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pretty good. bit churchy. could be distilled

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-2019

The main points are good (about the love languages). but then the authors starts on about parenting more generally and then brings good into it. not my cup of tea. would have been better if he kept to his love languages s bit more I think

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great ideas, good format, dodgy writing

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-01-2019

definitely worth a read, probably a reread, will be summarising and implementing for sure. give it a go

don't give a f**K about missing out on this one

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-2018

Unstructured contradictory shallow rambling that a 13 year old would find deep. This reads like a stream of consciousness from a drunk author that started with a catchy title, then had to hammer something out when the deadline arrived and he had nothing. Let go of your FOMO and don't give a f**k about missing out on this hot stinking pile of garbage.

Simple, clear, powerful

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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: 10-05-2018

I liked it. I'm in finance by trade. I know my way around giving financial advice, making budgets, etc, etc. I read this with a skeptic's curiosity only because my mate suggested it. I thought it was good. And I would suggest it for my family.
He goes through some easy things like setting up bank accounts and auto transfers to separate savings from spending money. But the biggest thing for me was focusing on the important things like super, insurance, debt, credit cards, and an approach to money in general.
If you're looking to straighten out your personal finances, get some advice on super or insurance or loans, even if you have it down but want to get it all 100%, this is a good one to read.

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Exciting, detailed, smart, a little long

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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: 05-03-2018

Fantastic story. I saw the movie before listening to the book, but I enjoyed the book very much. The story is engaging, the detail level is amazing and fascinating. Definitely geared towards people with a science education background. Maybe dragged on a little too long with the formula. But finished this one happily and with ease. Plenty of really emotionally and intellectually engaging moments. Might even go back and watch the movie again because of it. 9/10

Another ourstanding course from the Great Courses

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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: 23-02-2018

At first I was concerned that this would be mainly about sports (and about a quarter is only about sports), but a lot of the techniques and approaches can be applied to almost any area. Things such as goal setting, deliberate practice, commitment, self-compassion, mindfulness and routines help you perform well in any area. The course deals with overcoming mental barriers such as focus, anxiety, motivation, perfectionism, and burnout. I didn't fully realise how important these are. The course does a good job of introducing some ways to deal with these barriers effectively to perform your best.
This course is suitible for high performing professionals, athletes or coaches. I would recommend it. It is long, but interesting.

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Clever, concise, captivating

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-01-2018

Very practical, non-nonsense approach to increasing memory power. Kevin begins by getting the listener interested in memory with inspiration, then shows how perspective, approach and self-limitations play a role. The author then teaches very powerful and clever techniques to memorise lists, names and numbers. The thing that surprised me the most and ended up being the biggest challenge for me was the need to be creative (or at least having a functioning imagination) is fundamental to memory. Really clever, concise, captivating. Definitely worth another read. I will be putting these techniques into practice. Thanks Kevin!

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Deep, thorough, insightful, intelligent, dry

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-2018

This reads like a bible on the subject. Providing very detailed analysis of a huge amount of information, this is surely one that any serious investor should read.
I will, however, share my criticisms... First of all, the book makes reference to the author several times which was very confusing. (How can a narrator reference the author?) It appears to jump back and forth in time when referencing 'now'. eg: at some points it refers constantly to the 1970's while in other parts it jumps to the 2000 .com bubble. In addition to these confusing traits, the book references large tables, which makes it very hard to follow for a book on tape listener. (And for the non-american, the author references US stocks and bonds in all of his examples, which makes it a little hard to relate to).
Having said all of this, the reasoning and the practices are sound and Benjamin Graham is obviously an authority on what he is writing about. With all of the difficulties I mentioned above, I learned so much on the subject and gained confidence to assess and make investment decisions. Graham provides practical strategy and example again and again. From descriptions of different stocks and bonds, to company analysis and comparisons, to general investment strategies such as dollar average costing and index fund investing, there is so much to learn here. I will come back to this to read again one day to pick up some of the stuff that slipped through the cracks on the first read. I would recommend this one for sure, but it is not an easy listen.

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Low quality, waste of time

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-11-2017

Slowly read anecdotes about advertising, so loosely tied together that you have to check it is the same book while you wonder what the he'll this part of the story has to do with habits. Chapter after chapter we hear bad female voice impressions about stories that are given to make a point, then two chapters later you're told that that story was incorrect. I feel like this book could be cut down by 90% but the author was unable to be concise or clear. big waste of time. I should have quit when he used the word "winningest"

informative, interesting, practical, helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-2017

Starting by describing the mechanics of anxiety and the physical processes behind it, the book then categorised different types of anxiety and provides exercises that allow the listener to identify the type(s) of anxiety that they may suffer from. this is followed up with practical and specific advice on how to combat each type. Each chapter has a good summary. the book has a good pace. the only criticism i may have is tbat the reader is perhaps a little robotic in the delivery. nevertheless the content and structure of the book make it outstanding. would recommend

1 person found this helpful