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  • Insanely Simple

  • The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success
  • By: Ken Segall
  • Narrated by: Ken Segall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple - it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. The obsession with Simplicity is what separates Apple from other technology companies. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011. Thanks to Steve Jobs’s uncompromising ways, you can see Simplicity in everything Apple does: the way it’s structured, the way it innovates, and the way it speaks to its customers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The inner workings of Apple revealed

  • By Stefan on 05-28-12

It’s simple. One of the best reads ever!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

A must for marketers, in 2019 make this required reading for teammates. Simple in a world of complex is like fresh air in a stale room.

  • Capital Gaines

  • The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff
  • By: Chip Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Melinda Paul, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,309

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of four in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I expected

  • By Belinda on 11-16-17

One of the best reads (listen) in over 30 books I’ve heard in last 3yrs.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I’ve become a connoisseur of audio books in recent years. From Phil Knight’s, Walt Disney, to Churchill, Uber and others (including their Magnolia book). This was a GREAT read and worth it for any entrepreneur. Seriously.

  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3

  • Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
  • By: William Manchester, Paul Reid
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
  • Length: 53 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,659

Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy final volume in a great biography

  • By Mike From Mesa on 11-27-12

Almost too long?

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

What was this, 1,000 pages? Loved the detail but maybe too much detail? I know it’s a classic. Learned much. Just thot “hmm too long”.

  • Walt Disney

  • The Triumph of the American Imagination
  • By: Neal Gabler
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 33 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

Seven years in the making and meticulously researched - Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives - this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best biography I've listened to in a long time

  • By M. S. Cohen on 11-12-13

Possibly best read yet...

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I've read a lot of entrepreneurial books of late but this was so comprehensive and well written. Something every leader should read.

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  • Delivering Happiness

  • A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
  • By: Tony Hsieh
  • Narrated by: Tony Hsieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,872

In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do one thing exceptionally

  • By Ben on 09-07-10

Practical---applicable---relatable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-17

Great read especially as it climaxes to the practical "how to's" of creating culture. I don't even know what kinds of shoes Zappos sells. Doesn't matter, Tony makes his point.