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Great stuff

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Reviewed: 13-02-2018

Eye-opening look at depression and anxiety, easily as enthralling and well-researched as his last book.

Gives context to Western Civilisation today

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Reviewed: 31-01-2018

It's fascinating to learn about the political, religious, and social climate from the time of Jesus, whether or not you support the conclusions Reza Aslan draws.

Tough read but worth it

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Reviewed: 27-12-2017

If you're not already one of the converted this will be a tough one to swallow, which is all the more reason to keep going.

Let your guard down

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Reviewed: 14-12-2017

As a man you might feel attacked by the first chapter but hang in there. Grayson Perry doesn't want to take away your manhood, he wants to add to it and make it richer, more fulfilling, and less lonely.
He is a man who feels all the same pressures as you do. You'll recognise yourself in this book and if you're open to it he'll make you feel comfortable with who you are and why you came to be that way. He'll point out your weaknesses, prove they're not your fault, and pave the way to turrn them into strengths.
This book is authentic, insightful, and funny in it's writing and performance.
You'll be a better man for having read it.

Clear, simple, brief and Human.

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Reviewed: 14-11-2017

Who is qualified to review this book? A scathing review would have to be damn well-written.

This book made me want to write. Zinsser's advice is easy to remember and use to improve your own writing. His only mistake is he says that this book isn't for fiction writers. All writers stand to get something out of this.

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Every writer should read this.

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Reviewed: 12-11-2017

Great book on the structure of stories. It's written in the dense style of the early 20th century so it can be needlessly wordy in parts but it's worth the slog.

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Dense but eye-opening.

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Reviewed: 07-07-2017

Brian Jones's deep voice, clearly picked for its similarity to Chomsky's, is hard to hear sometimes. Even with the volume way up, I found myself not catching words here and there. In a book this information-dense that meant hitting the rewind button a lot.

Chomsky repeats himself often in this book, perhaps to make sure the reader remembers key details, but it's usually a word for word repetition that makes you think you've accidentally jumped back a few chapters.

This book made me realise how little history I knew. There's a certain amount of assumed knowledge for this book - I had to pause and google names and events so that I could follow along in some parts. That's no fault of Chomsky's, though. If you lived through the cold war or have an American education then it's probably all pretty familiar.

I've wanted to read a Noam Chomsky book for a long time and I'm glad it was this one. He quotes several other books throughout, as well, so I'll be able to flesh out my knowledge of some of the topics and events he spoke of.

Amazing book, incredible performance.

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Reviewed: 30-06-2017

If you're one of the converted already then this book will make you wish you could stand up in your car as you listen and give it an ovation. If you're a hard-line prohibitionist then listen to this book if for no other reason than to pit your beliefs against the most informed and comprehensive argument for legalisation there is.

If you're an addict or you know an addict then this book might make you cry. Hari's writing is brilliant, surprising, and satisfying. This is not a dry history book, it is a book of human stories.

Tim Gerard Williams's narration is captivating. He truly becomes each character as he reads their parts. You come to recognise characters immediately by the tone and accent he affects.

This bookwas so good that it makes me want to go back and drop my other 5 star ratings to 4.