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"Going Solo" is similar to the narrative non-fiction of books like "Freakonomics" or Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point". "Going Solo" could have been an amazingly fascinating read, but it runs into a little trouble in the statistics department. Specifically, there are too many, too much, way way overkill. "Going Solo" doesn't just give you facts and data, it pretty much molds them into a mallet and smacks you upside the face with them....repeatedly...until you can not even remember once having had cheekbones.
If you are the sort of person who enjoys reading spreadsheets, company profiles, quarterly earnings statements, and maybe a few medical dictionaries, then this book is for you! If you like a little story with your data, then skip this one, it's a hardcore snoozer.
If you can overlook 90% of the book and still retain the basic underlying message, then it's a pretty interesting read! Even so....STILL A SNOOZER.
The narrator did an awesome job adding tone and inflection to a very data oriented read. I'd definitely listen to this fella again.
The scene where I was listening to "Going Solo" on my headphones, fell asleep for an hour, woke up and realized the narrator was still on the same set of statistics!!! Talk about soap opera for analysts!
The statistics the book has collected paint a very enlightening picture of the ways in which world views are changing to destigmatize a life without marriage. It's a story that could be told in one chapter with the remaining 272 pages being an appendix of supporting statistics...but it's still an interesting message.
Think about getting this book in some sort of written format, it's probably easier to skim over the endless pages of statistics to get to the good parts.
There are a lot of books in the narrative non-fiction genre, "The Power of Habit" is one of the best! Duhigg does an amazing job keeping his audience fascinated with various stories and anecdotes. He even manages to provide a few cliff hangers (something that is relatively rare in narrative non-fiction) by splitting some of his stories into segments that leave you eagerly turning the pages in anticipation.
The layout of the book is very easy to follow, as well. The book is is delivered in three parts, splitting Duhigg's concepts into individuals, organizations, and societies. You are taken on a habit journey in which the main premise transforms and expands in a truly "one size fits all" fashion. My absolute favorite part of the book was reading specific examples of companies that developed marketing schemes based around existing habits or generating new habits in society to market a product. I now understand how tooth brushing became a national habit!
The anecdotes were engaging and entertaining, which made grasping the premise of the book very easy.
This was a great performance! This guy really knows how to speak clearly but with excitement in his inflection.
For sure! I definitely never got bored of it. And when I did put it down, I found myself thinking about everything I'd heard until the next time I popped in my headphones.
Definitely a great read in audio format!
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