Man, I hope the producers of this audiobook read this review. There is some great information in the book, but I agree with another reviewer that it should not be an audiobook--or at least not read as written. Ever had a phonebook read to you? No? Well here's your chance. I'm only to chapter five and have already had every credit reporting agency's web site (double-you double-you double-you dot experian dot com) AND PHONE NUMBER read to me slowly and carefully several times. Not just credit agencies! All sorts of double-you double-you double-you dot coms. Think it's annoying reading it twice? Trying listening to it over and over.
Boring information read by a terrible narrator. Don't bother.
Turns out that Barry Sears is actually funny! Who knew?
This is a very listenable, fun overview of the Zone lifestyle. Yes, you read that right. He makes the case that his way of Living in the Zone goes beyond a mere "diet." Might not make a lot of sense to those who have yet to be indoctrinated into the lingo of "eicosonoids" and "protein blocks," but if you've read any of his books or followed the Zone in the past, this is a great way to get back into it.
I enjoyed listening to Seth Godin read his book--meaning, I liked his voice and reading style--but honestly, it felt like he was reading unconnected blog entries in no particular order. Sometimes it seemed as though the title of the "chapter" was as long as the "chapter." This is a made-up example, but a lot of the book sounds like this: Title: To be a Lynchpin is to be Indispensable. Body: If you are an Artist, and do only what you can do, then you are indispensable. You are a Lynchpin.
Despite this, I patiently waded through the 4.5 hrs. of what I determined to be "Malcolm Gladwell lite" hoping for some sort of payoff. A call to action, a step-by-step plan--even a decent recap of what I'd just spent 3 weeks trying to get through. Anything! I won't be a spolier, but let's just say that I was laughing so hard at the way the book ends (because I felt like such a sucker) that I almost drove my car off the road.
I was very excited about this book when I first downloaded it. But now, at Chapter 7, I am finding it harder and harder to listen to. While his system seems to make sense, this book is written for upper management corporate types who have a secretary or assistant to delegate to, a spouse and kids to manage, and a credenza to pile things on. As a freelancer working in a creative field, I found his lingo, examples and orientation not only to be inapplicable to me but kind of a turn-off. While I think I will be able to take his system and make it work for me (if I manage to get through the whole book) I wish he would do a revision for people who work outside the corporate world.
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