I have immense respect for IDEO, love their work, and was really looking forward to this book. (I work in a similar industry.) Why was I disappointed? For a book about "Innovation", it's ironic that the text is so overwhelmed with tired cliches and metaphors. The book needed an "innovative" editor and writer!
At times, the cliches and metaphors were so bad and so thick in a section that I felt like I was reading a parody of a bad business book. (conceived by the Daily Show or Stephen Colbert.)
Some good ideas? Yes, absolutely, but considering the source, (and prior reviews) I expected it to be much more illuminating. As it was, I took about 2-3 ideas and parked them in my brain to consider. The rest? I just wasn't that impressed--do you need to be told: "Have your people work as a Team!" or (paraphrasing) "Don't let naysayers stop you!"?
C'mon Mr. Kelley, IDEO should be able to do better than that.
Some interesting material overall, as might be presented by the most tedious professor you can imagine. Ironically, the best review of the work (and author) is quoted in the text by the author's mother----paraphrasing----her secret to success: to figure out a way to buy [the author's] actual value to the world and turn around and sell it for his self-perceived value to the world. Ouch.
Maybe that's why the author feels it is so important to continually reference his own brilliance.
Good riddance Taleb . . . I won't be reading you again.
My caveat: I do NOT normally read Stephen King's books. I have plenty of respect for him, it's just not my thing usually. So consider the following with that in mind.
As a non-King reader, I enjoyed it, but it was more in the category of "beach novel" rather than life-changing book which is what I'm usually seeking. Reading beach novels I normally feel like I wasted hours of my life, but not so with this book which is to its credit.
A bit longer than it needed to be, but well-researched and well-crafted.
If you're seeking an engaging read, you could do a lot worse. If you're seeking a life-altering literary experience though, you might be disappointed.
A very enjoyable "mini-book" for those of you running low on credits! :)
(I'm assuming it's still a free download!)
In recommending this book--enthusiastically--to my mother (who HATES anthropomorphic stories) I asked her: "did you like 'Charlotte's Web'?"
I can understand the publishing conundrum--a "children's story" that isn't written like a children's story . . . who buys it?
Nonetheless---it's simply an excellent tale. Well-written, engaging . . . I enjoyed it immensely and can't wait until my daughter is a few years older . . . I'll be reading it to her someday.
Should have listened to it a long time . . . never got around to it and am now kicking myself. Was in the middle of a poorly written book (albeit with good content) and switched mid-stream out of frustration.
The immediate leap in the quality of the prose was SO refreshing! Truly a classic book---it will be read for generations to come. Remarkable.
Nothing fancy, but a real nice story, well-told, humorous and poignant in equal measure, and a book that will leave you thinking fondly of a dog you have loved.
Kudos to Mr. McCullough! The book is this good: I raved about it to many friends and last week received an email from one of them. He was about 1/4 of the way into it and he sent me an email thanking me for recommending it because he was already enjoying it that much . . .
. . . it's that good.
I'm an artist, and teacher, and I've led trips to Paris as well as lived there, so obviously the appeal is there for me, but my mother, who has only visited twice and doesn't have the same background enjoyed it just as much as I did.
A fabulous effort. I'll be shocked if it doesn't win the Pulitzer Prize again for Mr. McCullough.
This was a wonderfully painful book to listen to. With my first child being born in a month, and listening to the thoughts of a deceased father of three for his children ages 6 to 18 months, it was gut-wrenching to say the least.
But it is very worth it.
Maybe I identified with it because I'm also a college professor in a related field, but I have to think that any thoughtful person would enjoy this book and how it makes you think about what's really important in your life.
A great use of the credit!
I enjoyed this book MUCH more than I expected. Simultaneously interesting, terrifying, fascinating, illuminating, even occasionally funny.
A fascinating cast of (I thought) reprehensible characters acting with noble intentions and frequently . . . good!
All the more amazing because it is not fiction!
Wow. It's scary that this is how the world actually works at those levels.
After listening to this book I felt a little "suckered" by the prior effusive reviews. Great concept, yes, I'll give them that. Execution? Well, eh. I found it ironic that a book about time travel has aged SO poorly since 1988 that it is difficult to listen to through the end. It read like cheap, throwaway paperback fiction of the 1980's, which in a sense, maybe it was.
One other thing: I am by no means prudish about such things but I found the constant insertion of sex scenes really distracting (as they were usually unnecessary) to the narrative. It felt like the writer had a counter . . . "it's been twenty pages . . . time for another sex scene!"
I wouldn't describe them as misogynistic as another reviewer did, I just thought it was bad writing.
Overall, while a great concept, and thought provoking in that sense, I would not recommend this book.
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