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This Is Marketing

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Narrated by: Seth Godin
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Brought to you by Penguin.

Narrated by Seth Godin.

Number one Wall Street Journal best seller & Instant New York Times best seller.

A game-changing approach to marketing, sales and advertising. 

For the first time Seth Godin offers the core of his marketing wisdom in one compact, accessible, timeless package. This is Marketing shows you how to do work you're proud of, whether you're a tech startup founder, a small business owner, or part of a large corporation. 

No matter what your product or service, this audiobook will help you reframe how it's presented to the world, in order to meaningfully connect with people who want it. Seth employs his signature blend of insight, observation, and memorable examples to teach you:

  • How to build trust and permission with your target market.
  • The art of positioning--deciding not only who it's for, but who it's not for.
  • Why the best way to achieve your goals is to help others become who they want to be.
  • Why the old approaches to advertising and branding no longer work. 
  • The surprising role of tension in any decision to buy (or not).
  • How marketing is at its core about the stories we tell ourselves about our social status.

You can do work that matters for people who care. This audiobook shows you the way.

©2018 Seth Godin (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This Is Marketing is a very accessible way into Godin's thinking...Godin writes in pacy, jargon-free prose and this book is interesting and useful for anyone who wants an insight into how, and why, we buy things or change our habits in any way." (The Financial Times

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I LOVE Seth but...

Disclaimer: I absolutely LOVE Seth and his content. I’ve been following him for years. However, I really wish Seth got a professional narrator as the narration was very arduous might inevitably made the content drag on unnecessarily. I couldn’t finish the book. I felt super disengaged.

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Marketing perfection

The simplest and clearest discussion of modern marketing presented in a way that can only be done by a master craftsman. Thanks Seth for all your help.

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very disappointing :(

Normally I love watching and listening to Seth Godin. However I'm very disappointed with his performance on this one. It was very flat and boring. i had to stop at Chapter 5 as I couldn't go on listening. Seth why didn't you use a professional to narrate this one?

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So frustrating

I couldn't help but get very mad evrrytime I listen to this audiobook. Horrible narrating and voice, I'm so mad just thinking about his voice. Sorry Seth. Next time give it to someone who is good at reading. There is a reason why you're a marketer and another person is a narrator, you can't be both. This book probably has value, I'm sure it does, but Seth makes it very hard to understand.

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Some good advise here .

Agree with the other reviews that a professional reader would have improved the learning experience. You get transfixed by the monotonous style of delivery. Content wise he delivers what marketing should be. if you are able to push through and maintain focus you will be able to get some nuggets from the audio delivery.

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endless genetic dribble

Hours of random anecdotes that coalesce into generic marketing dribble. This guy makes a living from just punching out books without putting in any effort to make them in some way insightful.

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Seth is my hero,

and he's done it again! Read the book, listened to the audio and learner a lot. Love the way he narrates his own titles. Worth listening to!

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Marketing can’t possibly be more boring than this

I could not get past the first few chapters without wondering, should I continue the second half of the book and hoping it will get better or just accepting the fact that I’ve just wasted couple of hours? The narrative is plain and flat, it’s like you reading a bedtime story for your kids and hoping they will fall asleep fast. There’s no storyline, just sentences put together and go on and on. Theres no marketing plan or real practical strategies to follow, just theories one after another.

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Not just for marketing people

The words ‘marketing ‘ or ‘sales’ have never appeared my my job title; but this has been the most rewarding book of the year for me! I am a senior leader who reads a steady stream of leadership books and I got more out of this than any this year. This is a book about changing hearts and minds and the world that will benefit almost everyone.

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Terrible

Hard to listen to and lacks tangibility to the real world Should be professionally narrated

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  • J
  • 23-10-2019

Go for the physical book instead.

In all honesty, if it wasn’t for the great content of this book and the solid material Seth had put into it, I would’ve never finished it. But I did finish it eventually because I cared a lot about the content. I love when authors narrate their own book since it has that personal touch to it. But in this case, Seth’s voice could use some vocal training or voice coaching to beat that steady, low-tuned, slow-paced rhythm that puts listeners to sleep, and instead bring that energy, tone and varying pace to get listeners to want to hear more of that gold content. I’d still prefer that over hiring a different person to narrate the book. So if you want to make the most out of this book, buy the hard copy instead and you’ll thank me later. Nonetheless, thanks Seth for making this book and for the great content you put into it. It really gave me an eye-opening perspective into marketing and I truly appreciated it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-2020

A great motivation

Inspirational and informative. Easy to listen. A book each marketer should listen to. Highly recommended!

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  • Tony
  • 14-02-2020

This is essential listening..

Seth does it again… This man is marketing An essential part of your marketing plan

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-2019

In itself the proof of Seth's perspective

I'm an avid listener of Seth's podcast, Akimbo, and was glad to find that everything he talks about on his podcasts is also discussed on his book — There is nothing new in the book! Is that a problem? Not at all! It's just proof that Seth truly lives his own philosophy on marketing. He generously offers his knowledge for free in his podcasts and, as he suggests in his teachings, people like me will be happy to purchase a souvenir from those they respect and admire. I'm proud to have this beautifully written book on my (digital) shelf. Seth's perspective on marketing is inspiring. Seth is a remarkable human being. Thank you for your work!

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  • Adrian
  • 25-02-2019

This is book is worth tens of thousands of dollars

This is the best marketing book ive read and I have read plenty of them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-2019

Immense

This is what distilled knowledge sounds like. Thank you Seth, for bridging the value gap between marketers and those they seek to serve.

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  • Tom
  • 13-01-2019

good listen

like all seth godin books he doesn't disappoint, however like all seth godin books i have read he tends to go a few chapters too long

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-2018

This is Excellent!

It’s hard being a person who doesn’t like Seth Godin in this world. The guys everywhere, people love him and no one speaks badly about the guy. I wasn’t a fan. A cool outlier if you will. I’m now a believer after listening to this book. Stop wasting money on your marketing and read this book. If you need to move people then you need “This is Marketing” in your life.

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  • Nakul Shenoy
  • 11-12-2018

Perfect guide to marketing oneself

Listening to Seth Godin read his book was like attending a private session with him -- on all things marketing. This is a book I will come back to again and again, as there is so much good advice and actionable insights - delivered in Seth's trademark easy to understand manner.

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  • Nigel
  • 08-12-2018

Wonderful synthesis

If you would value a rounded synthesis of Seth's canon of work, buy and listen. If you are like me, you will listen more than once and get more. It is a rewarding summary and exposition of Seth's key ideas. My sense is that it will support a deep re-examination of all that we can do on the path to creating valuable change. In this way, the book can function as a manual for developing a meaningful life through work. Well done and thankyou :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-11-2018

Generous as always

I’m a fan of Seth’s work already, so this is a nice culmination of everything he’s done before. The main emphasis I feel, is in its underlying spirit of generosity. Specifically, he encourages that characteristic from start to finish. This alone makes it different to other marketing books, including the many I expect Seth has read himself in coming up with his own take on it. It’s rare that I ever get an audiobook on the day it comes out, but this time, I did. Perhaps this highlights Seth’s career path: be generous, and you’ll likely get some back in a truly natural way. Thanks Seth. You made a ruckus.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-2020

Great insights but...

Hoped it would have had a more engaging speaker. Gems spreaded throughout the audible but this had to be one of the hardest audible I've listened to due to the monotone voice of the speaker. if you can make it past that it's a good book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2019

I was disappointed.

I believe Seth Godin is a great author and marketing expert, but good narrator he is not. All the time I was struggling to keep my attention on the monotonous and boring narrative, but ever so often my mind was just drifting away. My be l will try with hard copy.

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  • Stephen
  • 28-12-2018

collection of many ideas familiar to Seth fans

collection of many ideas familiar to Seth fans with a few new ones (at least to me) added in. a good place to start if you haven't read any of his stuff and still a good place for the rest of us

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  • T. Glaves
  • 03-03-2019

Got a few hours in and had to stop.

I loved Seth's other books but this was let down... it's difficult to grasp the underlying points with the strange structuring of his sentences.

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  • Rob Faulkner
  • 02-01-2019

I like Seth but nothing new here

This book was a real let down, I like Seth's books normally but after listening to this for 7 hours I was left scratching my head - learned nothing new. I'm sure if you are new to marketing or have not listened to Seth before this would be a worthwhile listen.

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  • John Doe
  • 30-11-2018

A tough listen

Yawn. I hope the book is an easier read than it is to listen. His voice sends me to sleep

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  • Nicolás Balzano
  • 06-08-2020

Simple concepts, horribly narrated

VERY hard to listen. The first few chapters were filled with a repetitive selling self help you-can-change-your-life kind of speech that not only was tiring, but felt completely out of place and unnecessary. The rest of the content had one or two interesting concepts, but nothing revolutionary. But the narration. The main problem is the narrator, Seth Godin himself. Not only was he monotone, but he kept making weird stops in the middle of the sentences that could not be explained by normal English punctuation -it was very hard to figure out what the sentences even meant. You couldn’t tell whether he was starting a new sentence, ending one or just inventing comas in the wrong places. I simply could not listen to it any longer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-06-2020

Insightfull and remarkable! Highly recommend!

Plenty of interesting stories scattered around the book kept me interested and engaged. I took dozens of notes while listening that really make you stop and think. I was introduced to Seth's work through various Youtube videos and his blog- If you like that- you will love this book.

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  • Maciej Badowski
  • 17-02-2020

I am quite hesitant in giving 5/5 reviews...

...but putting my bias towards Seth (all his works align with my values) I'd like to give you a short and concise decision making help with "should I listen to it or not?". I was skeptic a little due to the fact that I know what Godin's preaching is and wasn't expecting much novelty, but man I got pleasant surprise! It's one short and packed production, even more valuable than other books of Seth.You can easily listen to it on x1.25 or x1.5 without distorting voice too much, which is another benefit (great voice delivery that works for multiple listeners). Quite a fresh content which sits on shoulders of giants (known knowns) but somehow feels like "eureka". Pleasant from very start to very end and it was probably the first of Seth's audiobooks that I finished so fast and was really sad it ended so quick. Very much valid insights, up to date and still ahead of time on many levels!

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