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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable, audiobook edition of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, read by Sarah Jes Austell. The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion. It was a stolen book. At age 17 she was a dumpster-diving, shoplifting anarchist. By 29 she was the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, a $100 million-plus fashion empire.

Filled with brazen wake-up calls ("You are not a special snowflake"), frank observations ("Failure is your invention"), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #Girlboss is more than just Amoruso's story; it is a book for anyone seeking a unique path to success - even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers.

©2015 Penguin Books Limited; 2015 Sophia Amoruso

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  • Sophie
  • West Sussex, England
  • 12-01-16

Rather patronising and SO American

There was something about Amoruso's ideas and lessons that were patronising and humble bragging. It's very peppy and grey to get yourself pumped up in lots of ways, but I also thinks she took it a little too far sometimes.

The narration, however, was superb.

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Irritating Montone Narration

What disappointed you about #Girlboss?

I'm sure your a nice person but I couldn't continue listening to the monotone American twang aimed at a 20something audience passed chapter 8 and requested a refund. Sorry. The life/business journey was the draw to this audio, the energy in the narration wasn't there for me. The timeline jumped and other synopsis from people involved with Nasty Girl (name of Girlboss company) were dropped in without a clear flow and I was left thinking "what have I just missed"? I spent time jumping the audio back to relisten and relisten to comprehend, rather than reaffirm, and still not getting it I just gave up and went to the Netflix adaptation which is 100 times better.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

That I am that Girlboss just older...much older!! The parallels of my journey to discovering and selling vintage are, I am sure, the standard blue print experience for all Girlbosses around the world who have an "oh my God I've sold it for how much" moment! Who then rush around to find the next big ticket item and have visions of becoming a dominating online seller! Life's obstacles inevitably stop this from happening quickly so this story will resonate with lots of people out their on the 'rag to riches' journey. To those starting up and who haven't already done their own market research, if you can withstand the monotone voice, this audio may well be of great, great benefit to you, just not me.

Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Jes Austell’s performances?

No

What character would you cut from #Girlboss?

The main character, as I say, is me, in another form but older, and into house music, rather than heavy metal!

Any additional comments?

Stopping this audio and going straight to the Netflix adaption, I found myself watching episode after episode without being annoyed and irritated. The story of one persons "ah ha" moment and the struggles that follows to do what they are happy doing, rather than what society thinks they should be doing, makes this a compelling, motivational and inspirational watch, but not listen! Sorry. Hope you continue to be extremely successful with your business.

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It was good

i am only 13 so this book in some places didn't help me cause it was to old it still was a very good book and help me realise that you can do what you want as long as you put your mind to it.

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The Must-Read for any entrepreneur with heart.

I'm a weirdo. I'm also an entrepreneur who works her butt off despite people pestering me constantly with; 'when are you gonna get a real job.' Which is why this book was SO revolutionary to me. Sophia's journey from broke-ass freegan hunting for vintage to the CEO of a million dollar company is inspiring, impressive & amazingly down-to-earth. This book reads like your best friend giving you invaluable advice & encouragement, whilst making you laugh & recognising that you're a 21 century girl with WIFI so you're not an idiot. Conclusion; you need this book in your life! 💡

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Funny, empowering and relevant

I really enjoyed this listen on my way to work, it was inspiring and extremely relevant to a millennial my myself

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Inspiring true story

Loved it, found the narrator easy to listen to and felt uplifted throughout. Sophia Amorouso is a queen.

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Loved it !

100% loved this book. After watching the Netflix series I started looking into the story of Sophia Amoruso. Whilst the start of the book sounds like a list is being read of everything she had done wrong in her life if you stick with it it turns into an inspiring book about doing your own thing.

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Perfect for entrepreneurial women

I loved this book so much! Despite the negative reviews it gave several good advice. I listened and read the book at the same time and this was far the best book I have ever read in this category. It was better than Sheryl Sandberg's Lean in.

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Inspiring

Inspiring and encouraging listen. Well worth investing the time to really listen to the many lessons given in this book!

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Love the sass level

Not my usual genre but I actually really enjoyed this. Which if I'm honest surprised me a little.

I'm not a girly girl on any level so really appreciated the attitude of just being yourself, even if it doesn't please others.

I loved the sass level and inner thoughts which mirrored some of my own inner dialogues. I think you just need to appreciate it for what it is, someone opening up about their self and their history and being brutally honest.

I really liked the narrator too as she gave it justice. Shame the author didn't narrate it as I feel that would have made it seem more personnel.

Overall a nice surprise listen for me.

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  • gurmit kaur
  • 01-06-17

Overal.. Inspiring

What did you love best about #Girlboss?

Overall I found her story inspiring. Makes me believe that anything is possible when you are positive, consistency and hard work is what it takes to make it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sophia herself. He dedication and hard work was inspiring

What about Sarah Jes Austell’s performance did you like?

Understandable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to those who are just setting up a business. She shows us how to stay motivated being positive and stay in business by being consistent.

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  • EyesAce
  • 27-04-17

Sensational!

I really appreciate every words! Love the spirit and the message she wants to give the our girlbosses out there in the world! Enjoy this book, because it's worth it!

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  • Syllable
  • 12-02-17

Did not finish

This is a boastful book, full of gratuitous swear words (seriously, it's unnecessary and not cool).

Boasting about shoplifting. Boasting about several menial jobs. Good for you, Sophia. It's just not my cup of tea. The fact that the narrator sounded like a teenager didn't help.

And while I'm getting things off my chest, I find referring to women as girls deeply patronizing.

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  • Brizza
  • 11-10-16

Brizza

Love it! It's fun but it goes to the point. She really makes me think in what I need to be a #GirlBoss.

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  • Luke
  • 25-09-16

Men should read it too!!

My fiancée read this and she said it related to me so well, so I read it and I was really impressed by it. I think guys could learn a lot from this and is a fresh perspective compared to normal business books.

Great read!! Thanks

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  • Anne
  • 10-09-16

As a young adult, I loved it

The whole message in the book is something I think all the young 20-something women of the world should know about. Sophia's story is a real inspiration and it does make you feel like anything is possible. Her journey to being who she is today is so simple, practical - she did regular everyday stuff. The narrator's voice is also fitting considering the title of the book. loved every second of it. will definitely be listening again.