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  • Built to Sell

  • Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You
  • By: John Warrillow
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

A business parable about how to create a start-up that won't trap you when you want to sell it. According to John Warrillow, the number one mistake entrepreneurs make is to build a business that relies too heavily on them. Thus, when the time comes to sell, buyers aren't confident that the company-even if it's profitable-can stand on its own. To illustrate this, Warrillow introduces us to a fictional small business owner named Alex who is struggling to sell his advertising agency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, Very bad narration

  • By M. Muin on 05-23-12

Rather get the kindle

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-15

This book is great! As a business owner who got stuck into the trap of *being* the business, the concept really spoke to me. But the Nasally twang of the reader was so distracting I nearly couldn't finish it.

Rather read the book and then get John's "Automatic Customer" which is also very good, and read in a less distracting way!

  • The Everything Store

  • By: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To achieve that end, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • example of what business should not be....

  • By Anonymous User on 12-10-17

Must-read for anyone in a IT startup

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-15

A fascinating story, very well told.

The challenges and battles of Amazon in the early years were interesting. Anyone in a startup will be able to relate and learn from Jeff's example.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,911

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

WARNING: Fanboy review

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-15

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

No, but I enjoyed his reading. He did a decent job of the South African accent (being South African, it sounded slightly off, but only noticeable to a native speaker)

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

YES! I had to drive around the block a few times and hope for traffic on the way to work to listen more.

Any additional comments?

Fascinating insight into the personal life of a very private person. As someone who has worked in a lot of IT startups, I found his early story especially interesting (it may bore some who are not into IT though :)

  • The Automatic Customer

  • Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry
  • By: John Warrillow
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

The lifeblood of your business is repeat customers. But customers can be fickle, markets shift, and competitors are ruthless. So how do you ensure a steady flow of repeat business? The secret--no matter what industry you're in--is finding and keeping automatic customers. These days virtually anything you need can be purchased through a subscription, with more convenience than ever before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad reader

  • By J. Rodriguez on 02-25-16

Thought provoking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-15

Any additional comments?

This book really gets you thinking! Full of great examples of businesses that have used the power of Subscription to take their business further.

  • Go Pro - 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional

  • By: Eric Worre
  • Narrated by: Eric Worre
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817

Over twenty years ago at a company convention, Eric Worre had an "aha" moment that changed his life forever. At that event he made the decision to Go Pro and become a Network Marketing expert. Since that time, he has focused on developing the skills to do just that. In doing so, Eric has touched and been touched by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Now he shares his wisdom in a guide that will ignite your passion for this profession and help you make the decision to Go Pro and create the life of your dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for anyone in network marketing.

  • By Sniperga on 07-20-15

Inspirational and Practical

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-15

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

Useful information for anyone starting out a network marketing business.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Go Pro - 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional?

Its great when authors read their own books, but the best part was where you got to hear young Eric's actual talk from a meeting! Goosebumps!

  • Born to Run:

  • The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets - and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exceptional in every way

  • By Anonymous User on 10-16-18

Non Fiction that reads like Fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-13

Any additional comments?

Hard to say more than the other reviews. This book changed my view of running, and opened up a new world of ultra running that I never knew existed. Great read for anyone wanting to be inspired to put on those running shoes (or take them off as the case may be ;)

  • Finding Ultra

  • Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
  • By: Rich Roll
  • Narrated by: Rich Roll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779

An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Different Books

  • By Roger on 02-11-14

Inspirational

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-13

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

I've listened to most of Rich Roll's podcasts, so it was great to hear his familiar voice reading his own book. I really appreciate writers who have the guts to read their own book, and in this case it makes the story much more personal and involving.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost in the Wires

  • My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,339

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen for tech fans

  • By Mikeyxote on 06-01-12

Oh Shiiiiiii*****!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-13

Any additional comments?

I loved the way this book was read, the subtle accents, and the conversational style made it feel like Mitnick was talking to you over the phone :P oh and the occasional *relevant* swearing is just hilarious. The storyline is captivating (By the end I could hardly put it down). One of my fav audible books of all time.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,429

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Epic story, but some confusion with voices

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-13

If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

Enthralling Epic Escapism

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

I was hooked from the first word. It was great to have a different reader for each character, but at some points they seemed to switch the narrator for a character which totally changed the effect of the story - the voice didn't match up with the character you had created in your minds eye. Disappointing, but the overall story was still brilliant. Thoroughly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,497

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

Watch the Video Instead

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-12

As others have said... Watch the TED video - its a great concept but can be told in 10 min more effectively. I couldn't get through all 7 hours of it.