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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (793 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathie Black Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781415942376
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Cathie Black is the wise, funny mentor that every woman dreams of having. She was a pioneer in advertising sales at a time when women didn’t sell; served as president and publisher of the fledgling USA Today; and, in her current position as the president of Hearst Magazines, persuaded Oprah to launch a magazine. In 2006 she was named one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business” for the seventh consecutive year. Now, in the exuberant, down-to-earth voice that is her trademark, Cathie explains how she achieved “the 360° life”–a blend of professional accomplishment and personal contentment–and how any woman can seize opportunity in the workplace.

No matter where you are in your career, BASIC BLACK offers invaluable lessons that will help you land the job, promotion, or project you’re vying for. Throughout the audiobook, Cathie offers fascinating glimpses of media and business personalities, but at the core of it are her candid, personal stories. BASIC BLACK provides a close-up look at the keen judgment, perseverance, and optimism that have propelled Cathie Black to the top of her game, along with the kind of straight-up practical advice you get in a one-on-one session with a career coach. You’ll find out how to handle job interviews, which rules to break, and why you should make your life a grudge-free zone. Equally important, you’ll be inspired to pursue your passions and achieve your very best.


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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/10/2014

    " I loved this book so much, very useful & insightful for people who had just started a career, and even for those who already got any sort of previous experience. It also gives advices and lessons for life in general. Although it was around 300 pages but it was a very light reading.. the way "Cathie" summarized and ended the book was amazing and i loved it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae-Nani | 2/1/2014

    " My mom gave me this book for Christmas and based on the title I wasn't quite sure how I felt about it at first. I don't really like to think of myself as someone whose goal is "getting ahead at work" but I gave it a try and a few pages in I was hooked. Cathie Black offers some practical advice mixed in with humorous stories. Although much of her advice is basic, she writes about her early career experiences as well as the lessons she's learned as a leader so I recommend it for any career woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina OToole | 1/23/2014

    " Excellent "get ahead at work" book. This is how to do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/16/2014

    " This reads like a text book at times, but definitely offers up great work/life advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/13/2014

    " Cathie Black is the President of Hearst Magazines. I think she is so sharp! I am really enjoying her business sense! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/11/2014

    " This book made a real difference for me...highly recommend it, especially for women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shkeya Brittle | 1/11/2014

    " A great book for any women looking to go into business or just looking for advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 1/9/2014

    " more optimistic than Carly Fiorina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carin | 1/5/2014

    " I'm listening to this one in my car. It's kind of repetitive and unorganized, but she has some good points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 12/14/2013

    " A should-read autobiograpy on leadership for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jblink75 | 12/10/2013

    " Great basic book for those starting out in Corporate America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Tuscano | 12/3/2013

    " I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like some good advice on how to advance in your career. It is also well written and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 11/30/2013

    " Great advice to young women just starting out in a professional world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 10/3/2013

    " Mildly entertaining, but mostly obvious advice. I do not recommend this to my friends because they've all had jobs before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Mordini | 7/15/2013

    " Love Cathie. Great stories from the business world, told with humor modesty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 3/11/2013

    " An amazingly good read. I would have loved to have read this at the beginning of my adult life...loads of useful information for the business world and life in general. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 9/13/2012

    " I agree with the reviewer that wrote this is a cross between a memoir and advice book. The name dropping and long stories were a bit annoying. But that being said, I did learn a couple things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 6/30/2012

    " This book was awesome! It was really enlightening and great to read about her background. I think her job would be fabulous!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauryn | 2/5/2012

    " It was GREAT! A good read if you are looking for some anecdotes and practical career advice no matter WHAT your career goals. Perfect for someone graduating from college or grad school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendafos | 1/20/2012

    " An easy read providing general business management insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 9/8/2011

    " Great life and work advice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 6/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and found it an inspiring read! If you're looking for a "guide" this may not be what you expect, but I found the narrative style enjoyable to read, and I think her advice is spot on in many aspects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maigh | 5/4/2011

    " Deliciously transparent view into the missteps and successes of an admirable professional. Have already caught myself passing along some of the nuggets I took away from the read. Thanks to Wendy for the recco! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/11/2011

    " Love Cathie. Great stories from the business world, told with humor modesty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/1/2011

    " Excellent read. I hadn't heard much about Cathie Black prior to reading this book but hearing her story, and her advice for women wanting to get ahead......really invaluable. I've gone back and re-read this several times, it's that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/27/2010

    " For any woman embarking on a career or in the throes of one--this is your bible! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/2/2010

    " I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like some good advice on how to advance in your career. It is also well written and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 8/22/2010

    " Great career advice. I've got some work to do... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/16/2010

    " This book is one of the greatest gifts my father has ever given me. This is a fantastic book and you do not have to be in the corporate world to benefit from its contents. I would recommend this book to women at any stage in their careers. "

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About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.