Michael Y. Zions

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  • Python Programming

  • How to Code Python Fast in Just 24 Hours with Seven Simple Steps
  • By: Scotts Jason
  • Narrated by: Kirk Hanley
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 33

Are you fed up with reading long, boring, lengthy paragraphs after paragraphs of text and want to get up and running in Python as soon as possible? Well, you're not alone. I for one hate having to read through masses of text for very little benefit. Python Programming: How to Code Python Fast in Just 24 Hours with Seven Simple Steps strips away the non-essentials and instead provides you with the fundamentals from which you can blossom as a Python programmer in just seven simple steps.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to follow.

  • By Waffles on 06-22-14

I played this aloud at work so we could laugh

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Reviewed: 02-18-15

This ninety minute audiobook is purportedly a primer for programming Python, but instead it's twenty minutes of mildly informative narration scattered through more than an hour of programming examples read character by character.

Let me bring that forward in case it was missed: THE NARRATOR READS EVERY PUNCTUATION MARK AND EVERY BLOCK OF CODE.

Yes, this is programming. Of course operators and indents matter. He still enunciates every single character aloud, like an elderly grandmother reading you a URL for her favorite GeoCities Pug Puppy fansite over the phone. No adaptation was made for an audible medium, and the original book is mediocre at best.

There are no PDFs with practice examples, no website to explore further, and the audio contains as much content as a four page Python FAQ, except to access it you need to wade through babbled examples and exercises.

It's about as useful as an audiobook version of a comic strip. "In the next panel, Calvin is facing toward the left and grimacing. Hobbes is behind him and appears puzzled. Calvin says..."

Would you like to see for yourself? Here's a transcribed example: "First line, print, double quote, input your first number, colon, double quote. Next line, print, double quote, double quote. Next line, A equals raw underscore input open parenthesis close parenthesis. Next line, print, double quote, double quote."

Imagine that read carefully like Ben Stein emoting his grocery list.

Some final notes: This book suffered from two flaws, one being that the content is extraordinarily slim and the second being the idiotic narrative. The paper version will sidestep narration but will still suffer from utter paucity of useful information. As I said, the actual material would fill four pages. Maybe five if you included a table or chart. Considering that the price of the paper book is three times the cost of audio without adding material, and considering that the price also puts it against competitors who are actually competent, I'd suggest skipping this and seeking better resources.

There were some benefits. When listening at triple speed the narrator sounds brilliant. And when played aloud at work, the laughter was intense enough to make us dribble coffee.

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