• Dissertations Made Manageable

  • How to Research and Write by a Prolific Author
  • By: Conrad Jones
  • Narrated by: Paul Holbrook
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Education & Learning
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

If you are taking an advanced educational course which includes a dissertation or research project of some kind then this practical guide will turn a mountain into a molehill. For many students this process can be a terrifying experience, especially if writing is not your forte. The author of this guide is a prolific writer and he uses his proven system for each novel. If you follow this plan then your dissertation will be panic free. This simple guide will provide a system of producing a dissertation with minimum stress and frustration. It covers such areas as choosing a subject, planning the project and how to research it. It is a guide written by a writing professional, published over a dozen times.

©2010 Conrad Jones (P)2014 Conrad Jones

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Do not buy this book. The author has no idea what he’s doing.

The author openly admits he has never written a thesis or dissertation, and then he goes on to prove how little he knows about the subject, page after page. The book is full of falsehoods and misinformation about both the process and product. There are a few truths here and there that could be found on any webpage, and these lull the reader into accepting the whole text as a trustworthy guide. And that’s the danger of relying on this book. Graduate students need a definitive guide that won’t get them in trouble with their advisors or committees.

There are many good books out there written by professors with actual experience advising graduate students. This text is written by a self proclaimed “prolific writer” who has never actually done what he is trying to teach you to do.

My advice: Pass on this book.

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great for the basics

The book provided explanation of key terms, transitional phrases, and major components of dissertation. Very useful in getting 25 to 30 percent of the dissertation complete.

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Somehow too vague AND too specific

This audiobook might be helpful for someone in social sciences or other fields, but it’s very general in its suggestions. It suggests things like “talk to your supervisor if you’re stuck” and “make a writing plan.” For people in the humanities like me, it’s almost irrelevant because the scope is way off and the organization is way different. The author, who admittedly hasn’t written a dissertation seems to not understand how different each style of dissertation is. Overall, this is a somewhat vague guide to writing a ~50-page work in social sciences or hard sciences.

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Linking theory to practice

Loved the practical tips offered to listeners. Very through and "real world " practical advice .

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Would you listen to Dissertations Made Manageable again? Why?

I have listened to the audible book at least 8 times. The author's insight was very helpful. Because of the complexity of a dissertation project, it is not a book you will listen to only once. I am also using the book for writing my book. So it will not be the last time I listen to the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Simple and not overly complex. Good keys to being successful.

Did Paul Holbrook do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

The author offered to assist readers with personal assistance.

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  • Jussie
  • 09-21-16

short but helpful

Gives concise and clear tips for dissertation writing. Will come in handy throughout the research process as it can remind us about "rookie errors"

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  • Germaine
  • 08-31-20

Ruined by the distracting narration

The ideas in this book are very useful to creating my forthcoming dissertation. Unfortunately the narrator is completely unsuitable for this British-centric book. He has a great voice and would be perfect for other publications I have purchased but really ruined the experience. The narrator's strong Southern drawl was extremely distracting and out of place when referring to The British Library, researching the former coal mining areas of South Wales and other UK terminology. A real shame as the content itself is a brilliant introduction to the subject and makes the task much less intimidating.

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  • Patrick Conway
  • 08-14-20

A pretty engaging listen

The last section on interview tips seemed out of place. However, overall this book had merit.