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The Innovator's Dilemma

Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change
Narrated by: Deaver Brown
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
3 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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This audiobook was created based on Clayton Christensen's landmark book The Innovator's Dilemma. This was Mr. Christensen's synopsis of his book for the Harvard Business Review. The audio tracks listed here cover the key elements of Mr. Christensen's book. This audiobook emphasizes the Idea in Brief "Does my organization have the right resources, processes, values, and team to innovate?" Then it covers the right structure for your specific type of innovation. He identifies where capabilities reside, in resources, processes, and values. He then addresses the migration of capabilities, illustrates it with the example of Digital Equipment (DEC), defines sustaining versus disruptive innovation, how to create capabilities to cope with change - internally, in a spinout, or an acquisition - and how to fit the tool to the task.

©2010 Clayton Christensen (P)2010 Christina Brown

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Great book but poor sound quality

This is a great book but it should be recorded again. The sequel: "competing against luck" it's a much better experience to listen.

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Bad narration

Just about impossible to listen too, only goes for an hour but felt like an eternity.

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Lost me.

I am a fan of the full book but this audio book even after listening to twice completely lost me.

I would prefer to have the full book with examples or case studies to make real.

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Not the full book - Save your time

I lasted around 20minutes before I had to stop. Don’t buy it even if free.

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Poor quality, don't waste ur credits on it

Poor quality, don't waste ur credits on it.
Very poor audio quality.
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Not at all close to the original book

Can't relate to the original work by Clayton Christiansen and published with Harvard. Narration was ok but many concepts left behind.

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  • A. C
  • 25-11-2012

poor quality summary only

Would you try another book from Clayton Christensen and/or Deaver Brown?

This is incredibly poor quality recording and a summary only of a great book.
Sounds like recorded in a bathroom, when you can hear computer's fan and the narrator clicking a mouse, some weird background noise. The narrator seems to read it without much understanding and preparation. Avoid!

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  • Lorian
  • 15-12-2013

This is a summary, not the whole book

Any additional comments?

This is a summary, not the whole book. I feel like the term unabridged is misleading. It is dull in presentation and the information only applies to large businesses already in operation. Not my cup of tea. However, if you manage a large business and are interested in innovation from that perspective, the information might be helpful, I wouldn't know.

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  • Juan
  • 06-01-2014

HORRIBLE PERFORMANCE... JUST COULDN'T LISTEN TO IT

What disappointed you about The Innovator's Dilemma?

I could not handle listening to this thing for more than two minutes... the quality is terrible.

It was recorded in a noisy environment with no technical resources nor knowledge at all!!

How could the performance have been better?

Someone recorded this at home with the worst microphone ever and lots of background noise!!

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  • John
  • 15-08-2013

Terrible Quality

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I guess its a good summary of the full book, but the audio quality and narration are terrible. It reminds of me of a podcast, yet even those have better quality. I know this was a cheap download, but I was a little surprised to Audible let this one through. Maybe if you need a refresher on The Innovators Dilemma listen to this, but otherwise stay away.

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  • Richard
  • 06-06-2013

ABRIDGED !!!!

What would have made The Innovator's Dilemma better?

This is ABRIDGED!!! The recording is only 58 minutes long.

What was most disappointing about Clayton Christensen’s story?

Did Deaver Brown do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

What character would you cut from The Innovator's Dilemma?

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  • sb
  • 21-04-2014

don't buy! audio quality is horrible

What didn’t you like about Deaver Brown’s performance?

The audio quality of the recording was really poor. Also, the reader's tone was quite uninteresting. I won't buy audiobook read by this guy again.

Any additional comments?

Please re-record this audiobook!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-2017

Poor audio quality and unprofessional

I thought this book was very poorly done. Sounds like a good book though so I will keep my eyes out for another version. Maybe I will ask audible for a refund on this one.

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  • IceCola
  • 05-12-2014

Bad Peformance

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innovator's Dilemma?

I can not hear Deaver on this book

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The voice and pace is just not good enough for listening

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 05-02-2020

bad audio quality

Good narrator, but bad audio quality. Disapointing in that sense. The audiobook is a summary.

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  • Stephane Rogovsky
  • 29-12-2019

boring

way too summarised to be meaningful, and I had to listed to it at 2x the speed to avoid falling asleep

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  • Niall.nf
  • 25-11-2017

Don't waste your time

Terrible terrible narration!!

Stopped listening after 10 mins... couldn't torture myself any more.

don't buy

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  • BlackApple
  • 23-12-2012

Bad recording and (perhaps) not BY Christensen

Wish I'd read the previous reviewers comments before I bought. I think there are some interesting points from the book here (and the product is quite cheap) but it really does sound like it was recorded in a bathroom! Is this in any way actually BY Clayton Christensen? It appears someone is summarising Christensen's book making this in fact a piece by DEAVER BROWN ....with all due respect I'm fairly sure I wouldn't have bought a book by Mr Brown.



Feel free to purchase as long as you understand this a recording ABOUT a book - I should have checked more closely...

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  • Peter R.
  • 24-06-2012

Poor

This is a very poor recording (possibly in a bathroom given the amount of echo) of a SUMMARY of this book.

I would NOT recommend it.

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  • Dr Jonno
  • 29-04-2018

Thus is only a summary

This is only a 1hr long summary of the book. Content was fine for a summary. Didn't have a good studio quality of presentation or narration I would have expected.

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  • Gutterstargazer
  • 25-06-2016

I feel cheated!

When I purchased this I thought it was a high quality production like all the other books I've listened to on Audible. Instead it's an enthusiast recording a summary in what could be his bedroom. Not impressed.

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  • Tracy Williams
  • 26-05-2020

A really concise read for entrepreneurs

one of Steve Job's most reads. I found it a little dense but really useful.

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  • Charlie
  • 05-05-2020

Poor narration spoiled good underlying message

To be clear, it wasn't the quality of the recording I had issue with. When I purchased this download, there was a note about the original version having been re-recorded. Nor was I expecting the whole book in place of the summary I got.

My main issue was with the narrator's apparent inability to recognise fairly unremarkable words and phrases, which he would stumble over with great difficulty. By putting pauses in the middle of words and butchering the phrasing, he actually made it much harder to understand the message.

Examples include "roadblock", "new initiative" and even "that fact" although there were many others!

On the positive side, I really liked the author's main observation, that established organisations find it difficult to innovate using established processes and values.

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  • Dileepa
  • 04-03-2020

Poor. Summary not the book

This was a summary text and not the actual audiobook. It should be clearer on the description that this is the case. Audio was sub par. Hard to follow.

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  • A W Smith
  • 07-05-2017

Great content, poor sound quality

This is a fantastic book for anyone starting a new project. It's easy to understand why this was Steve Jobs favourite business book..

Unfortunately the recording sounds like it's been done in a public toilet.. This is a real shame as it initially put me off.. if the audio was remastered I would buy the book again!

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  • Rob Gill
  • 15-01-2016

Terrible audio and reading quality

This is a great book, but the reader really makes a hash of if. It's presented in a really dull manner, like it's been recorded in someone's bedroom and the reader even slurs his speech at times. Not recommended. Buy the book!