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The essential book on management from the man who invented the discipline. Now completely revised and updated for the first time.
©2008 Peter F. Drucker Literary Estate; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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Comprehensive - Maybe too Comprehensive

This audio book is very comprehensive and for my purpose, a bit too comprehensive. I listened to it once an I am only relistening certain chapters. There are a lot of topics around "management and the public institution" very philosophical management topics, details (e.g. John Smith, 1873-1935) etc.
But the chapters that I found useful, definitively have a lot of "beef" on it. Listening to the speaker for prolonged times can be strenuous (e.g. his voice is following me even after it's off...)

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Aidan
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 09-24-09

Not just management, but really good advice

No matter what you consider your role in the workplace to be, there will be something in this book to improve it. The personal insights and wisdom which come in the last few chapters are particularly enlightening, and are astoundingly good advice to anyone who will listen.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • will
  • Kyle , TX, United States
  • 08-31-14

Super Interesting Listen

I have to admit, I was a little scared o take on an almost 20hr audiobook on the topic of management. I've heard Drucker referenced enough though to know that he is the man to follow in this subject area.

The narrator was great and helped keep my interest.

Overall I was very pleased with the full 20hrs and at the end felt like I could keep going. I think a lot went over my head, but there were a few gems that made an impact on my thinking about life and business.

One thing I like about a book like this is that when I come back around to it after gaining more experience in work and life, there will be more for me to take away.

I would recommend this book if you have an interest in business and or leadership.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not just for business or corporate types -

Would you consider the audio edition of Management to be better than the print version?

One of the most valuable things I have ever read.<br/>My only regret - I am 48 - I wish I had read it 20 years ago.<br/>Still - I can still use this as a map out the rest of my professional life and mentor others.

What did you like best about this story?

Simple, easy to understand explanation of complex topics.

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

He amazing predicts the time and nature of the "mid-career crisis" and how to address it. Very validating!

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  • Brendan
  • Waukegan, IL, United States
  • 06-23-13

Excellent

Peter Drucker's insights are fascinating to listen to. With this book, it's a very wide-reaching survey of seems to be everything he ever wrote. My only complaint was the lack of focus, but in some ways, it was nice to think outside the box on seemingly random issues. The narrator has a very posh accent that I think lends well to the content, but the first 30 minutes or so of the book is narrated by the co-author/editor, who sounds like a drunken dockworker.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ajit
  • westford, MA, USA
  • 08-15-09

EXCELLENT!

A must for any one with any interest in management. A fantastic resource and very engaging narration. Strongly recommend.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Like listening to a textbook being read.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter F. Drucker again?

Probably not, I would rather read the material myself.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was dry and bland. I will admit though that the material was pretty cut and dry.

Any additional comments?

The information in the book was thorough and informative but I ended buying the hardcopy because "Management" makes a much better read than it does a listen. It was like listening to professor read a textbook word for word.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worth the investment !

I would recommend the investment in time and money for this aufiobook. I bought the original edition of the book first and could not start it because it always seemed like a monumental task. The audiobook of the revised version helped me get over the hurdle. It is well read except for a few mispronunciations. The content is fantastic and condenses most of Druckers thought about the subject matter.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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For very patient people only

Although I have really tried, I was not able to finish the entire book. Apart from the fact that the reader's voice is a bit annoying, the author likes to hammer every point thoroughly by repetition... over and over again. This book could potentially be 90% shorter by removing repetition. There are a few interesting points in this book to be honest, but it just doesn't justify the time spent reading it.

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  • BB
  • APO, AE, United States
  • 09-07-11

Not slick, not sexy--just sane and sound

Just about anything Peter Drucker ever wrote is worth reading and usually worth re-reading. However, there are two advisory notes about this audiobook. First, the text is not an update of Drucker's 1973 classic, "Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices," which is the closest thing to the one essential management book I know of. It's a compilation assembled from parts of that book and various articles he wrote in the 1980s and 1990s. Second, the narrator has a pompous, lecturing tone that quickly grows old. It's taken me months to finish this, because I can't stand listening to him for more than 30 minutes or so. What a pity they couldn't find a reader who understood that audiobooks are listened to by individuals, not by lecture halls.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful