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*Qualified* with More Accountancy than History

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-19

This history book mostly consists of lists of expenses on cloth of gold and timbers of ermine and with so many qualifiers of "probably X" or "perhaps Y" I got to the end of 22+hrs of listening with a very frustrated feeling that I'd learned very little of the character of any of the principals. I understand, laud even, the avoidance of categorical statements based on circumstantial evidence but the author ends up being alternately circumspect and muck-raking.
The performance of the narrator was excellent!

Loads of Action but Disappointing overall

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

Disappointing, clunky plot, minimal character development. I suspect this was really written by a teenage boy, the son of named author perhaps, who grew up hearing these wonderful stories of Thracian and Slavic mythology. But I say teenage because there's very little understanding of how people really interact. Plus, I suspect the story is a Mary-Sue.

Excellent performances of a clunky book

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

Reviewed: 24-03-18

Great characters but a somewhat clunky thesis and execution of the story arc. Audio performances were excellent.

The Children's Book cover art

Turgid & superficial. Glad it's over!

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-18

Despite all the time spent on detail and research this book did nothing by way of character or plot development. An endurance test of a book that suffered from a lack of an editor.

Didn't enjoy reader's breathy reading style

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Excellent story/conceit. Wonderful introduction to Quantum mechanics as well as the historical progression of science. Reader's style was way too breathy and detracted from my enjoyment.

Great writing, great story, great performance!

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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: 05-12-16

I really can't fault this book. Noah writes well and reads even better. Great insight into South Africa during and post-Apartheid. Recommended

fantastic reader

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

Reviewed: 23-11-16

the writer could have done with an editor. the reader made up for it though

Interesting concepts

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

Reviewed: 16-12-15

Read by the author, who has a good voice.
Interesting concepts. I'll have to read it again.

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A good listen but I might need to get the paperback

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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: 09-12-15

The reader was very good; clear enunciation & good variety in intonation.

Overall I enjoyed this book and am already implementing one new routine with success. If your already familiar with FlyLady or Habit Hacker a lot of the 97 small things will be already known to you. However, the advantage of this book is the discussions on motivation, "ego depletion", and the explanation of building a routine.

As I was listening to the chapters that consist solely of the list of 97 small changes, I started to get frustrated that there wasn't a synopsis at the end of each chapter suggesting how a routine could be built. However, the final chapters contain all of this information and completely assuaged my quibble in this regard.
I'm not sure the list format is suitable for audio. I may find I'll want to get the paperback for ease of reference in the future when I'm ready to build more routines.

One small suggestion to the author/editor/publisher for an improvement in a future edition: in the actions identified for each habit may I suggest a distinction is made between the one-off action that is required to set-up the habit initially, and the action that is done when the habit is being repeated?
Thanks for a great book & an enjoyable "read"/listen.

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