This is not one of those Malcolm Gladwell'ish books that pretend to be clever, yet caters to the airport book buying crowd who needs something that digests easily, like fast food calories. No, this book actually has some very interesting unique content regarding focus and concentration, and it challenges some common concepts within that area. If you're interested in productivity and the brain: Get it!
Better choice of narrator.
Structured it a bit better. The anecdotes felt haphazardly thrown in here and there, and repeated / referred back to, every now and then.I may get the kindle version instead.
The author should have read it herself. Karen Saltus can ruin any audiobook. She's a better fit for speaking infomercials and alike. There's zero passion in her voice.
Most of the advice is very common-sensical. I.e. treat your employees well, understand your competition, etc etc.
Just because a book (The Art of Way by Sun Tzu) was written many years ago in a difficult to grasp/decipher tone, does it mean that it's especially wise. If the advice in this book is what can be extracted from The Art of War – it's a sign (to me at least) that it's overrated.
Yes. It's narrated by Sandra Ingerman herself. While I think some may feel she's not a great narrator, she is very authentic.
It's in a league of its own. But maybe Knowing Your Shadow. That one also has frequent meditations, that breaks the flow of regular text. I like that apporach a lot. Works well for those two books. It makes it feel like a journey. It's a complete process.
I very much appreciate the authenticity she delivers her material with.
There are some very profound insights to be found in this book. Listening to it gave me goosebumps sometimes. She's very true and honest. The way she talks about out purpose here on earth, the direction we're going... It's touching, and I agree 100% ... Sandra Ingerman puts it very well!
It's not for me. No actionable advice. Just anecdotes.
Include some actionable advice. And target it a tad more broadly, so it's not just for leaders of big corporations.
While this book is very well narrated, and the stories are well told, I couldn't help thinking "it sounds like he's just pulling all this out of thin air". There's little critical thought.
Additionally, it's superficial. I'm not interested in another Osho talking about all his expensive cars and whether the author should get a Ferrari or not. I'm not jealous, I simply just don't care.
Research more. Tell me more than i already know.
Couldn't get into this. It's scattered and feels like as if the author found all anecdotes and news articles on Bob Dylan, threw them all up in the air, and used the resulting structure. That is: there isn't one. No structure. Additionally, the author can apparently read the minds of the people he's writing about.
It makes it very very uninteresting to listed to. Imagine sitting next to an ego-tripping person at a wedding or birthday dinner. That would be almost unbearable, listening to such a person talk and talk and talk, for around 3 hours.
This book, is 15 hours. THAT is unbearable. Even at 2x speed;)
It's like being at a dinner / party, with this self-absorbed, rambling girl, who just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...
But – and this is in no way meant as a snarky remark: the book might be best suited for women.
Not one from Brene Brown. Who by the way seems to have written like... a million books? I don't believe a person can write so many books, without lots of it being filler content.
The less books someone has written, can almost be seen as a positive sign that it'll be a positive, interesting listen/read. Paradoxically.
As another reviewer noted: Use a de-easing filter/effect on the voice track. The sibilance didn't help me get through this audiobook. Painful almoSSSt.
Was surprised to learn that Einstein was a flirtatious guy, with good humour and a very moral, loving view on life and living creatures. He wasn't exactly an angel either though, when it comes to his personal relationships. But hey - nobody's perfect:)
This book gives a balanced, engaging look.
Narration is top notch.
Much much much better than expected. Everything is perfect about it:
1. Doesn't promote more stress and overwhelm. You're not asked to make lists, overwork yourself, etc – as it's often the case in other books in this genre.
2. It's so well-written. Engaging.
3. It's so well organised. Easy to follow and digest.
4. The method is sound and logical.
5. Perhaps related to point number three, but the music between the chapters add a positive note (pun intended) to the presentation and overall experience.
Such a keeper, this book.
Todd is probably well-meaning and sincere. I believe he is. But I'm just as well-meaning and sincere, when I say this book truly made me stressed. It doesn't feel organised, and just like my issue was with Todd's previous book "The Accidental Creative", this one quickly propels into manic overdrive mode, encouraging you to make a list of this, make a list of this, build this into your routine, and hey - you also need to do this and this and this and this.
I'm by no means against doing exercises, thinking and contemplating, but the more I read and think about productivity, the creative process, and life in general; it becomes more and more evident that 99% of "us" (as in "the western, young to middle-aged knowledge working class") are way too stressed and overworked.
We are getting too far away from what's really important in life. And another list, brainstorm, habit, goal: does *not* alleviate that problem. Quite the contrary: it *is* the problem.
One of the biggest "villains" in that tale, is David Allen. I was following his GTD methodology for years, and can wholeheartedly say that it's downright wrong in many of its concepts on human productivity and stress. Will not go into detail about that here, just say that Todd sounds like a GTD by-product. David Allen also endorsed his book with a glowing testimonial.
Lists are not a cure for a stressed out life. Lists are part of the problem. You can always think up more ideas, more projects, more tasks and note them down on a gazillion lists. But it will *not* make you more productive. Just overwhelmed.
Brain science doesn't back up the claims of GTD.
Okay narration, but too overworked, in my opinion.
Tighten it up. Balance it out.
Read The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte, for a more mindful, healthy substitute for Die Empty. One that will make you happy. Now - and at your deathbed.
I also highly recommend Autopilot by Andrew Smart, and Your Brain at Work by David Rock.
The countless stories aren't very well strung together. I couldn't feel the backbone of the book. It lacks structure.
The problem with some books in this genre, is that the authors seem to believe "stories are good" and "stories help people remember and relate to new learning material".
However, the full truth is:
*Good* stories are good.
*Good* stories help people remember and relate to new learning material.
Stories have to be good, to be engaging. Simple, yet so many authors in the business and self-help area, tell story after story after story.
Another thing: I can't see how what he's describing is new. Co-branding has many forms. He talks about the difference shortly, in the book, but his explanation of the differences, didn't win me over. It all seems very common-sensical.
Overall, both of the above taken into account: I think the book lacks aha-moments.
All the case stories, but that would leave a pamphlet in the end.
The narration was good. The author is very enthusiastic about the subject. I believe he has something on his heart in this area. His next book might be better.
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