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Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox Narrator: Ensemble Cast, various narrators Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9781622313952
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The business book disguised as a novel that became an underground bestseller—and today is used by thousands of companies and business schools—is now available in a third edition that includes case studies. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcin | 3/29/2018

    " The Goal is written in a unique way. Following the story of Alex, a plant manager the reader is asked very fundamental questions and led to answers instead of being given them on a plate, making them think and naturally consider how the problems and solu can be solutions can be projected to their own environment. A great book to read for any manager or leader, regardless of their industry. "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Garcia | 11/22/2015

    " Great operations concepts that can be applied in various industries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaspreet | 2/19/2014

    " Loved it. I can now see how many things in our office are being done like Alex's plant before he changes that. Now i am looking for something that is more applicable to Software Development Industry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilarie | 2/15/2014

    " A management book written in the style of a novel and although 20+ years since originally written a good reminder of the process of improvement. Applicable in both work and personal environments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 2/1/2014

    " Excellent book to help understand how bottle necks and covariance impact any operation, whether a factory or an office. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 2/1/2014

    " Very good book!! It is a story about improvements in a Manufacturing facility. Most books are not this well written on a topic like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 1/27/2014

    " When my Accounting professor assigned this book to us, I admit I was quite skeptical. However, Eli Goldratt got me thinking about production and bottlenecks in a whole new way. This wasn't an easy read for me then and maybe not even now, but I think it was rather informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/24/2014

    " What a great way to explain a business process improvement system and actually make it interesting and a book you look forward to picking up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 1/23/2014

    " Places process efficiency into an interesting context. If you're into that sort of thing (which I am). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 1/22/2014

    " Great book in describing the basics of supply chain in a manufacturing plan. Written in novel form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominickps | 1/20/2014

    " Must read for anyone interested in business. A true analysis of objectives, constraints, and general life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 1/12/2014

    " The Theory of Constraints is an intriguing approach to business. When I learned of this technique, I wondered what it would be like if businesses applied this idea. Perhaps some do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shervin | 1/6/2014

    " Had to read this for my new position at work, it's actually very, very good! It's incredibly relevant to my company and the pitfalls we're experiencing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/30/2013

    " I read this book for work. This is a good read for people who want to learn more about business and why it is necessary to continuously change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uday | 12/23/2013

    " I read quite some time back, so cannot write review now :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chinmaya | 12/8/2013

    " anyone who's into management, operations, finance...actually anything....very very interesting book. presents new ways to look at a business.....a complete revelation to me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siby | 12/8/2013

    " A must read...even if you are not into Ops Mgmt. The story of how a person entrusted with bringing an ailing factory back from the brink of failure, goes about tackling all the problems that crop up,gives you a hands-on view of how operation mgmt works "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/7/2013

    " Had to read this for a class in business. I really enjoyed reading it. Really easy reading and fascinating and yet such a simple idea. It made me look at the practical things in life in terms of bottlenecking and figuring ways around it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/5/2013

    " Must read for anyone going into manufacturing or majoring in Industrial Engineering. Learned a lot about the way a manufacturing plant works while being entertained by the drama in the story it's self. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madhur | 8/24/2013

    " This book explains the reality of how can you achieve your goal and what to do or what not to do. Awesome "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 7/14/2013

    " Best "management" book I have read. Great real world examples of Theory of Constraints in action and the novel format works well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mer | 4/21/2013

    " Good book for grad school... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikna | 3/24/2013

    " One of the readable book on production process and how to improve. Reads like a story book - I read it in one sitting in Johor Bahru on a Saturday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/28/2013

    " I had to read this for work, but it was easier than I expected because it was written like fiction rather than a business book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 12/31/2012

    " This book explains business very well along with a great story-easy to understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Buck | 9/17/2012

    " As a story this book is sort of awful. As a case study for business, it is really good at portraying how the theory of constraints is used. I have used the principles in this book a ton in my career. Worth the read if you don't want to read his other things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/11/2012

    " I could not put this book down. It's a great illustration of operations challenges, and a great quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 11/11/2011

    " Excellent book on process improvement "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 8/5/2011

    " Pretty technical book but pretty easy story to read. Using operational examples this applies to much of business... If you can make the transition it's an awesome read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manfred | 7/6/2011

    " A must read for everybody who wants to continuously improve the way their team work. I've read it twice with about 3 years between reads. The second time it was again a fantastic read and I learned on top of what I learned the first time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jpaul83 | 5/14/2011

    " I learned about bottlenecks at the ending was really lame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tejas | 5/10/2011

    " Must read for every person associated with manufacturing industry "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/20/2011

    " I read this a few years ago. It had some useful concepts, and the story made it less dry; however like most of these kinds of books that are trying to explain a message wrapped in a story, the story and especially the dialogue are weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 4/12/2011

    " This seems to get recommended a lot. It's a really good starting point into the whole systems thinking / lean topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/12/2011

    " Good book considering I had to read it for work... Great if you work n a manufacturing environment or service based business.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oleg | 3/27/2011

    " Easy to read with easy to understand ideas. Find your bottlenecks and work them only-by-one... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 3/25/2011

    " Best "management" book I have read. Great real world examples of Theory of Constraints in action and the novel format works well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 3/17/2011

    " Pretty technical book but pretty easy story to read. Using operational examples this applies to much of business... If you can make the transition it's an awesome read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 3/15/2011

    " The book is closely coupled to the manufacturing industry, but many of the principles addressed are almost universally applicable. There were several times when it seemed like the author was describing execution problems we have in my software engineering department. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/3/2011

    " Not sure why I picked this up- it is a novel in format but a business school textbook in reality. That being said, I enjoyed it as something different and have implemented one of the techniques on my children. Seriously. Kind of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 2/28/2011

    " I don't remember if/how much swearing this book has, but it's a manufacturing textbook so I had to read it. It does do a great job helping you understand efficiencies and throughput. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/21/2011

    " Overall it is a good book. It is easy to read, and covers great concepts for any manager. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 2/13/2011

    " The Theory of Constraints is an intriguing approach to business. When I learned of this technique, I wondered what it would be like if businesses applied this idea. Perhaps some do. "

About the Author

Eliyahu M. Goldratt (1947–2011) was an educator, author, scientist, philosopher, and business leader. But he was, first and foremost, a thinker who provoked others to think. Often characterized as unconventional, stimulating, and “a slayer of sacred cows,” Dr. Goldratt exhorted his audience to examine and reassess their business practices with a fresh, new vision. In addition to his pioneering work in business management and education, he held patents in a number of areas ranging from medical devices to drip irrigation and temperature sensors.

About the Narrators

Emma Galvin won the 2011 Audie Award for best fiction narration, was a finalist for the Audie Award in 2012, and won six AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, her film appearances include My Suicidal Sweetheart, A Perfect Fit, and The Big Bad Swim. She has performed in several regional theater productions, including Love Punky, The Power of Birds, and The Realm.

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.