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Crush It! Audiobook

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

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Crush It! 2.0: The Audiobook: Read by Gary Vaynerchuk, this audiobook version contains additional material not found in the best-selling hardcover edition.

Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand.

By the end of this book, listeners will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver's manual for modern business.

©2009 Gary Vaynerchuk; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Sand 01-15-10
    Sand 01-15-10 Member Since 2014
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    "One Of The Best I've Heard"

    I'm an info-junkie, so when I'm not online or reading, I'm listening to a book or podcast.
    Let's be honest: For a long time, most audio books have been a compromise--they're something you consume when you're too busy to sit down and read the book yourself.
    Only rarely does an audiobook match up to the print version, let alone exceed it, even when it's read by its own author.
    This is one of those times. I bought the print version over the holidays but it kept disappearing (people in my family kept nicking it). So I downloaded the audio and there was just no comparison--it's twice as good as the book. Print just does not do the material--nor it's charismatic author-- justice.
    The premise of the book is as simple as it is powerful: Social networking platforms are creating unprecedented opportunities for anyone with the drive and the persistence to go after them.
    And nobody can deliver the message better than "Garyvee". He's funny, inspiring and irrepressible.
    And he has a terrible time "sticking to the script", as he puts it, which means the audiobook is chock-full of "bonus material" you won't find in the print version.
    I think that, like me, a lot of people will end up buying both formats, using the book as a quick reference/refresher and the audio download for inspiration and motivation.
    But if you have to choose, definitely get the audio book--you won't be disappointed!

    26 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 01-08-10
    Amy 01-08-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "True Vaynerchuk"

    If you like Gary, you will like this book. If you have never heard of the guy, I recommend you check out Wine Library TV.

    Be aware. He is not the best reader in the world. He fumbles a bit, but I would not have wanted anyone else to narrate this book. It is his message and he was right to be the voice reading it.

    An honest and spot on take on the way Gary sees opportunities in the rapidly changing environment the internet has created. Thanks, Gary for all that you give.

    20 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 05-18-17
    Kevin 05-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "It doesn't take a genius"

    This book shows you what you can do to earn money doing what you love. The formula is there. The math works out. What won't you do because it was too simple?!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felix 03-11-17
    Felix 03-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outdated and redundant"

    I'm a big fan of Gary V, but this book is now part of history of the Internet. 8 years have passed since this audiobook has been recorded, alot of the info, websites and apps he talks about are either updated, forgotten, don't exist anymore, irrelevant or replaced by other modern websites. Most of the things you learn in this book can easily be found anywhere with a simple Google search.

    on top of that, Gary is extremely repetitive. he keeps repeating over and over again "follow your passion", "work hard". yes we get it, we understand. I know that for those who need that motivation, this is a good thing, but for those who already understand the concept of working hard for your passion, it just gets annoying to hear every few sentences the same thing over again.

    Also, why does he tell us at the beginning of the book that "loving your family" is one of the 3 components to success? That's one of his own personal values, not a universal principle of success.

    With all that being said, I think that if you are a noob, and have no idea how to get into branding and social media, this book is a great place to start, but then again you could just search the Gary V engine on his website and find all the info you need, or read one of his more recent books for up to date information.

    In conclusion, I still think Gary is an awesome dude with so much value to offer, but this book is just a relic of ancient times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J 12-19-11
    J 12-19-11
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    "Bad presentation, but with some useful content"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The author/reader is a deeply unagaging character, as filled with a sense of his own


    How could the performance have been better?

    Almost anyone would have been a better presenter than the gentleman chosen. His manic manner of speech was truly annoying and distracting in extremis. Whatever his day-to-day presentational style, when speaking to his regular listeners, I found him absurd, bording on offensive. He delivered every word - from pithy insight to chapter number (yes, literally) - with equal urgency of tone and insistence of volume: all as if denying paedophilia or confronting a war criminal.


    What did you take away from Crush It! that you can apply to your work?

    This book is not the declarative work of genius the author might appear to think. That said, more than six years into running my own business, I did find a couple of interesting ideas at which I shall be looking.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    I Whiley Johannesburg, South Africa 08-27-11
    I Whiley Johannesburg, South Africa 08-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I don't get it"

    The book is about some obnoxious guy with a lot to say about nothing... Rather go out there and make a difference by yourself. You don't need this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Pittsburgh, PA, USA 05-26-10
    Bryan Pittsburgh, PA, USA 05-26-10
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    "AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!"

    This book is AWESOME! Gary gives some Valuable information + also keeps it real in the process. This isn't one of the boring audio CD's that go over the same type of information that is always re-hashed.

    This info is Valuable. He also talks about something for everyone. It doesn't matter if you like to do videos, write, or just talk. There's something for everybody. Everyone can CRUSH IT!

    Thanks Gary for taking the time to put this together!

    I actually bought the book and then had to buy the audio because I couldn't read fast enough. :)

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Charlotte, NC, USA 02-05-10
    Joe Charlotte, NC, USA 02-05-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't drive while listening"

    Admittedly, this book started off like I was listening to a Gary V. podcast. I missed the "actor" sound of the common audiobook orator. But, how else could you listen to "CRUSH IT"? Once I got over my audiobook snobbery, the content of the book smacked up side the head.

