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Atomic Habits audiobook cover art
  • Atomic Habits
  • An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
  • By: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear

Loved the practical guidance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-19

I listened to another book about habits, which was more theoretical. This book has still a great theory part how habits work but more importantly, it gave me guidance how to be who I want to be.

What I learned:
The main idea I learned is that first I need to know who I want to be. For example, a person who stoped smoking yesterday is more likely to be successful in quitting smoking, if she says "I am a non-smoker" compared to someone who says "I am trying to stop smoking".

The four stages of habits:
1. Cue
2. Craving
3. Response
4. Reward

How to use these to change behavior?

If you want to improve a habit, follow the stages:
1. make it obvious
2. make it attractive
3. make it easy to archive
4. make it rewarding

If you want to get rid of a habit, do the opposite.

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Not the best to learn how scrum works

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-19

To me, the book sounds like an advertisement for scrum. Most stories go like this: "a team did project A and it took them forever whereas the same team did the same project X times faster using scrum".
The main idea I learned is that for project success, it's most important to improve the efficiency of a team rather than individuals. I also learned that we should focus on one project at a time, finish it and then move on to the next one. Parallel projects for an individual or a team makes them less efficient.

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Interesting at beginning but repetitive later

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-19

I liked some of the initial stories. It seemed to me that the author constantly needed to justify their actions, for example, by telling how they enjoy killing "the bad guys who would otherwise kill the good Americans". That alone was interesting to me to learn that in war it's still the good and the bad guys - a view one shouldn't have in a non-war-related life. The main principle I took away was to admit a mistake and take honest responsibility if you did something wrong. I like to finish audiobooks but just couldn't listen to the end as it became boring to me.
The narrating was too exaggerated for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

What I Wish Every Job Candidate Knew audiobook cover art

1st hand tips from someone who makes decides

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

It's great to get this first-hand information from a person who has made tones of hiring decisions and hence knows what's important in a job interview. You'll only learn the key points that are important.
The narrator does a fantastic job - very authentic.

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Well narrated somewhat strange sorry

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-17

It was easy to follow this short story as it was only in the presence from the perspective of the main character. The story is a little strange...

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Extrem spannende Agentengeschichte

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-17

Ich kenne kaum einen Autor, der so spannend schreibt, wie Ken Follett. Das interessante an Die Nadel ist, das man mit einer Person sympathisiert, die man bei einfacher Betrachtung als Außenstehender, vermutlich als kaltblütigen Mörder abstempeln würde. Ähnlich wie bei Amok von Stephen King.

Ulrich Pleitgen hat eine Stimme, die anfangs möglicherweise etwas eigenartig klingt. Man kann aber nach kurzer Zeit seine großartige Leistung erkennen und genießen. Er schafft es, spannende Passagen durch Heben und Senken der Stimme und durch Flüstern noch spannender zu machen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills audiobook cover art

To think about thinking

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-16

Steven Novella takes you on a journey to help you think about the way we think. The course is based on many concepts of social psychology. He usually explains a concept and then gives a very tractable example to easily understand.
I loved listening to the course, because it kept being exciting from the beginning to the end. I feel like I learnt a lot about myself and human behavior in general.

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Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-16

The story of Anne Frank, the girl hiding with her and another family in the secret annex from the Nazis, is probably the most fascinating story of a real person. It is amazing, how amazing a writer Anne Frank was. In the book she not only describs all the exciting and terrefying events that happend in the annex, but also her feelings as she mentally transforms from a young girl into a woman. The book is about feelings of courage, strength, love, fear, anger, and more.
It is greatly narrated; one can really imagine Anne Frank telling the events herself.

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more and more emotional

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-16

This is a beautiful story how we could imagine a dog with a human mind sees the world. The car racing was mainly a comparison for life to always stay focused and never give up. The story gets more and more emotional.

The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal audiobook cover art

The first two chapters are great

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-16

The first two chapters of this course are great and I learnt a lot. Vor example, where in life we bargain but often don't even realize we are. Or how important active listening is, and how it works. But after the third chapter, the course became a little boring.
Professor Freeman brings too many stories that just seem to kill time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful