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Bilbo Swaggins

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Slighty different from the film adaptation

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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: 21-07-2020

As the tile suggests the book follows similar beats as the movie. But overall does its own thing. The plot is told from multiple character perspectives, which doesn't become confusing but is simple enough to enjoy the ride. Overall good book to listen to, the characters however do become one dimensional making odd choices that seem to be done to move the plot forward. These choices seem to contradict their character archetypes set earlier in the book... however its more towards the end of the book (last 1hr) this happens. Additionally characters seem to teleport quite rapidly towards the end of the book where events are summarized in a few sentences which was jarring. Felt like the author just wanted to get it wrapped up. All n all, I enjoyed the book. Its a slow start but picks the pace up at the end. I recommend it for any fan, or anyone who hasn't given it a shot before.

Never laughed so hard before

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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: 28-12-2019

If you are a gamer, you would love this book. The amount of satire and wit this book has will have you in moments of laughter. Highly recommend this book.

A lot of fun for all enthusiasts of Minecraft

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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: 27-12-2019

Jack Black, really sold this book. His performance is exciting and interesting and I absolutely loved it. The book is aimed at young teens so it isn't incredibly in-depth. But it's quite engaging and takes you through the perspective of someone who wakes up into a world they are not familiar with and how they discover the mechanics of the game. And how they survive. It's a goofy take on Minecraft but Minecraft players, especially children would love it. All n all, I really enjoyed this one. I've tried other Minecraft books but they are not as good as this one. So if you are looking for a book to start on I would recommend this one hands down.

Glued to my phone till 4 am on a Workweek!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-2019

If you are a game developer, or interested in the dev scene. I would highly recommend this book. As the title suggests, I was practically glued to my phone till 4 am, I have never been so motivated after listening to an audiobook before because afterward I just wanted to make something creative. The author and narrator do a wonderful job of setting the scene and getting you engaged with the book. The stories you hear and that are told are fantastic and keep you wanting more. I will return to this book in the future. I highly recommend this book.

Handy perspective for modivation

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-2019

I really liked how Matthew, wrote this book. He has some interesting stories from his early beginnings to where he is today. It empowers those who have high anxiety and believe they will never make it in life. It's easy in this digital age for those who don't have natural charisma feel that they are disadvantaged. The Author's objective is for you to change that perspective and empower you to think differently. However, the book did fall down the hole "I just used my magic script, and it worked!" for a bit of it. Which seems on the surface a grandmas family secret cookie recipe story. That was the only part that wasn't that good. But it meant well and eventually came to a conclusion higher than the purpose of the story. All n all, it's a nice book to recommend to those who feel that they are stuck or introverted in a social society. And they can't get out of situation they are currently in. Hopefully this book inspires those, like myself to take some of the tips on board.

Netflix Origins - The Early Beginnings

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

Reviewed: 27-12-2019

This audiobook is the origin story of how Marc Randolph formed Netflix. It gives a behind the scene view into how Netflix grew/survived through the early dot com boom and its eventual crash. It gives a insiders look into how the company ran its business and how it got through its teething stage. The book also is useful for those who are interested in starting their own company, as Marc shares a lot of personal tips and tricks from his perspective of running a business. It's not a book about how perfect his decisions were, but an honest perspective of the successes and failures Marc has encountered while he was CEO at Netflix and other various roles. All n all I liked the book and found it quite interesting, especially the insider knowledge being shared. and the charisma shown by the author. If your interested in business mumbo jumbo. this is the book for you.

Humorous take on Facts

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

Reviewed: 27-12-2019

Very easy to listen to while doing multiple tasks. The facts presented in the book are fun and quirky. The author presents the questions from his community which they have sent in from a mailing list on his website. The author picks questions out of a list and dives deep into them by getting a hypothetical answer. As an audiobook its an easy listen, and you can take your time and start and stop between the short questions and answers. It's a light-hearted book that continues at a constant pace, not heavy and concludes rather abruptly. All n all, it's a nice book and would recommend it to those who want an easy but fun listen.

Ideas worth sharing

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-2019

The Power of Moments Discusses how moments within people’s lives are more impactful than others. Each chapter covers elements of what makes moments powerful with the help of stories from multiple individuals to drive the point across. These individuals/stories are about those who tackled the stock standard and did more to deliver epic moments. Like… make something out of nothing, or a mundane task into something great. It spoke indirectly to leaders, and discusses ways of improving one’s self, to affect others for the better. The power of moments is a nice audiobook to listen to. It wasn't boring. and discusses elements of how you can empower those you influence within a power position like from a perspective of a teacher, mentor or manager etc. I found it insightful and handy. It had 4 major elements it discusses in the book, ironically some sort of short hand of the word **E.P.I.C** which stands for “_Elevation, Pride, insight, connection_” when you master those 4 things you can make an powerful moment that someone will remember for a life time. Can’t remember why I got this audiobook, but I enjoyed it.

cut~mismatched incoherent content

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-2019

Each episode is a collection of random audio clips. With all the comedian bits scattered in with little to no cohesion. More seems like advertisements railing on in the background during an ad break. The tempo and flow of each episode seems mismatched. Even though there is an overall theme for each episode it just seems off. I could only stand a few episodes, however, it might get better but it honestly felt like a chore to do so rather than out of enjoyment.

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First audio book I ever listened to.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-2019

Being new to audio books, and giving it a go for the first time. You could say that this book cracked the surface. This is a perfect book to start and stop throughout the duration of this book. It covers the known universe and covers aspects you wouldn't typically think about. Very fact driven and characteristic reading style sucks you in. 10/10 would recommend.