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  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,860

Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For large company managers, not startups

  • By Thomas on 03-18-14

Very Entertaining as well as informative

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

If you could sum up The Hard Thing About Hard Things in three words, what would they be?

Practical, packed and entertaining

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hard Thing About Hard Things?

"Turn in your Shit". His story about his high school football coach was priceless. I also liked how he referred to rap artist lyrics for inspiration as well. Very entertaining and well read.

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

He has a great voice, command of his inflections and an ability to 'put on' other peoples voices and emotions.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, there were several.

Any additional comments?

Listen to it first, then go buy the hard cover version to read and highlight key parts to pass along to others

  • The Ideal Team Player

  • How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues: A Leadership Fable
  • By: Patrick M. Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,847

In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle's company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues. Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lot of talk about a simple concept

  • By Andrea on 09-05-16

Lot of talk about a simple concept

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

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

Sure, but the guy reading the book was terrible, almost put me to sleep several times. I would buy the book not the audible version. Go to the end and simply read the overview. If you have read a lot of Patricks stuff then this is repeated material on some levels. I do love Pats stuff so don't think I'm down on him, not at all, just that it is repeating material.

Has The Ideal Team Player turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Hoye?

Whoever it was that narrated "The hard thing about hard things" by Ben Horowitz, THAT was a great book and well narrated. Also, Steve Jobs narrator.

Did The Ideal Team Player inspire you to do anything?

Perhaps, but not much.

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