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  • Pitch Anything

  • An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal
  • By: Oren Klaff
  • Narrated by: Oren Klaff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980

When it comes to delivering a pitch, Oren Klaff has unparalleled credentials. Over the past 13 years, he has used his one-of-a-kind method to raise more than $400 million - and now, for the first time, he describes his formula to help you deliver a winning pitch in any business situation. Whether you’re selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary, Pitch Anything will transform the way you position your ideas. According to Klaff, creating and presenting a great pitch isn’t an art - it’s a simple science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I write a lot of negative reviews. NOT THIS TIME!

  • By Michael on 14-09-2016

I write a lot of negative reviews. NOT THIS TIME!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2016

I'm sick to death of self proclaimed business gurus attempting to crystallise their "expert" opinion of themselves, capping off their mediocre careers by writing a book. I find it an offensive waste of my time when they waffle on for 13 hours about their opinions without any real authority on their subject, but hey, if you're driving for hours on end you might as well listen to something semi-educational right?

This book is DIFFERENT. Oren Klaff has put together a fantastic book that will change the way you perceive social situations and help you pitch your ideas successfully. He narrates it himself and keeps you 100% captivated.

When you listen to this book you will:
1. Listen to it at regular 1x speed because Oren doesn't waffle or talk to you slowly like you're retarded. Oren respects your time.
2. Pause at times to take notes or contemplate some awesome new concept. You may even tell your spouse how interesting the book you're listening to is.
3. Listen to it over and over again, because there is so much useful information that it may take a while to put it all into practise.

There are tonnes of books with 5 star reviews on Audible that don't deserve them, this book stands out as one that really deserves a 5 star review and it completely worthy of your time.

39 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • The New Rules of Marketing and PR

  • How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly
  • By: David Meerman Scott
  • Narrated by: David Meerman Scott, Sean Pratt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The benchmark guide to marketing and PR, updated with the latest social media and marketing trends, tools, and real-world examples of success The New Rules of Marketing & PR, 4th Edition is the pioneering guide to the future of marketing, an international best seller with more than 300,000 copies sold in over 25 languages. It offers a step-by-step action plan for harnessing the power of modern marketing and PR to communicate with buyers directly, raise visibility, and increase sales.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Annoyingly slow and basic

  • By Michael on 05-09-2016

Annoyingly slow and basic

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-2016

I read this book on the advice that it would help me set up a social media strategy. It did cover a few social media platforms but omitted many of the newer big ones making me question the "new" in the title. Overall it didn't help me set up a strategy at all. I still don't know whether I should blog or tweet, put photos up on Pinterest or Facebook, what content should go on my website's news feed and can I cross post? Overall this book just offered a basic intro to some of the platforms and I'm no closer to having a solid social media strategy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Six Disciplines for Excellence

  • Building Small Businesses That Learn, Lead and Last
  • By: Gary Harpst
  • Narrated by: Terry Daniel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Six Disciplines Leadership Centers are dedicated to helping small businesses achieve and sustain success. Six Disciplines for Excellence provides six fundamental business principles that are specifically designed to help small businesses move beyond momentary success to attain enduring excellence. This audiobook is not for those who are looking for a quick fix. Six Disciplines for Excellence is a long-term fitness program, not a fad diet.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not suitable as an audiobook.

  • By Michael on 22-06-2016

Not suitable as an audiobook.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-2016

This book reads like a textbook rather than a story. It is broken down into numbered lists and sub lists e.g. "Section 4a" and I found it very hard to follow. The book also makes excessive use of the word etcetera to the point that you can tell when they're going to use it and speak along in unison.

The content feels very dated. They make a point that you "should" start thinking about getting on this new thing called The Internet and they have to spell out what IT stands for.

Worst of all the book culminates in a sales pitch about how good the (paid for) six disciplines software is, yet it sounds like a sub-par version of Trello (which is free by the way).

I regret wasting my monthly audible credit on this book and I wish I could get my 4 hours back. I call shenanigans on all of the 5 star reviews this book has received.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,091

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An underwhelming narrative of a really cool guy

  • By Michael on 17-06-2016

An underwhelming narrative of a really cool guy

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-2016

This book is a bit of a let-down. You will learn a bit about Elon and his companies, but it will sap 13 hours of your life away and you won't be a better person for it.

You'd think there's so much you can learn from Elon Musk, but this author didn't really make much effort to gather any nuggets of insightful information, just snippets of hearsay from sources that have worked around Elon. Listening to the book feels kind of perverted because it's written in a way where the author digs up lots of dirt on him the way a trash magazine reports on the secret lives of celebrities.

The Author even gloats mildly about his tenacity in pestering Musk until he agreed to let him write the book.

Don't bother listening to this one.

44 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's ‘Space Oddity' in space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spectacular and humble insight into one continuous lifetime of applied dedication

  • By Anonymous User on 06-09-2017

Very focussed man with a very understanding family

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-2016

Before reading this book I already had a lot of respect for Chris and I still do. He comes across as an extremely focussed, dedicated and successful man so I was eager to hear how he managed his relationship with his family.

While Chris pays every respect to his wife and children for their countless contributions and sacrifices, I found myself a little disappointed that he found no elegant way to fulfil his family obligations while striving to be the best he could be in his professional career. Sure, he did the best he could and made sure his family knew they were important to him - whenever he had the time. He planned thoughtful gestures well in advance of away missions to try and make up for his absence. In a nutshell, he could have quit at any time but his career always came first. Anything less and he would never have become an astronaut.

I still can't decide whether that's right or not. It's a lot to think about.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Start-Up Success

  • By: Sean C. Castrina
  • Narrated by: Anthony Gettig
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Simply the most endorsed start-up book ever written. Hailed by the academic community, New York Times best-selling authors, as well as established entrepreneurs. If you cannot afford to fail, this is the one book you want to listen to. Written by a 20-year serial entrepreneur, in a straightforward language with key takeaways and action steps, this book guides you through the rules to follow for starting a successful business.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Michael on 02-06-2016

Not for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2016

I downloaded this book after hearing reviews that it was an essential read. Although I got a few good ideas from it, it's pretty basic and aimed at people in the beginning stages of a business.

My main gripe is that it's best suited to regular businesses like restaurants and not for lean tech startups. It preaches a lot of non-lean traditional advice that buries you in planning before you even begin.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leadership and Communication Gemstones!!

  • By David Hewitt on 17-02-2017

worth the listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-2016

There is a lot of great advice in this book but some of the tactics are manipulative and I feel that most people would see right through them. The main saving grace is that you must be genuine in caring about others, otherwise this book will be a waste of time.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (Int'l Edit.)
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King, Jr.; Steve Jobs; and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. Their natural ability to start with why enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time

  • By clinton on 14-03-2016

Worth the listen.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-2016

The book gives a number of success stories then attributes their success with the fact that they started with "why". I'm dubious that their success is based on just this and not the myriad external factors and some luck, but overall I think there is a good argument that we should start out with why.

I am glad I read the book even if its logic isn't entirely sound.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Do More Faster

  • TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup
  • By: Brad Feld, David Cohen
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

It is a cold, hard fact of business life that most startups fail. Even many of those entrepreneurs who ultimately succeed have stories of personal challenges, unsuccessful companies, and difficulties along the way. The founders of TechStars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, have worked with entrepreneurs and companies over the past twenty-five years, and have seen a number of the same issues come up again and again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty useful.

  • By Michael on 20-04-2016

Pretty useful.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-2016

This book is made up of short stories, each with an overarching lesson. Some of the stories are only relevant to US startups like incorporating in Delaware, but most of the info is universally useful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chimp Paradox

  • The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
  • By: Prof Steve Peters
  • Narrated by: Prof Steve Peters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Leading consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives. In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind-management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 9 hours is too long

  • By Michael on 06-10-2015

9 hours is too long

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-2015

This book taught me a way to understand how the mind thinks and reacts to situations. This model is very fitting of my own experiences and helps me understand the way people react when they get angry or just rubbed the wrong way. Although this is good information, it should have taken no longer than 30 minutes to explain. The remaining 8.5 hours of this book was tedious and redundant.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful