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From Publishers Weekly
This audiobook, based on a 1921 story, follows Peck, a war veteran and double amputee eager to work for Ricks’ Logging Company. The firm’s executives hire the hardworking and honest Peck almost as a lark, because they’re unhappy with several current employees’ performance. Peck immediately surprises them by going out and selling the most undesirable lumber for unbelievably high prices. He’s back in the office briefly before heading out on another sale when he’s asked to do an odd errand: he has to track down a particular blue vase in a shop on Sunday and deliver it to the company president by that evening. The intrepid Peck finds the store, tracks down the owner and finally obtains the vase, proving he is indeed a go-getter. The story is undoubtedly old-fashioned, but the actions and attitudes of both the worker and the manager still ring true today. Although using an exaggerated tone at times, Morey brings Peck to life, particularly in portraying the salesman’s frustration when he has difficulty finding the vase. The brief afterword, summarizing the message and highlighting the lessons-diligence, persistence, honesty-is useful, though not overly original, and Morey reads it straightforwardly, with no theatrics. This lighthearted parable may interest fledgling salespeople and less experienced employees.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“Although Kyne’s tale of business smarts has been around for some time, it doesn’t feel dated. … The 82-year-old story gets some slight spiffing up by business book writer Axelrod, and the afterword is especially helpful in pinpointing Kyne’s main ideas.” – Publishers Weekly
“The Go-Getter is a great book for motivating employees to take initiative and make decisions without constantly asking for management assent. … What a revelation!” – Mark Hansen, The American Society of Safety Engineers
“Earle M. Jorgensen, who built one of the nation’s largest steel distribution companies and helped persuade Ronald Reagan to go into politics … kept stacks of a book called The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How to Be One [in his desk] and gave away signed copies to visitors.” – The New York Times
From the Author
Dave says, “This classic book teaches a critical success principle. Success in any area of your life requires that you decide that you will not be denied from reaching your goal. Everyone on my team is required to read this book.”
About the Author
<DIV>Peter B. Kyne was a prolific screenwriter and the author of the 1920 bestseller Kindred of the Dust. His stories of Cappy Ricks and the Ricks Lumber & Shipping Company were serialized inThe Saturday Evening Post and Cosmopolitanmagazine. He died in 1957.
Historian, Alan Axelrod is the author of the bestsellers Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV><DIV><DIV>Arthur Morey has recorded countless audiobooks, including titles by such authors as M. Scott Peck, John Updike, Richard Russo, Anne Tyler, and John Irving. He attended Harvard and the University of Chicago and has taught performance and writing at Fordham, Northwestern, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Arthur has appeared in a host of off-Broadway and off-Loop productions. In 2009, he was awarded AudioFilemagazine’s Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture award. His work has also garnered multipleAudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award.</DIV></DIV>