Very very long stories, often repeating, not very well written and unrealistic.
If you need content to be included in long stories and this in often repeating sequence, then this is the right audio book for you!
If you want to have it to the point, then it is a huge time investment... for a few little (very interesting) points.
It is a very interesting topic - of high relevance for me, but much too boring to listen to.
Half the time, no need for obviously self created story lines and come much more to the point.
1) Awful - I couldn't wait for the book to end. I don't understand why this book rated so highly. Basil ganglia aside, the book DOES NOT fulfill its promise of explaining Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. His central premise is that most of what we do is on autopilot, so were not responsible for our actions. When Charles Duhigg run out of things to say about what Neanderthals we all are, he meanders into database marketing and rails against the gaming industry. Ridiculous. sophomoric snival.
2) Boring - The points are often so drawn out that you think to yourself, does the author have to spell out ever detail as if he's talking to a 3 year old about staying away from the hot stove?
3) Predictable - I could have cut out half the book and knew exactly as much. I actually felt less intelligent when I finished this book.
4) Regrettable - Regret that I spent all that time listening. I kept thinking there must be some redeeming value, so I kept reading. No such luck. The book was a disaster from page 1 clear through to the end. It reminds me of the CHILDHOOD FAIRYTALE of the Emperor who had no clothes. This emperor HAS NOT INFORMATION WORTH READING.
Great insight into how habits are formed. And a somewhat disturbing view into how corporate America can suck us in to habitually buying their productcs (burgers & fries, shampoo, gambling, etc.).
After the first hour or so, everything useful had been said. After that it was literally 9 hours of stories that are examples of the principles. Thia book could have been cut in half and still had been too long.
This book should be 20 pages long. Several interesting stories, but the overall substance and actual content should be a 20 page short read. Although I got a few valuable insights out of the book overall I would say the book is a waste of time!
This was a really interesting look at how a habit is created and maintained, how marketers use our habits against us, how organizations can change their employees' habits to change the business culture, how and why we make certain decisions that result in habits, how habits are changed and broken, and how important a single decision can be.
I really enjoyed this book and I will use several points from it. The most important concept that I gained is the importance of single, momentary decisions and their relation to addictions. I will forever remember the story of the housewife who gambled for the first time on a personal vacation and became an addict. I will also remember that one of the best ways to break a bad habit is to replace it with a new habit that is healthier and that fulfills the same basic needs as the old habit. Decisions made in advance of a bad situation as to how to react to a given temptation have so much power. Charles Duhigg uses the example of the Starbucks training model to illustrate this concept very clearly.
Mike Chamberlain did a decent job of narrating, but I found him a bit slow, so I listened at 2x speed.
I'm not going to pretend that this book will change your life in five minutes or help you out of an addiction, but it will certainly give you pointers about how to change at least a few thought patterns that you want to change. And as the author illustrates throughout the book, one small change at a time can lead to big change.
The studies, themselves, were pretty good and interesting. However, the writing itself got a little repetitive, going over the points over and over again. I also disliked the spreading out of the lead story of each chapter, structurally.
The facts presented were a bit reductive. Both Habit and Culture are a bit more complex than presented. I guess for a layman, the book is good, but for someone looking to delve into the subject of habit as a psychological function then it falls short.
What the book actually does is explain habit to a layman and a bit about what makes them form, and so on. It's not self-help. It is not highly academic. In trying to make it simpler it does make a few minor factual errors. Culture is not a series of habits. And Habit is more complex than just culture. Separate things.
For that, I removed two stars. I liked the reading a lot though. It was very well done and pleasant to listen to.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
The Power of Habit is a very interresting book. It's title says much about it. It is about the good and bad habits we acquire during our lives, the psychology and physiology behind them, put in a way anyone can understand.
The main idea behind it is that our lives to a great extent is made of habits, and most of the time we are only partially aware of them. So we live our lives happily or perhaps not so much, reacting to cues and not being able to get out of a nasty reinforcing vicious circle. How did you react the last time your better half came nagging at you? Did the quarrel resemble all the others?
The book by itself is a good listen but if you take what you learn here and apply to your personal life, you can probably change or get rid of the habits you dislike in yourself. Although I'm not entirely sure it would be useful in modifying someone else's behavior, since people would probably feel like Lab rats. It might be worth trying,
The story never got going. It did not provide answers or even suggestions. Nothing more then a collection of semi interesting anecdotes.