Dr. Fiore's information is good but the narration is indeed, well, just bad and therefore very distracting. Still the information is worth the pain of listening to the good doctor's timid and spotty reading of his own work.
Publishers really need to explain that while authors are professional writers they are not professional narrators and do themselves and the listener a huge disservice reading their own words.
The narration is absolutely terrible. The author/narrator takes a breath in completely random places, often one sentence will have two words <breath> one word <breath> two more words <breath>, and so on...
The *content* of what little of the book I could stand to listen to seemed OK, but the narration completely ruins it.
A professional narrator could have made a small difference, but the key problem with this book is that it is Neil Fiore is telling you about the life and times of Neil Fiore. There is little to no reference to scientific experience or findings, with most of the key concepts built around relatively weak case studies by Fiore himself. Compared to "The Willpower Instinct" (which was the previous book I listened to), this audiobook felt like an insult to the listener's intelligence (and a test for patience as far as the narration was concerned).
I'm considering Steven Pinker's "How the Mind Works".
Never. I absolutely love audiobooks and often appreciate the narration even when other reviewers point it out as a weakness, but this was a new level of bad.
Not a book of fiction, so characters are not so central.
If you are looking for an audiobook about human behaviour or the human mind, buy The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal.
Real advice rather than the "it is not your fault" victim mentality it enforces.
Long, slow and drawn out.
it is a great book I have ever seen, I think you will love it because it is not the book that you get nothing out of it.
Sharon Rose Gibson
Read this book! It will give you a whole new perspective on procrastination and enable you to finally achieve your dreams and be more productive!
I like this book as the content is great. However, the reader is horrible. This has to be the first book that he has ever read, and I think it is quite possible he has only one lung as he has to take a deep audible breath after long words like "and" and "or". He also throws in very odd pauses when reading which breaks flow of the writing. Very distracting.
I try to have respect for all books - and maybe it was just me - but I couldn't make it all the way through this one. I think some of it had to do with the narration - but it just stalled out for me. Seemed to be a lot of repetition...
I so agree with the other review's spotlighting the author's choice to read it himself. I can only imagine having to sit through one of his lectures. I'd would have ended up on a roof top with a rifle. Some good info but destroyed by having to listen to this man. Another pet peeve I have which to some may be small but his choices of names for his made up characters got me so nuts I had to actually sit down and write this. All of his subject and case name have got to be bogus. They're gentile names with no diversity. Names like Stan, Jan, John, Harriet, Bill, Mary and so on. Give me a break. If you're going to create sample patients and scenarios, give the people some color and far more challenging occupations. Oh yea, he did slip in a Carlos. Bottom line, people who read these books are looking for some answers. Answers I'm sure that book provides. Just talk to us like we've been around the country once or twice. I actually thought he'd setup a new chapter by saying, "This client came to me for a serious conflict;. His name was "Cookie Monster."
Listening to the way this book is read would have one believe the author never even wrote the material himself! His lack of flow, pauses in the most inappropriate places (usually mid-sentence and never anywhere near a comma) forced me to abandon listening any further than the 3rd chapter (I tried and tried but eventually he pissed me off so much I just gave up). Did the producer of this junk not even SUGGEST to the guy he should never have been allowed anywhere near a microphone?
Getting to end of this pathetic excuse for a reading is one endeavor I will HAPPILY abandon and NEVER commit to finishing......
Maybe the point of this audio book is that procrastination (in this case unending-a bit like this rant) is not always such a bad thing?