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Lauren

HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sam Sommers
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (27)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    An entertaining and engaging exploration of the invisible forces influencing your life - and how understanding them can improve everything you do. The world around you is pulling your strings, shaping your innermost instincts and your most private thoughts. And you don't even realize it. And you don't even realize it. Every day and in all walks of life, we overlook the enormous power of situations, of context in our lives. That's a mistake, says Sam Sommers in his provocative new book.

    Lauren says: "Unbearably pedantic and smug"
    "Unbearably pedantic and smug"
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    What would have made Situations Matter better?

    I'm sure the content in this book is valuable. I just wish an entirely different person had written it. The author's writing style makes Situations Matter unlistenable.

    Sommers's plodding logic leads the reader to infer and understand his point long, Long before he gets around to delivering it.

    There are books that take their time in getting to the point that are listenable with a bit of patience, but not this one. Situations Matter's delivery of content is chock full admonitions to the reader like


    Has Situations Matter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. There are fine books in this genre from people who address their subject matter without turning it into 'comedy hour for the intellectually slow.'

    If you have read social science pop literature, this is covering familiar ground while treating it like difficult to explain, shocking revelation. Patronizing. Pedantic.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Joshua Swanson?

    I find his delivery grating, but I honestly think he's doing a decent job given what he has to work with. You sound like smug and irritating if that's what is on the page. I would not avoid books narrated by him in the future.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration. I really, really wanted to like this book. I thoroughly enjoy books in this genre, but this was a disappointment.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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