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Oliver

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  • The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (463)

    In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance. He explains why true innovators focus on trust, remarkability, leadership, and stories that spread. And he makes a passionate argument for why you should be treating your work as art. Art is not a gene or a specific talent. It's an attitude, available to anyone who has a vision that others don't, and the guts to do something about it.

    Clay says: "Change the way you see work"
    "a good idea with a lot of bla bla"
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    What would have made The Icarus Deception better?

    Have you ever watched a movie when, after 20 minutes or so, you knew it is a waste of time, but you stick with it, just to figure out at the end that it hasnt become better? I had the same sensation with this book.

    The main idea is that the "safty zone" of the industrial economy is not in the comfort zone anymore, as making a living is now harder than ever. Because we are living in a "connection economy" it is necessary that we create art, which makes art the new safty zone.

    But this idea just makes for a series of maybe 3 blog posts, though this posts would have been worth your attention. The book however is just the main idea surrounded by endles bouts of the same in different words.


    What was most disappointing about Seth Godin’s story?

    I just had the feeling that Mr. Godin is following the unwritten mantra of da intern guru that you need to get out a new book at least every 18 months or so in order to not fall out of the attention grid. And as a book is supposed to have a certain length, he had to fill it with something.

    To be fair, there are a few good points, such as that when making art, do not fear to mess up with "the machine" (the still prevailing industrial economy) and that you should figure out who your audience is and ignore the rest as you cannot please everybody. Or: art is a process, not a goal. the goal isnt winning, it's playing. or: dance with the inner voice of fear.

    Yet useful "how to information" is scarce and mostly self-evident and full of sentences like "when your art fails, make better art".

    I dont want you to prevent you from reading this book, maybe it's just the right one for you, but in order to get 15 minutes of gems, you have to dig through seven hours of listening.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the performance is not sooo bad, but i have listened to so many audible books already that i have my preferances.


    What character would you cut from The Icarus Deception?

    there is no character to be cut out.


    Any additional comments?

    I wished that in order to write his next book, Mr. Godin would listen to "Mastery" by Robert Greene, which is not a gem, but a crown juwel amongst all the books I have read so far. It goes so much more indepth as the Icarus Deception and is more inspiring more insightful and enchantingly well read.

    25 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (174)

    To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between.

    Susan K Treiman says: "Wonderful, inspiring, insightful"
    "he talks a lot"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you want good entertaintment, listen to the book. If you are looking for knowledge or ways to improve your life, you might get disapointed. (though I've read a lot of self help books and maybe this is why not so much was apealing to me.


    What was most disappointing about Augusten Burroughs’s story?

    I expected more. The discpription felt so hipped up that I thought that there's more meat on the bone. I wrote down a few sentences but that's it.


    Have you listened to any of Augusten Burroughs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    nope


    Did This Is How inspire you to do anything?

    nope


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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