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Predictable and cheesey

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

Reviewed: 23-06-20

Your stereotypical clawingly cheesey self-help book. Just be confident. There, I've saved you 5 hours of your life. You're welcome.

Better than years of therapy

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

I learnt more about my life in this book than I have in years of therapy. In this book James Hollis lays out a clear map on which we can navigate where we are, why we aren't somewhere else and why that may or may not be important. It is not a rah-rah self help book. It is more like a travel guide, explaining where you find yourself and things you may wish to explore. It is a masterpiece.

1 person found this helpful

A Fifteen Hour Rant From Your Dad

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

Jordan Peterson is a very clever man. Maybe a genius. Certainly significantly smarter than I am. And I am a big fan. I watch his You Tube lectures and find him fascinating, erudite and often witty. Much of that transfers to this book. That said. This book needs a good editing. It could be reduced by at least a third without sacrificing any valuable content. Peterson is prone to being repetitive and loquacious to the point of self indulgence. There is lots of value and some gems of wisdom in the book. It's a pity we have to sift through so much chaff to find them. His framework of reference, by his own admission, is Christian and that is fine, but the book frequently borders on a religious frenzy. I get it. Maps of social structure, but at times it feels like having the bible rammed down your throat. It's a good book, but I would not have made it through a printed version. I only hung in there because I was waiting for the next credit to arrive so that I could buy something else to which to listen in the long car trips home.

Interesting, but not riveting.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If I had a friend who was particularly interested in Christian theology (which I don't) I might recommend it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I can't go there for fear of being blasphemous...

What three words best describe Professor David Brakke’s performance?

Not bad. His delivery was good.

Could you see The Apocryphal Jesus being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I think Mel Gibson as Jesus would probably not work again. Probably not going to ever end up on screen.

Any additional comments?

I kept going back to the book, even though it was not really holding my attention, but that would be more a reflection on me than the good Professor's abilities or the subject matter. If you are into theology, this might really light you up.

New Sales. Simplified. cover art

Fantastic Book - Well worth the read/Listen

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

Reviewed: 13-06-17

If you could sum up New Sales. Simplified. in three words, what would they be?

A fantastic book that shakes up much of what you assume you know about sales, and motivates you to go out and sell, sell, sell. I liked it so much I went and bought a paper copy for quick reference to keep in the office.

What did you like best about this story?

Punchy usable tips and strategies, with a strong background approach on which you can build your sales strategy.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator was not a great casting. He was okay, but his voice was a bit annoying.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yeah, 'Building your Sales Story' That was a real Eureka! moment for me

More of the same

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

What did you like most about The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man?

If, like I did, you expected this book to be a sequel to the first gripping tale, you will be, as I was, somewhat disappointed. It is for the most-part,the retelling of the same story, albeit with a few extra bits added. The last section of the book does indeed add fresh information which is interesting. It just felt like so much of the book was superfluous, if you had already read the original.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Angry, as I was the first time I read the book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me angry, and wanting to change the system.

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More a book for reading than listening to.

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-15

What disappointed you about Sky Above, Great Wind?

A goo dportion of the book was describing Ryokan's calligraphy. Clearly, the points made were lost when you cannot see the text in front of you. A bit like commentating on a kite flying competition over the radio. The voice artist did his best, but it was pretty tedious

What was most disappointing about Kazuaki Tanahashi’s story?

I was expecting lots of Ryokan's poetry. There was some, sure, but much of the book was about his calligraphy or a sketchy biography of his life.

What aspect of Brian Nishii’s performance might you have changed?

He did a good job with limited material

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

It was alright, but I was expecting more. Disappointment, I suppose, as I am such a fan of Ryokan's work.

3 people found this helpful

Another great roller-coaster from Michael Lewis

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

Reviewed: 14-08-15

If you could sum up Boomerang in three words, what would they be?

Edge Of Seat

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boomerang?

Its all good

Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

NA

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Dumbest Guys In The Room

Any additional comments?

I am learning that anything by Michael Lewis is a laugh-out-loud roller-coaster, that will have you yelling "No-Freaking-Way!!!!" on more than one occasion. Who knew a post-mortem could be so entertaining?

4 people found this helpful

FANTASTIC!!!!

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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: 14-08-15

If you could sum up Redefining Reality in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, enlightening, fun

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Prof. His humour is dry and very funny.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It's a long story. I battled a bit with the maths at the start, but once through that, it all flowed easily

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed frequently.

Any additional comments?

A fantastic use of 18 hours. I'll go through it again.

7 people found this helpful

HIstory meade digestable

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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: 13-04-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - to anyone interested in British History - particularly English History, this is a great way to get from neolithic to The Middle Ages in an easy flow.