Philadelphia, PA United States | Member Since 2011
The author had a great idea - doing things that are significant and meanful in our lives and this will translate into feeling content and happy. For me, the title was the most significant part of this book. The author should read a few Malcolm gladwell and chip Heath and Dan Heath books. The author writes by merely expanding upon his view point and never grabs my attention by asking a question and then engaging me to think nor does he point to a curious mystery and then unravel it. The content did not overtake my random thoughts and have me discussing the interesting points with friends and relatives. Rather, I felt like I had listened to endless babel that left me thinking that the author didn't do his research and just wanted to publish something. Sorry about being so hard on this book and may not be so horrible for someone who doesn't have high hopes for it or doesn't feel the need to think while listening.
Disappointed. Title great. Content painful.
The author should rewrite the book after investing some time to research stories that can illustrate his points and taking a few lessons on how to engage the listener / reader.
4 common knowledge stories. Didn't provide any additional or useful insight.
I am a big fan of this type of non-fiction
He was fine.
If someone didn't know who Linus Pauling was then worth a listen.
If you haven't seen the TED presentation by Chris McD, this might be a good book.
Have more interesting content around running barefoot. In His TED presentation, I was glued to my computer. In the book, he spoke about people who I never really connected with. I almost felt like I was being forced to care.
I kept listening because I thought he was going to get to more of the interesting running unknowns. However, this book never reveals anything more than what was in his TED presentation.
Caballo blanco, Jen, bone head. A chapter dedicated to Jen background never became interesting and I never felt connected. He did a good job of making the white horse mysterious but I lost interest in him and when more humanizing aspects of him were revealed, I didn't care and didn't connect.
I hated to give your book a 1 star. Your TED presentation was so great that I told everyone I knew about it. I wanted more, so I bought your book. My advice is that you have figured out to make an extremely compelling case for running barefoot, now figure out how to make a compelling case to care about your characters.
This was groundbreaking work and you have undoubtedly make $millions. I wish I had known about this when I competitively ran.
To be fair, I didn't make it past the first several chapters. I tried to stay with it but I believe that the writer was referring to the reader as a "Messy" (i.e.,"Messies have problems throwing things away"). I tried not to let it bother me but the style of writing made me feel like I was a '50's housewife who barely graduated from kindergarten. I also got the feeling that part of the problem that "Messies" suffered from was OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) associated with "hoarding" but the book didn't refer to the actual psychological classification. The author seemed to lump every potential pattern of a "messy" without actually identifying the psychological condition. In general, seemed like the author may have missed the time period when mixing pseudo-science and condescending grade school teaching passed for helping people. I truly couldn't stomach wasting more time with this nonsense. My apologies if the book somehow improved after chapter 2.
I need to screen reading material better. I am glad I didn't waste more time on this book.
Quality of Audible app is excellent; however, book is less than good
Made me feel like I was sitting in kindergarten class being read to out of a book that had 10 words per page and a lot of pictures.
I saw the book at the airport book store under "best sellers" which I am assuming was used to sucker people into buying it. Shame on me for not reading the other reviews.
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