    Gary V. delivered only as he could, the simple truth of how to be happy and successful at the same time. Work hard, do what you love. work hard and then work even harder. It definitely gave me a jolt of reality and energy to pursue my passions.

    this book needs to be listened to, rather than read. You can't get the passion from Gary V.'s voice without hearing Gary V. One piece of advice, though, don't drive and listen. His passion may cause you to swerve off the road on a couple of occasions.

    I'd rate this book a 90.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer GRAND BLANC, MICHIGAN, United States 01-14-10
    Amazon Customer GRAND BLANC, MICHIGAN, United States 01-14-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Crush It!"

    Gary brings to you an unbelievable amount of positive energy that you can't help but to get involved and get in gear, or simply get out of the business. He tells it like it is with no sugar coating. When you're done listening you'll want to listen again and again. There's a lot of information, good information, and sometimes you may feel the same information you can read in other books, but this is brought to you in a way that you will want to take action and not just say it was a good read. There's a lot of extras in the audio version that you won't want to miss. It's very personable and it makes you feel he's talking to you in the same room. This book is for everyone who wants more out of life, and not just for business owners who's trying to get ahead. Thanks Gary for sharing your experiences.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cranberry Twp, PA, USA 04-26-10
    Michael Cranberry Twp, PA, USA 04-26-10
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    "Yes. It is awesome."

    I just wanted to say that I've listened to this book twice and I fully intend to listen to it again. It's not that the book has special, gamebreaking insight(though Gary does provide great insight) it's that Gary brings such passion to the book and the reading, that you cannot leave without being pumped.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Charlene Allison
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    6/2/15
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    "An Amazing Book by Gary Vee!"

    Gary maps out how to create your own online business and brand. He breaks it down in a way that only utter morons couldn't follow. This audio book is stuffed with top class info. You will not be disappointed.

    And the icing on the cske is that Gary Vee's passion filled performance is riveting!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Crawley, United Kingdom
    3/6/15
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    "Pumped"

    Cheers Gary,
    You've done a superb job.
    The 3rd time round, you've given me a good kick back in the direction I had been going.
    It motivates and moves me to be more vocal about what I'm passionate about and know a lot about.
    This is the 2nd time I've listened to the audio book. I first read the paper version on my honeymoon (sorry Lindsey).
    Had the video guy over for 3 hours yesterday filming in my Kung Fu School and about to watch the edits.
    More action less research - Hustle - must remind myself that doing is the hustle.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    1/20/17
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    "Inspiring book."

    Great book but little outdated. Strategies still valid though. Passion implementation rinse repeat again again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/28/13
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    "Engaging and passionate but not really new."
    Would you try another book written by Gary Vaynerchuk or narrated by Gary Vaynerchuk?

    Gary makes a full engaging and passionate narrator of his audiobook, but most of the content is pretty basic and feels more suitable for a podcast than a packaged audiobook.<br/><br/>Still, it's worth a listen if you've got a spare credit or if the topics it mentions are new to you then it'll give you a great step up on the subjects.


    What about Gary Vaynerchuk’s performance did you like?

    Believes in what he's talking about and is obviously passionate about his subject.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    8/16/10
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    "I pledge to crush it!"

    Crush it! is about the ongoing social media revolution and how best to utilise it for business and life (in the Author's case, the two are very much entwined)...

    Gary Vaynerchuck, it?s fair to say, is an acquired taste, especially for the British audience. Exploding with new yorican spirit and enthusiasm I can see why some people might find him irritating. For me, his enthusiasm was infectious. It was great that he himself was reading the audiobook. He reads it with real passion and also kept veering off script, giving you updates and further insights into what was originally written.

    He?s obviously a bit of a geek (understatement!) and I don?t think I?ll ever be fully sold on the benefits of using social media as a career tool in the same way he uses it (which seems to be 24/7!) simply because I?d rather be doing other things than look at a screen all day and night.

    I?m one of those people who avoid something just because everyone else is doing it. Gary Vaynerchuk has made me see the error of my ways and I now endeavour to embrace all things social media. I found this book a great source of knowledge and inspiration and it has made me feel more decisive about how I?m going to commit to using social media as a tool to help my career and self development

    So to sum it up? A great audiobook, especially the off script stuff. Full of passion, full of enthusiasm which I found impossible not to be caught up in, so much so that from this point on? I pledge to crush it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    7/27/17
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    "A no fluff how-to-guide"

    Very practice book.
    A how - to - guide without any fluff.
    Quick listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R H.
    6/15/17
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    "Amazing book "

    Amazing book not sure why it's taken me so long to give it a listen! So inspiring and things we can all do daily. I always have ideas and plans but never know what the exact thing I should be doing to build my audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warren
    5/25/17
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    "Great Book To Get Started"

    Listening again and more things sense. Great listen and the checklist at the end is a brilliant touch

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean Meade
    5/16/17
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    "This man is amazing"

    Really inciteful and instructive. He just continues to give. A lot of this is still applicable today (2017)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/2/17
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    "Wow"

    Thanks for all the information, I feel like I really have a foundation on which I can start a business

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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