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Ken Craig

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Brilliant roadmap

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Reviewed: 03-05-2019

I've never felt so empowered to take on entrepreneurship. Easy to pick up on each stage as you go, but worth multiple listens as you continue on the journey. Cuts right through to the core concepts and actions you need to undertake without feeling overwhelmed, while giving you enough direction to do further reading. I've recommended this audiobook to a number of friends, both in startups and intrapreneurs without larger organisations who are developing new products and services.

Important topic, but not always well executed

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Reviewed: 02-04-2019

Tegmark uses a cross-disciplinary approach to explore the outer limits of AI and their implications. The audience is general and the content is mostly accessible. It is an incredibly important topic and Tegmark should be commended for his ambition and mission. It poses some incredible questions, which made me stop in my tracks, and for that alone, I’d encourage you to listen. The execution is a little askew. At times, including the first chapter, he adopts a fictional approach which is clunky and cringe-worthy. Some of big concepts are skimmed over, while the obvious messages are drummed into you until you’re sick of hearing it. The narrator’s voice is perfect but there seems to be long gaps between the sentences, which sometimes tested my patience. Still, if you have little or no understanding of AI, I recommend this book because the content is so important, even if it is written by a physicist trying (and sometimes failing) to be a polemicist and advocate.

Smart, easy exercises to apply

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Reviewed: 18-06-2018

User friendly way to provide immediate improvement on your charisma, relationship building and communication style. Don’t expect deep psychological insights here, but if you want the tools to apply, this is your book. Definitely apply the practices and exercises as you go. I found myself pausing it, writing down the exercise and then trying to use it as soon as possible. Narrator is good but could be listened to 1.25x. The audio seems to have been poorly edited and not compressed correctly, as you notice very significant variations in volume at certain points.

Much needed topic, but poor delivery and patchy structure

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Reviewed: 03-02-2018

This course fills a massive gap in the Audible library for Asian non-fiction. By trying to address this gap, deliberately or not, the course is spread very thin and inconsistently. There are no prevailing themes or obvious structure to this course. It lightly touches on archaeology, literature, religion, geography and finally contemporary politics. Yet, I don’t feel that I learned much on any of these topics. The delivery is very poor. The lecturer stammers over words, pauses awkwardly and have no cadence or rhythm. In the many instances where the content completely changes direction, time, place or academic discipline, there is no signal from the monotone delivery. I often found myself skipping back, assuming that I had missed something, because now we were in a completely different time and place. I only persisted because there is no substitute product on Audible at the moment and this subject is something I want to learn more about. We’re in the Asian Century, yet there is an embarrassing lack of quality non-fiction on the largest continent here.

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Highly recommended as a starting point

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Reviewed: 15-01-2018

This is an ambitious series - deftly combining science, history and philosophy. If you had no prior knowledge of these fields, this would be an incredible series. The delivery and narrative is fun. The major loose arguments, threads and themes are wound together, across lectures and millenia.

Personally, I didn't learn a lot. There is only a cursory investigation into each topic, given the breadth of content. Yet, the way in which this content is brought together is creative and inspiring.

A genuine explanation for the inexplicable

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Reviewed: 15-01-2018

I've never had such clarity about why the Trump White House does what it does. Wolff steps behind the dripped leaks from the WH and exposes the true conflicting dynamics unlike anyone else so far. The antagonists, their motives and machinations are laid bare, if not systematically, with clarity. Every major decision (or lack thereof) over the first year is explained with clear logic, often with direct quotes from ground zero. My unanticipated response was to have great empathy for the individuals involved - not sympathy - such is the vivid characterisation of the people involved.

Before listening, I had concerns about the hyped gossipy, insider nature of how this book was put together but it is hard to walk away without feeling that this is a genuine achievement, particularly in a genre that is known for overreach and error. All political junkies must listen.





Light hearted approach to stats but not a great audiobook

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Reviewed: 29-06-2017

Covers the topic well. I don't feel as though I learned a lot. No original insights.

The fluff is excessive and not that interesting or amusing to be honest. And then the math comes hard and fast and not suited to audiobook form.

Smart approach. Useful tips. Succinct delivery.

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Reviewed: 29-06-2017

Cuts through the fluff on parenting advice. Goes straight for simple tips that have sound evidence basis, grounded in contemporary psychology, neuroscience and early education. Everything is practical and pragmatic. Not a lot here that you haven't heard before, but delivered in a way that is direct and empowering.

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Just what I needed to hear

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Reviewed: 21-02-2017

Compelling argument.

I've already noticed improvement in my productivity and well being. I'm sceptical about some of the strategies suggested, but Newport doesn't pretend it'll work for anyone either.

Stick with it

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Reviewed: 14-02-2017

The listener will need to break through the early thresholds of the annoying over-articulated narration and the repetition of the content for the first 4 chapters. But stick with it and this book pays huge dividends.

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