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Driven: An Autobiography

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,077 ratings  ·  370 reviews
When he was sixteen years old, Larry Miller came home one summer night to find all his possessions sitting in three bags on the porch of his darkened house. The door was locked.

From those troubled and humble beginnings rose a man whose influence has touched, according to reliable pollsters, more than 99 percent of the population of Utah as well as myriads of people worldwi
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published April 30th 2010 by Deseret Book Company (first published 2010)
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Brad
I went back and forth with my feelings for this book. At times I thought it was nothing more than Larry Miller boasting about all his accomplishments and how much harder he worked than everyone else. I was also annoyed with the fact that he claimed he was a frugal man (and he was in many aspects of his life), but when someone accumulates 15 Shelby Cobras with price tags ranging from $250k to $4 million, I don't call that frugal.

I was also appalled to learn of how much debt Mr. Miller took on to
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Yvonne
Quite a few of the stories in the book (his low high school GPA and retaking the U's entrance exam twice because they thought he cheated the first time) were ones I had grown up hearing about my mom's cousin Larry (Larry's mother and my maternal grandmother Shirley).

However, I think that the story of him being thrown out of the house at 16 surprised EVERYONE in my family (my mom and her 7 siblings, but both of my grandparents have passed away - ironically my grandfather passed away exactly 5 yea
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Branden
Back in 2007/2008 I started listening to an AM radio show on my way home from work and every Thursday on this radio show, Larry Miller would have an hour where he and the host would just talk about anything and everything. Since it was a sports radio show, they talked a lot about sports and the Jazz but Larry would also talk politics, finances, business and pretty much anything else. It was always a great show to listen to because Larry was so honest and he had no reservations about anything. Th ...more
J B
This was an interesting book about the man behind the empire. He was a very intense individual - to a fault (and he admits it somewhat). To me the real hero in his story was his wife, who was essentially a single mother through most of their kids' childhood because of his workaholic attitude - 6 days a week early morning to late night for 20+ years. It turned out that his family suffered from it and it was one of Larry's big regrets in life, which he talked about a bit. The book itself read fair ...more
Andrea
I'm so torn on the rating one gives for an autobiography. Would people think my rating was about the author's life or the quality of the book? That in mind, I'll clarify my rating. I am giving this book 5 stars, not because the writing was excellent, or that Miller should be given sainthood, but because I think that keeping a record of one's life is very important. I think Miller deserves 5 stars for sharing his life and the lessons he learned.

I really struggle reading non-fiction. It takes me b
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Aaron
Well, I was pretty disappointed. While Miller's life was amazing, the story was poorly written. Yes, he passed away before the book got off the ground, which must count for something. But I doubt that the autobiography would have been much better if Miller and Robinson had completed it before LHM's tragic death, due to the randomness of Miller's topics, his disjointedness in the timeline, and his yo-yo treatment of certain topics. He skims over his childhood (which would have been very interesti ...more
Tamra
FAN-TAS-TIC! Probably more a 4 1/2. I did NOT want to read this book but . . . My goal this year has been to read EVERY book group book. And that has really sucked because after I've read some of the books they changed their minds so I've read extra! However ... I was so glad I ended up reading this book!
He was honest whether it made him look bad or good, and much of the time it made him look bad! But what an incredible man who was willing to take risks and try the "impossible." I don't think
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James Briggs
I think this is one of the most appropriately memoirs/autobiographies that I have read. Larry H. Miller was a very self-motivated and driven individual. I loved reading his story, and learning about the man that before now has been the man behind the Jazz and many Utah car dealerships for most of my life.
There were times in this book, that Larry did seem to talk what seemed like a bit much about himself. But I never felt as though it was to be boastful, but rather to teach the reader that you c
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Kristie Rodas
This was really a great book. Larry H Miller did so much for the state of Utah, but in the process kept his integrity and good reputation. He was very honest in his book not only about his many accomplishments, but also the ventures that didn't work out and the things he regretted (Like not spending enough time with his kids).
Diego
I learned a lot here and there about the mentality and drive it takes for people to successful. But I agreed with him on money (money should be a fuel for you to do other enriching and charitable things) and being a hard worker. Brokeback Mountain chapter was a surprise, but I was worried that Larry would have said more problematic stuff about the movie but instead said he would do it differently now. It was a very interesting chapter out of all of them. One thing I will remember the most about ...more
Angie Taylor
This was such an interesting read! I don't have an ounce of business savvy in me, so it was really fun to read how Larry and Gail miller accomplished so much! Larry certainly was beyond eccentric, but I loved experiencing his drive and learning so much about the state and community I grew up in but had no idea about. A great autobiography! From a writers stand point, it was a little repetitive at times, but fixing the writing format would have taken away from the tone and voice of Larry H. Mille ...more
Shawn
A must read for any Jazz fan
Barbara
I found this book very interesting. Larry Miller was definitley "driven" and that is the reason he was able to accomplish so much professionally. Unfortunately, his relationships with his family suffered. That seems to be his only regret. He worked so much that he was never home. I thought about this a lot. Had he not worked so much, would he have been able to build his empire and thus be able to give back so much to the community? His hard work contiues to benefit the whole community. He is so ...more
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Kaye
I was surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. Larry Miller gives his version of events in his life. He purchased the Utah Jazz the year I graduated from High School. His empire building were all things I was familiar with but I liked some of the inside details. He doesn't say this is how to become a millionaire but just explains how he was able to work longer and harder and how deals came together for him. He doesn't excuse the cost to his family either. He says he was a good breadw ...more
Sarah
wow. it's like the commercial on tv back when I was in high school..."after all, you know this guy!" and there is larry h. miller, in his classic outfit of a polo shirt and khakis, folding his arms and smiling in front of a row of cars. Okay, fast foward to the present, and ... it turns out that I didn't really know this guy. Wow. He had an amazing life story. While I don't agree with everything he did, he did sink all his passion and energy and beliefs into helping others. He rose from some pre ...more
Melissa
Before Driven I had only known Larry Miller as mega-wealthy man that owned an absurd number of car dealerships and the Utah Jazz. His story is story is classic American-dream style, rags to riches with obstacles and life lessons along the way.

Miller’s determination and extreme attention to detail led to remarkable business success, but the price was incredibly high. His wife and children were often neglected and part of the reason he agreed to do an autobiography is so that others could learn fr
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Sarah
I feel weird that I'm reading this book, but I've heard many people say it's unexpectedly awesome and touching. So here I am. Reading it. Hopefully it'll live up to it's hype. :)

So I finished. Finally. I read a few other books between the beginning and end of "Driven", so it took me quite awhile. But come on, I had to put all other books aside to read "Mockingjay" as soon as it came out, right? :) Anyway, the book was good for an autobiography and Larry H. Miller did a lot of good for the state
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Trelesa
I found that I really didn't care for Miller for most of the book. I think the egotistical feel of the book is stronger because it's written in first-person, perhaps a biography would have been better. He did build an impressive empire and by all accounts was extremely generous to those in need. These accomplishments, however, don't balance his interpersonal failures (which, to his credit, he admits). For a man who "loved to learn" and was "driven to improve" he didn't appear to waste any time l ...more
Amanda
I actually had no intention of reading this book. My mother gave it to my husband as a Fathers Day gift and it has been sitting on our coffee table just looking pretty, not being read. So, I figured that's a waste, I might as well read it. I thought it was going to be a lot of *hooey*... lifting this man above the rest, ect.. ect... like most biographies are, but it really wasn't. Most of the book was dictated by him or his wife, with several passages written by his children.

I don't think this b
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Nate
The title of this autobiography is certainly fitting. After having an epiphany, he decided that the only way to provide a good life for him and his family was to work harder than everyone else. And that he did. He was a classic workaholic. He worked so much and so hard that it drove him to his death bed while alienating his family. If anything, Larry is somewhat honest in this book. He realizes he could have been a better husband and father. He dedicated only a few pages addressing that and his ...more
Elise Swenson
This was a very insightful book. Very well written and engrossing. Remebering the events (from my own perspective) and then contrasting them with Larry's story was facinating. Larry told his story eloquently, and while he talked about some regrets, he did the best he could, given his personalty, and young adult - childhood difficulties. Which, apparently to his dying day, he couldn't understand why his parents (mother) did what she did to him and why. Knowing his mother (she was a customer at th ...more
06evans
When he was sixteen years old, Larry Miller came home one summer night to find all his possessions sitting in three bags on the porch of his darkened house. The door was locked. From those troubled and humble beginnings rose a man whose influence has touched, according to reliable pollsters, more than 99 percent of the population of Utah as well as myriads of people worldwide. Seven months before Miller passed away, he began working with Doug Robinson on this biography. Written in first person, ...more
Katie
I would have never read this book on my own. While I know one of Larry's sons from a study abroad trip years ago - his father's life never held me captive.

Well, I was wrong. My BIL read this book and loved it so much he went out and bought 5 more copies to give to each of his siblings for Christmas. I picked it up and read the first page and was hooked. What an interesting life! Mr. Miller and his biographer did not mince words when it came time to describe his life growing up (and his nutball m
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Kimberly Smith
This was not a "typical" read for me. After all, Larry was a devout Mormon, & I left the church. Larry was a bigot, and I am a lesbian. However, I chose to pick it up to learn about his business acumen as I was taught to do at a course I took called Millionaire Mind Intensive... We were taught to admire & model (the good things about) rich & successful people.

There ended up being lots to admire! He was very hard working, driven, competitive, detail oriented, organized, creative, &
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Lesli
A few months ago my grandma had me read chapter 7: Numbers when she was reading this Biography, and it was quite interesting, and parts of it reminded me of someone I know, so a few weeks ago I decided to pick this book up from the Library. The first two Parts of this book were simply fascinating to me, and really enjoyed reading the beginning of the book. Once they got to the Jazz my interested started to wain because I care so little about sports. The rest of the book from there had interestin ...more
Amber
This was a fantastic book!
LHM was an amazing man...that 1 in a million guy who really lived the American Dream!
I had no idea the scope of influence Miller had on the Utah economy,
nor did I realize the extent of his empire.
I worked for LHM for a little over 2 years when my children were toddlers, and I can tell you that the job wasn't difficult, but the boss was. I have a new found, deep respect for him as a business leader and entrepreneur!
(AND HIS WIFE GAYLE IS A LIVING SAINT!)
Holly hanna, he
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Lisa
In an interesting coincidence, I bought this book on the 3-year anniversary of Miller's death. I'll admit I was a little skeptical. As Doug Robinson (the co-author) wrote in the introduction, "For years, his auto dealerships televised a commercial that became famous in the state— 'After all, you know this guy,' the commercial concluded, but it turns out we really didn't know him at all."

No, I really did not know Larry Miller. Having grown up in Utah, I thought about Miller the way a lot of peopl
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Rob
Being from Utah, I thought that 'I knew this guy'. Not so. I learned quite a bit that I didn't know about Larry H. Miller. As a solid Jazz fan, I enjoyed reading his account of how the team was acquired, and his relationships with some of the players. His personal philosophies, family life, and childhood background are all detailed here, and this I found to be of great value because they are the things less obvious. It helped me gain a much deeper appreciation for the enormous impact and positiv ...more
Larsen
Residents of Utah should all read this book to understand the influence that Larry H. Miller has had upon the our history. There is a lot to learn about why Miller was able to do what he did and about the sacrifices involved. He certainly neglected his children in the course of his extremely successful career which he recognizes and regrets. Interesting information is shared about the present status of the lives of his adult children -- four sons and one daughter. He also certainly neglected any ...more
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