I gushed about de Botton in another review, so I'll skip it and just say how good this book is. It's thought provoking, smart, funny, educational... but mostly just a good "listen". It made me re-think that 14kt grill and pinkie ring too - whew!
...but towards the end I zoned out and haven't had any desire to listen to part 2. This genre usually holds my interest too. I can't really complain about anything - it's certainly not a bad book. I just didn't find it riveting.
The author divides motivation into 3 versions... 1.0 is physical (food & sex), 2.0 is extrinsic Pavlov and money stuff, and 3.0 is the top of Maslow's triangle and a heaping helping from the book Flow. I thought the book read well, and put a fresh coat of paint on some older info that we shouldn't ignore.
I love this author, but wasn't wild about this book. He presents some interesting perspectives but without some of the flare I have come to expect. Maybe it was the narrator (not his usual guy) while not bad, also nothing special. Worth the credits... just not awesome.
This is my favorite genre and I've come to expect either somewhat labored attempts at humor, painfully long examples, or a dead dull list of facts. This book is different. Every sentence and chapter is interesting and meaningful. There is a great mix of psychology and philosophy - of insight and thought provoking ideas. This is the best book I've listened to (or read) in a long time.
Good story, writing, and narration. I learned a little, it made me think a little, laughed a little... I was entertained. Money well spent.
It's only an hour and a half long, so I've listened to it a couple of times. Epictetus cuts right to the chase. Very approachable and applicable to this century.
This book is 90% dead dull blather about the politics of lab people and 10% science that relates somewhat to the title.
If you are a Conservative - don't buy this. It will make you instantly mad. I am not one, but I was annoyed that I learned more about the authors political views than about the Political Mind. Once I sifted through it there was some very good content, just way too much packaging. For me anytime someone is so over the top one-sided it's hard to trust their judgment. Even though I agree with him! So maybe you shouldn't trust me?
But not worth paying for. Books are worth it. You can't find that kind of entertainment for free (legally). This, compared to the millions of great FREE podcasts out there, is overpriced.
This book is to Freakanomics what Good Charlotte is to Greenday. It was the same principle without the good writing and interesting subject matter.
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