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Yes. Because I do not necessarily catch every detail in real time. Often I fall a bit behind because the preceding point still has my attention. Some points I wish to commit to memory. The lectures by Dr Steven Novella are AMAZING. Exciting, informative, fun.... He is a great teacher with a fluent vocabulary. I want to remember to again use some of those words. And I want to have my myths clear! Sure I will be arguing regarding some of them that are so entrenched.
Yes and this one was very worthwhile yet lighter. No regrets!
Yes and repeated many "lectures/chapters".
Audible!! Obtain content rights for more books featuring lectures on any topic by this man!!! Amazing .... This one the lighter & easier to review of the two I have. NO ONE should be intimidated to go with this book of lectures. No dense scientific or biological knowledge is required to take away an excellent experience with information we all can use!
The point. The examples were tedious and trite. The idea of combining actions that are of a short duration, into clumps or groups develops a mini routine. Routines are beneficial. One example he uses I do. The first thing I do is make the bed. Now I see it would be easy to add on another five minute task to be performed immediately after it. When that becomes mindless, add another one. Maybe as many as five. But at least three. For that particular grouping. That is habit stacking. That is a good idea. It would be a painless way to develop more routines and habits beneficial to clearing my head and time management. Nothing about the book goes on to make any other point. So really one just needs to think about the title. What habit-stacking could possibly be.
The performance was also somewhat tedious. Not the most pleasing voice ever.
Yes, I am going to floss and brush my teeth before I have coffee. Immediately after I make the bed. I am going to empty the dishwasher while the coffee is being made. Now I have stacked two more habits onto the existing routine I established of immediately making my bed. None of his other examples were beneficial to me. But the idea is. And I can create other habits stacks.
I think it was worth the few dollars it cost to buy the book and I listened to a little bit more than half of it. And I don't regret it.
Not a Gladwell title
His narration is excellent. I liked BLINK and THE TIPPING POINT. I have been listening to this now for a couple of hours and I think he has made one moderately interesting point he is beating it to death.
I think he can be a slow starting read. However, this book seems to be exceptionally slow going and without any dynamic tempo that would suggest it is going to get better. I am going to move on.
03 words: I wish the painting have been there Vermeer. The plot draws upon an intriguing story in real art history. The characters are very well done. It's not overly thrilling, overly scary… It's just not over the top. However it was eminently listenable. And my immediate reaction upon concluding the book was to see if the author had another available on audible.com.
The plot kept me going in no small part due to the characters and their relationships. Yet this is an easy book to have going on while doing other things around the house.
The main character. I think the narrator did a poor job with male voices and it took some real getting used to. Plus all the male voices were the same to my ear.
In many ways this book was just exactly what I wanted and needed. I wish I had more of them. Not too heavy. Not too twisty. Not too dark. Yet grounded and not out floating around somewhere in the universe of lost threads. I like the insight into the main character and thought that was very well written. That character was humanized. Artist or not, it could've been so many of us.
No but no regrets
The entire pace of book lacked dynamics. No real change for ending.
While muti-tasking, good serial listen. No challenge to stop & pick up again.
The memoir lacks dimension & depth into the doctor whose story we hear (with jerky gaps). I found empathy topic quite interesting. Which doctors are or are not sued, good trivia info. Focus on two patients too narrow. Narrator very good.
Everything. The only redeeming quality to the book was the main character's love for his daughter. This was truly a book telling a story that I am certain I have seen on television shows for 20 years.
I believe the performance was fine. It becomes hard to separate when the story is so pathetically lame.
I should've seen this question coming but I didn't… The problem is, it already been a movie and TV series countless times. Please don't do it again.
On an up note if someone is looking to have a book published, this one was published. Therefore have hope.
It ranks fairly high specifically vis-à-vis audiobooks. I much enjoyed listening to the book. I enjoyed the thinking. Examples were excellent. We absolutely can all relate to many aspects of this book. However in the end, I am right back where I was. My personal stance on the ethics of lying have not been altered. My concern about this book is that it plays to all. I am not sure if the author has done so wittingly or unwittingly. One can take away the opinion that they wish to retain from this book. It had moments of upending a belief I had. But before any section did so and – was completed, the author had seemingly gone full circle with his "argument."Yet, the book was not about presenting an argument. Or if it was, It was handled deftly. Perhaps two definitely. If one desired to read this book that's the justification for the practice of lying, I do need that could. I believe one could use the book for the precise opposite position on the topic. And remarkably I believe one could come away saying the author believes there are times to lie and times not lie.
It was the perfect very early morning listen, while feeding the dogs, preparing coffee, making the bed... To some extent it was thought provoking without actually hurting my brain. This book was also no regurgitated self-help book. There is thinking involved and it made me think. Several days after completing the book, having listened to nearly all of it about a month ago, then listening to it from start to finish anew, I find that I am still thinking. And what I think is that any book that makes me think and keeps me thinking after completing it, is a good book. My most recent thought about the book was that our beliefs and practice regarding lying has much to do with our choices about who we want to be as people. How simple we do or do not live our lives to be.
