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The First 20 Hours Audiobook

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

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. What do you want to learn?
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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!.

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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 Member Since 2011

    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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    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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    Thug4life Sutton, MA 07-30-13
    Thug4life 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.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    steven caudill 05-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "not exactly what I expected. "

    it was worth getting, just not what I expected. there is a lot of stories on how he accomplished his skills in twenty hours, and I'm sure once I read it again I will get more out of it then I did the first time.

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    Gary Feinstein Scandinavia 05-20-16
    Gary Feinstein Scandinavia 05-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Lots of fluff!"

    His examples of putting his method into use are very fruitful and helpful, but the level of detail that he puts towards detailing his process is near non existent.

    I would've liked this book as a gift, not worth spending my money on. Everything you need to know is on his website.

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    Keith 04-30-16
    Keith 04-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "a good listen with a very encouraging conclusion."

    I enjoyed it thoroughly. the examples compliment the theory in a way I wish more authors could emulate.

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    MMiller 03-19-16
    MMiller 03-19-16 Member Since 2009
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    "I think this book took 20 hours to create"

    This is an intriguing premise but sadly the book does not provide any useful information. It is simply a collection of anecdotes most of which are simply boring and offer nothing new or in most cases nothing at all to take away with you. It's a bit like that old Steve Martin bit on how to become a millionaire "First, get a million dollars". Thankfully Audible lets you return books.

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    Tavian 01-02-16
    Tavian 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "For Those Interested In The Process of Mastery"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed how you actually get to learn what's in side this authors head. He isn't just teaching the basics of his method he actually shares his mental blue print.


    What about Josh Kaufman’s performance did you like?

    I think he did fine, he's a tad over enthusiastic, but nothing too deterring.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not for those who wan't a quick fix for learning something fast. This is for those who are actively working on themselves and love the pursuit of mastery. I think him breaking down what he personally did is a very valuable form of knowledge. This is for those who those who like to peek inside a person's mind to see how they did something, not to just see how it's done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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