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How the Mighty Fall Audiobook

How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

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Publisher's Summary

Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed.

Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

In How the Mighty Fall, Collins confronts these questions, offering leaders the well-founded hope that they can learn how to stave off decline and, if they find themselves falling, reverse their course. Great companies can stumble, badly, and recover. Every institution, no matter how great, is vulnerable to decline. There is no law of nature that the most powerful will inevitably remain at the top. Anyone can fall and most eventually do.

But, as Collins' research emphasizes, some companies do indeed recover. Decline, it turns out, is largely self-inflicted, and the path to recovery lies largely within our own hands. We are not imprisoned by our circumstances, our history, or even our staggering defeats along the way. As long as we never get entirely knocked out of the game, hope always remains. The mighty can fall, but they can often rise again.

©2009 Jim Collins; (P)2009 Jim Collins

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    Jeff Hayman 03-04-13
    Jeff Hayman 03-04-13

    Tell us about yourself! I commute looooong distances each day and absolutely devour audiobooks. Audible has made the many hours in the car enjoyable! I really like their customer "reviews" (very helpful) and their no-questions-asked return policy - really, why do some great authors think they can also be great narrators?!. Can't wait for my next monthly credit to drop :) If you love audiobooks, then audible is for you!

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    "Great book, Horrible narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Get a different narrator...with few exceptions, you know you're in trouble when the author decides to read his own book (Bill Bryson is a notable exception)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters portrayed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Hire a professional reader/narrator


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to How the Mighty Fall?

    Anyone interested in business


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Collins has written an excellent book (as with his others)....but he cannot narrate. Terrible overacting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sabine St Petersburg, FL, United States 02-01-13
    Sabine St Petersburg, FL, United States 02-01-13
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    "Over Dramatized"

    I forced myself to listen to the book because I was warned by previous readers. They were right - great content, but highly dramatized & it didn't need to be. Just read the book! It is is as if Jim Collins is giving a State of the Union Address, his words are THAT important! LOL.

    Funny thing, I had never heard the word HUBRIS before (and hoped I never would again!) because it is SOOOO overused in this book; when I just looked it up to make sure I was spelling it correctly, the short definition of the word is "exaggerated pride or self-confidence." It occured to me that Jim Collins is quite hubristic in his reading! LOL. I was thrilled to be done with the book so I never have to hear him say the word again, then I started on the next book (not his) and the word popped up again! OH NOOO...but so far, it was used only once. :)

    If you are a listener than can gleen the content from the drama, this is a fantastic book. It is amazing to learn from the failures of great companies. If you can't get past certain types of narration however, you better forget this one; buy the paperback...because the content is truly awesome.

    I predict the next company to fall is WalMart. It is now led by a new CEO who is so very full of hubris and in his fake attempt to "go back to the roots" he is putting up far too many new WalMarts and he will overextend the company. I have yet to see any new WalMart around me filled with customers (even at Christmas!). He is making a huge mistake 1) by fighting everyone for the right to build on certain locations; and 2) putting them up so close together. It comes to mind that new Sam's Clubs are right in there as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Dallas 12-10-12
    Pete Dallas 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Over Dramatic"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's all down hill for Collins after Good to Great. There are some good points in the book that are useful when analyzing your business. I would recommend the written version. You can absorb the topics of the book in written form without the over dramatic narration that Collins delivers.


    What didn’t you like about Jim Collins’s performance?

    Too dramatic.
    Too slow.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MSG Tucson, AZ 11-21-12
    MSG Tucson, AZ 11-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "OK but not great"
    Would you try another book from Jim Collins and/or Jim Collins?

    Yes, it is similar to his other books, but a little light. It seamed like he wanted to make some more money of the research he had done on other books.


    What other book might you compare How the Mighty Fall to and why?

    His other two books are similar, Good to Great and Great by Choice.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I was not impressed with his narration at all. His voice seemed to get really loud like he was shouting at me at some times to stress a point to talking calmly at others. I find it distracting and a little annoying.


    Could you see How the Mighty Fall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, maybe a series of documentaries analyzing each of the companies he mentions that fell in greater detail. Maybe each would be half an hour.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the analysis of the topics and companies, but having listened to his other books, I recognized similar stories, companies, lessons, and correlations that appeared to be repeated in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Jupiter, FL, United States 08-12-10
    Tim Jupiter, FL, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Clarity, focus and inspiring"

    To be sure, these are stories of failures. But more so, these are lessons on how to be successful. What are the signs of danger? What action do you take to recovery? How to navigate in through the tough and successful times. I look forward to the next book as I just ordered the hardback version of this to have for reference and review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 12-18-09
    Deep Reader 12-18-09

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "The Mighty Book Soars"

    This book is worth listening to whether you're a senior employee, a middle manager, a member of the general staff or just someone concerned for the status of the economy.

    It provides case studies of different companies that failed due to overconfidence, ignorance of new facts and pretty much careless, not thoroughly researched decisions. It also often provides case studies for their counterparts who avoided the pitfalls they fell into.

    Overall, a must hear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-26-09
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-26-09 Member Since 2010
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    "strong entertainment value"

    Collins is a smart guy, no doubt about it. What makes this book stand out is Collins' high energy narration, as if he is on stage in front of you. As to how the mighty fall, there's nothing new, beyond the common pitfalls we regularly see. If you have never read a management book, this one is as good as any other. If you have some experience in corporate America, there's little for you here.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sudhir Chicago, IL, USA 07-26-10
    Sudhir Chicago, IL, USA 07-26-10
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    "Shallow research, Terrible narration"

    Very disappointing book. Collins utterly fails in this book. His research seems shallow and conclusions too haphazardly made.

    As if this weren't enough his narration is just terrible. Screaming, awkwardly pausing, slooo...wly reading each word at a time - all makes for a very painful listen. Sigh... what a disappointment.

    As if this is not enough his book is filled with plugs for his next book! Sorry Mr. Collins, you aren't getting any more of my money or my time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bartness MN 01-31-10
    B. Bartness MN 01-31-10 Member Since 2007
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    "I Disliked The Narration"

    I thought the material in the book was adequate, but the narration just grated on me by the time the book was finished. I just do not believe a book on this topic needs a narrator providing a dramatic reading and sometimes literally yelling the words.

    Some people might describe it as enthusiastic and emotional. I found it very distracting and unpleasant. Sometimes it is best if the author does not narrate the book. It is a business book, not a thriller.

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    J. Fields 06-02-17
    J. Fields 06-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book; Don't Listen to Critics"

    I was somewhat hesitant to listen to this because of negative reviews. I should not have been. Collins is a great author AND an excellent narrator. Those criticizing his performance might prefer their audiobooks served up as bland as melba toast, but Collins is a fine narrator.

    This isn't as life-changing as Good to Great, but so what? That's like saying Michael Jordan was less of a superstar during the game when he shot 35 instead of 40 points. Still a great player and game.

    Worth a read/listen to find out how great companies decline.

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