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Too much West, not enough geography

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

Reviewed: 14-09-19

To be clear, this is a good and fun-to-read book. Tim Marshall does bring the “geo” into geopolitics... only a little bit, but not as much as promised or expected at least. The discussion starts out very nicely, really shedding light on how Russia’s geography affected its history. Similarly for the US. But, to me, it seems that this quickly turns into a discussion of politics, history, and the author’s historical, political and ideological opinions. Specifically, I feel like the author has a very western perspective and ideology that he tries to impose on other countries to explain their current situation. The book's ideological push really irritated me sometimes; the author seems to glorify western countries, particularly USA, and turn a blind eye to or downplay their negatives while drumming up the failures of other countries (for example, he talks about how terrible a neighbor Mexico is to the US but not vice versa. Another example is how he claims UK's involvement in Afghanistan is almost only for humanitarian purposes.. rubbish!). Even worse, I spotted a few factual inaccuracies here and there (for example, when he states the origin of the schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims).

In short, this is a fun book to listen to to get some ideas about geography's interaction with politics and to hear about recent history FROM A SELF-CENTERED WESTERN PERSPECTIVE. Take it with a grain of salt.

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

Full of ifs and buts that are 100% based on ficitons far far removed from reality. Essentially a waste of time, because you buy it thinking it's something but it turns out to be something else.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Important, informative, but tough

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

I highly recommend this book for those interested in the economic (and political) growth of the 3rd world and how to get there quickly. Besides the material itself, the storyline is engaging and the narration is excellent. However, the language is a little too academic and the content might feel like a drag sometimes. Still, a really important book overall.

Informative but long

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

This book covers everything there is to know about money, so it's quite informative. But it's also exhaustingly long/repetitive at times

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Top 10 reads ever! Truly insightful

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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: 26-09-18

This was one of the best, gentlest, most insightful, and most educating books I've ever read. On top of that, it's really entertaining too!
Alain de Botton sets out to deconstruct our current skewed image of love to establish in its place a warmer and more beautiful, albeit much less romantic, conception of love and relationships. There's so much to learn and internalize and it requires so much reflection. I would certainly go back to those book many times over to learn again and again.
Highly recommended to all.

Very interesting, but be careful!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

The author does a great job of engaging his audience and stirring up their emotions, hopes, and fears. However, it feels too long and repetitive at some point but still not in a very bad way. My main criticism of it is that the writing is really trying to force the author's opinions into the reader as solid truths and objective facts, and what he says comes off to me as both nihilistic and sadistic. In some instances, I feel like historical events were twisted (while still remaining true) and reinterpreted to fit the author’s perspective and further his cause. But that’s my own judgment. Still, I’d recommend it as a really interesting and engaging book, but I’d warn the reader not to talk everything being said as factual and objective.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

Well-rounded great book

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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: 03-12-16

Really deserves all 5 stars. Most importantly is the fact that a lot of lessons can be distilled from this book, which is much more important than "performance" or "story". Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Inspirational and truly practical

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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: 19-08-16

Unlike most other inspirational or self help books I've read, Mastery is one of the few that are so inspirational that it makes you wanna spring to action immediately, and so practical that you know how to channel that energy. This is a very realistic book, and I strongly expect its influence to last ages after I finished reading it, I would even come back to it times and again to realistically assess my progress.
At first, the book might sound cruel and exaggerated, but slowly it will convince you with the endless realistic and detailed examples and analysis it gives. The narrator also is very good and most suited for the book content, he has a very clear and firm voice and excellent pace.

Highly recommended for those serious about their life ambitions.

Life changing boom

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

I loved this book. It was really life changing. It really packed everything one needs to understand in order to live life to the fullest. And it was pretty much straight forward.

On the downside though, when I compare this book (which is marketed as a fable), I can clearly say that it is nowhere as good in terms of storyline creativity and complexity as well as vocal performance as a truly great fable like Alchemist for instance

Still, overall, this is a very highly recommended life changing book that one would go back to again and again.

Unrealistic

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The performance was annoying. The narrator sounded too dreamy and whispery. There were too many quotes and too much repetitiion of the same idea over and over. The topic in general is unrealistic and full of wishful thinking.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rhonda Byrne again?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rhonda Byrne’s performances?

No.

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

It emphasizes on the importance of positive thinking.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful