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Heading for a big finale

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

The book itself was engaging, very well paced, and the narrator did a good job, even if the start felt a little jarring with their robot voice.
But as with all Halo books, it's the universe building you buy it for, and there's a decent amount of potential pay offs for those already invested in the Halo Universe...

The entire Halo story is starting to heat up again. Between this, other recent books and Halo Wars 2, it seems that pieces are lining up for an event that will redefine the series and redeem the seemingly dying story from Halo 5.
But with so many pieces in play: Banished, ONI, returning Spartans, Covenant, Sanghelios, Chief, Rebels, Cortana, Spirit of Fire, Guilty Spark, the flood, Forerunners, Mendicant bias and more; will they form a story that's believable and engaging? Will they be able to deliver what we expect from Halo? Something realistic, gritty and imaginative? This is either going to be a nail in the coffin or an adrenaline injection to the heart and I've gotten excited for the potential stories unfolding in the future.

Worth your thought

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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: 19-12-2018

Certainly a Bias perspective, but not an unwelcomed one. Most of it aligns with my knowledge of Biology and Health as I have learnt it through a Bachelor of Biology and teaches an important lesson that so many of us under-appreciate. The importance of social and spiritual dimensions of health.

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A Worthwhile addition

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-2018

A great story explaining or glossing over a lot within a very short period. In all honesty, it seems it should have been longer given the relevance to the games and the potential for interesting lore and morality questions.
I hope there is an addition from this point in time showing more of the insurgencies interactions with covenant, the activities of silent shadow blades (Basically covenant's Spartans) and hopefully Admiral Cole. They were all in this book, but left more questions than answers, once again.

Interesting psychological observations

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

Reviewed: 07-03-2018

Interesting listen, though slightly boring at times. It felt as if it was constantly repeating itself and often the conclusion was lost in the endless explaining of simple concepts. I'm listening generally while at work or in commute, but I struggled to find times where I genuinely wanted to finish this.
Not the kind of book you'll finish in one attempt or through a week, purely because of the content and structure being found in individual segments that didn't really tend to build up into anything.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Don't buy this if you're not open minded.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-2018

First off, there are some good points in here. I wouldn't call them facts, but for the sake of gender based debates they provide interesting arguments and I'd agree with a lot of the points to a degree.

However based on the language and concepts, I'd say the book/this guy's whole deal takes advantage of the "betas". The whole philosophy of it seems to mainly apply to guys who have trouble with girls/relationships and it picks on their insecurities - providing the "solution". Afterall, that would be the majority market for this kind of stuff.

Nothing wrong with that, but I just think the target audience is a vulnerable one. Guys buy into the whole - "I have to be an alpha shit" pretty easily without even considering that behaviour is exactly the opposite of how an "alpha" should act.

Overall there's many flaws in the arguments and it makes a bit of a joke of science at some points and you probably won't be too impressed with the author. BUT equally it's worth a read for men and women regardless of political views and relationships - assuming you aren't quick to join or oppose the opinions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good ideas but twisted truths

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-2017

I enjoyed the book but particular ideas came across a little too far stretched. Worth the read if you want a different business perspective to leadership and don't a bit of classic America centralised thoughts

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An ideal book

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-10-2017

I came from listening to Homo-Deus first. That was a decent book, but left me with mixed responses.

Homo sapiens however is really just perfect for it's intentions. A good mixture of the factual and philosophical without a bias direction. Interesting things to learn, or argue with, and a solid length to it. as usual, the narrator did a great job.

Thought provoking but flawed

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-2017

As expected the ideas presented were interesting and cause for thought. I found myself imagining specific scenarios, new philosophies, political policies, new technologies and new functions of society. The concept of mathematics being our gateway to understanding the universe and ourselves was heavily relied upon as a theme but there seemed to be an agenda in this book rather than a pure exploration of the future.

Many times I felt I was hearing an interpretation of science not actual science... this makes it an interpretation of an interpretation, so as a very critical/logical person this detracted from the book's concepts and validity. The words "science" and "scientists" were misused frequently in an attempt to cement concepts or futures as truths or at least relevant. I felt some ideas were under-represented or not presented at all, whilst others seemed to fill the entire book in a near religious fashion...

Overall though it's a good book, covering a relatively broad span of implications from current societal trends to biological and technological trends. Though it appears this book is geared towards a futuristic, fictitious dystopia rather than exploring the full spectrum. It has convinced me to buy the original Homo-Sapiens. Partly to see how slightly more grounded scientific theories are represented, but also because I think the author/speaker did a great job narrating the story and I think history is an easier tale to tell without deviating or missing important factors.

Interesting and thoughtful

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 15-08-2017

The book reviews many stories around high level success and abilities. Some i was already familiar with and others were quite unique. Even if you choose not to full-heartedly agree with the conclusion or are critical of some claims, this book is definitely worth your time. Hopefully it will open people's eyes to the wide variety of factors that we never tend to appreciate.

Wow It Works!

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-2017

I'm not done yet but i just paid money to listen to an hour of the intro - pure advertising when i already bought the book! I paid for advertising??
They truly know how to make money.

Seriously though, some good tips. But it quickly becomes evident how dated some advice is, particularly with the societal or science based opinions or information.