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Shoe Dog

By: Phil Knight
Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz,Phil Knight - introduction
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Nike is a brand synonymous with the world of athletics: our heroes have triumphed with that familiar swoosh across their chest and we’ve laced up our own Nike sneakers for a jog around the neighbourhood or a pick-up game in the park. But who is the man behind the brand?

In this engaging audiobook, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the incredible story of how he went from a 24-year-old guy selling imported shoes from the trunk of his car to creating a global empire. Two-time Tony Award-winning actor Norbert Leo Butz narrates and enhances the drama of this listen, which follows the forefather of all startups through each setback and win.

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In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime-green Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed $8,000 his first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion. In an age of start-ups, Nike is the ne plus ultra of all start-ups, and the swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most ubiquitous and recognizable symbols in the world today.

But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, in a memoir that is candid, humble, gutsy, and wry, he tells his story, beginning with his crossroads moment. At 24, after backpacking around the world, he decided to take the unconventional path to start his own business - a business that would be dynamic, different.

Knight details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream - along with his early triumphs. Above all, he recalls the formative relationships with his first partners and employees, a ragtag group of misfits and seekers who became a tight-knit band of brothers. Together, harnessing the transcendent power of a shared mission and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, they built a brand that changed everything.

©2016 Phil Knight. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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"Narrator Norbert Leo Butz...infuses his delivery with drama and suspense, keeping the listener engaged with each chapter. Knight claims to be a shy introvert, but Butz isn't fooled, portraying the chairman as a straight-shooting, no-nonsense leader who keeps winning because he's relentless in his pursuit of success...." (AudioFile)

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Very interesting book. I very much enjoyed learning the history of such an iconic brand. Fantastic narantion also!

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Absolutely Brilliant

The best memoir I’ve ever heard the narrator done an amazing job. I literally couldn’t stop listening to this. Highly recommend

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One of my faves

I loved Phil’s English and the way he illustrated certain incidences with words. I was captivated the whole way through! Stephan read it brilliantly too!

I love how Phil never gave up at times, I got soo emotional and felt as if I were there and watching through all the craziness!

Thanks for writing such an awesome book. It also inspires me to pursue the dreams in my mind and push myself 😊

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Didn’t want this to end...

Absolutely loved this. Didn’t want it to end. Stunning example of integrity , passion , pursuing your dream, never giving up , humbleness and staying true to yourself . Absolute Nike loyal customer for ever 👌My audible pick of 2020 ✅✅✅✅

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Amazing

Fantastic story. You really feel the emotion he went through to succeed. A must read

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the things you never know

really cool and inspiring story, I wear nike every day and never knew it's origins.

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Great read and very well narrated

I got a lot more than I expected from this book. Not only was it a fascinating story about the company Nike but it is written in a way that puts you almost in a first person perspective. Surprisingly funny too at times and very honest. A great read and a value story for most I would think.

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Bloody Good

From humble beginnings to changing the world of sportswear.
A good story of how the sports giant came about.

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I never wanted the book to finish.

13hrs of pure bliss...loved the narrator....well the content is riveting and so original. Inspirational.
Thanks to Phil.

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Just a great story, very well told.

An entertaining peek behind the curtains and back in time of a truly Iconic and innovative company.
Lovable, memorable characters, situations including few harrowing ordeals, close calls, fateful encounters and a lot of laughs. Here is a very interesting look at the real risk growth companies take to blaze trails. Phil "Buckey" Knight has a wonderful and eloquent style of prose reminiscent of Kerouac not to mention some very worthy life insights

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