Well that was sad. Gladwell's books are always so great that I jumped on this one right away. I know it will be a huge hit in sales with books in every store, airport, and web site. But it just says "small people have different strategies than big people". Then proceeds to illustrate with examples that are not very strong, exciting, or motivating.
Hope his next book is better.
Love Max Berry's stories. This one has a great, original idea, great characters, adventure, romance, intrigue. Always fun.
This book has been an inspiration to stop holding myself back and just run more. Don't worry about working up to something. Just find your limits. Stop worrying about little aches and pains. Most of us have learned to pamper ourselves and avoid discomfort. It is time to seek a different, more rewarding, and more difficult path.
Some reviewers say the book is too egotistical. Only mildly so. It is an autobiography, what did you expect he was going to write about? It will motivate you out of your comfort zone.
This book has some good management ideas from the masters of Pixar. As a computer scientist the author also shares a few (very few) interesting tid-bits about the technology behind their movies. I would like to hear more of these. Then there are diversions into related philosophical ideas which are somewhat interesting. Overall a pretty good book, but not nearly as interesting as a Pixar movie.
But I cannot listen to this book while driving. It puts me to sleep every time. The cause is equally shared by the style of the writing and the voice of the narrator. Together they are somnambulistic.
1) Terribly Written. The author just plain cannot write.
2) Terribly Read. The author/narrator will not stay on script. He ad libs useless, off topic, uninteresting information as he goes along.
Does he have wisdom to pass along? Most people will never find out because of the terrible delivery of the information. Go find a different book to learn about fitness and health.
This was a great connection to the inner world of Chrissie Wellington and her development into a tri-athlete champion. Great personal stories that help you understand the person and the sport.
The narrator was also a perfect fit for the story and author.
A fantastic story of human endurance and what can be accomplished. My favorite line, which I tell myself all the time now is "not all pain is significant". Then I just keep running, or holding that yoga pose, or pumping that weight. It is easy to be a lazy, painless athlete, which leads to mediocre results forever.
The first half (first file of the download) focuses on the authors struggles with alcohol. The real story of the ultraman begins in the second half. It is a fantastic story of what a person can accomplish and endure at any age. I was inspired to workout harder and eat different. Beginning with vegan dinner and we will see how it goes from there.
This is a wonderful story. The authors and events are so rich that you enjoy it from beginning to end.
If you loved Divergent, then enjoyed Insurgent, you will be disappointed with Allegiant. The author just did not have a good story to tell. The characters did not develop, the story was shallow, the action was weak. All of the magic of Divergent was gone and only the names of the two main characters remained.
But, I know that many of you need closure on this trilogy. So you are going to buy this an listen to it. You will be very disappointed with the first half, but will get the closure you are seeking by the end.
Sandberg does a great job of exploring the issues that have surrounded women in the workplace. Many of my female coworkers found this book very helpful and enlightening. As a man, the first have of the book was enlightening to me as well.
But in the second half of the book Sandberg attempts to make a prescription for a more balanced family through work sharing. Her mistake is that she identifies the professional responsibilities of the man and the woman, but the home/family responsibilities of only the woman. She completely omits all of the responsibilities that most men shoulder at home, acting as if they spent their evenings watching TV and weekends out golfing. No credit is given for work like tending the lawn and landscaping, building and repairing fences, maintaining and repairing automobiles, cleaning the pool, handling insurance, tending to the electronic world that the family relies on, and dozens more. In my household all of this requires hours every day. But in her book there is no mention of any of this.
Warning to women readers - take the time to find out what your husband is doing now before asking him to take 50% of what you are doing. He may have 50% of his own house work to share with you in return.
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