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Grinding It Out

The Making of McDonald's
Written by: Ray Kroc, Robert Anderson
Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Few entrepreneurs can claim to have radically changed the way we live, and Ray Kroc is one of them. His revolutions in food-service automation, franchising, shared national training, and advertising have earned him a place beside the men and women who have founded not only businesses, but entire empires. But even more interesting than Ray Kroc the business man is Ray Kroc the man. Not your typical self-made tycoon, Kroc was 52 years old when he opened his first franchise. 

In Grinding It Out, you'll meet the man behind McDonald's, one of the largest fast-food corporations in the world with more than 32,000 stores around the globe. An irrepressible enthusiast, intuitive people person, and born storyteller, Kroc will fascinate and inspire you.

©1977 Ray A. Kroc (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Andy
  • 2019-05-09

inspiring and motivating. Hooray Ray iroc

Very inspiring book. Raise style and dedication to quality and integrity is uplifting. I would highly recommend any entrepreneur read it

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  • CLAUDIO TRICHES
  • 2019-05-07

Narrator Voice

The voice tone of narrator Was not nice for a 7 hour audio book. Turns boring

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  • Saad H
  • 2019-01-29

Continuation from the movie

If you have watched the movie the book will only add the lufe of Kroc after the movie ended.

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  • Brandon
  • 2018-12-20

great book annoying narration

Ray Krok's story is great, but the narration is just so painfully fake and annoying.

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  • Josh
  • 2019-04-26

Didn't love the tone of the narrator's voice

I loved the story and the message, but was not a fan of the tone of the narrator's voice.

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  • david
  • 2019-06-08

Nice. But, Missing 2 Super Sized Items

This is a nice bio of Ray Kroc. The problem is the book barely touches on two of major things McDonald's is known for - Ronald McDonald and the Big Mac. There is barely a mention of the famous clown. Nothing about how or why he was developed. Same for the Big Mac. Both of these were big drivers for business for McDonalds. Leaving them out was a mistake.

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  • Matthew Rosner
  • 2019-04-28

Better than the Movie

Watched “The Founder” a few weeks ago and became enamored with Ray Kroc. The movie of course jammed his entire life into two hours and did not do him justice.

Excellent “listen” read!

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  • Mega C.
  • 2019-04-21

An inspirational business success story

This is a really great book as it lists out how Mcdonalds was founded and the ideals that made it possible. The earlier chapters describes how Ray Kroc went from a salesman and a piano player in Chicago and Florida, how he struggled. Then in the middle of the book, he describes how his venture with the Mcdonalds brothers went, and why he had to ultimately challenge those brothers for the right of Mcdonalds. Ray Kroc in the later part describes how Mcdonalds came to be. How dishes like Fish fillet, large fries, shamrock shake, and apple pie came from entrepreneurial franchisees. His way of creating a business within a business is pretty unique back in the day, and can still be an inspiration today. What I liked about this book was the way it was written, it didnt feel boring, it felt inspirational to learn that even when you are 52, your chance in life might come, but only if you work hard at it. Dont give up, continue trying to change your life for the better.

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  • Rahul Pawar
  • 2019-04-02

very inspiring

the story of Ray Kroc is just superb. he does not mince words and tells us nothing but the truth. the struggles he had were numerous, but he conquered them. he lived with a vision and worked hard to achieve it. the narration is also very animated, so sounds like Ray himself is speaking.
go for it. you'll love it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-24

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I will never eat a large fry with shame again. He tells a story as well as he makes a burger.