Here's the secret if you're listening to this book on an iPod, adjust the speed. Your iPod should let you adjust the narration and this book's narration was only barely tolerable after I increased it to 2x. Soooooooo annoying. And she just goes on and on narrating these ridiculously repetitive lists. Ugh. Anyway, aside from the narration, the content of the book is... okay. But i'm more of a factual, research-based person, and nothing the author had to say was research-based or seemed factual, just her perspective (although not necessarily presented as such) on the topic/s.
I've listened to all of the 50 [something] Classics and while this one was good, it was the one that took me the longest to get through. But it's still great and provides a great summary of a number of significant works in the Success field. i hope the author plans to release some more books like this.
i didn't have any issues with the narration either.
If you have enjoyed books like Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" and other psychology-related works i think you'll like "Predictably Irrational" as well. I really enjoy books exploring psychology and behavior related issues and did not find this one to be too similar to any of the previous works i've read or listened too. In fact, i felt the author did an excellent job of presenting studies and information showing how the classical view of human economics in which humans act rationally is based on a clearly false premise. One of the reasons the author does such a great job of presenting new and interesting information is because he's conducted many of the research studies himself. He not only provides a great deal of his own research and studies, but also a great deal of research from his peers as well as anecdotes from the author's own life and all in a manner which i felt was factual and scientific. (In other words, the author does not come across as being condescending, arrogant, or otherwise annoying).
If you're in marketing or market research or if you've ever bought or sold anything before i think you'll also find this book to be fascinating.
i listen to most books on my ipod at a higher speed, and listened to most of this book at 1.5x but i did not find the narration to be annoying in any way at any of the speeds i listened to.
Bottom line: i really, really enjoyed this book.
i had absolutely no complaints about the narration, it doesn't detract from the book or message at all.
The rest of the book, the actual content, was pretty insightful as well. A decent mix of anecdotal evidence, common sense, and research. i found the author to be occasionally a little wordy, but maybe she would have been repetitive if she hadn't been wordy (or maybe i'm just stupid and don't like new words). The organization and progression of the book was pretty good although there were a few times i found myself tuning out what seemed like random tangents. There were also a few sections that really struck me powerfully - stories that i could relate to very personally. i thought the author provided a great deal of interesting information and also implied encouragement to accept and recognize how often and easily we can be wrong. This could be me, but there were just a couple of places where it seemed like the author was taking a condescending attitude toward religion. i was puzzled by this, but it could've just been me reading that into it. All in all it didn't really detract from the many other excellent points that were addressed. Overall a pretty good book, i'd recommend it.
I got this for my eight year old daughter, and while I didn't listen to it she absolutely loved it.
I didn't mind this book. The narration was okay and the content kept me interested until the the end. I would consider this book falling suit with some of Crichton's works and James Rollins' non-series books (although not as good - to me - as their works). I admit he took a VERY long time to actually build up to the action. And then, in the end, just when it's getting interesting, he concludes the book with some confusing "news clippings". He should've condensed the beginning and really developed, in story form, the ending instead of using news clippings. He left it wide open for a sequel but after reviewing his works I didn't see one anywhere. It was a decent book but the ending left me disappointed.
Loved this book. The author synthesizes a lot of psychology and history and philosophy into a book that addresses, "so what, what does this actually mean for me and where I can or could find happiness". Don't get me wrong, this isn't some 'feel good' book. It's more in the spirit of "Blink" but he builds up to some really interesting conclusions in the end. I really enjoyed this book, I found it very fascinating and would highly recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed other books addressing psychology related topics. On a positive side note, it was also one of the few books lately where I didn't mind the narration at all.
Tina Fey is hilarious - i absolutely loved this book! And i love that she narrates this book too, her inflections and tone make it that much better. And she makes a number of surprisingly good points too, but i think she does so subtley and with humor. One note, if you're easily offended by occasional poor language you may not like it. I'm not a fan of poor language but i still thoguht the book was awesome!
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