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From Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and acclaimed business journalist Charles Fishman comes a brilliantly entertaining peek into the weekly "curiosity conversations" that have inspired Grazer to create some of America's favorite and iconic movies and television shows - from 24 to A Beautiful Mind.

For decades film and TV producer Brian Grazer has scheduled a weekly "curiosity conversation" with an accomplished stranger. From scientists to spies and adventurers to business leaders, Grazer has met with anyone willing to answer his questions for a few hours. These informal discussions sparked the creative inspiration behind many of Grazer's movies and TV shows, including Splash, 24, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Arrested Development, 8 Mile, J. Edgar, and many others.

A Curious Mind is a brilliantly entertaining, fascinating, and inspiring homage to the power of inquisitiveness and the ways in which it deepens and improves us. Whether you're looking to improve your management style at work or you want to become a better romantic partner, this audiobook - and its lessons on the power of curiosity - can change your life.

©2015 Brian Grazer (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Me,Me,and Me

75% bragging and 30% ideas....a waste of time and money. Disappointed a professional with a good idea ,loads of experience and information to waste it on beating his chest !

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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The content is just not that good

What would have made A Curious Mind better?

Less description of interviewed characters and talk about the advantages of curiosity. More personal anecdotes from the interviewees and their success secrets.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

No

What does Norbert Leo Butz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

You can listen to it while driving! Why else would anyone ever use audiobooks.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yeah. It still gave a sneak peek into lives of some very successful people.

Any additional comments?

One thing I generally hate about books is how long they make simple concepts. I could probably summarize 100 pages of this book into "Curiosity is good," and that's probably all I will remember 1 month from now. So overall, I don't recommend this title and I kinda want a refund.....

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Repetitive

I've never heard the word "curious" repeated so many times. It seemed as if the word was in every sentence. My mind drifted away from this audible book on more than a few occasions. Dull.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The big takeaways are...

The big takeaway is that Brian produced a movie called Splash, a movie called A Beautiful Mind, a TV show called 24, a movie called Apollo 13, etc ad naseum. Also, he likes to interview important, interesting people -- and his favorite word is "curiosity". The best bit for me was briefly hearing about 70's era Hollywood and the mogul Lew Wasserman. Finally, there's seemingly an entire chapter devoted to his "wild and crazy" gelled hairstyle...which should tell you all you need to know.

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Excellent Narration! Great insights.

What did you love best about A Curious Mind?

Good to listen to, thanks to the excellent narration. Well worth the time. What really impressed me was the narration given it was not the author reading the book. I typically only get books read by authors since they seem to know where to place the emphasis ect given how deeply they understand the book and or subject matter. Norbert did a fantastic job of faithfully delivering this great book that Brian Grazer and Charles Fisherman wrote.<br/><br/>The book made me realize how intensely curious I am and how it something to feel confident and good about. Brian had many great messages, the one regarding his management style I thought was great. He clearly must be a great listener and yet made no mention of that skill which is a shame since that skill would be critical in satisfying his curiosity.

Would you recommend A Curious Mind to your friends? Why or why not?

Absolutely, Brian shines a flood light on curiosity, a key principle to learning and existence that I have not seen examined in so much depth.

What about Norbert Leo Butz’s performance did you like?

Outstanding and best I have heard, Norbert was all over the content of the book and delivered it perfectly. I would be surprised if Brian or Charles could have done a better job. I typically don't buy Audible books that are not narrated by the author.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from A Curious Mind?

Celebrate your curiosity.<br/><br/>Curiosity is a great management tool, I don't like people who have big egos or beat their chests or show their insecurities in countless other ways. Brian's management style of asking questions is one that I will consciously adopt. It's subtle and incredibly powerful (if your intentions are right).

Any additional comments?

I felt the word curious was a little overused but then again, given the title of the book I should maybe realign my expectations ;-)

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  • Jim Gay
  • San Carlos, CA United States
  • 06-20-15

My life is better having read this book

I wish everyone would read this book. It would make all our conversations more interesting. I can't wait to put Brian ideas to work making my life richer and more enjoyable. Absolutely brilliant!

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Curiosity is about to get cool

This book was engaging all the way through. The premise is that curiosity can drive a successful life in work, relationships, innovation and connections. I bet will will see more on this topic. Book much more relaxed and interesting than many of the ivy league social psychologists that I read.

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Waiting for the secret

I didn't feel that there was a purpose. simply states for 5 hours how he is curious and asks questions. it was a good listen but very disappointing if you expected there to be a secret deeper than ask questions.

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Fantastic!

A great reminder and encouragement to regain what we often lose in "growing up": childlikeness. Replete with real-life examples and scenarios from Grazer's life, the book serves as a catalyst for us to launch (or re-launch) into our own curiosities, and in so doing, regain that sense of mystery, wonder and excitement that sometimes eludes us in life's journey. The narration and cadence of the speaker were also great! Again, this is a fantastic book!

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A Bit Repetitive

This book was insightful, but also felt like someone trying to convince me of something with more detail than I needed. Premise is useful, but the repetitive nature of the lessons seemed a bit like a lecture.

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  • Dyl
  • 08-28-16

More than a bit self-indulgent

Stories were mildly interesting and loosely tied to the apparent message - curiosity gets you places.

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  • RJC
  • 05-11-16

An interesting and inspiring listen

An interesting and inspiring listen for sure, I would absolutely recommend. Love and agree with the argument that curiosity is hugely underrated or at least hugely neglected in too many way.

A tad self indulgent perhaps with lots of 'me, me, me' and 'I, I, I' but ultimately a strong reason for that, example.

I would recommend to most.

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  • Graham
  • 05-21-15

Outstanding and Inspirational

What did you like most about A Curious Mind?

The author brings to life through his own real life experiences the power of curiosity in every aspect of life and how it can have such a powerful influence on human relationships

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The "stories" about meeting incredible people like Obama, Michel Jackson, Bill Clinton etc

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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  • Jordana Meazza
  • 05-08-15

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love love love love this book!!!! Is it such fresh air, liberating and above all, full of beautiful stories that thought me so many lessons. I've always listened people's stories, and I've always loved it. It is very inspiring. Amazing Brian

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-17

An Interesting Read

From an education perspective it sparked my thinking. He committed to all that he discussed. Some self promotion, but to be expected.
A great quick read, to get your thinking.

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  • Joanne Fedler
  • 06-28-16

Enchanting and inspiring

I've been teaching curiosity as one of the 6 qualities that distinguish aspiring writers from published authors for a few years now which is why I've was drawn to the title of this book. I loved the way the author thinks about curiosity and the questioning mind - I took notes and laughed out loud several times. A stunning book I'll recommend to all my students.