Several friends raved about the book, so I was really looking forward to listening to it. I'm not sure whether something was lost in the abridgment, or the choppy editing, but I was somewhat disappointed in the listen. The author's narration of his book is ok, but I agree with other reviewers that his whiny brit affectation grows weary. If you've got a monthly subscription to burn, and you're looking for a short change of pace from fiction, history and/or news, this book is a pleasant diversion.
I found this to be a terrific listen. The story is original and enthralling. The narration is among the best I've heard. Before buying the book I was concerned with the ferocity of negativity in some of the "most helpful" reviews. After listening to this book I believe that these reviews are not so much about the book itself, but about its subject matter.
While I have the desire to know more about the how and why of radical Islam, I cannot devote the time that real study would require. This book provides an excellent overview. The listener won't be an expert on the subject after hearing this book, but will be much more enlightened for the experience. While I agree that the author is not always the best person to read his or her work (e.g., Bill Bryson) I found Lewis's reading of his book to be genuine and enjoyable (despite a case of laryngitis early on). A must read.
After reading the glowing "most helpfuls," I was expecting much more than this book delivered. Early on, the author claims that his program will liberate the reader from to-do lists, and then begins to describe a complicated program of lists and sub-lists that would take more time to maintain than it would to "get things done." Stephanie Winston's "The Organized Executive," while several years old, is a much more concise and realistic program than the complicated series of lists and routines than this book prescribes. Probably a better read than a listen.
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