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Martin Castilla

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Excellent message, author sounds bored.

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Reviewed: 28-04-2020

I'm long a fan of Brené Brown, have read and Audibled several of her books.
Daring Greatly is more of the same on shame, vulnerability, guilt, parenting and so on.
All excellent, strong stuff, and as with the others I've ingested, I learned much. Her quoted research and examples are gold. And more than once I was choked up as I listened to one of her stories.
Always interesting, Brené at times to me sounds tired, as if she herself found the information tedious or monotonous. Her voice - usually tinged with wit and spunk - sounds, well, labored.
Regardless, I enjoyed the book and, as always, learned much.

Compelling argument for 'curiosity'.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-2019

Grazer lays out his reasons for making curiosity THE driving force behind all human achievement, be it industrial, artistic or physical. It's curiosity, he argues, that precedes experimentation, testing, and adaptation of new ideas, techniques, modes. His own life story involves an astonishing (literally) list of interviews over 35 years with many dozens of people from all walks of life. The celebrity, the politician, sportsperson, industrialist, author, actor, musician, CEO, president (of nations, several) and so on. He openly relates his own at times inadequate preparation for these events and getting caught out (his 10-minute meeting with Isaac Asimov & wife a butt-clenching classic!). Overall, it left me open to be more wonder-full, questioning, a better listener and, yes, more curious. I much enjoyed this book.

Intimate insides from the man who created Cookies.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-2019

Garcia Martinez relates a lot of inner sanctum workings of Silicon Valley and IT companies in general, including Facebook, Google and others. He explains how Social Media works, and funnels, how computers trace and track our every single keystroke, how you can read an article about running shoes on one website on your phone then you log into Facebook and start seeing ads for that same shoe, and you get emails advertising half-price sales of those shoes etc.. If you've ever thought there's a bit of Big Brother shenanigans happening there, you've no idea the enormity of the intrusion. He also explains how he created Cookies, what they are, how they track your movements, and why they're such a valuable asset to advertisers and a commodity in SM. At times it got so deep in detail that it lost me, or I foundered in my understanding. I just kept going and eventually rejoin the story. Interesting and worthwhile reading.

Rollercoaster ride with a nonconfrmist Rock Star

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Reviewed: 10-08-2019

Dickinson's story is captivating, made more so by his ability to imitate accents so each (real life) character in his book 'speaks for him/herself'. From a small town two-bit band frontman to exhibitionist rock star of one of the world's most successful and enduring heavy metal rock bands, Iron Maiden. Dickinson carries you from his and the band's trajectory from obscurity to superstardom, at the same time learning to fly small aircraft (which gripped him so much he flew the band cross country on tours) to actually becoming a real life airline pilot and captain of heavy metal (airline speak for the largest passenger commercial jets), his story moves along at a high pace, never boring, often humorous and always interesting. Much enjoyed it.

Enthralling real life tale of intrigue & capture.

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Reviewed: 10-08-2019

From the opening page (so to speak) Bilton engages and doesn't let attention slide for a moment. If you're aware of the Silk Road saga you know the result going in, but still I was taken aback by the sheer front of the ringmasters. Given the Original founder's intent for the Silk Road, and temporary runaway mission success (100s of millions in turnover), it makes one question if an unregulated, laissez faire society can successfully exist. A thoroughly researched and very well put together story.

Bloody (no pun) hilarious.

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Reviewed: 10-08-2019

This is a very funny book - actually it's hilarious. I thought it was just me but my wife and I drove somewhere for 45 minutes and I asked her if she minded listening to what I'd been laughing about the past few days. Everybody's SOH is different, there's no predicting if another will enjoy it. I warned her certain parts (truly) are cringe-inducing, arse puckeringly graphic. Anyway, we drove along laughing our heads off - a huge hit. If you're in the health profession, particularly, I'm guessing you'll even more closely relate to the subject/s. I have a new-found respect for student doctors, nurses, midwives and (as if I already didn't) birthing mums. This book is a WINNER.

Gripping (true!) story from first to last page.

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Reviewed: 09-07-2019

Almost pulling off one of history's most brazen cons, the two main characters in this story are magnetic and - clearly - totally without scruples. Two vipers in a tangle that defies belief. That they were able to dupe some of the world's richest, most sophisticated and famous investors of hundreds of millions of dollars while consistently tripping over their own feet - and being picked up by those same investors - was a feat of majestic proportions. Read this brilliantly written and narrated story. I couldn't put it down.

Must read! A wake-up call (no pun) for health.

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Reviewed: 15-06-2019

Remarkable book and, as the author asserts, a must read for any parent, teacher, boss, medical practitioner in any field, in fact anyone with an interest in premium mental & physical health.

Who knew sleep is such a critically essential activity. I knew I'm a poor sleeper, rarely sleeping through a night, waking early, etc. year after year becoming worse.

This book shocked me into making lifestyle changes (which I won't share here - find out your own blocks by reading the book yourself). Most changes are minor and simple, some require concentration and determination... but I do want to live another 40 years, with a sound mind and in a robust healthy body free of illness and disease.

I highly recommend this for all of us wanting a better, calmer, healthier, more productive and fulfilling life.

Hard core like nothing I've seen/heard/read.

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Reviewed: 11-02-2019

Extraordinary story about an ordinary man who accomplishes surreal challenges. Each chapter covers an almost unbelievable event or chapter in Goggins' life. His physical challenges defy description here - you'd not believe me. So read the book. Or better, listen to it. This is a most interesting take on Audible books - read by Adam Skolnick with Goggins alongside in a separate booth so they take short breaks from Skilnick's reading to discuss a point in the story. It's a fascinating approach and works perfectly. David Goggins is something more than human. Download the book - hear it for yourself.

Interesting and fascinating. But missing bits...

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-01-2019

Enjoyed listening to this book by the author, some interesting inside stories etc. I feel there's more there than he told: He mentions Benetton were questioned re their engine mapping software (remember every other team suspected of them using anti-wheel spin launch mapping on their cars), but skims the surface of that topic, and also 1-2 others which the team was embroiled in. Every other driver/team bio I've read strongly points the fingers at Benetton for deliberately infringing during those years, but Matchett doesn't delve deeper than to mention the fines. Still, the book is enjoyable and a worthwhile addition to a motor racing fan's library of knowledge.