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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 149
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 128

    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

    • Summary, Analysis & Review of The Arbinger Institute's Leadership and Self-Deception

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Tamara Ryan
    • Length: 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      3 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute is a business fable that illustrates the ways that self-deception can undermine interpersonal relationships and productivity. It begins with a new product-line lead employee, Tom Callum, at the fictional Zagrum Company. He's meeting with the company's executive vice president, Bud Jefferson. Bud says that Tom has a problem with self-deception, as they all do, and begins a long meeting to mentor Tom on how to avoid self-deception.

    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 72
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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

    • 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 99
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 84

    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

    • 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 98
    • 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 60
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    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 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    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 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 100
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 79

    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

    • 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 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    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

    • The Girl in the Spider's Web, by David Lagercrantz: Summary & Analysis

    • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 25

    The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel is the fourth novel in the Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz. This book follows Lisbeth Salander, a Swedish hacker who, while looking into her father and sister's criminal empire, uncovers information about ties between a criminal organization, the National Security Agency (NSA), and a massive technology corporation.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • David Lagercrantz was disappointing

    • By Renee Donovan on 05-06-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Red Notice by Bill Browder: A 15-minute Summary & Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder is a unique story that blends biography, entrepreneurial business narrative, history, true crime, and a human rights crusade all into one book.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Inadequate

    • By Barbara on 08-20-16

    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 57
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Summary is a good overview

    • By C Dylan Milks on 10-11-17

    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 69
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    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

    • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    A group of old school friends meet to catch up. They end up discussing the unexpected, unforeseen changes to their lives, and one friend offers to tell a story about adapting to change. The story he tells involves four characters, two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two "Littlepeople" named Hem and Haw. All of them are in a maze, looking for cheese, which they need to survive. For the "Littlepeople", cheese also has a larger, metaphysical connotation in the sense that it also makes them happy - their Cheese is thus spelled with a capital C....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So simple, yet so powerful

    • By Anonymous User on 08-18-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of Lilac Girls: by Martha Hall Kelly | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly's debut, is a World War II-era novel based on real people and events. The novel tells the intertwined stories of three women: Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite and philanthropist; Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish prisoner at the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women; and Herta Oberheuser, a Nazi doctor at Ravensbrück.

    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
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      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 Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is a legal memoir by Bryan Stevenson. It is set in the 1980s and early 1990s and follows Stevenson's legal career as an advocate for Alabama prisoners who have been condemned to death, especially prisoners who have been wrongly condemned and unjustly treated by the legal system. Stevenson focuses on the case of Walter McMillian, a black man who was falsely convicted of the murder of Ronda Morrison and placed on death row.

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    • 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 98
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    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 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Please note: This is summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is a novel in stories about the Atlantic slave trade and its aftermath. The novel begins with the stories of two African half-sisters of the Fante and Asante tribes: Effia and Esi. Effia is born in the late 18th century in Fanteland on Africa's Gold Coast, on the night of a devastating fire near her father's compound. Her adoptive mother, Baaba, immediately resents her, because Effia is the daughter of her father Cobbe's house girl.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Informative Aid to Understanding the Book

    • By Andre on 08-30-16

    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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