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Good for fans but not as enjoyable as I’d hoped

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Reviewed: 12-11-2019

Louis’ book mostly deals with Jimmy Saville and the slow build toward Scientology, and his life throughout those years. It’s a little disconcerting having Louis read the book, strangely - his delivery makes you think of the documentary presenting tone and delivery, but it doesn’t work as well in an audiobook. It had entertaining sections and finds it footing maybe ⅔ through the book but there were times I wasn’t totally sure I could get through it. In the end just fine, but I was hoping for more based on documentary fandom.

A FASCINATING look at psychology, communication and how we think about strangers

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Reviewed: 27-09-2019

What an absolutely fascinating book that should have you considering a number of your daily interactions and how you think about things. With time I think this book will become more and more helpful, guiding and relevant.

A great and frustrating audiobook all at the same time

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Reviewed: 03-09-2019

The insights in this book are terrific. For me anecdotally, I found that a lot of the Adlerian principles discussed were beliefs and structures I adhered to already, but there was also a great many pieces of information and interpreting of life events and situations that felt somewhere between clarity-providing and revelatory. This is the GREAT of the book. The book is presented in the form of a dialogue however, and both the reading of the back and forth conversation, and the dialogue choices for the youth became more and more grating as the book continued. If this audiobook was 30 minutes longer I am not sure I could have coped. By the end, a decent amount of rehashing ideas already explained and increasingly frustrating lines of dialogue for the youth as he continued to object to the philosopher’s teaching in maddenly stubborn ways. I understood the point of the disagreements, but it was not written well at many points. In spite of this, the boom was well worth a monthly credit. A great many people could do with this book for both affirmation of their life choices, or an alternative look at situations they need to take accountability for. Highly recommended, allowing for the caveats notes above.

Immersive, enjoyable and well written

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Reviewed: 25-08-2019

So many of the references to gods in this novel go beyond my knowledge, but Gaiman feels like he does a great job of explaining who the more obscure gods are while allowing the you to guess at and figure out the others you “should” have at least cursory knowledge of yourself. The mystery of shadow’s lineage is well written and the mysteries are genuinely fun to uncover. If you like Gaiman, this is a great read. More adult and mature than his other novels. Crucial point, this book is certainly not running in lockstep with the tv shows, and diverges a bit fairly early while having similar or same characters involved.

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A charming and wonderful fantasy adventure

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Reviewed: 06-08-2019

This (along with Good Omens) should be the starting point for anyone with an inclination toward fantasy and adventure novels. My one single gripe (if you can call it that), is that it took me a few chapters to vibe with Gaiman’s reading cadence and tone of voice, but once I adjusted it added to the experience and made the reading much more immersive and personal. This book is full of adventure and so easily translates from words to imagination, and Richard’s struggles never veered into annoying territory. The boom is both the perfect length, and leaves you longing for more. And much to my pleasure, avoids falling into the trap of feeling like it needs a love story to form the backbone of the character motivations. Don’t hesitate, this is a great book and a wonderful example of Neil Gaiman’s storytelling style and imagination.

A great follow up to The Subtle Art, but way more philosophical

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Reviewed: 28-05-2019

A really enjoyable dive into much deeper elements hinted at in The Subtle Art... this book should challenge you to be better and to reframe how you approach life. It doesn’t decry religion or make fun, but points out weaknesses of character and the necessity for maturity. My words can’t capture the essence of the book well enough, but safe to say if you enjoyed The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k and titles like Sapiens and Homo Deus, this will be right up your alley. Challenge yourself.

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A magnificent follow up to Sapiens

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Reviewed: 03-04-2019

A fantastic book that makes for a very broad yet deep-diving thought experiment about our place in the universe, our actions and their consequences.

Riveting and brain exploding

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Reviewed: 17-02-2019

Some of the basic themes are obvious and easy to absorb (life has no inherent meaning, religion is make believe, humanity is a pestilence on the earth), but the depths and historical depiction of everything from human history falls somewhere between fascinating and revelatory (insert brain explosion meme). I will listen to this again after enough time has passed. If heavily religious, the middle portion of this book might make you switch it off in anger, but everyone should hear it, and none of it is presented as an intentional criticism. Could not recommend more. One of my instant favourites.

If you own a business or are in marketing, you can’t afford NOT to buy this book.

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Reviewed: 25-01-2019

Just like the advice given within the book, Seth Godin gives generously throughout this book, and if you are involved in marketing in ANY way, be it as a professional or a business owner, I guarantee you will listen to this audiobook (or read the paperback) with a constant urge to make notes and rewind and delisted to portions as you go. I would consider this book somewhere between essential and a bible for marketers.

Should have been a blog post

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Reviewed: 24-09-2018

The message in this book is great but it carries on so much needlessly instead of getting to the point. first Audible book I've ever skipped chapter in. GET ON WITH IT MEL.

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