Sam Harris made the book pleasing, listenable. I think in large part because of the tenor and the pacing of the his presentation.
I do not think this book lends itself well to any subtitle. It has been my experience that too many publishers attempt to tell the entire story on the cover by way of subtitles and callouts. Here, the publisher got it right.
The book is well designed for audio. It's best heard in chunks. Replaying entire sections… or the last 30 seconds again made the book truly enjoyable in audio format. I do recommend the book. Surely any discussion regarding the point the author meant to make could result in lively debate among people who do not agree on that ethics or the practice of lying. At Moments in the book I thought I was being primed on the art of lying, only to then realize I was not. It is a clever book. It may be too clever if the author's intention was to leave the reader with a specific opinion regarding lying.TIP: I did come away with a chip, although the book is not about offering tips nor is it a guide to lying and – not a how-to book. Regarding the gray area of the white lie, I learned, the white lie is still a lie and if One does not wish to be lying, at times when a white lie seems necessary, simply deflect!
Although the plot was not anything completely novel or thrilling, reading the book was an easy, distracting journey; I seem to like the style of the authors' writing because the book was nothing all that special in terms of uniqueness of plot. Yet, I was ill inclined to stop listening. I think this book was very well-suited to audio. If I had actually been reading it I am not sure that I would've finished the book.
Yes I read books by James Patterson that I like. The narrator was awful with male voices in particular. If there was any actual plot to this book it was lost on me and I listened to it twice! The first time I literally fell asleep before the end. The second time I wished I had after making it to the end, only to find out it truly never improved. Really a lousy book, much over-touted by general description and reviews.
Since it is the first book I read in this murder club series I'm willing to try another one based upon other reviews I read that suggest this particular novel was unlike the others and far worse.
I absolutely could not stand this narrator. The only way to have improve the performance would be to change the narrator to someone who actually can do different voices in a consistent and pleasant manner. The way she makes the main male character sound is just plain weird -- he just sounds weird and I couldn't shake it.
Regret that I wasted time finishing it.
Bestseller or not I sure wouldn't recommend it.
In a way. The book lends well to hearing vs. seeing.
Joan Didion of course! This is a memoir of her year. The year after her husband & partner 24/7 of 40 years suddenly died. It is intimate, transparent and very "her." Amazing writing. It is beyond humbling to even consider I could write a review of a book by the author who is largely considered to be the best essayist of a generation.
She does an excellent job with pacing and phrasing. Her tone is true to the content. Impressive. The wrong narrator would create a very poor experience with this book. Caruso was clear and so easy on the ears.
Please no!!! Do not let anyone make a movie of this book!!
A quote nearing the end of Joan's year of "magical thinking" - grief, passion, strength...
".... [the string of lights] burned out - went dead. This served as a symbol. I bought new strings of colored lights. This served as a profession of faith in the future. I take the opportunity for such professing's, where and when, I can invent them, since I do not yet actually feel this faith in the future.I notice I have lost the skills for ordinary social encounters, however undeveloped those skills may have been a year ago."
"The Year of Magical Thinking"
Educational equalizing empowering
These lectures enable any patient interested in understanding the process between physicians and their experiences - to communicate in a different way with medical professionals. This insight is invaluable. Enjoyment of the lectures, in part, comes from the case study story-telling approach. We can all relate to at least some of the patients in the stories. Medical knowledge is not a prerequisite. However with a little concentration anyone listening to these lectures will come away with knowledge that can change every encounter one has with doctors, and decisions.
He has an obvious passion for teaching and for the "mystery" of successfully solving every patients' condition. At times he presents with so much excitement it is like listening to a mystery novel. Yet, as most good fictional novels do, these non-fiction lectures, educate, almost without the listener realizing so.
I simply enjoyed it. I garnered tools to improve communications in the medical arena. Certain recountings were very sad - some rather thrilling! Yet the point was, if only there had been earlier, more mutual communicating... Lessons? Patients be honest. Physicians care and be curious and lives can be saved.
"Sir William Osler M.D., said 'The good physician treats the disease. The great physician treats the patient who has the disease.' Cancer is a complex illness that can present in many ways.... Even when things turn bleak, there is always something a physician can do to help the patient - to help with comfort - to help ease a patient's journey, even when we cannot stop her disease."
--Roy Benaroch. M.D.Emory University School of Medicine
I spend time at Emory and know too many doctors frenetically working at Emory (and of course other facilities) who might want to spend some time back in the university, not teaching, but listening with the first year medical students to remember why they became doctors and how much they hold power to comfort or discourage, even fatally, every one of their patients.
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