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The First 20 Hours Audiobook

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

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Publisher's Summary

"Learn anything... fast!"

Take a moment to consider how many things you want to learn to do. What's on your list? What's holding you back from getting started? Are you worried about the time and effort it takes to acquire new skills - time you don't have and effort you can't spare?

Research suggests it takes 10,000 hours to develop a new skill. In this nonstop world when will you ever find that much time and energy?

To make matters worse, the early hours of practicing something new are always the most frustrating. That's why it's difficult to learn how to speak a new language, play an instrument, hit a golf ball, or shoot great photos. It's so much easier to watch TV or surf the web...

In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well.

This method isn't theoretical: it's field-tested. Kaufman invites readers to join him as he field tests his approach by learning to program a Web application, play the ukulele, practice yoga, re-learn to touch type, get the hang of windsurfing, and study the world's oldest and most complex board game.

What do you want to learn?

Listen to The First 80 Minutes FREE from The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!.

©2013 Worldly Wisdom Ventures LLC (P)2013 Worldly Wisdom Ventures LLC

What the Critics Say

"As a father of three, practicing neurosurgeon, and global journalist, I don't have a lot of free time on my hands. The First 20 Hours is a practical guide to learning beyond our mid-20s, when our brains are fully developed. Josh's book will inspire you to pick up forgotten hobbies and chase elusive dreams." (Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent)

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    Jean-Stéphane Szijarto Switzerland 06-24-13
    Jean-Stéphane Szijarto Switzerland 06-24-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I feel cheated"
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    My review is not about the audio part, but about the book. Kaufman blahblahs around, and then spends I don't know how much time talking about the history of yoga, which I don't care at all about. I feel this was just some space filler, and hence feel cheated.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 07-03-13
    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 07-03-13

    Web Developer, Eldoren Design, www.eldoren.com

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    "A great book! Worth the Cost!"

    Just a quick note - I am about 85% through the book and its already provided some great insite and interesting information. In a few places it seemed a bit slow and then took off and I was hooked all over again. I like this author and he has provided some great value in this book. The narration is awesome....one of the easier audible books to listen to.

    I would rate this a 4.5 out of five but they only allow a 4/5. Highly recommended to my friends, family and business associates.

    Cheers

    Gordon

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 05-22-15
    Kathryn 05-22-15

    alwayslookingforgoodbooks

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    "Good Refresher"

    The theme of this book can be summed up by the title. If you want to learn anything, spend 20 hours doing it. While it does not contain a lot of new information, it is very well presented and a helpful motivator. Now he needs to write a book "How to Get to the Gym".

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SurviveAZ 11-29-13
    SurviveAZ 11-29-13
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    "Solution + Step by Step Examples - Perfect for me."
    If you could sum up The First 20 Hours in three words, what would they be?

    Made me Smarter


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First 20 Hours?

    The web programming example walked through the steps, giving an exact account of what the solution would look like in practice. Not only that, the example is so detailed, with resources listed, that I want to re-listen and build a web based program myself.


    What about Josh Kaufman’s performance did you like?

    Josh's voice is easy to listen too, and he does a great job of translating sincerity in wanting to help anyone learn whatever they want to learn, fast. The willingness to so honestly and openly share his knowledge is admirable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is not a one sitting book. It not long though, and sections motivated me to get up and Practice what I want to Learn. Very motivational.


    Any additional comments?

    I shared this book with co-workers who are studying for project management certifications. Three of them, who reviewed the material, were impressed and are using the 'practice' concept for studying, rather than spending so much time on reading material. One successfully passed the exam, and the rest of us have our exams scheduled soon.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DaWoolf Sutton, MA 07-30-13
    DaWoolf Sutton, MA 07-30-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.

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    "Ran out of gas halfway"
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    It pains me to write a negative review of any book considering how hard the author must have worked to get published. I would have written a positive review if I had stopped reading/listening after completing chapter 3. In 20-HRS the theory, philosophy, research, and approach to how to tackle a new subject is very strong. The application, as exhibited in the second half of the book, is actually very boring. Mr. Kaufman knows his learning theory and communicates an well organized plan on how to attack any new subject. However, it was very difficult to listen to the nuance of yoga or the manusha of how to play GO for 2 hours. At times I failed to relate his primary learning tenants established in the early chapters to the later application chapters. This book cannot sustain your interest past 3 hours.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict 06-14-13
    Benedict 06-14-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Very interesting!"

