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Atomic Habits

An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
Narrated by: James Clear
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Atomic Habits by James Clear, read by the author. 

A revolutionary system to get 1 percent better every day.

People think when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions - doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early or holding a single short phone call. 

He calls them atomic habits.

In this groundbreaking book, Clears reveals exactly how these minuscule changes can grow into such life-altering outcomes. He uncovers a handful of simple life hacks (the forgotten art of Habit Stacking, the unexpected power of the Two Minute Rule or the trick to entering the Goldilocks Zone) and delves into cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter. Along the way, he tells inspiring stories of Olympic gold medalists, leading CEOs and distinguished scientists who have used the science of tiny habits to stay productive, motivated and happy. 

These small changes will have a revolutionary effect on your career, your relationships and your life.

©2018 James Clear (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"A supremely practical and useful book. James Clear distils the most fundamental information about habit formation, so you can accomplish more by focusing on less." (Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck)

"James Clear has spent years honing the art and studying the science of habits. This engaging, hands-on book is the guide you need to break bad routines and make good ones.’ (Adam Grant, author of Originals)

"A special book that will change how you approach your day and live your life." (Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way)

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Incredible take on habits

I’ve read many books on personal development and this is hands down the best of the lot. I’ve never read a book so clearly constructed in terms of the workings of human behaviour combined with genuinely actionable takeaways. This covers easily manageable steps to address habit formation in literally any aspect of your life. I happened to be in a personal funk at the time of reading this and going through the motion stage of addressing the things I was struggling with (ironically reading lots of books but not doing anything with the knowledge) This book has given me a plan of action, a framework to build out the habits and identity I aspire to.

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Sorry - I couldn't finish it

So, there's about four hours left of this book and I just can't do it anymore. I feel for the guy, James Clear, and his experiences, but this book is like ego-stroking, and the reader is supposed to take his lead. I just couldn't. It reads like a marketing tool to raise the authors profile. Perhaps, if the narrator was different, I might have stuck through it. Really, second chapter in and It feels like: James Clear wrote this book. James Clear narrated this book. James Clear marketed this book. James Clear. James Clear. James Clear. What about what the reader needs or wants? Or what the author promises? If you want atomic habits, instead of reading this try the '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' by SR Covey. Better yet, do an internet search for habit development - it's more useful than this title two chapters in. This title pales in comparison, and new authors to this genre don't seem to have an ethical dilemma borrowing material from other well-respected theorists and researchers without crediting them. Great starting book if you're an early stage good habit developer, but like other modern titles, rarely state clearly that they are based on pre-existing theories (most of which work and which do not need tweaking or a new spin on the original idea) or that the title is an anthology of such theories borrowed from others.

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Not more of the same

I've followed James Clear's work for a long time and was reluctant to buy the audiobook thinking I already knew all of this. Whilst I did know most of what he was going to say he delivers the material beautifully, really bringing the topic to life and adding new context. Frankly I'm likely to grab the print version too.

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Amazing book but...

Honestly, if you’re reading this review-buy the book! It’s excellent and I’m on my second listen to it and have taken much away from my first time.
Though I really, *really* wish it could be edited to take out the constant reading out of the full website address or even change it to “you’ll find it on the website”. I’m really surprised this wasn’t picked up before it made it to the final stages, it’s really annoying particularly in audio.
On my second listen it’s beginning to get insufferable and I can’t help eye rolling each time even though the actual content is wonderful.

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Simple and easy

I 1st read this on my kindle and have utilised some of the ideas. After a period of time I felt the need to go through this again so opted for the audiobook.

Easy concepts to follow with some quite obvious once read/heard.

Decent narration.

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Very practical guide

The advice in this book is clear, concise and practical. Build the habits you've always wanted by following the advice herein, which is doled out in short bitesize chapters, each with its own summary. Clear reads his own book quite well so I can recommend the Audible version.

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Good

Some good ideas within the book, the authors voice is irritating after a few chapters but stick with it

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Good...but not concise

Some great takeaways but lot of noise. This would have been an excellent 15 page article

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Not bad, a repackaging of a lot of other stuff

Narrator (and author) was very good. The book is a repackaging of multiple everyday concepts for life management. Worth a listen; there are some good ideas to pick up on.

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Focussed, Interesting and Helpful

This book was perhaps overhyped, but still delivers clear information about effective habit forming in a concise and interesting way. The narrator has some amazing personal recounts about the strategies he discusses, and has been through a hell of a lot prior to his practise of the methods he discusses.

I liked him as an author and have been using the habit techniques to great effect both before reading this book and as a result of it. Definitely worth a listen, however the techniques are not wildly new or different.

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  • lynn madeley
  • 25-05-19

Probably one of the most useful books I have read

Well, listened to.
This book really resonated with me. Yes it’s about creating good habits but the author is specific about how to create habits, and also explains how we self sabotage and why. He talks about the Habit of Action, amongst others, which I suspect should apply to 90 percent of us.
The book is clear, practical and very interesting.
Thoroughly recommended.

P.S. I wrote this review as part of a new habit, because of this book.

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  • 18-05-19

one of the best books about building good habits

I have read many books on habits, but this one specifically drives the message home. it talks about boredom and procrastination and gives suggestions on how to overcome it.

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  • Daren Denholm
  • 15-05-19

Wow wow wow ... amazing!

Thank you James Clear. What a work of art! A sacred discovery is will return to and study again .. many times into the future. Keep up the extraordinary work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-20

Love it!!!

Love it it is really good 💯💯💯💯💯💯 I really recommend it.. If you strangle with keeping habits

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-20

Mind-blowing

Fascinating book on how to live a better life through good habits and break bad ones

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  • Kaloyan
  • 19-02-20

I guide to success in any area of your life!

This is by far the best book I have ever read on how to achieve success in any area of life. There are a ton of examples of ordinary people achieving extraordinary things, maybe you are next? Just get the book and follow it's advise, you will not regret it!

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  • David
  • 15-02-20

Great Book with advice you can implement

I've listened to this book twice and will have a few more run throughs I think. My favourite audible book and I own about 50. Small changes, big results!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-20

Worth the time invested

really good if you are struggling to keep up with habits or trying to start an new one

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-01-20

Practical and useful

Truly a great listen filled with practical tips, ideas and relatable anecdotal evidence. It is easy to customis and tp mix-and-match options.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-20

Unmissable

I’ve read many self improvement themed books over the years, and been disappointed by most - even many of those with outstanding reviews.

Atomic Habits, however, is not one of them.

A must read for anyone serious about changing their behaviour and habits. The title sells this book short - it’s not just the intricacies of habits, but also the greater since and methods of overall behaviour change.