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Jay

Florence, KY, United States

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  • The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (318)

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Grady says: "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    "Great book... If you love yoga and ukuleles?!"
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    Would you try another book from Josh Kaufman and/or Josh Kaufman?

    Doubtful - the material was largely homogenous in learning new skills, but then it became so myopic in its ridiculous specificity and narrow focus on three random skills that it was nearly useless by the 3rd chapter.


    Has The First 20 Hours turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - excellent writers exist, see John Acuff for example.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Josh Kaufman?

    Didn't matter - it's the material, not the delivery.


    What character would you cut from The First 20 Hours?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    A shame really, there was the making of a good subject here (efficiently acquiring new skills). Unfortunately instead of building out individual principles in the book with real data and additional insight from masters in various fields... We read how the author learned yoga - in excruciating detail.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (346)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "5 Stars Just Ain't Enough"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Outpost the most enjoyable?

    Fantastic book - perfect blend of historical detail and 1st person perspective. Performed in a way that conveyed the seriousness of the subject but still brought to life the individual soldiers portrayed. Mostly it's a perfect reason to make sure I thank a veteran.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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