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If you can only read <5 books this year...

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Reviewed: 18-08-2019

If you're reading 5 or fewer books this year I would suggest this be one. A sober look at the fundamental beliefs (I.e. in hope) that cause humans to go astray, and which explains so much of the evil we observe.

Personally I think awareness of this bigger picture is the first step to us dealing with modern problems of hyperconnectivity and choice overload. Mark does an excellent job of providing a few tools to rise above the noise (Immanuel Kant's one rule for everything) but dampens expectations in a way that isn't depressing, but challenging.

The negotiation counterpart of "Extreme Ownership"

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Reviewed: 16-08-2019

Highly practical and easy to follow, as well as highly engaging for a topic that is often boring or overwhelming.

The antidote to modern indecision

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Reviewed: 14-07-2019

Easily the best book I've read in the last 5 years. It came at a time when I was wondering why I was so anxious and busy, yet not making discernible progress in any direction.

I felt I had to do everything asked of me and yet couldn't understand that I had a choice. This book provides the philosophical and practical framework on how to achieve space in your life and peace in your thinking.

I even bought a physical copy for a friend who is now also a disciple XD

Leadership guidance without pretense

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Reviewed: 04-04-2019

Straight up lessons with no frills, backed up with all the relevant examples you could hope for. The military examples bring it to life make them easily memorable.

The other reviews are right

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Reviewed: 25-03-2019

The narration was endearing at best and impractical and cumbersome at worst.

The content was great, and I too, like other reviewers, wish I'd read the book instead. That said, I never would've read the book so I'm grateful to have been exposed to the author's thinking via the audio book.

I found myself often disagreeing with the content but felt it wasn't shying away from criticism either. And that's the point. Learning to put it out there and expose one's self to the world through telling the truth. This book embodies it's own preaching, with even the rustic narration shining a light on every right and every thing wrong with the author.

A lot to learn from this audio book. Would recommend to anyone who has an inkling of wanting a little more reality in their lives. A warning though, it's goes to some dark places, although not without reprieve if you look hard enough.

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A natural progression from Sapiens to this

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Reviewed: 10-03-2019

Narration, like Sapiens (same guy) was excellent. The thought behind the points as sharp as Sapiens, although if there was one thing missing it was the practical. That said, anyone who has listened to it would say it's ironic to ask for a practical lesson from a book which largely exposes do/do nots as a core reason of human suffering.

Very much recommend, eye opening and has given me much food for thought.

A rare summation of humanity

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Reviewed: 25-02-2019

I wasn't quite sure what I'd get out of a book such as this when I started, but I'm glad I did. The author's perspective isn't totally void of bias, but he does a better job than most at presenting our current understanding of a sweeping range of topics and leaves you, the reader, to fill in the space for personal conclusions.

A healthy take on an age old struggle

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Reviewed: 03-01-2019

A Mark Manson classic on the art of seduction, free from the trickery, manipulation and bro talk so common from other authors.

Great overview of the world of fragrance

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Reviewed: 01-01-2019

Packed full of quality information, and despite the authors employers, seemed relatively void of bias.

It sometimes got a little too philosophical with it's tangents, although appreciated did somewhat detract from the flow.

Bar that, it was a great peak into the mind of a great perfumer. I listened to this after a BBC doco on YouTube on the subject, and it allowed me to dive deeper into an expert's view from the inside.

If you are wanting to get the lowdown on fragrance from multiple perspectives both technical and artistic, you'll enjoy this book.

Not what I expected, all the happier for it

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Reviewed: 13-12-2018

I thought this would be some regurgitation of how not to care about stuff but it's definitely not that. Well worth the listen.

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