I was amazed at how captivating would a book on reading be, at how enlightening some of the facts about the culture and the neurology of reading are.
I was amazed at the number of times I have cited this book since reading it. It seems to be relevant to so many areas of our lives and our culture, as if reading is a metaphor for everything else.
I highly recommend this gem of a book. The writing is great, the reading is great, the lesson learnt is amazing.
When I started listening to this book, I had this deja vue feeling of: Here goes another self-help nothing special book.Was I in for a surprise! what started as yet another one of those books, turned out to be extremely interesting and enlightening. The book is very short and non- complex. This is its greatest virtue. You have to be an absolute genius to say so much in a few words and in a simple yet deep manner.I heartily recommend this book.
Extremely intelligent. An eye opener.
You just have to commit yourself to more than the first 15 minutes. This is what it takes to realize that in spite of the narrator (the author) you're kind of get used to it.
Later on you even enjoy her and thank her for having the courage to read it all by herself.
I liked the personal and clinical narratives. Each one of those carries a lesson. Even when a story sounds completely irrelevant it is followed by an "Aha, that's what it teaches me... nice..."
NLP is a great clinical tool, but there are so many myths around it. the book kind of unfoggs the matter.
Wish for some more audio NLP books. Some of the classics are really great.
extremely interesting, some of it almost unbelievable. makes one rethink what music is all about and how humane a quality it is.
the missing star of my rating is due to the annoying mentioning throughout the book of other books by Mr. Sacks. after a while this becomes too much of an annoying sales pitch. a regular bookmarked bibliographical list should have been enough.
the narration gets a 4 star too. it's very OK but not outstanding.
When I try to convince friends to get into the audiobook habit, i recommend starting with this one! This is the best of the best. Flawless. Great book and exquisite narration.
By the way, there is another recording of the same book. I recommend this one. Ever since I listened to Jill Tanner reading here, I try to get any other book she is reading. She is my best narrator yet.
In short: a warm recommendation! If you have to listen to just one audiobook ever, this should be the one.
This is a very well-written book, but it left me very angry. i felt the writer used his great talent to plainly manipulate the reader. The structure of this rather long book becomes quite predictable after a while: nice, sweet relaxed parts followed by gruesome cruel ones. The "bad" parts become more and more intolerable, and once you realize the pattern you kind of dread what's to follow.
As i said, the book is very manipulative. Like a horror film made by a talented director, whose main objective is to leave you shaken and breathless. This requires writing skills, no doubt, but it's far from being "good literature" or even just literature for that matter.
The narration is very good, which, in a way makes things even worse. It's as if the narrator is an accomplice to the writer's manipulative story-telling.
It is especially pitiful as Mr. Mistry is such a fine writer. His other books are really good. He knows better, no doubt.
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