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Erwin

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Inspirational, but not insightful

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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: 19-06-20

A lot of examples and anecdotes, which makes you think twice about the power of introversion. Even though they are factual, they are told with a lot of emotion. It's not a book about how to live as an introvert, but more a book to make your realize once more it's alright to be an introvert. The only eye opening chapter was the one openly arguing against more teamwork.

Good reminders of things you already knew

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

Reviewed: 27-04-20

Nothing extraordinary, just reminders of things you can do to increase your life quality. I like the practicality of it.

Ambivalent feelings about it

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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: 03-03-20

I am working in IT, but not in a corporate environment. On the one hand, I got the feeling that I recognized certain things. On the other hand, I found myself often wondering why I would be listening to somebody else's (fictional) work-related problems in my free time.

Nice idea, perhaps, but too much hokum

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

Reviewed: 29-02-20

The idea of seeing the world through a viewport, and letting the world come in through that same viewport, is interesting at best. The author however uses too many hokum to fill the book.

Good storytelling

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Is it useful what you're reading? I guess a bit. Is it entertaining? Most certainly! Bill Bryson knows how to combine facts with a good story.

Interesting story, not greatly told

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

Interesting story. Nothing completely new, but great to hear again. I didn't like the writing style though, he mentioned too often that his opponent was outnumbered and outgunned, like ten times. After three times, you know it, and stats to get annoying.

Very practical and very funny

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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: 06-11-19

Whether I will apply the techniques/tricks or not, it was fun to listen to them.

Told with great vulnerability

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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: 10-06-19

In general, I love the way she speaks. She is not always clear, like starting a sentence and not finishing it. But she knows how to prevent stating cliche things (that are true, but not so useful to listen to) by peppering it with tons of examples, mostly from her own life.

I had expected more

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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: 05-05-19

I thought I would like those short stories, but they didn't enthrall me. They feel more like a setup for a story than a story proper, many of them don't have a proper climax.

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Opposite of inspirational

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

The story is meant to be inspirational, but it achieves the opposite effect. He tells how he neglected his family so many times, how he asks of people to only work work work and how often he was at the brink of bankruptcy, that the only reason I am able to read this book is his luck and survivor bias. I dropped it halfway, I can't take it anymore.