I found this to be painful to listen to, but if you can make it past the unfunny banter, I think you will improve and become more confident with grammar. I purchased this as part of my GMAT prep and feel like this program helped a great deal. It's pretty basic stuff that I feel like I learned in school but had since forgotten. Some of you smarties might not find it useful. Great for those of us who went to public schools! :)
This book has good content worth 4 stars but the tone of the reader (author) is beyond terrible. I had read other reviews before buying and thought it was ridiculous that some of the reviews lowered the rating based on the quality of the reader. I was wrong! I can't begin to describe how awful the reader's tone and voice is. I would describe it as a combination of the Ben Stein character in Ferris Bueler's Day Off and the Talking Al Gore doll from a Simpsons episode that would say in a droning voice "You are hearing me talk.? I literally thought I had a defective tape adapter the first time listened to it.
There is a passage that talks about "igniting the fire within" and being childlike in the most droning, dispassionate voice you can imagine. The content just doesn?t fit and is almost lost because of the voice.
I believe the key to benefiting from self-help books is reading or listing to the program more than once. I have tried to listen to this program a second time and can't do so because the voice is so bad.
The first third of the book should be titled 'Intro to Earth for Martians'. Real basic stuff with little to no insight. The rest of the book provides cursory-commonsense overviews and checklists, too thin to be useful, for hosting parties, being a good guest, giving/receiving gifts, networking, etc, etc.
Insightful excerpt on receiving gifts: 'Always say thank you and never degrade the gift giver or gift, you may not get another one.' -Susan RoAne
I found two or three useful canned lines for dealing with difficult situations.
Examples are downright silly, over simplified, and unrealistic, but I still found this book to be extremely beneficial in both personal and professional applications. Highly recommend.
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