My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
But I had to quit listening part way through because the guy just reads it like he's trying to get done with a bad book. This guy can't even interest himself in his own book.
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
Holiday does a really good job of explaining how the media works in the internet age and how the pay-per-view culture of blogging encourages shoddy journalism.
What I will take away from this book is a better understanding of how easily we can be manipulated by the media, how little truth matters when it comes to drumming up buzz, and how important it is to be responsible as a writer and a blogger.
Highly recommended. You'll never be able to see an article from Gawker or Buzzfeed or the Huffington Post without thinking about what Holiday has to say in his book.
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I have to say, this is one of the best books I have listened to since I started with Audible. The writer presents information that I always suspected but couldn't nail down. He's current, articulate and must lead a very interesting life. Buying a book ( print or audio) is never hard but this author delivered about 200% value. The content speaks for itself. If you haven't read or listened to this book, give it some serious thought. You will NOT be disappointed! Great Job Ryan! Have you written anything else?
I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science.
Mr. Holiday tackles a pretty tough issue in this book. He does it intelligently and informatively. There is a lot of conflict in its telling. It's like listening to Pandora lament about opening the box.
Mr. Holiday outlines the ways in which the news is being manipulated by the Internet. He does this from the POV of being a manipulator. Much of what he says is common sense, but seeing the illustrations and having it laid out in plain view somehow solidifies it in the mind.
If you are trying to start your own Internet blog sensation, this book is a must listen. If you are an avid Internet news consumer, this book is a must listen. If you never use the Internet for news, this book is a must listen.
While his reading felt like listening to a reading race, over time he either slowed down or I got used to the pace.
This is the manual to popular lies that no one else will ever reveal to you.
This book was absolutely captivating until I hit around chapter 12. Past that point, it was the same idea pushed around for another 12 chapters - it was like being force fed the idea that bloggers don't check their sources and that this has real world effects.
This being said, the first half was fantastic and opened my eyes to a world I was, for the most part, unaware of. Since having read this book, I am able to fill in a lot of blanks from online blogging and journalism.
The techniques discussed are very intangible to a reader like myself though as Ryan has a massive budget and brand behind him. It was good to learn about though, and kind of sickening; that's the nature of this book though.
Fantastic first half, poor second half.
Ryan explains how broken media is, teaches you how to manipulate it and calls for change because blogging is ruining everything.
This book was informative yet lacking. The author made great point but the book could've been 75 pages and gotten to the same effect the writer kept repeating and rehashing the same points and it got repetitive after a while
The book started with interesting stories and clever insights but got wildly repetative way before halfway mark. Also, the willing risk of listening to a book that is read by the author was wrong one to take with this author.
The reader/author sounds sleepy and/or drunkish, this I would have approved but the whole book is filled with strange single sentences that are annoyningly superimposed to the track after the whole book has been read through. These cut-ins are recorded with awful quality and make the following that much harder.
After the first 10mins I loved the book, after listening it through - would not recommend.