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100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them Audiobook

100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them

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Publisher's Summary

This accessible and inspirational audiobook examines a diverse collection of business people and how they make their enterprises work. From risk-loving entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, through to the conservative creator of Liquid Paper, Bette Nesmith Graham, and Warren Buffett to driven individuals such as Manolo Blahnik, Enjo's Barb de Corti, and James Dyson, this book is a collection of true stories from around the world that offer inspiration, ideas, and lessons on the principles of successful business. Where better to look for business advice than from the world's best?

©2004 Emily Ross and Angus Holland; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    Steven Sandton, JohannesburgSouth Africa 01/09/2006
    Steven Sandton, JohannesburgSouth Africa 01/09/2006
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    "A decent listen, but not enough meat on the bones!"

    It's not a bad listen (apart from irritating referencing and acknowledgements after each chapter). It has a bit of an Australian bias which can be a bit frustrating when they hardly compare to some of the other greats around the world but I appreciate it was probably produced for the Australian market.

    It is a little bit out of date but that shouldn't stop you buying it, it has been a worthwhile listen so if you (like me) enjoy business anecdotes then go for it, but if you are really looking for this to have a significant impact on your life....don't count on it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Abubakar LondonUnited Kingdom 03/05/2011
    Abubakar LondonUnited Kingdom 03/05/2011
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    "a good listen"

    I enjoyed this. The narration is good too. You get many (100 in fact) short stories about successful companies' roots and how their founders got started from an idea. Most companies are well known (e.g. Mc Donalds, Nike etc) and some are less well known. You get a sense of the personalities of some of the founders too (e.g. Bill Gates) which paints some colour to the imagination as you listen. A good listen for any budding entrepreneurial types out there!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Seth
    New York, NY, USA
    10/03/07
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    "Annoying"

    The book is fairly interesting, though not hugely. They basically harvested stories from various magazines and books and such and give very short, non-in-depth stories. Very little light is shed on the reality of how hard it is to create a business. Worst of all, though, is the narrator's voice. It's not that he's British -- I'd have taken Ian McKellan any day -- but his voice, his intonation, his reading is bizarre. It's like he twists the words to see how strange he can make them sound, plays with inflections as though he's bored and looking for something to do/ Pardoxically, he makes everything seem profoundly, deeply important -- he speaks in a constant whisper-like intonation, as if to say, "now REALLY listen to this." As a result, it's impossible to tell what's actually important from what's just narrative. This is, I'm sure, not what the writers intended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • James Schaefer
    Arlington, Tx USA
    23/05/06
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    "Grade: A- & F"

    The content is informative but leaves you wanting for more detail at times. However, for a book covering 100 companies I didn?t expect to much detail. I give content an A-. I have to give the audio an F on two very annoying points. First, the narrator reads a long list of names in the ?Acknowledgement? How boring. I suspect very few readers of hard copy books actually read verbatim acknowledgements. Second is the reading of reference ?notes? at the end of each section. I dread the conclusion of each section knowing that I?m going to have to be drug through the minutia. If I?m that curious about which newspaper article or book is referenced I?ll buy the book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wally
    Charlotte, NC, USA
    06/07/06
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    "Decent Content, Awful Reader"

    I must give this audio book two separate grades, one for content and one for the recording.

    The content gets a B. The broad scope is impressive, however this is a book that uses secondary sources almost entirely and doesn't seem to use multiple sources to verify content. I caught many questionable statements about US businesses I'm familiar with, which left me wondering about the reporting on British and Australian businesses that I know less well.

    The only writing quibble I have is that the authors mix US and British English. The front part of a car, for example, might be a "hood" in one place and a "bonnet" in another.

    The reading/recording gets an F- if there is such a thing. It was simply awful and insulting to boot. Here are a few of the things that got to me.

    There are multiple reading errors. A date is read as "1996" when context clearly indicates it should be "1966." American Machine and Foundry is called "American Foundry and Machine."

    The reader pronounces words that have become part of the English lexicon with their French pronunciation, e.g. "penchant" and "chagrin" and "St. Louis." No such treatment is given to words derived from other languages.

    The US state of Arkansas is not pronounced properly. Neither are many company names as if the reader did not bother to research them before sitting down at the microphone.

    Abbreviations such as Corp. and Inc. are read as if they are words.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Keran
    MerrylandsAustralia
    23/12/08
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    "educational"

    I listened with interest about Australian business' that I know so well, but had no idea on their backgrounds. It is fascinating to hear the stories and see the strategies that have had resounding outcomes. Equally the companies that have failed when they were on the path of success, but failed to capitalise on critical opportunities. I listened to this with my very sick Mum, and we both got a lot out of it. We also enjoyed the overseas content as most of the brands are also know in Australia, Easy to listen to and very pleasant narrator

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas
    Eagle Lake, MN, USA
    20/12/08
    Overall
    "Great Snapshots of businesses"

    This audio book provided some great snapshots of 100 businesses, although many are Australian businesses. The sequel book, 50 Great E-Businesses was even more interesting to me because I have an interest in technology businesses. The great value of these two books, is in discerning the similarities in the business stories presented.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vishal
    TallinnEstonia
    20/09/06
    Overall
    "Shallow"

    This book covers upper layer information on 100 businesses. Good compilation of information published but lacks depth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Isabel
    ParisFrance
    25/09/07
    Overall
    "Interesting"

    A superficial analysis with entertaining anecdotes for cocktail party conversation. A great emphasis is placed on Australian businesses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    Miami, FL, United States
    06/02/07
    Overall
    "Good but not great"

    The businesses detailed are mainly from Australia. The narration is good. I was more interested in American businesses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ez
    28/07/14
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    "To shalow. Many very old busness covered"
    What disappointed you about 100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them?

    Many of the business stories deal with very old businesses. random mixture of various subjects as fashion, publishing, hitch, etc. It would be much better if the book was allocating various chapters per the subject it was dealing with. In addition the analysis is very shallow, making it hard to learn from it.


    What could Emily Ross and Angus Holland have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would be much better if the book was allocating various chapters per the subject it was dealing with. In addition the analysis is very shallow, making it hard to learn from it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Aspel’s performances?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher W Chrebet
    03/10/06
    Overall
    "excellent"

    how else are you going to learn about the methods behind so many successful businesses in such a short time. The references at the end of each section are pathetic, but the book has invaluable content and it's presented well. Go get your masters to learn about the best businesses that have existed or buy this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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