In other words, it's informative, but not very entertaining. I'm glad I learned techniques to get more out of books than I have in the past, so I would recommend this to others. That said, this was a tough, challenging listen because the writing style's so plodding. To use that old saying, it's like the authors know the words, but not the music.
I especially enjoyed the early chapters and last chapter on syntopical reading, but the chapters on how to read the various genres and types of literature could be skipped
A bookworm who discovered the life hack that is audiobooks in January 2016. Personal development, history, and literary fiction are my faves
Any avid reader might take one look at the title of "How To Read a Book" and scoff at it, thinking that their reading comprehension is more than adequate and that there would be no need other than some humorous whim to read it. I know I have every time it popped up. Then it appeared on lists for avid self learners and as a recommendation in another book I was reading so I finally caved. I read 80 pages and then purchased the audiobook. This book blew my mind!
There is no way I would have gotten out of my literature major in college without learning analytical reading, but this book retraced the steps for me and introduced bad habits I have developed while trying to attempt to speed read rather than fully comprehend a book. This book is about learning how to read other books to not only understand and learn their contents, but to fully understand the author's arguments, problems and intellectualize them. I know now from reading this what to expect when I encounter a book a bit above my level of understanding and how to intellectualize that material. As far as the audiobook goes the narrator was clear, concise and kept a great pace.
Overall, I would recommend this to every reader out there. Especially every autodidact and college student who will need to have a firm grasp on analytical reading.
My dad had me read this around 1980 as I was finishing high school and preparing for college. It inspited me to become a more engaged reader of more carefully selected texts during college. Over 35 years later, I have returned to the text in a form accessible to me while driving, walking the dog, etc., during moments of motile contemplation.
@othelo of @rodcast found it hilarious that I would read this in audio format, but Ray Kurzweil long ago persuaded me that information can be coded in a variety of translateable formats, and my training as a special educator opened my mind to a view of reading as primarily an auditory skill. While I was teaching students how to identify and organize data to evaluate ratios in a visual way, i.e., right to left, top to bottom, I still contend that reading, especially narratives, in essence, involves auditory sequences. Information is information and a form of energy, convertible to other formats and distributable in a variety of formats. The bottom line is accessibility, and the audio format has only whetted my appetite for a more visual approach to continuing the conversation.
Changed my approach to research. Changed my approach to research and reading.
And buying fewer books in the process.
There isn't one specific thing that stands out, would suggest readingthe entire book. Would have been great to have read this book before going to college.
Mr. Holland is the perfect narrator for this content.
Title's ambiguity is what grabbed my attention. Its' a great conversational piece on my shelf.
If you enjoy learning to learn better, this book is for you.
The author explores in depth the multiple strategies one can take to read any information source in a written form. It provides practical tips on how to approach your reading considering need, time, priority, content, familiarity and purpose. It also distinguishes technical from literary content.
I cannot describe how much am I grateful for this book and how much it helped me in my academic life.
This is a must read in my opinion and should be taught in schools.
Picked up the audible book for this because it was free with the trial for audible book, and my reading could do with improvement so I was curious.
I knew that reading was important, it's that awareness that brought me to this book, but the me that looks back now understands, painfully, that at no point did I understand how to read a book.
The narrator was great. His pace and intonation really seemed on point and carried the meaning of the passage without fail (none that I noticed).
I wasn't playing around with the play back speed but the performances was great. I noticed a few, fraction of a second, pauses in the play back, but that was likely due to my device and didn't bother me enough to investigate it.
It might seem a little long winded in the middle but it's good information and the topic is worth it.
the audio book is very dull. its crammed with archaic language. as for the narrator, he needs to observe the commas, periods, and pauses