• The Seed

  • Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work
  • By: Jon Gordon
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (570 ratings)

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By: Jon Gordon
Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
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Publisher's Summary

A business fable to help you discover your purpose in work and life. New from Jon Gordon, the international and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Energy Bus, The Seed takes you on a quest for the meaning and passion behind work.

Josh, an up-and-comer at a leading technology company, is disenchanted with his job. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks to decide if he really wants to work there, Josh takes off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him a seed and a promise: find the right place to plant the seed, and his purpose will be revealed.

Through Josh's journey cross-country journey, you'll find surprising new sources of wisdom and inspiration in your own business and life. When he discovers where and how to plant the seed, you'll get a new sense of what it means to live and work with passion and purpose.

This book offers practical wisdom on discovering your true purpose, professionally and in life in general, in the form of a business fable by Jon Gordon, the best-selling author of The Energy Bus and Soup. Nobody captures the deeper meaning of business like Jon Gordon, and The Seed is his most searching and significant book yet. Whatever your profession, take this insightful look at the purpose behind work, and plant the seed of inspiration in your life!

©2011 Jon Gordon (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

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Great Book...terrible narrator

What did you like best about The Seed? What did you like least?

I'm a big fan of Jon Gordon's work. The content of this book was great. However, the narrator was horrible. His intonation is soo annoying that I found this book very difficult to finish despite the great content.

Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Synnestvedt’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

Jon Gordon is a talented author and narrator. I hope that in the future he sticks to narrating his own books.

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Narrator voice inflections were distracting

I loved the story and the voice, however, the enunciation and emphasis on words at the ends of sentences were awkward and choppy.

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Awful Speaker

The content is great but the voice disposition and method is quite annoying personally. You may like it, but it is fingers on a chalk board. I recommend listening to a sample. I bought the book and love it! Highly recommend the author.

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Felt like a bad church sermon

No actionable advice, way to much God stuff, and just cliche after cliche. Audible has some great information out there like Derren Browns Happy or Jordan Peterson 12 rules for life has a great chapter about meaning, but this book is just garbage. Sorry but I found it a complete waste of 3 hours. I kept waiting for the payoff and quit about 20min til the end when I realized there was none.

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A light yet insightful self questioning story

Funnily enough i wasnt expecting such a light hearted and follow through story. I have read many practical books on finding my purpose and this has been one of the most inspiring, allowing me to question myself in the process of a fable. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to explore where they are at, why they may be there and just enjoy the story of a life and the signs in the offering. This book does make you think about the part you play in the bigger picture, and ultimately the choices that are yours. This will be a book i go back too when i need a rejuvenating view of a life - which is the ultimate review of an audio book from my perspective.

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Good parable—odd vocal mannerisms

This book works well in audio format but the narration was distracting throughout the entire book. Mr. Synnestvedt speaks normally until ending a sentence, then he drags out the last word with vocal fry, ending with a slightly higher pitch "ah" sound. I'm not sure what the intended effect is but I found it to be annoying. If I hadn't enjoyed the story I would not have finished listening.

Jon Gordon's work tends to be on the optimistic or lovey-dovey side but I genuinely enjoy it. This particular book helped to refine what I consider to be my purpose and that is pretty significant for me. I'm not so sure I would have found the material as useful 10 years ago. This book will be the most beneficial to a mature audience with an open mind. If you think that might be you, I recommend giving it a listen—It's quick and easy to take in.

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Good message but muted by the narrator

I wanted to like the book more but I couldn’t completely commit due to the vocal quality of the narrator! His inflection and the way that he carried the ends of his words distracted me.

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Another must buy from Jon Gordon

Great resource for anyone who has lost his way or passion. He tells the story in a way to keep you positive even when you may not be. Prepare, Plant, Grow and ....

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Terrible

I honestly don't get all the 4- and 5-star reviews. I started to read this book, which is required reading for a class, but I couldn't force myself to get through the first chapter. I thought maybe listening to it would make it easier to get through it and purchased the audio book. Nope. The story is hokey and written at a 3rd grade level. It's EXTREMELY preachy-Christian and I'm an atheist so I was uncomfortable reading/listening to it. At one point, the main character's father points out how creation of the earth and humanity is the only thing that makes sense. That's the point where I drew the line and stopped listening. It's something I'll definitely be mentioning in my class evaluation. And finally, the narrator is very annoying. I returned the audio book for a refund.

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Message Story Telling at Its Best

Everyone likes a good story and the author here has woven brilliant concepts and principles of success around a 20-something kid, a dog and his journey to find fulfillment in life (I don't want to give away the message of the book). There's foreshadowing, a few twists, some golden nuggets of value if you are an active listener and take notes. There is a transcendental moment towards the end that is a nice touch to bring full circle that our individual lives can impact humanity with a ripple of value that is worthwhile even if we only help a few people. When you apply the core principle of this book to your everyday life, you can't help but be a better person internally and externally. Worth the read. I event recommend teenagers in high school read this book.