As one of the other reviewers pointed out, little in this book is novel. However, I do think this book has made a difference for me. As a manager I find it challenging to remain truly open to all the people I work with, and the central metaphor of the book has proven a useful way for me to monitor how I'm interacting with people.
That said, I would recommend the print version rather than this audio version. This is a book that deserves to be SCANNED, not read, certainly not listened to. I was offended by the story telling format in which the "lessons" are delivered by wise elder executives to a young manager. The the characters are absurdly shallow. An adult listener will have trouble identifying with the young manager, who is very immature. The pace is excruciatingly slow, made worse by chit-chat among the characters and the repeated reading, from the top, of the lists that the characters write on a board.
This book is an unflinching account of the author's descent into addiction. I have an addicted loved one, and despite reading book upon book about the disease of addiction I could still not get my head around how someone could allow himself to reach such depths without ever reaching out for help. This book shows, with horrifying clarity, the urgency to get one more high, the escalating paranoia, the desperation of the addict's loved ones, and the utter futility of trying to apply reason to this disease.
Thank you, Mr. Clegg, for giving us "civilians" a glimpse of how active addiction distorts a person's thinking, destoys his hope, and steals his life.
Like other reviewers, I wanted to hear more about Mr. Clegg's recovery but that is a different story.
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