I would have rated this 4.5 stars, but there is no option and I consider it closer to 5 than 4, because I thought that it was very well done.
What I loved was the balanced and reasonable viewpoint. I expected this book to lead straight to vegetarianism being the answer, but instead found it to be a quite balanced exploration.
It was a great book to read after Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemna" because it brought up different issues, and focused on different areas of meat eating.
A chicken farmer in one of the chapters. He really loved farming chickens the right way and treating them well, and is what a farmer should be.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in language, or anyone who is trying to explore new avenues. I found it thrilling, fascinating, and even funny, but I have the feeling that some people aren't as interested in how 'p' and 'b' are similar sounds. So maybe not for everyone, but I loved it so much that I wouldn't be surprised if everyone else loves it too.
He really brings it alive compared to a typical audiobook. Most of the audiobooks I've listened to sound like words being read out loud, and they can be hard to process/ But with this book, I didn't feel like it was ever written down in words (and to be honest I don't know whether it was). I just felt like he knew the material, and expressed every word of it flawlessly. It was like a documentary in audiobook form.
I didn't read the book, however I found the narration to be outstanding in the audiobook. It got me hooked, and I was able to focus on what he was saying. In some non-fiction books I find myself zoning out and having to rewind to understand what was said, in this book I don't remember that happening, I just felt excited by Sean Pratt's reading.
I think the print book would be good, because I would like to refer to some studies. Also, I found the beginning of the book super fascinating but now I can't remember what I learned form it, so the print book might be useful to jog my memory.
The opening chapter of the book.
That it takes on average 66 days to produce a new habit, and that it depends on the difficulty of the habit. Simple habits could take only 20 days, but more difficult habits still weren't a habit after 84 days (the end of the study). And some habits, if extrapolated after the study ended, might take as long as 254 days to form!
There is a lot of important information about habits and what is needed to break them. And largely, they can't be broken, they must be replaced. There are a lot of helpful tips about how to make new habits, as well as tips on other related topics. And all of them are backed up by studies.
I enjoyed how easy it was to listen to. It kept me engaged and interested without being too difficult for audio format.
I really enjoyed listening to this. It was short, but made a good argument for telling the truth, without being unreasonable.
I regularly lied years ago, and came to my own conclusion that it wasn't worth the mental stress. However I still often tell white lies, or conceal the truth. This book has pushed me further, to aiming to be truthful as often as possible. However this was already something I was working on, so I am probably quite biased because this book was what I wanted to hear.
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