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  • By: Brianna Wiest
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (271 ratings)

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

By: Brianna Wiest
Narrated by: Abby Craden
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Over the past few years, Brianna Wiest has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing. This new compilation of her published work features pieces on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, and become aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life.

Some of these pieces have never been seen; others have been read by millions of people around the world. Regardless, each will leave you thinking: This idea changed my life.

©2016 Brianna Wiest (P)2018 Tantor

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Perfect book for walking...

I've listened to this book so many times and never tire of it! A truely beautiful collection of prompts, reminders, considerations and challenges to one's self... prefect for walking/running.
If you don't find something in this book that makes you question your life in some way... your most likely dead already! :)

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  • Cee
  • 06-01-2022

Boring vapid drivel

This book is overrated. It is boring vapid drivel. Disappointing. Perhaps useful to induce sleep. I wish I could return it.

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Long Long lists.

Not sure why this is called 101 Essays. Just long lists of thoughts. If you need some Inspiration might help. But best to listen while sitting and you can take notes.

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do not get this rubbish

absolutely hated this couldn't get through it all ordered the first 14 chapters and it's such absolute rubbish I can't possibly recommend it to anybody. how this actually got published I will never ever know.
it's just list after list after lease after least after least and then more list only from chapter 14 hu101 and I just got another list and another list and another f****** list so over the list that was supposed to be S8 which is essentially I think I'm not an expert but don't they introduce the topic discuss the topic and it's merits argue for and against and then come up with some sort of conclusion that you could take away with you one way or another. do not buy if I can get my money back I would.

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  • V
  • 24-12-2023

utter drivel - shotty performance

just list after list of "poignant" reflections I could have found on lifehacker. there was probably one point in the book where the author felt the need to actually expand upon the point stated in a practicle was, and she even stated it was because she was "asked to expand upon that point", as if she felt doing so was below her audience and had to be justified as it deviated so far from what was expected. No Brianna, we expect you to actually back up your claims when you make them by default and provide actionable advice... although I guess she didn'tcall it 101 "essays" to change the way you live/act, just think which you have to do quite hard to be able to extract anything of worth from the book. to me it seems like she just came up with a cool title for a book, then realised if she wanted to write it, she would actuallyhave to go to the effort of writting these 101 "essays" - she started with one average reflection and, daunted by the task, just started listing things she could talk about, but forgot to do the talking thing. what a terribly disappointing book. it was free and i'm still removing from my library. the narrator was ok for the most part except there are time when she interprets Brianna's tone as one of jest or snide remark, which results in a faster pasted lower volume narration, so you can't understand what is said unless you go back several times to re-listen, only to find out it's just some flippant remark from the author - although tbf, those times are probably the few moments in the book where the author actually demonstrates that there is a different perspective to be taken or some not so pleasant side to the situation. even though one of the first lists states that successful people don't make sweeping assumptions of people, the author proceeds to make sweeping assumptions about what the root cause of negative life circumstances are. maybe this is the case for some, or even most, but not for all, and there is no acknowledgement of that, or even evidence that she can see that sometimes life is pretty awful for others in ways which can't be overcome with simple lists.

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Hate the narration

She alternates between soft girlie whispering and deep robotic voice, sometimes between words. Very distracting, her intonations were off but detracts from the stories,

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  • Jon
  • 07-10-2022

Severely Disappointing

I waited a long time to read this book after hearing about it, only to find out it was basically a collation of the kinds of vapid lists you would find on Medium or Buzzfeed. I completely disagree with the average rating on this one. Not only can you come up with hundreds of similar articles that you can read for free with a quick Google search, but I feel that almost nothing in these lists has added real value to my life. I would advise others to pass on this collection of platitudes about "the good life" and descriptions of desirable character traits written as though they are the thesis abstract of some expert in the sociology of a foreign tribe.

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Life lessons - advice with passion.

101?Essays that will change the way you think is just that. Covering essential areas of life’s deeper caveats.
A must when you need advice to support- and strengthen you in challenging times. A companion when you travel...a little book like the bible to tuck under your arm and use in moments of solitude.

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Essays? More like lists.

As someone who likes to embrace self-growth, I slogged my way through this book. The structure was not essays, but lists and the ‘just trust me’ tone felt patronising. I felt like I was being read someone’s journal rather than learning anything.

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not for me

it's a presumptuous way to sell a book. it did change my mind, though: it's a compilation of doubtful advice.

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