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Simon Huggins

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Great story but seems padded out

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Reviewed: 06-04-20

Great high level look at the state of the US legal system and how it takes a conspiring billionaire to enact change. It is reasonably balanced, by has a feel of something that has left a lot of holes in order to tread a very careful path, which, given the nature of the subject matter is understandable.
However it does comes across as a very good news article / blog post extended to the length of a book so that a publisher can have the right spine size on a bookshop shelf. At the end, I found that it was indeed a Random House book originally, so yes, that's something most traditional publisher's suffer from: slaves to the word count.
The narration was engaging, and I did enjoy listening to this. One useful artefact of the constant repetition from different angles is that I took details in more, so it's kind of the equivalent of reading a blog post five times over.
You get the feeling that Dan is trying to avoid upsetting everyone involved too much, but I can't say I blame him, as contact are everything in the world he is discussing.
A nice idea that ironically suffers from the results of the very topic he is discussing.

Great interview, engaging as ever

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Reviewed: 20-10-19

A great interview with James. Nice to see Audible getting more into this interview format. Almost like a podcast! ;-)

A Parable we all can relate to and take with us

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Reviewed: 08-09-19

This is one of those books I have heard about for years but never read.
There really is no reason not to listen to this. It is short, and after a little initial resistance to its almost child-like simplicity, you realise that the style of the story perfectly matches the message about who the winners are. And it isn't the over-thinkers (guilty as charged!)
Nobody wants to be a-hem.

Good solid relationship advice - no, really!

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Reviewed: 06-09-19

This book on the surface of it is all about valuing yourself. But when you scratch off that surface, it's really all about relationships. With yourself, with people in your life, with money, with your values, and with your sense of meaning and worth. Where value(s) and worth feed each other.
Rob is open about his own experiences, which make for great and insightful stories the listener can relate to. All the more as Rob is reading to you himself.
You get a sense of the journey that Rob has gone through whilst writing the book, and that in its own right makes it worth a listen.
I would suggest writing down main points as you listen. There are many nuggets to come back to, even if you thought you knew most of them already. Come back to those nuggets, because knowing and enacting are not the same things. There's plenty of actionable advice here, and even if you listen to a random chapter a day and do something tangible from that chapter, you cannot fail to make a difference to your sense of worth and value to yourself and others.
I had to listen to this twice. The first time it did not gel. The second time, when I took notes, it resonated a lot better. So come back to it if you have to. You won't regret it.

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Excellent overview of the state of AI and us

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Reviewed: 21-07-19

Really insightful analysis of the history, current state and future of AI and Machine Learning, with a smattering of humanism appearing towards the end after the author's own brush with mortality.

The latter part feels like a bit of an afterthought, opening up the possibility for a further book with more analysis - this side of things seemed a lot less based on experience and research, being a relatively new part of his life.

I would like to have heard the book read in the author's voice, but the narrator did a good job of keeping my interest, with only one very odd extra insertion, which I'm guessing covered an omission or late edit.

6 people found this helpful

Thought provoking and a good meta analysis

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Reviewed: 12-09-18

There’s a strand of something that sits between religion and science that seems to be gaining popularity at the moment. This seems to give excellent coverage of the main points of this evolving belief system.
The first part of the book is like a meta-analysis of this, so it gives a great grounding for people who are curious and want to get a better understanding of this system of beliefs. This does a lot to try to tie these beliefs into a basis of science.
The second part is a lot looser and less about the science and a lot more speculative.
But it is a good listen - pitched just right in tone and level of content to keep the listener interested and fascinated.
I don’t resonate with a fair amount of this, but there’s a fair amount that I can relate to as well, so keeping an open mind is good, as you’ll probably get something from this, whatever your level of skepticism.
Well recommended.

You have to listen to this in 3D

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Reviewed: 09-11-17

This is one of those books that needs a second listen, because once you’ve listened to it once, you’ll start spotting the various ways the author is using those techniques on you as the listener, which brilliantly reinforces the point.
Every time I thought to myself, ‘Erm, isn’t this whole thing confirmation bias on a grand scale’, I would be pulled off track with some self deprecation followed by a continuation of the original train of thought. It all goes in a very specific direction, and it’s extraordinarily playful so that you are sure not to be with the author all the time ... until he pulls it back, and you’re right there with him again. Beautifully illustrating the very point he’s making.
I think it will sell better than the Bible.
Or at least be as respected as the Bible.
Or at least it will be a classic, ranked with books like ‘How to win friends...’
That’s my prediction anyway. And I’m very certain the truth is somewhere in that direction...

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Excellent summary of how to market your book

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Reviewed: 26-07-17

There's a huge amount of information to take in with this audiobook, and it's an even mix of practical checklists and conversational advice, which helps to digest it better.
Joanna clearly knows her stuff, and she evidences this throughout.
The narrator is a great stand-in for the author, as her tone and style is very similar to the author's conversational and friendly style, which helps.
However, be warned. There is no way you are going to remember everything here in audiobook format. Take it in chunks, as if you are like me, you may get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information.
My advice is to use the audiobook version to get an overview whilst on the move, but when it comes to enacting the advice, buy the book where I think the checklist style advise will come into its own.

Inspirational story for those finding their way in

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Reviewed: 30-12-16

I found the reader's pace, clarity, and timbre just right for the piece.
This is one of those classics of early existentialism that I just have never got around to reading, so having it in audio book form for a bargain price was perfect.
This is one of those books which I would have loved in my teens, as the central character is setting off in life - and that really is the tone of the whole book - the perpetual starter, which I can wholeheartedly relate to many years later.
The references to Buddhism might seem old hat in this day and age, but you have to remember this was written nearly a century ago, and the fable quality of writing does render it almost timeless, although there is the odd strange phraseology that reminds you of the time it was written in.
Well worth a listen, fast paced dash through a man's spiritual journey through his life, so unlikely to leave you bored. Why not give it a whirl. Might make you think.

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Kick up the proverbial - no nonsense practicality

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Reviewed: 19-08-16

I have been hearing from a lot of people on various podcasts how Jim Rohon really set them on the past. People I respect enough to make me curious.
This did not disappoint.
It is delivered in a clipped, no-nonsense style that pulls no punches, but gives you the wake up call you need to help you just stop p***ing your life away and get on with it.
Depressed or in a malaise or just bored with life? This is a good choice to wake you up and realise it's yp to you, and that's a good thing.
Listen carefully. Throwaway lines like 'how you start your morning is everything' have undoubtedly helped spawn 101 trends in personal growth books.
Why not go back to the source?