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Let My People Go Surfing Audiobook

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman - Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual

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Publisher's Summary

In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard - legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc. - shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life - a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

With a preface to the second edition, introduction, and epilogue read by the author.

©2016 Yvon Chouinard (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    CA Weir 27/07/2017
    CA Weir 27/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Insight into a great man, inspiration to live"
    What made the experience of listening to Let My People Go Surfing the most enjoyable?

    This is more than an autobiography of a great climber, surfer and environmentalist. Not just the story of one of the most succesful companies in the world. It is a call to arms. A manifesto to live a better, simpler, happier life. I haven't been moved by a book like this since Naomi Klein's 'No Logo'


    What aspect of Yvon Chouinard and Christopher Grove ’s performance might you have changed?

    I wish we had Yvon's gravely voice narrate this. The narrator does a good job, but I love hearing YC speak and if he'd narrated the whole book, not just the intro, it would be a masterpiece.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky 18/01/2017
    Vicky 18/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirational"

    From a small company, big things are possible. A book to challenge traditional business practices. Fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keal 10/01/2017
    Keal 10/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought provoking, mind shaping, opinion changing"

    An amazing story of passion, unshakeable values, adventure, innovation, people and care for our planet. I thoroughly loved it and know that the lessons and stories will carry with me for life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Colin
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    3/10/16
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    "From the Heart"

    I have a lot of respect for Yvonne Chouinard. He lived an amazing life and was mindful the entire way. after listening I yearn to climb mountains, to work in such an amazing company as Patagonia, to start an organic farm, and to practice Civil Disobedience. To think about life and put your thoughts to action.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Oakdan
    18/06/17
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    "Worst I have listened to on Audible"
    What would have made Let My People Go Surfing better?

    A more in depth history of the company. Book felt like a 10 hour advertisement for Patagonia products.


    What could Yvon Chouinard and Naomi Klein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Book was constant information about global warming. If I wanted to read about global warming I would have purchased a book written by a scientist. Not a Clothing manufacturer that sells clothing made in China


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator sounded like she was reading for infomercial


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. Dont Buy this Book.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could request refund. Hated this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Perkins
    Houston, TX
    25/05/17
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    "Good presentation, though a little preachy"

    I respect Patagonia and the fact that the company stands behind its values. I was hoping for more on the overall management of the company, not so much on this is what is wrong with the planet and let me give you a ton of statistics to back it up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colby
    4/11/16
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    "A great look at how business can be used for good"

    A great read that I would recommend to any and every business owner, or entrepreneur, that gives a damn about the world they operate in. It is both a good adventure in how Patagonia came to be and a insightful journey about the founder Yvon and his deep rooted values that shape the company. This book will force you to critically examine your business and the impacts that it has on the world as a whole. There are also some very insightful ideas that can be applied to any business that desires to operate in a more "sustainable" manner. Yvon is an inspiring figure whom makes no excuses when critically examining his own company and holding it accountable for any impact that it has, both positive and negative. Patagonia is a role model that all businesses should look to aspire to. Yvon and this book have definitely inspired me personally and I think it will for you as well if you give it a chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Em
    2/11/16
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    "Must Read"

    A personal, yet totally relatable (and usable) manifesto on business, adventure, environment, and just being human. This book will help you see more clearly the right path forward in whatever it is you're doing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Lindberg
    Minneapolis, MN
    20/10/16
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    "Half and half not"

    The first half of this book was insightful, however the second half was too specific to clothing manufacturing or restatements of previous points.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    16/10/16
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    "Excellent book!"

    Patagonia and Yvon Chouinard's stories are amazing. Unfortunately the narrator was a bit grating due to some small mispronunciation errors

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gardiner Rynne
    24/07/17
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    "More of a Sermon than a Story"

    The story of how Patagonia started is great. It is inspiring to hear how Chouinard turned his passion for climbing into profit. I wish the book had given more details about this. Instead, it turns into a polemic about the evils of consumerism and the joys of flex time. Chouinard glosses over the fact that once Patagonia needed a reliable supply chain, he had to turn to oversees manufacturers whose employees were likely not taking the afternoon off to chase waves or spending three months climbing in the Himalayas. The primary theme, Chouinard's concern for the environment, is admirable, and he puts the company's money into his beliefs, but he comes across as so pretentious when he starts sermonizing about it (the narrator didn't help).

    Late in the book, Chouinard's commitment to the earth takes a darker turn when he discusses Patagonia's militant support for Planned Parenthood. It's not that Chouinard's "sustainable" world has no place for people, only that it has no place for Certain Kinds of People.

    While I think Chouinard's intent was to push his philosophy more than his product, I finished the book thinking I never want to buy another piece of Patagonia clothing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    20/07/17
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    "amazingly inspiring"

    Thanks for shinning the way for us in order to work TOGETHER for a better world!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shukin
    16/07/17
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    "Rethink, Reuse, Reniew"

    In the first five minutes of listening to this book I knew it was going to change the way I think. Actually it took me back to thinking the way I did in the 1980s. Somehow through consumerism I developed a hopelessness for the environment, but this book has restored hope and belief that I can make a difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Anonymous
    28/07/17
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    "inspirational"

    beautifully written book, inspirational and profound. packed with so much information and insight I'll be reading this over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dc-l
    22/04/17
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    "Highly recommended"

    In a world where many people are naive enough to think that life's goal is the accumulation of wealth at the expense of all else, Yvonne provides a working example of how we will be measured, not by our bank balance but by the lack of impact our actions have on the planet.
    A brilliant book form end to end.
    Highly recommended.
    Read it, then live it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Phillips
    7/03/17
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    "An advocate for a simpler, healthier and more sustainable way of doing things"

    An inspirational manifesto for change in the way CEOs, investors, companies, and most importantly, people conduct themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Rico Suave
    5/01/17
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    "The future of business"

    Thought provoking and insightful in equal measure, this is a rallying cry to business to challenge the convention of hierarchical, command and control consumer driven enterprise and pursue the creation of a new type of commercial organisation motivated by its purpose and it conscience rather than just money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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