I'm sure this historically groundbreaking work is essential listening for people studying the subject, but as an interested layperson I should have gone with a more recent work studying the work of Darwin and its impact on our understanding of evolution.
This work is quite a repetitive overview of his research which though interesting, was not exactly easy to listen to and I found my attention wandering during the narration.
A nice balance of information and story, it gets you thinking...
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I learned a lot from this book, the ideas were clearly explained and I found it easy to listen to. Each chapter contained a valuable nugget of information.
I enjoyed hearing his ideas, it was amusing hearing his predictions now that we have reached them. No, we still don't have flying cars, but quite a lot of other things were spot-on.
I had hoped it would have been a little more technical, discussing algorithms and neural networks etc, but it was a good listen none the less.
This is read as if from the pulpit. There is no room for questions or interpretation, it is someone propagating their one and only truth literally as if it was the word of god.
I couldn't finish this book.
I listened to this book a few months ago and was a little skeptical whether the advice was realistically applicable to real-life situations, but I decided to try.
I was up for my annual review at work, and decided to prepare more thoroughly than usual by supporting the conversation with printed materials.
I had news articles mentioning things I had worked on, screen shots and training material I had used that showed how my work was being used and developed. I had printed some emails illustrating how I had handled tricky situations, especially on issues I had previously had comments about.
I printed material I found showing the average incomes for similar positions as mine showing a spread of which my current income was at the lower end, as I felt my results merited positioning in a higher category than previously.
The end result was that they asked to keep all the printed material I had brought, and asked for some time to reconsider the 5% raise that was on the table. Two weeks later I got a new offer for a 15% raise as a direct result of listening to this book.
This book is one I recommend to anyone who is interested in the science of obesity. Many commonly held ideas are scrutinized and the world is turned on on its head.
Cause and effect are shown to have been misinterpreted for the last 50 years, and suddenly things start making sense.
It contains a lot of research, anecdotes and references to studies and I think I'll need to give it a second listen before I understand it fully, but that's something I'll enjoy doing.
I have also listened to the unabridged Christopher Hurt version for the first 20 hours and found the story to have far more depth than this one. Sadly I was unable to navigate the chapters on my kindle on the unabridged version, so was unable to continue after accidentally resetting it to the start again. Audible kindly exchanged it for this abridged version, but the story is simply not as compelling.
I would definitely recommend going with the unabridged version if you can navigate the chapters properly on your device.
Lots of worthwhile tips, ideas and lifelessons with a nice storyline to keep it easy to listen to.
Anyone who is in business should give this one a listen.
The stories might be a little dated, but the points that are made are well illustrated and relevant.
This book gets extremely boring, I stopped listening half way through because it was just too bad. Terrible acting without anything to even make me smile. it is just not funny at all.
If they's skipped the profanity it might have beel usable as a light-hearted look at history, but as-is it is just tasteless.
The exagerated extra voices are just cringe-inducingly bad. They are trying to be funny but trying far too hard.
Without the profanity and overacting it could have been the basis for an irreverant look at history, as-is it is simply very boring and not funny.
Terrible value for money too.
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