• 1
  • review
  • 3
  • helpful votes
  • 13
  • ratings
  • The First 20 Hours

  • How to Learn Anything... Fast!
  • By: Josh Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Josh Kaufman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 815

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?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Finished the thesis early in the book

  • By Grady on 06-16-13

Solution + Step by Step Examples - Perfect for me.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-13

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful