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Ricardo

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  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (607)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Terrible narrator, wrong book for audio"
    Overall

    This is a very good book for someone who's not familiar with the related literature (Dan Ariely, Helen Langer, Malcolm Gladwell, Jonathan Haidt). Even for those familiar with these authors, Switch may be a good read... except for the narrator. Imagine listening to a book read by one of those automated call services. The narration is just about as bad. It seems as if the narrator was asked to read each individual sentence in isolation, and then those sentences were stitched together. The result is pretty bad as one cannot rely on the intonation patterns of the speaker to decipher if he's still talking about the same theme or has switched to a new one. The narration also continuously makes reference to paragraph or subheading number, which for an audio book is useless. The result is tragic, as the book has a lot of interesting material. My suggestion would be to read the actual book or wait for the publisher to release a new version of the audio, which I would not be surprised to see given the number of complaints that the narration has received.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful

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