This is one crazy interesting book! It's long yes. And some reviewers find it way too long.
Me? I find it amazingly well-written, well-edited and deep. Daniel explores various concepts and elegantly connects them in a brilliant fashion.
This is one of those book I hope will never end. Each minute is packed full of info. No fluff in this book.
Beware though: the book does talk a lot about the various regions of the human brain, their interconnectedness and role in various situations related to procrastination, productivity, organisation, etc. So if you'd rather like a lighter read, this book probably isn't for you.
But if you like books with more substance, ones that challenge you, and have perhaps read and enjoyed Your Brain at Work: this book will be a surprisingly good listen for you.
This book is weird. And it's one of a kind. One of a kind in the sense that I couldn't listen to more than an hour or so, before giving up. In retrospect, I can't believe it took me that long to realise how useless this book would be to me.
The book is weird, in that the authors, who are a couple (as suggested by their last name Altucher) reads it themselves. Fine and fair enough, but they really stretch that format, by talking on top of each other. Suddenly having her voice interrupt, or vice versa, after one person talking solo for maybe 15 minutes; feels weird. As if you're in your friends living room, been there for a few hours, and suddenly you realise his partner was also home, sleeping under the sofa. Yes, weird example, but this book IS weird - and you get the idea.
This book is also mindlessly boring and full of anecdotes that few other people than the authors themselves can get excited about. I'm all for transparency and authenticity, but in this book, it's feels like being at a wedding, positioned between two guests, who also happen to be a couple ("The Altucher's" also know as "The MeMeMe's") that can't stop telling you about their life, in every little detail, and make much grandeur of each and every little event, as if it's the biggest since the birth of Christ.
I do realise the book may be in a good format for some listeners, just not me. It feels like they just pressed record, started rambling, sent it to a foreign language virtual assistant for editing (meaning that this person couldn't editorially edit it) and pressed the "Publish to Audible" button;)
Mike tells it like it is. Here's how to sport a healthy web / design business. His advice is sound and valid. I agree a 100% with him, as it's the way I've run my own business and dealt with clients since I started in 2009. It's what has made my business profitable and stable while some of my "best" competitors have burnt their noses on bad clients, big projects that drag on forever, doing too much free work due to lack of clear scope at project initiation etc etc etc.
He gives great advice on how to deal with problematic clients, how to charge, what to charge, what to look out for, how to work with freelancers, and more. Well, basically it's how to deal with all the stuff most web / designers struggle with.
I have already recommended this book to three people, all of whom I know will benefit greatly from it. One of them has already praised it as much as I do.
It's extremely useful and to the point.
The narration is done by Nir Eyal himself. Overall he does it okay, but the microphone he has used must have been really cheap. And post-processing (compression, noise gate, etc) skipped altogether.
Add to the above that he occasionally stumbles over his words. These mistakes have not been edited out of the audiobook. Not a huge problem, but it leaves an impression of a very unpolished, maybe rushed, audiobook.
The content itself is good. Nir Eyal certainly knows his stuff. I watched an interview with him on Growthhacker.tv before getting this book. But: the content lends itself much more to a written format. As an audiobook, I miss a sense of overview.
So I'll be getting this in kindle ebook format instead, and I recommend you do the same;)
This book is a collection of case studies covering people with ADHD.
While the stories themselves are somewhat interesting – but not particularly touching or engaging due to the clinical way they're presented – there are zero actionable advice in this book. Zero specific recommendations for treatment.
Yes, the author does describe at the end of each case what helped the person. BUT, all of those sections sound alike! He'll say something along these lines:
"I started Johnny on medication. He benefitted from the added focus the medication gave him. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Johnny. After a while, Johnny improved."
"I started Anne on medication. She benefitted from the added focus the medication gave her. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Anne. After a while, Anne improved."
And so on.
No specific details about *which* medications worked, and which didn't etc. In that sense, Daniel Amen's recently revised Healing ADD is a much better, more useful book.
And don't be misled by the title of this book. "Smart" gave me the impression it was about those with ADHD who are gifted with great intelligence, matching and even superseding non-ADHD people. Due to the high level of intelligence, their surroundings never saw, understood, or believed ADHD to be present in these people. Hence a life full of challenges. Add to that the fact that intelligent people (broadly speaking) tend to "think more" and therefore trouble and burden themselves with way too much stuff, every day, in every possible way... Then you'll have the kind of ADHD person I thought this book was about.
Rather, it's about regular teens, who are "smart" in the sense that they're not dumb, but need some treatment and care, to live a normal life.
... Which is also fine. Just not what I thought the book was about.
It opened up a new understanding of myself and other people, courting- and dating-wise.
Worth a listen.
The narration is also fine... apart from his, at times, sporadic pace / pauses in sentences. Plus: the audio-processing lacks mid-range and treble, making it difficult to hear what he's saying, if there's any kind of traffic around you (traffic drowns out the remaining low-end area of the spectrum).
Short book. Okay values Derek has. Ones that I can agree with. He has heart and integrity in what he does.
Nothing earth-shattering. More about him than about your business – if you catch my drift.
I have been looking for exactly a book of this kind for months now. All of a sudden; there it was in the New Releases section.
The narration by Jeff is great – he's fresh and frank – not too much, not too little.
What excites me the most, is this books focus on what makes an edit (i.e. the individual cut between two clips) work – or not work.
It's exactly the book I've been looking for.
I would give it 5 stars if it wasn't for the fact that I only give 5 stars for out of this world, life-changing books (like for example Nathaniel Branden's 6 "Pillars of Self-esteem" and such). On a regular scale, this book is definitely 5 stars!
This is one of those rare books that really isn't like any other book out there. And "out there" it is. Dain is a radical thinker. He has an interesting view on life and us as human beings.
I agree with most of his words – and he covers a lot in this book. But... I somehow got disturbed by his story of being molested as a child. Not the incident(s) itself, but rather the way he has ended up coping with it (which I won't spell out here). Basically it's one of acceptance ... Maybe it's just me, but I felt his take on it was absurd. You gotta hear it to know what I mean.
The narration, by Dain himself, is top-notch.
Oh, and then there's the affirmation / mantra he's repeating over and over throughout the book... Kinda disturbing – feels redundant / superfluous – but hey: I can live with it.
All in all worth a listen.
This book is short and somewhat comprehensive, yet still very concise and structured. Timothy is a wonderful speaker and narrator. One can't feeling rapport with him.
Key takeaway from the book:
Don't give in to feel good now. Do the work now – and feel good later.
It's one of those books that despite being simple, is one I'm looking forward to relistening to again, in a few months.
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