The book seemed to have some good content, but due to the author's intolerable narration, I could only make it about halfway through.
The author narrated his own book, but should have gotten a professional to do it. His halting speech pattern was something like a cross between Captain Kirk and Christopher Walken. At times, it was as if he was having trouble reading the actual text.
Since the content seemed to be worthwhile, I'm going to purchase this in either paperback or ebook format, since listening to the author attempt to narrate the book is not an option in this case.
This book is a marvelous treatment of the seemingly intractable habit of procrastination. Fiore does more than simply address the symptoms. Instead, he explores some of the more common reasons why people procrastinate, and manages to do so without boring the listener with too much psycho-babble or victimhood mentality.
Reasonable content, terrible narration. The issue has come up before, and here it is again: just because you wrote a book, doesn't mean you have the skill to read it! The author's narration is flat and monotone with frequent hesitations as he begins another segment of text. It's almost like listening to your 6 year old stammer over his homework reading because he doesn't know how to pronounce the next word. This book is a little like that in many places. I bought the book because years ago I read the hard copy version and remembered that it had some good content. However, not so the audio version.
The content could be useful, but because he delivers like a robot with the caps lock on, I found I couldn't focus enough on the message to make it useful. Potential authors note; this issue of bad narration comes up frequently in audible reviews, and has certainly steered me away from a book more than once.
I think it would have been better if a professional reader had read it. It was painful to listen to this book.
Not if he reads it.
I did not get a lot out of this book, perhaps what I struggle with is not really procrastination.
I couldn't barely get through the first chapter. I was hoping for helpful hints on how to improve my performance and eliminate procrastination. Maybe I will try it again but I really don't want to spend time listening to someone who sounds like they need a psychiatrist more than a counselor.
Seriously I don't want to listen to stories of people whose lives have become a slow moving train wreck.
Sorry I wasted a credit on this and, ironically, it's too bad that i procrastinated on listening to it since it's too late to return it.
After fixing up the narration by increasing the reading speed, I found the author's insights to be very valuable. Especially the link between procrastination and fear of failure, and the need to understand the rewards from procrastination (what do you think you win by delaying action? If you understand that about the problem, then you can start to dig deeper into solving the problem.) Interesting insights, if you are willing to look past the narrator's difficulties.
A professional narrator would have been much better. The current narrator seemed to be managing some kind of speech or cognitive impediment (so sorry to have to point this out), which is manifested by weird mid-sentence pauses and a very slow reading speed.
Turning on 1.25 X reading speed made the whole thing much better, and allowed me to get past the narration difficulties to enjoy the real insights.
The info was interesting, some of it useful but he should have probably hired a narrator. The authors breaths were distracting and the word spacing often difficult to follow.
I really enjoy this book, I'm not done with it yet but so far it is helping me to look at my own motivations for procrastinating. Unfortunately, the author's narration is awkward. I feel that whomever was ever in charge of editing the reading should've done a better job too. There are clear "hiccups" of stuttering the beginning of a word or audible sighs. My biggest problem with the narration though is the random awkward pauses. I listen at 1.25 speed and it is still very noticeable. Not a longer than normal pause at the end of a sentence, these are strange pauses mid-sentence, interrupting the flow. I feel guilty being so critical of the author, I'm sure he did his best but a professional narrator should've been hired for this.
This was probably a helpful read, unfortunately it didn't translate well to audio. The narrator was painfully slow, and often pauses for full seconds between words. Even at 1.3 speed, it sounded like a normal person talking, but even then with abnormally long pauses between words. I can't recommend it.