If you are wanting to write that novel you've been meaning to your whole life, this is a great place to start. Lots of information and a way to plan out your prose. If you need a great starter kit, this is it.
Narration is also excellent!
The week I first started listening to this book, the President of Iran came forward to tell his population to have more babies. From then on, this book had my attention as statistical truth.
There are many things you cannot argue with and, numbers and data are one. Goldman lays out the future of many of our world's civilizations through the use of demographics. From there, he offers a few explanations for why many civilizations are willing themselves out of existence.
For instance, the change in attitude of children now becoming a financial liability rather than an asset. When a society reveres children as an expense, these are the first signs that the civilization is on its way to decline, if not extinction.
Whether you agree with Goldman or not, this is certainly a read that will make you think. Highly recommend this thought provoking book.
I've heard about this book for well over a decade (credit the Oprah effect) and bought this to satisfy my curiosity. And, like most Oprah recommendations, this book fails to deliver.
I found it quite repetitive. I think I can sum up the book in one sentence: Be in the moment and pay attention to everything around you using your five senses. That's pretty much it. Tolle then goes on...and on...seemingly to pad the book so it could be salable.
The narration is comatose. Do not read this while driving a car! You will go to sleep.
There are other parts of the book that make me question what Tolle did with his life. He claims to have sat on a park bench, soaking up the atmosphere for two years. How did he do that? What did he do to eat? Where did he get the money to do this? Is the author a trust fund baby? I don't know many people who could sit on a park bench for two years and just observe. The rest of us have something called "responsibilities" which seems to be the one word missing from this book.
There are better books out there. Pass on this one.
Great book for those who want an autobiography plus a guide to how Mr. King finds his muse. There is some great advice here for writers. It is also a cautionary tale of addiction and, fortunately for Mr. King, redemption.
I love the fact that it was narrated by Mr. King himself. It adds to the authenticity of the experience as well as his emotional response to things like adverbs and facilitated writing retreats.
Go ahead and get this. You will not be disappointed.
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