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These 20 best business audio books of all time are revolutionary in their field and don’t simply teach hypothetical concepts but they inspire massive action and cause real business growth. If you want your business to be the absolute best it can be then these audiobooks are for you.
If you were to invest your time and money into reading the following business audiobooks I would expect that you would get a minimum 10 fold return on your investment.
It was a tip in the 4 Hour Work Week that gave me a successful way to start my first online business. I have made that money back 1,000 times over. Tribes by Seth Godin inspired my first successful online product and each of these books have had a personal impact on my life and come highly recommended.
I will do a short review of each of these 20 best business audiobooks and provide a short summary of what it is about and what you can expect to get out of it. If you are listening to your audiobooks on your iPhone, iPad or Android device I strongly recommend you read my review of the Audible Audiobook App.
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- The 20 Best Business Audio Books Of All Time (Descending)
- 1. The 4-Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris
- 2. The Lean Start-Up – Eric Ries
- 3. Purple Cow – Seth Godin
- 4. Good To Great – Jim Collins
- 5. Getting Things Done – David Allen
- 6. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
- 7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
- 8. The Magic Of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
- 9. Meatball Sundae – Seth Godin
- 10. Street Smarts – Norm Brodsky + Bo Burlingham
- 11. The Personal MBA – Josh Kaufam
- 12. Duct Tape Marketing – John Jantsch
- 13. Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuck
- 14. If You’re Not First You’re Last – Grant Cardone
- 15. Great By Choice – Jim Collins
- 16. Tribes – Seth Godin
- 17. Sell Yourself First – Thomas Freese
- 18. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs – Carmine Gallo
- 19. The Launch Pad – Randall Stross
- 20. Do More Faster – David Cohen + Brad Feld
The 20 Best Business Audio Books Of All Time (Descending)
I have taken care not only to list what I believe are the best business audio books of all time, but also to take a moment to outline what the book is about, a quick review of the quality and to give you insight into how it will change your business and your life for the better.
Let get straight into the list. I have organized this by best audiobook first, getting less amazing (but still great) as the list descends.
1. The 4-Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris
The 4-Hour Work Week ranks #1 on the best business audio books of all time. This audiobook should be a mandatory listening for anyone wanting to start or run a business. Tim Ferris takes the standard concept of running a business and injects steroids into it.
This audiobook will give you the inspiration and strategies to create a business that not only provides you with financial security but also provides you with the freedom to spend as little time on it as you want.
The audiobook focuses around 4 main area
- Definition – Before you achieve the financial success you must define exactly what that means. Tim’s shows you how to stop deferring your life and how to start really living it.
- Elimination – The art of eliminating as many time sucks as possible so you can be hyper-productive.
- Automation – Automating anything that can’t be eliminated so it can be outsourced or have as little impact on your time as possible.
- Liberation – After eliminating and automating everything in your life how can you use this to be location independent and live and work anywhere in the world.
But it is also littered with epic tips on many things, from launching products to reading faster. This book is an amazing listen.
Narrated by Ray Porter this is a super engaging listen and will blow everything you believed about running a business out of the water.
2. The Lean Start-Up – Eric Ries
I have ranked the Lean Start-Up audiobook as #2 out of all the best business audiobooks not because it is the most entertaining listen on the market (it isn’t) but because it will fundamentally change the way you do business.
Narrated by the author this books make the claim that this biggest waste of money that is ever made is going through the process of making a product no one wants.
It talks about ways to innovate faster and for cheaper and how to get to a stable business point by actually testing the market and adapting to its real needs. A must read
3. Purple Cow – Seth Godin
An oldie but a goodie. Seth Godin is undoubtably the most famous marketing genius out there. The ideas and concepts he talks about are years ahead of their time.
Even though Purple Cow is over 10 years old it is still 100% relevant in today’s market and I would say it is even more relevant today than when the book was actually published.
A shorter listen (only 2:55) this book talks about the most important part of marketing…having a great product. Seth talks about baking your marketing into your product and making a product worth talking about.
If you own your own business you want to stand out from the crowd. That is exactly what this book is about.
4. Good To Great – Jim Collins
This is one of the classics on the best business audio books chart where Jim Collins and his team of researchers dive into the data to find out what makes good companies turn into great companies.
The level of care that has been taken in this book in immense and the insights gleaned from this book are unforgettable.
If you are wanting to turn your business into an operation with any sort of scale this book is for you.
5. Getting Things Done – David Allen
The getting things done is a business audio book about time management and undoubtedly the best time management resource available.
David goes far beyond the strategies of other books and create an easy to follow system on staying on top of your to do list and getting more done.
6. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
Ever seen a business grow slowly and then BAM it ‘tips’ and mass adoption kicks in and the business explodes? Malcolm Gladwell discusses this event and what it takes to make a business ‘tip’ and enter that realm of massive growth and huge success.
This book will equip you with an understanding of why mass adoption happens and how you can make it more likely to occur for your business.
7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
First published in 1989 this classic has earned its place among the best business audio books of all time and covers what effective people do that makes them so effective.
If you want to go beyond ‘working hard’ and you want to move into the realm of ‘working effectively’ then this is a great audio book.
8. The Magic Of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
An oldie but a goodie. This great business audiobook lacks some of the tact and engaging stories of the more modern business books but none the less it will teach and encourage you to think outside the square you live in.
If you are going to be thinking thoughts anyway then why not think big thoughts? This book will teach you how to think big and achieve great things in your life.
9. Meatball Sundae – Seth Godin
The title of the audio book makes you go “Huh?” and it was only after listening to multiple other Seth Godin books that I finally committed to buying and listening to Meatball Sundae and by golly it deserves to be listed as one of the best audio books for all time.
Personally, I would have rated this book higher on my own personal scale, but it doesn’t have the huge broad appeal of books like “Getting Things Done” and “The Lean Start Up” so it got bumped down the list a little bit.
This book discusses how businesses have to fundamentally change when the way we market changes. Big companies made big dollars of big TV advertising campaigns…but the day of TV advertising is dying (if not dead already).
Ask not how can my company advertise through the ‘new media’ of the internet but ask how can I change my company to be compatible with the new media of the internet. If you don’t fundamentally change the way your company does business then you will be another company that falls by the wayside.
10. Street Smarts – Norm Brodsky + Bo Burlingham
Street smarts is an audiobook that I bought after I had already listened to multiple audiobooks but I wish I listened to it earlier. It is jammed packed with practical business insight. This audiobook engages you with real stories of real businesses facing real business challenges and dishes out some amazing business advice.
I had to get this one in the top 10 best business audio books of all time. It is less known that some of the other titles out there but worth taking the risk on.
11. The Personal MBA – Josh Kaufam
I purchased this audio book at just the right time in my life. I was considering going down the path of ‘higher education’ and was looking at getting a degree and eventually a MBA. Daunted at the thought of 6-10 years of part time study I thought I would sink $15 into this audio book to see what it had to offer me.
It confirmed my belief that I don’t need to go to university, and if I want to run my own business then I should actually AVOID it. It is a fairly general book covering multiple topics about business but every time I listen to it I get something new from it.
12. Duct Tape Marketing – John Jantsch
A practical guide to running and growing a business. For me this audio book was a little too practical and some of the tactics were already a little out dated when I listened to this audio book in early (newspaper and print media marketing for a start up???) but still some great tools for the new business owner.
Despite me not being 100% content with all of the content in this audio book it was an engaging listen and still belongs in the top dozen best business audio books of all time.
13. Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuck
Gary Vaynerchuck is the founder of “Wine Library” a hugely successful websites, video blog and much more. In this book Gary talks about why you should follow your passion and how you can turn your passion into a successful online business.
Very heavily focused on the online space this is a great book for those wanting to get inspired about making a living by living their passion.
14. If You’re Not First You’re Last – Grant Cardone
This book is like being in a high pressured sales meeting. Grant yells passionately at you for hours on end telling you that you need to either bring your A game and swing for the fences or go home.
His chauvinism isn’t as off-putting as you might think and he commands respect because he goes after everything with all he has. Grant reminds you that you can be #1 and that when everyone is slacking off because of ‘the economy’ or any other reason you should be pouncing.
15. Great By Choice – Jim Collins
Another Jim Collins classic this audio book expands even further on the concepts outlined in his previous books “Good to Great” and “Built To Last”. This book is focused around the question “How do some companies thrive in turbulent times while other falter?”
Again this book has years of research backing it and covers some amazing business concepts that will serve you well throughout your life. My favorite is the “20 Mile March”. The idea being that your business has a standard that is sticks to day in and day out and does not stretch to far beyond that and does not fall behind either.
16. Tribes – Seth Godin
I hesitated to put a 3rd Seth Godin book in the top 20 best business audio books of all time but I just had to include it. Seth is the master of marketing and in his book tribes he discusses why a business should build a tribe of raging fans and bring them together.
This audiobook lacks practical application help but I think that is the point. This book is hear to change your mindset and open you up to new ways of thinking about your customers. It isn’t designed to be a step by step guide to forming your own tribe.
17. Sell Yourself First – Thomas Freese
Without a sale nothing happens. Without a sale no product is made and shipped to the customer, and without sales none of our lives would be as affluent as they are today. Salesmen make things happen.
However, in today’s world more and more this salesperson is just like the other who is selling a product very similar to the guy who spoke to you before that. Sell Yourself First teaches you how to differentiate yourself and your business in the market place by selling who you are first, and then selling the product second.
18. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs – Carmine Gallo
Undoubtedly the biggest turnaround success story of the 21st century. Steve Jobs rejoins the company he founded and was kicked out of when it is in financial despair and about to close down. He turns the business (and the world) upside down and makes Apple the largest and wealthiest company in the world.
There is no doubt Steve was a showman and this caused a great deal of the success of Apple. What did Steve Jobs do well when presenting and what skills can we take from watching him to apply to our own lives and our own businesses.
Not technically an audio book about business, speaking and presenting skills are something ever entrepreneur needs to master. That is why I have included this in the best business audio books of all time. Because this is an audiobook you NEED to listen to.
19. The Launch Pad – Randall Stross
There is a start up movement happening worldwide, where big ideas become big companies in such a short period of time. Look at the success of Facebook and DropBox. In just a few short years these companies became multi-billion dollar companies.
The launch pad gives you an insider look into a start up incubator and what it takes to be successful as a start up company.
20. Do More Faster – David Cohen + Brad Feld
David and Brad run a start up incubator much like that discussed in The Launch Pad. However, instead of an insider narrative into the events that occur during these summer intensives this book pulls out the nuggets of wisdom that successful founders need if they want their fledgling business to become a success.
These top 20 best business audio books of all time are by no means a conclusive list. There are many great audiobook titles that didn’t make the list (and maybe should have), but this will give you a good place to start your business audio book collection.
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