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    • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't, by Jim Collins

    • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 123
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      3 out of 5 stars 123

    What does it take to make something - an activity, a work of art, a company - great? What are the factors that distinguish the merely good from the truly great? In Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't, Jim Collins offers insight into what makes a business truly great....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • BEWARE, this is not the actual book, Good to Great

    • By Big Red Dog on 05-27-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is a guide to applying leadership principles of the United States Navy's Sea, Air, and Land Teams (SEALs) to business. At the center of the strategies that Willink and Babin illustrate is taking complete responsibility for everything in which all leaders are involved....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • get the normal book

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-21-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl: Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
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      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Frankl and his family were imprisoned in concentration camps during the war. Frankl was held in several camps before he was liberated from the last in 1945. During his time in the camps, Frankl witnessed the extreme cruelty of camp guards and the prisoners who were given special status by them, also known as Capos. He also witnessed the cruelty of the prisoners to each other as they underwent the three stages of reaction to their imprisonment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best summary of this book

    • By Ali Rafatjah on 05-22-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing, by Benjamin Graham and Jason Zweig

    • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 81
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 80

    The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham, with commentary by Jason Zweig, is a thorough guide to the principles of portfolio creation, cost management, stock and bond picking, and stock ownership for the defensive, long-term investor....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A bit TOO clipped for me

    • By Philo on 11-01-15

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 69

    First published in 1983, High Output Management by Andrew Grove is a management guide based on Grove's 15 years of managerial experience and knowledge as a cofounder, president, and chief executive of Intel. As Grove emphasizes in a new introduction to the book, globalization and the information revolution have dramatically changed the workforce, making people ever more replaceable and the market ever more competitive. Companies must adapt to these changes or face their own irrelevance and extinction.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Superficial

    • By Chris Firestone on 12-08-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick Lencioni

    • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    Patrick Lencioni's The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is about the reasons teams fail to work together for the collective good of an organization and ways to overcome these problems....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • interesting summary

    • By SVP Dr Ann McCoy on 02-20-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of Start with Why by Simon Sinek

    • Includes Analysis
    • By: Instaread Summaries
    • Narrated by: Dwight Equitz
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    Most companies rely on manipulations to attract customers and employees; they use short-term motivators that do not inspire or encourage loyalty. Customers who are not inspired will stop buying the product as soon as the company cannot keep up the manipulative strategies, and employees are less motivated and less productive when they are not inspired.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • It seems to be done by a computer. Describes was it”s written instead of extracting the ideas. Really bad. Don”t waste your mone

    • By Lucas Barcia on 11-07-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

    • Includes Analysis
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Dwight Equitz
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek advocates for a leadership style that focuses on serving others rather than pursuing shareholder goals or personal interests. Modern trends in leadership prioritize profits and executive bonuses over creating a healthy environment for employees. Leaders who think of themselves as serving their employees like family can increase job satisfaction and engagement, which reduces stress and increases productivity because employees feel secure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good to have a summary

    • By stephan j. murphy on 04-16-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling

    • Includes Analysis
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution is a guide for businesses to reliably commit to the goals and plans they set, authored by associates from FranklinCovey, a management consultancy. Rather than focusing on what a business must accomplish to be successful, the four disciplines establish how to accomplish those things.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not a good investment. time or money

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    The Lean Startup offers a set of tools and methodologies for entrepreneurs both in startups and established corporations to better achieve success. Since the vast majority of startups fail, understanding how to build a better company saves society's most precious commodities: ideas, time, and the skills of its people. The lean startup movement sets out to prevent future failures....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Filled with important lessons

    • By Gina Carr on 07-08-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of The Ideal Team Player: by Patrick Lencioni | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Patrick Lencioni's The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues posits that in order to succeed - especially in a work environment - one must be a team player. Business leaders must be able to identify and hire team players to secure the best possible advantage over their competitors and leverage all the benefits of teamwork. Ideal team players share three core virtues: They are hungry, humble, and smart.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A good summary of The Model, not enough of The Fable

    • By Benjamin on 03-28-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of The 48 Laws of Power: by Robert Greene | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Power depends on the relationships between a person and those he or she seeks to control. Powerful people must cultivate their appearances to earn respect and eliminate doubt. They must practice selective honesty, misdirection, and an excess of secrecy to gain a tactical advantage. Timing is central to maintaining power, as is the ability to adapt. The array of strategies available when seeking power include mirroring the opponent’s actions and controlling the opponent's options for action.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Save your $3.95....read the original.

    • By Marvin on 03-23-16

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    • Summary, Analysis & Review of Amor Towles's A Gentleman in Moscow by Instaread

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Dwight Equitz
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is the story of a Russian aristocrat-turned-waiter who lives 32 years of his life under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow. Set in post-revolutionary Russia, the novel follows its protagonist, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, as he develops new friendships, family, and loves, all while confined within the walls of the Metropol.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • What about?...<br />

    • By Pjk on 12-26-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Glass Castle, a Memoir by Jeannette Walls: Summary & Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 9

    Jeannette Walls chronicles all the heartbreak, deprivation, humor, and love of her childhood in The Glass Castle, a memoir of growing up dirt-poor on a cross-country odyssey with her charismatic, but alcoholic, father and her codependent mother.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Helpful and Quick Summary and Analysis

    • By Andre on 09-08-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: Summary & Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
    • Length: 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Between the World and Me is a letter Ta-Nehisi Coates writes to his teenage son, one that describes the tragedy and truth of the black experience, and focuses on what it means to be a child and parent in the black community and how lives are impacted by the inherent racism and societally engrained perspective held by those in power.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • great supplement to the full writing by Coates

    • By Alan C. Earing on 03-29-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Boundaries: When to Say Yes; How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

    • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 52
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Written by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, Boundaries: When to Say Yes; How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life examines how conservative evangelical Christians should set and maintain proper boundaries - that is saying yes and no at the appropriate times, by examining how boundaries are presented in the Bible. Those who cannot say no live lives filled with unhappiness because people take advantage of them.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Feeling Cheated - A Summary Not Expected

    • By Denise on 06-20-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: A 15-minute Summary & Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Henrietta Lacks was a young black woman whose cervical cancer cells became one of the most important factors in bringing about important scientific and medical advancements in the 20th century. Her family, however, did not know that researchers were using Henrietta's cells in their experiments until much later. When the family learned the truth, they endured turmoil and heartache in the decades that followed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Summary OK, analysis & takeaways better

    • By azmom on 04-20-15

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée A. Mauborgne

    • Includes Analysis
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Blue Ocean Strategy is the 2015 update to the classic business strategy text of the same name originally published in 2005. The text offers a practical handbook to business students and entrepreneurs who wish to rise above the fray of the competition, become pioneers in previously uncharted market territory, and gain access to impressive growth opportunities and an untapped customer base.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good content, poor narration.

    • By Ryan Arnold on 12-05-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20

    The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a philosophical treatment of Taleb's research on highly improbable, high-impact events. These events, which Taleb calls "Black Swans", are so improbable that they are unpredictable. However, pundits and scholars are often inclined to fit such extreme events into a causal narrative after the fact, in order to make history appear more organized.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating insight, but boring listen.

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-24-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • A 20-minute Summary of Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    • By: Instaread Summaries
    • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    Gawande grew up in Ohio. His parents were immigrants from India and both were doctors. His grandparents stayed in India, and there were few older people in his neighborhood, so he had little experience with aging or death until he met his wife's grandmother, Alice Hobson. Hobson was 77 and living on her own in Virginia. She was a spirited widow who fixed her own plumbing and volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Helpful

    • By j c on 11-21-15

    Regular price: $3.95

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