Yes. It has a lot of good insight on habits, which could literally change your life significantly. I was glad I got the book.
No way. I listened to it 15 min at a time in my car on the way to and back from work.
The audio book was worth the money but he definitely doesn't know how to transition well. He just stops and starts talking about something else. This may be because it was being read and I couldn't see when new paragraphs or chapters started but many times I was left wondering....ok?? so let's change topic mid-thought? Once you get past that it is a good book though.
cue-routine-reward ! :-)
The most interesting aspect was How this book attempts to address in simple yet rationale ways inception, addiction, and freedom from habit. Something that I have personally never read before. This book is so powerful that the next books I am reading after this seem of a very low intellect/content level. This books was interesting but one thing that I did not like sometimes was, some stories were left incomplete wandering to next one and then coming back to the original story to complete the circle. While it might seem thrilling for the author to do this, but we as readers are often multi-tasking while listening to audiobooks and we lose train of thought of things we heard 5 minutes ago.
Sorry, I did not like his nasal voice when I started listening. His pronunciation of "r" is weird often sounds like "rd". Anyways, just like we get adjusted to watching movies in the first row in the movie-hall, although the screen hurts in the beginning, I adjusted to Mike's voice after couple of chapters. I must admit he has put in lot of efforts in expressing, emoting and modulating his tone, voice etc. Full points for his efforts :-)
No, there is lot of content and many interesting case studies in this book. I wanted to ponder over them and digest the ideas and hence I did not want to read it in one sitting. Unlike other authors who pick stories to add entertainment value in their books, this author has actually done plenty of research for each story, which begs attention.
Good luck to the author, narrator and entire team! I am waiting for another book from this author.
It was only one book, how did I end up like this?
The narrator was the best I've heard so far.
I would recommend only the last 20 minutes of the book, the rest is just too much information.
I learned a lot from this books, I could say too much. All I wanted was a formula that would help me change my habits and to be fair, I got it - the last 20 minutes of the book. The rest was just story telling with too much insights and details, which my in my opinion were unnecessary.
I learned something I could use in everyday life.
No particular character, mostly the collection of studies with various individuals.
How it was explained, with a story, a breakdown, and how it was changed.
How my habits hinder your utmost potential in life. That is, if you can find the habit and change it.
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants something in life but has a hard time finding a way to get it.
It got really boring and forced. Half of the examples have political agenda.
Narration was fine.
About half of the content.
Could have been replaced with a book half as long.
Most boring book ever.
He just rambles on and on about useless examples of habits.
I'm generally not into self-help books but 2 friends recommended this. I too recommend it. While it has numerous case studies, they are interesting and to the point. They aren't just filler. The advice is sound and the book actually motivated me to make some changes in my life. Highly recommend.
It offers useful advice with examples that back up the advice. It enabled me to gain control of some situations that I had allowed to lead me.
I don't know since I didn't read the book.
It motivated me to make some changes that needed to happen. The book gave evidence for what we do and why we do it so it was easier to implement the advice. Wish I'd read something like this years ago.
If you want to get control of your life, read this book, or rather listen to it.
Yes, but reading the book, not listening to this performance.
The prologue is wonderfully written; it compels to read the book
It is not a novel or adventure; please do not change your voice during dialogue/monologue; Please do not become too emotional describing an emergency situation. I want this book to be a teaching device. If I need emotions, I'll read novels.
Do you mind changing this list of questions to a simple: what do you think about the book; what do you think about the performance. The last question, "what did you learn from ..." too schoolish.
But I did not like some of his jumping around with interrupting stories.
1. A woman was into drugs, alcohol, overweight, and couldn’t keep a job. After her husband left her, she decided to make one change - quit smoking. She had a purpose for quitting - to go on a desert tour. That one change started a series of changes, which resulted in exercising, losing weight, and keeping a job. Of special note were the scans of her brain. There is a section of the brain (I’ll call Area C) that is active when we crave food, drink, etc. The front of the brain (behind the forehead, I’ll call Area B) was not active for her - until she quit smoking. Area B can overpower cravings and become willpower. Area B became active when she quit smoking, as if it had been awakened, and then it started limiting other cravings as well. She began eating less and exercising more. It reminded me of something I heard about teenagers. Area B is not fully developed until the mid twenties, so teenagers take more risks prior to that time.
2. Willpower is like a muscle. If you exercise, it becomes stronger. Kids who practice piano or participate in sports build willpower with daily practice and workouts. This leads to becoming better students. Going to a gym on a regular basis also builds willpower - making yourself do the workouts. Willpower is similar to muscles in another way. After using a bunch of it, you need to rest. This was demonstrated in a test with cookies. People who used their willpower to avoid eating cookies did not do as well in the second test that also required willpower.
3. There is a good example in the last chapter showing how to analyze a habit in order to change it. It’s about a guy who ate a cookie every afternoon.
4. The story of how things changed at the Alcoa company was fascinating.
The rest of the book has many examples and stories. Several reviewers complained that the first part was good, but the rest was filler. I could see that, but I didn’t mind because most of the “filler” stories were interesting. Some I’ve heard before, but they are good stories and worth hearing a second time.
My main complaint was JUMPING AROUND AND INTERRUPTING STORIES! For example: the author was talking about the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. I was wondering how long the boycott lasted, when the author stopped and told the story of a church. After that he went back to finish the boycott story. This happened several times. I was annoyed and impatient. When you’re telling a story, finish it, and then go to the next.
Mike Chamberlain was good.
Genre: psychology nonfiction
GREAT insight into what drives each of us. The more I think about habits, the more I see how I can apply the power of controlling may habits to change my life. This can also better help me understand others.
Recommend this book for anyone who wants to better understand themselves or other people.