I expected the book to be funny and light. It was funny but heavy. Not many authors attempt to explain the meaning of life. Especially without explicitly telling you that's what they're doing.
Some reviews called him monotone or flat. I strongly disagree. He was paced. He was not monotone at all. He uses four letter words very well both in their placement within the text and as he reads them.
I did laugh often. There was a particularly sad moment or two in the book that may bring a tear to some readers' eyes.
This book is every bit as entertaining, educational, and inspiring as Gladwell's other books.
He's one of my favorite audible narrators. Most audio books sound like they're being read. The best audio books sound like the narrator is explaining his own concepts to you. I feel like all of his audio books are more like listening to a presentation or lecture by Gladwell. It would be interesting to hear him narrate another author's work. But he's excellent with his own material.
I can barely sit through a 2 hour movie.
Yes. Everyone should understand how and why the nation's police are militarized.
The facts. All of them.
The content of the book, because this book is so well researched, written, and narrated, should upset everyone.
This book is excellent. The only thing I would have added is a much more clear and obvious thesis at the start and end of every chapter. Only because there is a lot of information and some of the details are so disturbing that the actual points that some of the stories are trying to illustrate become background or lost from the reaction one is likely to have from hearing the story. Statistics about unconstitutional SWAT raids followed by stories of SWAT raids resulting in deaths of completely innocent people followed by more statistics and stories, some of the finer points, and sometimes the chapters' central thesis, end up overlooked.
I've always been a Michael Showalter fan. He's very talented, smart, and funny. Those qualities do not come out in this book. While you can expect a little nonsense in his work, this was all nonsense. Well, I actually didn't finish it. So the first half of his book is pretty much all nonsense. Some of it is pretty funny, but since it's all nonsense, I became desensitized to the inherent funniness of nonsense, and had to sit through long periods of boring nonsense before some of it was funny enough to keep me waiting through the less funny stuff. Like if all you ever ate was really good omelets, they become the baseline, and an awesome omelet has to come along for you to be interested in omelets again. You will find this book funny and tolerable if you thought the show Stella was not nonsensical enough, OR if you're a 15 year old suburban nerd who just started smoking marijuana.
All that said, ONLY Showalter could narrate this book effectively and he does a perfect job of speaking his own written nonsense.
I appreciate how honest Maron is in this book. There are many funny stories, a couple that drag a bit, and some self indulgent moments, so it's not perfect, but over all a great listen.
Maron makes me feel better about my own life by sharing the lows of his life.
If you like WTF you will like this book.
Condescending. Slow. Ummm....did I mention Condescending?
This book was entertaining in the way it was several historical vignettes, however I'm dubious of the accuracy of some facts. The lessons would contradict each other frequently. And if you follow these lessons, you will have no friends because you'd be a complete dick.
This book was good enough that I recommended it to a friend. There are several useful exercises for building will power. Combine the lessons in this book with Decisive and Contagious and you have a powerful cocktail of knowledge.
I liked that this book was read by the authors and it was very conversational. They aren't the greatest narrators, but they certainly weren't bad. It's very focused on what to pay attention to when you create content. Content for what? Any content. Listen to Contagious first, then this one.
Holy sh*t this is a boring book. Great for helping you fall asleep.
The Tipping Point. It's like the sequel to the Tipping Point, which I also enjoyed.
Social Currency. I love that expression.
The narration blends very well with the content to the point the narrator sounds like he is the author. The book is a collection of lessons framed in stories that have practical application for just about any business. This is the first book that anyone of ambition should read or listen to. I've listened to it twice and will listen to it again in the future I'm sure.
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