The Toyota Way

Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Business, Management
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,488 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.

Complete with profiles of organizations that have successfully adopted Toyota's principles, this book shows managers in every industry how to improve business processes by:

  • Eliminating wasted time and resources
  • Building quality into workplace systems
  • Finding low-cost but reliable alternatives to expensive new technology
  • Producing in small quantities
  • Turning every employee into a quality control inspector
©2004 McGraw-Hill (P)2005 AMI

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Skips to Many Parts of the Book

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

If the Narrator would have read ALL of the book. He skips parts. I know this because I was following along with the exact same book and big chunks where missing. I would have to stop the book and then read and then start it up again.

What did you like best about this story?

I love how the lean system has helped many companies.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

He has no excitement to his voice and is very monotoned.

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

I would not have cut any of it. Read the book as it was written.

Any additional comments?

Do not cut parts from the book.

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MIssing Content from the Paper Book

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

- if book had all content in the book- if cloud player worked better (but it doesn't), and is able to play the book (it wasn't after a few weeks)

What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Liker’s story?

- Missing content from the paper-edition book- Boring narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

- Content was interesting, but poorly delivered

Any additional comments?

- DRM is horrible. I can't simply download the book to play on my phone. I don't want to, (and I can't) install the Audible app. I even have to download and install software to play a book on my computer, which is ridiculous for a simple audio file.

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Skips major sections of the book.

This audio skips major portions of the book. I bought this thinking I could listen to this on my commute as a pre-req to a work class I am taking. That won't work as the majoity of the book is missing from this recording. The description states unabridged, but there are only 4 of 22 chapters!

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Missing large sections of the book

What would have made The Toyota Way better?

Missing large sections of the book, not organized by chapterts

Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

missing large sections of the book

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Sold as Unabridged, but it is Abridged

If you could sum up The Toyota Way in three words, what would they be?

The lean topic is a game changer for any business. It is a good audiobook but much is skipped.

What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s voice?

Excellent vocal choice

Any additional comments?

It is a shame that the customer service it represents and journey to exactness was not followed in creating this book and selling it as something it is not

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The Toyota Way

Outstanding! I have run a small business for 19 years. It was going flat over the last few years, I needed a new approach. I have listened multiple times to the program and made extensive notes, and am currently implementing the Toyota Way in my business. We are already seeing gains. The information is great, and the reading fits it to a "T" (for Toyota). It is a bit technical, but I did not find it ponderous. Highly recommended!

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This is an abridged audiobook

I agree with other reviewers that when you listen to the audiobook with the printed book of the same edition in front of you, it's clear that the audiobook is abridged and skips large chunks of the book.

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Great for priciples but they skip large portions

I got this book as required reading for a college class I am taking trying to follow along as they read and highlight and notice that this audiobook not only skips around but omits several chapters. I'm disappointed in this as I bought the whole audiobook not an excerpt.

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Skips too much of actual books

Although it was a time saver, I will still need to skim book since too much was skipped.

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This audiobook is incomplete

Would you try another book from Jeffrey Liker and/or Grover Gardner?

I would; however, this version of the 'The Toyota Way' is incomplete. I purchased the audiobook to supplement my reading for a graduate school class, as well as the hard copy version (all from Amazon/Audible) and this audio version is very abridged - it is not complete.

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

I would have included the entire book in the audio book.

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  • Mr Adeyemi
  • 05-27-15

Good listen!

Good narrator, Good examples. I enjoyed learning about the background and principles behind the Toyota way of working. Could be more thorough on tools mentioned such a value stream mapping.

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  • Amy P
  • 04-06-15

Lean Principles

This book is excellent for anyone wanting to understand the Lean Principles developed by Toyota.

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  • RJDAVIES07
  • 02-28-15

seriously good book

The narrator was amazing iv owned the hard copy for years and read it a hand full of times but it was amazing to be able to listen to it for a change while driving to work.

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  • Gary
  • 10-22-13

Efficient Book about Production Efficiencies.

Where does The Toyota Way rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Toyota Production System

What did you like best about this story?

Lots of lessons to draw upon and LOTS of ways in which this book will make you think about what you do, how you do it, why you do it that way and, IF there is a better way.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Many pockets of personal and company innovation throughout.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Engaging and interesting and yet, no emotion - though the content delivery or the story being told. The right way. The balance was right all the way through.

Any additional comments?

Will listen to again as, we (as a business) use KANBAN as a product development process - as applied to software and hardware design / delivery.

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  • Wybrand
  • 08-24-07

The must have operations management toolkit!

This is a straight forward operations management textbook that cuts through the normal business waffle waffle and tells you how Toyota walked the talk. Practical tools and good management stories. Excellent listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-19

Not the complete book

This audiobook is not the complete book, it skips paragraphs and even entire chapters from the written book.

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  • John Gregory
  • 08-02-17

The only book you will ever need on the subject!

What made the experience of listening to The Toyota Way the most enjoyable?

The way the reader reads.

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The speaker has a great voice and it is very well read.

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  • Bob
  • 04-18-17

Really helpful to listen to the concepts involved.

Really helpful to have an audio version of this allowing this to be listened too when reading wouldn't be practical.

Great content allowing the reader to further there own research on some of the key subjects raised.

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  • S. Wells
  • 02-15-20

Incomplete

I listened to this shortly after listening to the toyota way to lean leadership and found the first hour to be something I'd already heard.. Should I bother listening to the rest? Also, others have commented that it isn't the complete book and on looking this book is 350 pages compared to 320 in the other in printed form but the audio is only half as long suggesting a large amount is missing.

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  • Richard
  • 01-12-20

Very informative and interesting.

A pleasant and very informative listen. Happy to have listened and will certainly review at some point.

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  • Many Caps Consulting
  • 09-26-19

a must read leannbook

there are a few key lean books in the world and this is in the top 5

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-18

Its Ok

the content is good bur not really as applicable to other industries, the naration is good but a little bit slow.

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  • Becci
  • 11-05-17

Follow along with 2004 version of book

This is content rich - plenty of detailed examples on the principles. I suggest following along with a 2004 version of the print publication - coz you’ll need a highlighter to capture all the good bits to apply.