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  • The Most Successful Small Business in the World

  • The Ten Principles
  • By: Michael E. Gerber
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Gerber
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

As statistics tell us that most of the "ventureholics" who go out on their own to start a business will ultimately fail; and, as readers will learn, the main reason for this is because most businesses are not started the right way. Based on decades of experience working with small business owners, Michael Gerber will teach budding entrepreneurs his one-of-a-kind seven-step method - which is meant to be conceptualized long before the doors are ever opened.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been the best business book ever...

  • By Kimberly on 09-12-10

He Phoned This One In

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Something new or fresh from him, this is just everything rehashed.

Has The Most Successful Small Business in the World turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyed with the preaching in lessons 8-10. Got old real fast.

  • Perennial Seller

  • The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

How can we create and market creative works that achieve longevity? Holiday explores this mystery by drawing on his extensive experience working with businesses and creators such as Google, American Apparel, and the author John Grisham as well as his interviews with the minds behind some of the greatest perennial sellers of our time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Holiday marketing success, ironically .

  • By Luke on 10-29-17

Author Doesn't Follow His Own Advice

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

What was most disappointing about Ryan Holiday’s story?

During the reading of the chapter on making sure everything is perfect before publishing a book you can hear the author cough. So much for your authority on the matter. Practice what you preach.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Get Scrappy

  • Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small
  • By: Nick Westergaard
  • Narrated by: Nick Westergaard, Ann Handley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

It's an exciting time to be in marketing: The Internet, social media, and content marketing are powerful equalizers, resetting the playing field for businesses large and small. Yet it's also a challenging time, with much work to do and an ever-changing array of platforms, features, and networks to master - all on a tighter budget than before. Don't get discouraged. Get scrappy!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Typical marketing "guru" stuff. Doesn't add much

  • By The third Chimp on 07-07-16

No Meat

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Nothing new or groundbreaking, do more with less blah blah blah. need something for the little guys with a company that is one deep.

  • Rework

  • By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,618

With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Quick, Timely, Contrarian Advice

  • By Paul on 06-18-10

The Opposite of Everything You've Heard

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

What was most disappointing about Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson ’s story?

Just because they did it this way doesn't mean it will work all. Seemed as if they were being contrary only to sell books.

  • Born for This

  • How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do
  • By: Chris Guillebeau
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 603

Chris Guillebeau, the best-selling author of The $100 Start Up, has created a practical, actionable guide that can help you turn your passion into paychecks - whether within a traditional company or business, or by striking out on your own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, terrible narrator

  • By Cloakt1 on 09-22-16

Meh, Nothig New Or Earth Shattering

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

Would you try another book from Chris Guillebeau and/or Mike Chamberlain?

Not likely.

Has Born for This turned you off from other books in this genre?

Slightly. Everyone just rehashes the same tips over and over.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was fine but a bit monotone and robotic.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Born for This?

The lists.

Any additional comments?

Not worth the time. I finally put it to 2x speed just to get done with it as quick as possible.

  • The 10X Rule

  • The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,047

Extreme success, by definition, lies beyond the realm of normal action. If you want to achieve extreme success, you can’t operate like everybody else and settle for mediocrity. You need to remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success. The 10X Rule shows you how!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Set massive goals and take massive actions

  • By A. Yoshida on 04-06-16

I took "massive action" and stopped listening

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

What disappointed you about The 10X Rule?

The repetition was mind numbing.

What was most disappointing about Grant Cardone’s story?

"I" is his favorite thing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Grant Cardone’s performances?

Not a chance

What character would you cut from The 10X Rule?

Grant Cardone

Any additional comments?

A "massive" pile of...

270 of 314 people found this review helpful

  • Everybody Writes

  • Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content
  • By: Ann Handley
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

Everybody Writes is a go-to guide to attracting and retaining customers through stellar online communication, because in our content-driven world, every one of us is, in fact, a writer. If you have a web site, you are a publisher. If you are on social media, you are in marketing. And that means that we are all relying on our words to carry our marketing messages. We are all writers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great writing, good story, TERRIBLE narration

  • By Ann F. Bauer on 11-12-15

For A Book On Writing, It Keeps Your Interest

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

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

Useful, Concise, Insightful

What other book might you compare Everybody Writes to and why?

I haven't read anything that compares.

Any additional comments?

Great nuggets of information, I recommend getting the hardcopy. A lot of information to reference and would be nice to see it in writing.

  • Duct Tape Marketing (Revised and Updated)

  • The World's Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide
  • By: John Jantsch
  • Narrated by: John Jantsch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

Learn to make your small business marketing as simple, effective, and affordable as duct tape. In Duct Tape Marketing, renowned small business marketing guru John Jantsch shows you how to develop and execute a marketing plan that will give your business the life and longevity you want. In this audiobook you will learn the Duct Tape Marketing system and how to apply its principles to your business by following three steps. This audiobook provides proven, yet elegantly simple tools to help you grow your small business.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • How to be a Jack of All Trades Marketer

  • By Steven on 07-04-13

Same Old Stuff, Just Rehashed

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

Reviewed: 05-09-14

Would you try another book from John Jantsch and/or John Jantsch?

I don't think I would.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Jantsch again?

I really don't think I want to.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Jantsch’s performances?

No, his voice was a bit annoying, especially the high pitched whistle.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Duct Tape Marketing (Revised and Updated)?

All the repetitive stuff in each chapter.

Any additional comments?

None

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Barefoot Executive

  • The Ultimate Guide to Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom
  • By: Carrie Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Carrie Wilkerson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Don't think you have what it takes to run a business? It's time to reconsider. Carrie Wilkerson offers the opportunity to live life on your terms. Want to start your workday with e-mail and coffee on the back patio? Want the flexibility of joining your fourth grader on an all-day field trip? Are you ready to take that vacation you’ve been planning for years? Then you have a choice to make, and The Barefoot Executive will help jump-start your transition. You’ll learn: Your “why.” The most important question.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the substance?

  • By David on 06-21-12

Tooting Her Own Horn

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

Reviewed: 03-19-14

What disappointed you about The Barefoot Executive?

From reading previous reviews I thought this book would be different. However it was not. At least half the book is the author telling us how she does six figures in sales, how she lost 100lbs, etc. over and over again. No earth shattering information or knowledge was given. Same old same old with a bit of Texas charm.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carrie Wilkerson again?

Possibly, if I knew it wouldn't be a sales pitch to go to her websites.

What three words best describe Carrie Wilkerson’s performance?

Self centered, repetitive, easy to listen to.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Barefoot Executive?

I would have cut all the tooting of one's own horn.

Any additional comments?

Bummed, didn't live up to expectations from other reviewers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful