I love audible books. I can paint, run errands and clean my house while listening to a book. The best.
Maybe people who really enjoy cars and engines. The car lingo just lost me a lot of the time.
Maybe not so technical, but that is his passion so I can appreciate that. It was like he was speaking another language. Car language and vocabulary words I wasn't sure about. I thought I had a well rounded vocabulary but apparently not.
I'm not sure. He seemed kind of dry but that may be the writing.
Disappointment and frustration. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't .
I think if you like cars and tinkering with mechanical stuff you may like it, but his descriptions seemed kind of high brow and unaccessible.
Interests in Design/Engineering, Architecture, & History
My reaction, put simply is - I can't tell if the author is trying to justify the merits of being a motorcycle mechanic to us or to himself. It's as if he started off overly in defense of his career choice, as if bitter of the lack of respect he feels people may hold for him because he is a mechanic, rather than a think tank academic. By the end, he just sounds very full of himself and rather intolerable. and the worst part? I more or less agree with what he's saying.
clean movie fan
I was pretty excited about this title but was very disappointed with the book. Was a lot of words that didn't seem to flow, and never really seemed to get anywhere. I was hoping it would be good for my kids to listen to to learn to value of learning both a trade and get a education, but could hardly listen to it myself so never gave it to the kiddos.
It was very insightful & in parts, very funny. As a Master Electrician, I could never articulate why I love working with my hands and with my head, but this book put it all together for me.
I will be listening to this title again so I can soak it in.
I would recommend this to anyone who takes pride in what they do, and strives to improve the way they accomplish it. Job satisfaction must be intrinsic.
Very affirming of people who choose to follow their own drummer. Creative and inspiring it made me even more aware of the importance of being true to oneself.
Just like Daniel H. Pinks x 2 books - "Drive" and "A Whole New Mind" there are thoughts here that resonate.... by reflecting some of Matthew B. Crawford's loves - philosophy and hands on tinkering! Now they may seem at opposite sides of life but I believe they go hand in hand. And I agree it can appear to be 'heavy' and 'wanders' but I think that is largely due to the narration that makes it harder to grasp and to be 'emotionally' included. Which is a shame because it really does deserve a narrator that can reflect the enthusiasm of the author...I am glad I bought it and will buy a book version so I can re-read it! Thanks Matthew!
I'm an accounting/finance guy who loves to tinker with cars and stuff. So I loved the concept of the book and enjoyed the stories about how the author progressed with his career. However, the book bounces around and is not well organized. Some details not needed. And I keep waiting for the author to sum it all up with some solid takeaways...never happened, just a rushed finish.
Matthew Crawford has made us aware that some of the most important experiences in life are "hands on" experiences that help us to learn how things work. We deprive ourselves and our children when we eliminate this step by using only the latest technology. We may easily succumb to the expedience of technique and thereby miss life.