Read Faster, Comprehend More, and Increase Productivity through Speed Reading
Speed reading is a unique and interesting pursuit that ties together two seemingly disparate groups of people. Do you see yourself in one of the following descriptions?
(1) You want to learn to speed read because you generally don't like reading and want to spend as little time on it as possible. You feel that if you read more, then you'd have an easier time keeping up with people in social and business environments. You want to be able to have an intelligent opinion on current events, pop culture, what have you. Again, you're really not thrilled about reading. It doesn't intrinsically interest you, but you recognize reading as a crucial gateway to knowledge.
(2) You want to learn to speed read because you've got an insatiable hunger for knowledge. You love to read, and you want to read more, and faster, and with greater levels of comprehension. The world is bursting at the seams with knowledge that's yours for the taking, and even though you can't feasibly read all the books in the known universe, you're going to come damn close. You don't just want to be a proficient participant in the watercooler chat; you want to be known as the office's mother-freaking oracle!
And yes, it's possible that you lie somewhere between these two extremes, but odds are you're more in line with one or the other.
Rather than have two separate books for each of these two demographics, this book heals the divide by focusing in on the most universally acknowledged and respected approaches to reading faster and comprehending more.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
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I've been wanting to learn how to speed read since I was in middle school. Finally listening to this book I have the understanding needed to beginning practicing how to do so. It is written in a simple, easy to understand way, and the narrator does a beautiful job of getting the points across. His voice is pleasant and fluid, although a bit on the slower side. I found myself listening to this book at 1.5x speed which I feel is perfect. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my fair and honest review. Nobody likes to be suckered, and everyone deserves to find trustworthy reviews, so I've attempted exactly that. If you found this review helpful, please let Amazon (and myself!) know by clicking 'yes' underneath this review. (ô¿ô)
An interesting book (sent free to me as a review copy).
The book covers the terminology and techniques available to increase your reading speed and yet retain comprehension. I followed along with what the narrator was saying and used the accompanying PDF to test myself - and, yes, I did find I'd increased my reading speed. I don't think you're going to find that one listen through the book is going to make you into some kind of amazing book-devouring reading monster and this is not the "lazy persons's guide to speeding up your reading"; it's going to take patience and practice, especially with the key skill introduced which is the suppression of sub-vocalization which, for me at least, was the hardest part. But, that said, it seems the book discusses this and the author is not claiming to be an instant panacea to improve reading speed.
I do find Clydebank's inclusion of supplementary PDFs with their audiobooks to be a stroke of genius really. This audiobook comes with one which has some texts on which to practice and I found that really helpful. You need to pause the narration and then speed-read the PDF test passages - and this works perfectly - before returning to the discussion on what to do next at each step. The audio builds on each skill and introduces additional methods such as following the text using a pen and covering the already-read text with a sheet of paper to prevent the dreaded 'regression' which at first seems a little mechanical but if you give it some time and listen to the explanation of why it helps things do seem to come together.
Overall one of the more enjoyable books I've heard from Clydebank Media and the first time I've heard David Zarbock narrate which he does admirably and at exactly the right pace and tone to be at once informative without being wooden or condescending.
This was an interesting and informative book on how to systematically and efficiently begin "speed reading". The narration was easy to listen to and unnuanced in delivery. I've always been interested in speed reading mostly because I love books but don't have enough time to read all that interests me.
I liked this quote from the book: "A skill is something that must be practiced through action in order to develop". That quote really resonated with me because it summarized the instructions of the book itself. If you want to get better at something, there must be deliberate and repeated practice put in. Work = Results.
Since there was only one character - the narrator- I would say, David Zarbock. He is easy to listen to and does a very nice job narrating this book.
Yes and no. It's a short book but it's jam-packed with information and exercises, so listening to it in one sitting was difficult for me. Plus, I like to take notes and think about some passages before I move on with informational books like this.
Good pointers and exercises. Will I ever speed read? I suppose I could if I practiced! This was a very practical and straightforward read. I'd recommend it.Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
I would recommend the book as a source for identifying possible causes for lack of progress in an effort to increase reading speed. Nothing more.
Yes but only as a source of identifying issues that may impead progress toward reading faster.
There were some possible remedies for recognized impediments to advancement during practice sessions.
I noticed that some of the words pronounced by the narrator were cut short or lost syllables. I also noticed this during my own speed reading sessions. I found this to be a major cause for regression and rereading of the material in point. Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review
“Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review”
I have listened to past ClydeBank offerings and found them to be generally concise, informative, and helpful. **Speed Reading: How to Read 5X Faster**, unfortunately, was not quite up to par.
Speed Reading really felt more like a series of blog posts (attributed to Tim Ferriss) with useful tips and tricks. The included PDF attachment was useful for initially establishing a baseline of how many words per minute I'm currently reading at, but the text left me with doubts that I'd ever return to have another go at it.
Narrator, David Zarbock, did a fine job of reading the material and seemed well suited for this type of work.
Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
I thought it was a great introduction to being able to read faster and absorb more while doing that. The PDF is great in the sense that it allows you to apply the skills utilized during the reading.
Just the way the information is presented. It gives key tools to apply in our daily reading experiences and ways to comprehend what we read in a more understandable manner.
I loved the narration. It was geared for a good learning listening experience.
I'll read and comprehend faster with less time spent on finishing books, articles, etc.
Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review”
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased, honest review: Definitely worth the $3. This rekindled the speed reading flame I had 7 years back. It brought new information & new reference material. Armed with multiple sources, this book can be a great resource to getting on your way to amazing speed reading skills!
I never knew speed-reading was such a skill and an art! I loved learning about the different strategies (even the simple ones) that can help me advance my reading game! I love books, and it was very easy to LISTEN to instructions about how to READ faster!
This story is very unbiased and truthful. It even mentions tips on how to avoid being framed in the speed reading industry by "gurus"
I like that the author included Tim Ferris and some of his strategies. I am a big fan of Tim and his books.
From now on I will always remember to skim through the pages of a chapter in a book before reading it! It significantly improves your reading time.
Loved the book! I will even be listening to it again while I'm at the beach next month!
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