This series of lectures was both entertaining and very enlightening. I found myself every bit as engaged with this as with most of the fiction titles I've listened to and not the slightest bit dry.
The info itself translates well for non-scientists. IMHO it gives the average person different ways of approaching questions and claims made by others - be it medical professionals, sales people or other individuals.
Well worth listening to.
Riggs' intelligence has been on a downward spiral (nosedive in this volume) for the last few book. For me, it hit the unbearable point during book 7. No reason for his decline has been given so perhaps it's unintentional. Regardless, the story has been ruined for me.
Mark Boyett's narration was excellent as I've come to expect. His character inflections provide a great color to the narrative.
Sad really, the story itself is very interesting to me.
Practical Buddhist wisdom interspersed with interesting life stories. I've listened to and read a number of other Buddhism books. This one is tied for #1. The cadence of the book for me was neither rushed or slow. The author's points are clear and well made. The content is well structured.
The narration was well done. Intonation was dynamic without being overly dramatic. I can honestly say that this is the first audiobook I've heard where I've not been annoyed at some point by the narration.
The story underlying the book- that of the author's journey from a stressed PR guy through self-employment to published author was interesting IMHO. The story didn't focus on the achievements themselves but were used to educate in the same way as his older friend with cancer and a poor career choice was: illustrating alternate perspectives and responses. I had no sense of a 'look what I did! how awesome am I!?'. That is somewhat surprising in retrospect, given the achievements themselves.
The moderation was also nice. The author didn't drop all of his material wealth (and actually argues against it) nor celebrating achievements. Believing instead that more good can be done from positions of relative wealth and power than those of a penniless man without influence. The middle road seems far more achievable to me than a more spartan existence and sounds like a still worthwhile goal for those starting out. To me this is one of the key strengths of this book. Your life doesn't have to be taken over or radically change to begin.
All in all, definitely worth the buy.
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