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LOUISVILLE, KY, United States
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  • Analysis of Donald Miller’s Building a StoryBrand by Milkyway Media

  • By: Milkyway Media
  • Narrated by: Adrienne Walker
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Businesses flourish when they are direct about how products will improve the lives of customers. Author and StoryBrand CEO Donald Miller argues that companies flounder not because they lack quality wares, but, rather, because they fail to create clear, engaging messaging that draws in consumers. Purchase this in-depth analysis of Building a StoryBrand to learn more. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not helpful

  • By Tony on 02-26-19

Not helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-19

Listening to this analysis is like listening to a random stranger expressing opinions but not offering any actionable information. I didn't learn anything important from this summary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money

  • By: Pat Flynn
  • Narrated by: Pat Flynn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

Stop rushing into businesses born from half-baked ideas, misguided theories, and other forms of self-delusion. A lack of proper validation kills more businesses than anything else. As Joel Barker says, "Speed is only useful if you're running in the right direction." Will It Fly? will help you make sure you are clear for takeoff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's an amazing book

  • By Otto on 03-26-16

Easy to follow helpful information

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-19

the book offers easy to follow helpful information that is actionable. It's one of the better marketing books i've read.

  • Primal Branding

  • Create Zealots for Your Brand, Your Company, and Your Future
  • By: Patrick Hanlon
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

What is it that made Starbucks an overnight sensation and separated it from other coffee house companies? Why do many products with great product innovation, perfect locations, terrific customer experiences, even breakthrough advertising, fail to get the same visceral traction in the marketplace as brands like Apple and Nike?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, hard to stay interested

  • By Axiom Brevity on 11-21-16

A lot of talk, no proof

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I listened for over 2 hours snd took notes. I realized there was nothing being said that was associated with any measurable improvement.

I don't have time to endure 8 hours of someone talking who can't prove their value proposition.

  • Bootstrap Finance

  • The Art of Start-Ups
  • By: Amar V. Bhide
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Entrepreneurship is more popular than ever: courses are full, policymakers emphasize new ventures, managers yearn to go off on their own. Would-be founders often misplace their energies, however. Believing in a "big money" model of entrepreneurship, they spend a lot of time trying to attract investors instead of using wits and hustle to get their ideas off the ground.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Ian on 05-07-08

Interesting data collection but hard to follow

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'm not sure I can give a good review because I didn't really follow much of what was said. I liked that he had a methodical approach to interviewing start-up founders but I didn't really get a good feel for what he was suggesting as the take aways.

  • Inventor's Workshop

  • How to Develop and Market Your Inventions
  • By: Bob Schmidt
  • Narrated by: Clay Teunis
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Practical guide showing inventors how to develop, prototype, protect, and market their inventions. Bob is an engineer with over 25 years experience developing and marketing products. He used his corporate and entrepreneurial experience to develop this step-by-step guide to help fellow inventors develop their products using a "boot strapping" approach. This helps inventors to successfully develop and market their inventions without breaking the bank.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Information for any inventor

  • By Keith Edwards on 06-12-17

Not enough information to be very useful

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-17

What would have made Inventor's Workshop better?

This book contains some basic information but not nearly enough to do much good. I would liken it to a map that talks about the start and destination and a few points in between but is missing many details regarding pitfalls and turns to make along the way.Stephen Key's book "One Simple Idea" will give you much more information but it is also missing key information that is crucial to success.Use this book to fill in a few pieces of the puzzle but don't rely on it as your sole source for learning to license or venture your product.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fire Starter Sessions

  • A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms
  • By: Danielle LaPorte
  • Narrated by: Danielle LaPorte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com - deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have inspired over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read.....liberating!

  • By Joan on 04-25-12

Subconscious

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-17

This is a very "right brain" type of book that has a thousand jewels scattered throughout a lot of rambling. If you are an intuitive person then you will likely rate this book higher. Im a very linear thinker so it's very difficult for me to process so many thoughts scattered throughout the book.

This is a book that will speak to your intuitive subconscious. I was inspired several times while listening by the core principles that were being outlined. I would likely gain a lot if I were able to spend time with the author but my serial processing left brain couldn't absorb this many thoughts at once.

This is the kind of book that can unlock your intuitive and creative mind. It's like one of those pictures that you can't see until you concentrate on letting your eyes unfocus.

I may come back to it but if I do I'll make sure I'm listening while laying down with zero distractions. I think I could absorb the core principles much better that way.

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  • Enchantment

  • The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
  • By: Guy Kawasaki
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It converts hostility into civility and civility into affinity. It changes the skeptics and cynics into the believers and the undecided into the loyal. Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I judged a book by it's cover-story

  • By Derek on 04-14-11

Not authoritative

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-17

Lots of thoughts but lacked evidence that these were tested and proven methods. I like the basic idea but I don't feel like this book delivered value.

  • Scaling Lean

  • Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth
  • By: Ash Maurya
  • Narrated by: Ash Maurya
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

In the early stages of a tech startup's life, it's hard to decipher the meaningful metrics from the distractions. How do you know if your product is working? Is it the number of new signups? Average amount of time spent on the site? Revenue, even if you don't have a revenue model yet? In Scaling Lean, serial entrepreneur and author of the startup cult classic Running Lean Ash Maurya offers a tactical handbook for measuring and scaling a tech startup with maximum efficiency and efficacy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good information but a little hard to follow

  • By Tony on 03-10-17

Good information but a little hard to follow

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably so. There were enough examples in the book to get a feel for how to implement the ideas. However, it was difficult to follow because the flow seemed choppy.

What aspect of Ash Maurya’s performance would you have changed?

I really liked the flow of the example he gave about how he tested product market fit when considering writing his book. I would have liked to see 20 more examples like that for various types of businesses.

What did you take away from Scaling Lean that you can apply to your work?

Stop spending a lot of time developing a product before doing the market interviews. I have to start with learning what people consider a big problem and what solutions they value the most first. Shift from "inventor thinking" to "entrepreneurial thinking"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Design Thinking (Harvard Business Review)

  • By: Tim Brown, Harvard Business Review
  • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

The CEO and president of IDEO writes that when designers are involved from the very beginning of the innovation process, startling new ideas can result - as a U.S. health care provider, a Japanese bicycle components manufacturer, and a system of Indian eye hospitals learned.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing of substance

  • By Thomas Bata on 03-12-19

Mind opening

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is short but it gives a few good examples of how incorporating design thinking into the product development process up front vs. at the end made all the difference. Its been my experience and, from what I can tell, the experience of the overwhelming percentage of inventors and product developers to try to solve a problem before understanding what the market sees as the real problem. That leads to small ideas with narrow if any markets.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Design Thinking (Harvard Business Review)?

The examples were eye opening. They gave me a great feel for what "Design Thinking" really means and how its invaluable.

Have you listened to any of Todd Mundt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

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

yes

  • Jump Start Your Brain!

  • 50,000 Volts of Ideas for Cranking Your Cranium and Turning Your Dreams Into Reality
  • By: Doug Hall
  • Narrated by: Doug Hall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85

Do you find yourself aching to break away from the mundane routine of the status quo? Do you often come up with innovative ideas, but soon find yourself dismissing them? Doug shares with you many of the success principles and applications that he developed and tested at the unique Eureka! Ranch, extraordinary techniques that can virtually transform your business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many inspirations

  • By Pennie Arthachinta on 06-30-18

Good but not a lot to act on

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-16

the general principles outlined were great but overall the advice seemed vague. Not very memorable.