    I think this book is a great personal experiment: To learn something valuable with 20 hours of dedicated practice after you learn the theory of the project.

    I believe this kind of thinking if part of the new way to learn. It is new and in the the tradition recently started by Tim Ferriss in the Four Hour Cookbook and the Four Hour Body.

    Both of these authors present a recipe for applying quick learning to any number of subjects.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Nelson Alpharetta, GA USA 06-18-13
    Michael Nelson Alpharetta, GA USA 06-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This solves a lot of issues..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book codifies how to obtain skills quickly and I am thrilled to have it in my hands. So many people are wasting money trying to get an up-to-date skillset for this job market. Josh breaks this task down to easy-to-follow sub-tasks, allowing the learner a clear path to obtain tasks needed to make that person competitive in the job market.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a game-changer and puts a path for skill acquisition within the reach of everyone. We have already given copies of this book to many friends and family members and will continue to do so.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 04-25-17
    Mark 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great information"

    Awsome information, and a great narrator. The information in this book will apply to everything that you do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    christian 03-14-17
    christian 03-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Full potential, failed to succeede"

    The main putpost of the book is briliant, the key steps are usefull, but the examples are exhausting and too detailed. Overall the good intention and skill aqusition tools are lost in meaningless details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M A Q8 03-12-17
    M A Q8 03-12-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Its a Yoga book"

    I haven't learn anything from it
    he is talking about yoga for more than 2 hours i have nothing against yoga but i was looking for time management and self improvement books.
    Very disappointed!!?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jen
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    2/24/15
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    "Good Essay not really an audio book"
    What disappointed you about The First 20 Hours?

    Kaufman is clearly passionate about his topic but its more of an essay than a full book.


    What could Josh Kaufman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less lists more substance when describing how he learnt each subject.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    lists lists and more lists


    Any additional comments?

    the first 20 pages are very good and they have made me get off my couch and pick up my ukulele. His TED talk on the topic is worth a visit

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    Harefield, United Kingdom
    7/15/13
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    "Not a good listen"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would want to listen to this book - somebody who wanted to learn how to do yoga? the book went through all the yoga positions and how to do them? I have done yoga I really didn't need anybody to tell me how to do it? I thought it was going to give me a game plan for learning some sort of framework but it didn't.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Kaufman again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Josh Kaufman’s performance?

    the content


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Gym Addict
    Trinidad & Tobago
    5/2/14
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    "Pretty Disappointing"
    Would you try another book written by Josh Kaufman or narrated by Josh Kaufman?

    Yes, I like his writing and his narration is very good


    What was most disappointing about Josh Kaufman’s story?

    Got to say I am a little disappointed with it. Essentially 2/3 of the book are the case study examples of the new skills that the author decided to learn. Unless you are really interested in learning how to do yoga, web programming, touch-typing, play the Ukulele, the board game GO or windsurfing for yourself then the majority of the book can be pretty boring and somewhat tedious.

    All the actually useful information and takeaways from the book (unless you are interested in the above skills) are in the first 3 chapters (40 pages) & the final 2 pages of the Afterword at the end.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joe Morrison
    6/3/15
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about The First 20 Hours?

    after such a brilliant first book this really missed the mark.it seemed very repetitive and self serving


    Has The First 20 Hours put you off other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Josh Kaufman’s performances?

    prob not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    none

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Ebling
    4/26/15
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    "Insightful and inspiring listen"

    Although others have criticised this book for only being a few chapters of "meat" followed by examples, I found the examples to be the realisation of the meat of the book - the application of the principles contained.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theo
    1/22/15
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    "Very good listen"

    He highlights what we know we should do with a lot of passion and enthusiasm. It is then up to you to make decisions about what you want in life

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    3/27/17
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    "Short version... practice and apply yourself. Done"

    Could have avoided such detailed explanations of what he learned. Instead, would have been helpful to have had more detail around focus tips, learning methods etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rik
    5/21/15
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    "Very inspiring"

    I've just finished listening to this and am about to start again to try and embed it!

    Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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