If it is fiction, I would absolutely consider a book by Pressfield.
The book is full of claims with no backup. I know Pressfield wasn't writing for peer reviewed journals on his methods of defeating procrastination, but there are a lot of assumptions made that should not have been.
I don't pay that much attention to the reader unless it is really bad or really good so he must have been in between that.
Disappointment, and annoyance. Spoiler alert: To defeat procrastination you should pray to muses and rely on angels. Okie dokie. Next time just tell me to throw a penny in a wishing well and save me a couple hours.
I won't say the book is worthless. I'm sure some people can find some motivation in there somewhere. It was just a lazy book of claims from someone that sees themselves as an authority on a subject. It comes off more like a drunk bar conversation with someone telling you the secret to their success.
While I would never limit what a teenager wants to read, I certainly would not suggest this book. Some of the themes were awful. At first the anti-intelligence mentality was pretty mild and I could get past it. By the end of the book, the message about hatred and distrust for the intellectual elite was too much. This seems like a fundamentalist prepper's wet dream. The 'meek' religious are victims of the nasty smart people that take reason too far..better make sure you are part of the special group within the meek that are prepared for action with guns.
Also, on the guns..the author clearly does not know much about guns and did a very poor job on the do diligence to make sure she didn't sound ignorant. I'm not a huge gun guy, but details can make or ruin a story and some of the things just made me roll my eyes.
The romance part of the book was awful, but that's not why I gave it a low rating. I expected that in a book for a younger audience.
There were some definite plot holes and some serious cowardice in terms of unwillingness to follow a good story arch regardless of who dies. I like an author that will kill off any character if it makes sense to the story. Saving deaths for later so you can keep characters you want is lazy. If you have to, create new characters!
It takes a great book to make me regret watching a movie as good as Fight Club first. I have always loved the movie, but this book was so much better. I just wish I had read the book first because I knew too much to enjoy it to the full extent. Easily one of the best books I've ever read or listened to, regardless.
The story in this book was very good, but I really could have done without the religious nonsense. I wish the preaching of the glory of religion had been left out, or at least left up to someone that was a bit more sophisticated in matters of philosophy. If you can put up with or ignore the narrator trying to show how reasonable he is while ignoring fallacy after fallacy in his reasoning, the story is well worth a listen.
While the narrator did a great job, this is just one of those books that doesn't translate well into an audiobook.
The book is too detailed for an audiobook with too many quotes and sources. Which is great for a book, but hard to follow while listening.
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