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Great story, didn’t enjoy the narration

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

Reviewed: 28-01-20

Love the story and storyline, I just wish the book had been read rather than acted, it’s just a bit too enthusiastic...

Awful narration

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

Reviewed: 15-10-19

The story is pretty good, not perhaps as good as the rest of the series but a needed completion to the story. Sadly, it’s badly marred by the narration. Accents are awful (especially Poledra) and pronunciation of places and names are different to how the narrator of the rest of the series did them, which is very jarring. I’d recommend reading it, don’t waste the credit on listening to it.

An excellent book, strange narration

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

Reviewed: 25-09-19

Love listening to these, it’s just a shame someone didn’t correct some of the narrators pronunciation earlier in the series - quite a few “Kways” and “Lighted corridors” in this one!

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Narrator is... tolerable

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Lots of bad reviews based on the narrator, who isn’t great but on the whole does a passable job. Apart from the pronouncing of quay that is, that stood out!

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How much echo?

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Great story but the use of HUGE ECHO effects gets wearisome quite quickly, worth putting up with though

Why they went with a different narrator?!

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-16

Enjoying listening to these books that I first read years ago, and really got on with the narrator. Then this one had a different person and I realised just how good the other chap is! Still, it's a great story

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Should be required reading (listening)

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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: 06-07-15

It really should be a mandatory book for any managers in an organisation planning a major change, be it a re-invention, a merger or acquisition. Good content and well read, enjoyed listening to it.

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Interesting topic, strange focus

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

What did you like best about The Brain that Changes Itself? What did you like least?

I liked that the book did give examples of real world evidence of plasticity and of the changing of the scientific mindset

Has The Brain that Changes Itself put you off other books in this genre?

No, although I will likely not put myself through listening to the whole thing if I'm not enjoying it again

What about Jim Bond’s performance did you like?

Well read, nice voice and good pace

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

This book focuses so, so much on the "problem". You hear about what was wrong with someone in graphic, lengthy detail. Some of it is really not pleasant and, to my mind, not relevant. There is a fair amount of academic excess - 10 pages to say what could be said in 1 page, but that wouldn't be such a problem if the author just got on with tellings us about the topic (brains adapting) and less about people putting a nail through their genitals... In print, you could easily skip past that stuff, much less able to do that if you're listening to it while driving.

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A great listen

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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: 31-03-15

Read exceptionally well as before, great story and very enjoyable to listen to. Looking forward to the next installment and the conclusion.

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Not for me

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

Reviewed: 23-02-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I didn't enjoy listening to this book - for a start, far too much time is spent on the pre-supposition that the listener has no useful way of remembering things so tries to teach you their method. And as for the content...

What could Stewart Lancaster have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I think he did a reasonable job, but stressing the memorisation techniques rather than the actual material could have been avoided.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not especially

If this book were a film would you go see it?

NO!

Any additional comments?

I wanted to learn about Agile/Scrum, don't felt I learnt very much at all. Wanted to know how it differs from waterfall, how the project is organised, some examples of how to operate one - you know, a 60 minute briefing :)

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