I liked Kurlansky's other books, but this one didn't have much meat to it and the story didn't hold my interest like his others did. It felt like it could/should have been a Kindle Single.
No, it was good enough, but it wasn't worth the money.
The flow of his reading was off at times -- the pauses and inflections not quite on the mark.
This book reminds me of some of the first efforts by new authors - the ones you can get for a buck on your Kindle. The plot is simplistic, the characters are simple -- it's the difference between a top-notch movie and a made-for-TV movie. I can't figure out how this Scalzi could be the same guy who wrote some of his other books, which are great.
I encountered useful insights in certain chapters, but I also found myself eagerly waiting for the current chapter to end at times. No topic is explored in much depth, so plan on further reading when you're intrigued by one of the chapters (each is on a different aspect of positive or anti-positive thinking). The author did a good job of reading his book - that part was fine.
If you've spent time delving into this subject already, you may find many of the chapters to be less-than-useful reviews and it won't be a good value to you unless you're happy with a couple of useful nuggets. If you're new to the subject, this book will be a great starting point.
All in all, I felt like I was served up a nice buffet of information, but I couldn't slow down and get more of what I found interesting, nor could I quickly move past what I didn't want. The analogy of a moving walkway directing me past a buffet at a prescribed pace came to mind as I was listening.
Mr. Goff uses stories from his life and the bible to illustrate a path the avoids the many negatives of modern religion and 'religious people' these days. My teenage daughter and I listened to it together on a car trip. I surprised her with it; she wasn't pleased. However, she liked it so much she went out and bought the book to discuss with her friends (I was pleasantly astounded). I typically can't abide the books found classified in the religion/christianity category these days, but this book is refreshing in its lack of dogma and in its surplus of inspiring ways to live your life to the fullest and in accord with the teachings of Jesus (not any church version of him, but the historical version) without annoying your friends and family and colleagues.
Lots of very interesting information on being an Introvert and relating to one. Very affirming and useful and much of it I'd never encountered before. At the end, she offered too many suggestions for raising an Introvert child and that got tedious (I'm a parent and much of her wisdom wouldn't survive the reality of childhood and parenting -- but it sounds good on paper) and I didn't finish the book.
The information in this book offers some perspective on books like Gladwell's "Blink" and the Getting Things Done movement and reassures those of us not not convinced about the benefits of multitasking and instant-whatever. The narrator started to remind me of a TV preacher after a while, but it was tolerable.
Wheaton is a great narrator (check out Ready Player One, too). And Scalzi is a lot of fun. He has some great ideas, good dialogue, and unexpected plot twists; if you like his other books, you'll like this one. This is not deep, weighty science fiction but I wasn't in the mood for that and I wasn't disappointed.
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