The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

Version: Unabridged
Author: Eliyahu Goldratt
Narrator: Eliyahu Goldratt
Genres: Business & Economics, Management & Leadership
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: November 2000
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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Over 2 million copies sold! Used by thousands of companies and hundreds of business schools! Required reading for anyone interested in the Theory of Constraints. This book, which introduces the Theory of Constraints, is changing how America does business. The Goal is a gripping, fast-paced business novel about overcoming the barriers to making money. You will learn the fundamentals of identifying and solving the problems created by constraints. From the moment you finish the book you will be able to start successfully addressing chronic productivity and quality problems.

Reviews (14)


Written by Anonymous on January 10th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I was disappointed by the amount of swearing in this audio book. I cant remeber that much in the original book - but maybe it had it too. Anyways, I ended up not finishing it because of it. If you need to swear to make a point, your point isnt that good.

Easy listening story

Written by Natalie on September 15th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This 9 CD set is one very LONG story, but it's easy listening and describes some complications with bottlenecks, non-bottlenecks, and finding "The Goal" (making money) of a manufacturing plant (and as the all-knowing Jonah in the Cd says, the goal of ALL businesses). Although the story focuses around the "plant" type of industry, it provides some good lessons for all those in management. The main character Alex goes through realistic turmoil with his plant almost closing, his wife almost leaving, his family not understanding and he is able to pull it all together to get his people to work together towards the goal. Not the best cd I've ever listened to on management, but it's an easy story to follow and the voice overs do a good job of acting the parts of the individuals.

I Love This Book

Written by Dave Paulson on July 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is definitely one of my favorite business books. I've never read a business novel before, but I sure hope I find more in the future. This is an excellent way to put forth management and leadership concepts. I found the storyline to be an enhancement to what would have been a useful management book at any rate. The practical lessons presented in the book are worthwhile. They do apply best to a manufacturing environment but much is applicable to management in general. Oddly enough, my only real complaint is that the storyline seemed to get neglected toward the end as the book rushed to finish the management lesson. I highly recommend this book.

Great Book

Written by Bill B on May 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I actually read this book, but I wanted to reply because it gets a lot of reviews that I dont think are justifed. If you are looking for a high level overview of how to change the culture of a company to become more profitable and more efficient its perfect. If you want a step by step book look elsewhere. I found it insightful, lots of common sense things that are put on paper and it helps crystalize these concepts. I have read lots and lots of books like this and its always the first one I suggest because its written in novel form and is a quick read and has applications to any industry.

The Goal

Written by Todd Hudnall on April 23rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed the audiobook but don't order this one from Simply Audio. Unless they've updated the CD's are old and the final one isn't even functional. It wasn't possible for me to finish the book. I reported it but they failed to send me a new versioin.


Written by Boosie11 from Penfiled, NY on December 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Great technical detail, but the side plots were stupid and distracting.

The "Widget Factory" Goal

Written by Richard Zdanis on November 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the best book that I've reviewed so far. Maybe it is due to the "story" that is told. The book kept me listening and sometimes repeating passages. It gets a little long at the end, but for the most part, this is a MUST have book.

The Goal

Written by Diane on November 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Having worked in a call center and seeing how different departments rely on each other to process different parts of orders this 'book' has really piqued my curiosity and I can't wait to get the second half of the book cds. I am glad to count this as another good way I self educated myself on the ways of business.

Not Compelling

Written by Anonymous on April 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

As a women who is not in manufacturing and not married, I didn't relate to this book at all. I listened to the first 5 cds thinking it would get better, but didn't pick up much. I'm not going to bother getting cds 6-10.

The Goal

Written by Anonymous on January 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An excellent and interesting process that can apply not only to manufacturing but also to most any task. Found disk one slow, but picked up after that.