dopy back story set in ancient times. I'll add some cliche religious undertones for respectability". I recommend passing on this one.

    29 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-21-13
    Mike Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-21-13
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    "Terrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is not what it pretends to be. It's something altogether different and I don't appreciate the lack of transparency.


    11 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Greenbrae, CA, United States 01-23-11
    Dan Greenbrae, CA, United States 01-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible Book."

    Horrible Book.
    Written like a 15 year old wrote it.
    If you are looking for a book to help you to be a better salesperson, keep looking.
    This book is about spreading the word of Christ.

    12 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Z 06-23-14
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    "Good story, wrong accent"

    I should have previewed this audio book more before I bought it, but at 99 cents I went ahead and bought it outright.
    I really like Og Mandino's book 'the greatest salesmen' and have read it before I tried the audio book. The problem with this audio book is that the reader sounds like Buddy Hackett with a New York accent. If you have no problem with east coast accents then this book is OK for you.
    Otherwise this audio book is fine, high quality, clear tones etc. etc.
    For me, a book like this that is supposed to employ NLP techniques should have a totally neutral voice and accent. That's why only 3 stars overll for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Smakman Netherlands 08-25-13
    E. Smakman Netherlands 08-25-13
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    "Still chewing on my evaluation..."

    Spoiler alert.

    Og Mandino writes a biblical story which is portrayed as a sales book. Or the other way around, I am not quite sure. Anyway, the story is about how the best Salesman in the world around the year 33 AD came by his extraordinary wealth. Apparently, this is due to 10 scrolls with eternal wisdom on it, like do your best every day, live as if this day is the last of your life, love everyone around you, act act act, etc. All good as such, but not new (maybe at the time) and owing homage to Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie.

    But the story is very slow and although the book is short, I felt it dragged on a bit. Also due to the repetition within the scrolls. Mandino says you should do one scroll every week/few weeks and I think he might be right. In one go, it is boring.
    That in the end it is the apostle Peter who receives the scrolls was a bit too much for me.

    Now, the book is not all bad and outdated. Certain scrolls give a fresh perspective on how to behave in life as well as in sales situations. For that, I give it 3 stars. For the limited price and time, it has enough value.

    The reading of Og Mandino takes some getting used to, he has quite a strong accent.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney Arlington, VA, United States 06-20-13
    Courtney Arlington, VA, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Worth EVERY second of the 2 hours and 19 minutes!!"
    Would you listen to The Greatest Salesman in the World again? Why?

    Yes, I bookmarked each scroll and listen to the same scroll daily for 21 days, then I move on to the next scroll. Og Mandino struggled with depression and even contemplated suicide. It's truly inspiring that he can overcome his personal issues and create this masterpiece that inspires others to be THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the book, whether intentional or unintentional, metaphorically relates people to salesmen. The scrolls help the main character learn the secret of being a good salesman, but in reality, they apply to all aspects of life. I love when an author is able to teach valuable, life-long lessons through stories rather than pounding lesson after lesson in our heads. Additionally, I love that the scrolls are in first person. It's crazy but being able to hear the words in first person helps when your brain triggers the memory of those words.


    What does Og Mandino bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    While his voice is a bit hard to listen to, I was able to overcome it knowing his past. With Mandino narrating, I was able to truly feel the power of his words and feel it would have been lacking by another narrator.


    What did you learn from The Greatest Salesman in the World that you would use in your daily life?

    The most important lesson I learned is that it's never too late. In life, many things happen outside of our control and that can be incredibly frustrating. However, it's what we choose to do with these outside forces that make or break our success. Through the scrolls, I learned that everything is relative; along with beauty, happiness and success are in the eye of the beholder. The only person who can make you be the greatest salesman (person) in the world is you. The only person stopping you from being the greatest salesman (person) in the world is you. And how? Through habit. "In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the differences of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success."


    Any additional comments?

    I could go on for days...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Peyton, CO, USA 09-08-08
    Joe Peyton, CO, USA 09-08-08
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    "Excellant inspiration"

    This book is good to listen to for inspiration. It doesn't lean too much on biblical referance, but does touch on it. I think its a delitful story and good habits to follow.

    8 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Paola Oakland, CA, USA 05-04-10
    Paola Oakland, CA, USA 05-04-10
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    "worth every cent!"

    i read this book when I was a teenager....'ve been wanting to read it again and finally managed to get the audio version. I remember now why it has such an impact on me....certainly inspirational. Highly recommended...Og just takes you to that 'now' place, spiritually and mentally in a seamless soothing manner

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore Mesa, AZ, United States 01-23-12
    Theodore Mesa, AZ, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2003

    I'm not much of a reader but I am a great listener. I like to listen to an audiobook before I decide its worth buying the book in print.

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    "Og Mandino's "Greatest Salesman in the World""

    Og Mandino is great at telling a story and give meaning to every sentience. This audio book may be old but its message is as good today as it was in the passed. It inspires me every morning I'm Glad I found it.

    6 of 16 people found this review helpful
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