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Giles K.

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Probably decent advice if you live in the US.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-19

There is some decent advice in this book but the amount of time God is mentioned in an financial advice book is very strange. It's like reading a book on quantum physics and the author keeps mentioning the influence of fairies on physics. His focus on the long term financial planning is refreshing and it can't hurt to read but the book is very much for an American audience. As far as the performance goes; I did not appreciate the shouting or the overly emotional delivery.

3 people found this helpful

Really helpful and insightful book

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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: 28-02-18

After "ignoring" my childhood diagnosis of ADD after highschool, I've run into myself so many times it's a wonder I made it this far. Still, the amount of unfinished and unfulfilled plans, projects and ideas is weighing me down. This book gave me insight of where it is coming from and how I might cope with it in the future.
I'd recommend this book for everyone that has ADD or a loved one with. It made me work on myself again and recognise that some of my "quirks" have a basis in ADD and can be treated.

5 people found this helpful

Great read and tips for the ADHD mind.

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

Reviewed: 27-10-17

I liked how it's written in a way to keep even the easily distracted me focused on it. I would recommend this book to anyone that recently got the diagnosis or wants to hear about the positive sides of ADHD. I think it's a little on the light side but it references other books to read after to get deeper into the subject. Basically, the perfect gift from a parent to give their ADHD kid, it will give them hope that things can and will be better if they focus on the pros and minimise the cons.

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A love song to the nerds of the 80's till now.

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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: 03-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book but this was a pretty good experience.

What other book might you compare Ready Player One to, and why?

It has hints of some of the cyber-punk books of the past but this is much more like a comic book adaptation of the genre. It really is tribute to some of the sci-fi books, films, comics, and games of the 80's.

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

No

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

There were some funny moments in it but most of emotional arch was rather predictable.

Any additional comments?

It was an easy and enjoyable read without any real depth, it was often predictable and corny. This book references a lot of 80's pop culture and that might be lost on some readers. Although it had its downsides I still really enjoyed to book for some reason. Maybe it reminded me of being a little kid in the eighties that watch Star Wars and the Goonies for the first time. It has a sense of adventure that, though slightly juvenile, is rather addictive.

The best "long" Murakami book

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Where does The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High, it's a long listen but compared to 1Q84 a much better story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

I don't really want to spoil the story but there's a bit in Manchuria that will stick with you.

What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Reasonable to good understanding of Japanese names and their pronunciations, which often becomes frustrating in other audio adaptions of Murakami books. He does a surprising good job at the female voices.

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

No, it will get a bit tedious and events will start to blend... also it's too long for that. The best way to enjoy it is in chunks of a couple of hours.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed "Norwegian Wood", "Kafka on the Shore", and "A Wild Sheep Chase" this is the next level up to get through Murakami's excellent repertoire.