100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them

  • by Emily Ross, Angus Holland
  • Narrated by Richard Aspel
  • 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?


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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.
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- Seth

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.
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- James Schaefer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2006
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd