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Dirk

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  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2647)
    Performance
    (1572)
    Story
    (1548)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "From basic to interesting"
    Overall

    Book takes a historic view of chance and statistics - at times very basic, so if you have a certain academic understanding of probability, it takes a while before the book becomes interesting. Last chapters of the book adds new perspectives to chance and how it affects our lives, but again, if you have read other books in this genre (predictably irrational and outliers), there is a good chance of repetition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Failing Forward

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (126)

    It seems that some people are born to achieve anything they want. Some would say they are lucky, are blessed, or have the Midas touch. But what truly is the reason for their success? New York Times best selling author John C. Maxwell has the answer: The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

    Francine says: "Life-changing perspective"
    "Good concept, poor presentation"
    Overall

    Although I fully agree on the concept of failing forward, I was quite dissappointed by the book. It is one long succession of stories of people who experienced difficulties, showed perseverence and finally got success. There are basically no pauses between Mr. Maxwell 15 (!) points, and I don't see them as very actionable either.

    Additionally, I'm not sure I agree on Mr. Maxwell's understanding of success. Stories of people that work-work-work to get success, must give up something else (family life?), but that is not considered here.

    Finally, the book isn't in any way scientifically based (like books from Dan Ariely or Malcom Gladwell) - everything is build on the stories, which to me, aren't very pursuasive. It's not surprising to me that you can find good stories of people who continue and continue and finally get success, but what about the ones that didn't find success? We don't hear about them.

    So, if you consider this book, try the unabridged version - maybe it's more actionable and reflective - this one, was simply to shallow for me.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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