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Atomic Habits

An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
Narrated by: James Clear
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Atomic Habits by James Clear, read by the author. 

A revolutionary system to get 1 percent better every day.

People think when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions - doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early or holding a single short phone call. 

He calls them atomic habits.

In this groundbreaking book, Clears reveals exactly how these minuscule changes can grow into such life-altering outcomes. He uncovers a handful of simple life hacks (the forgotten art of Habit Stacking, the unexpected power of the Two Minute Rule or the trick to entering the Goldilocks Zone) and delves into cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter. Along the way, he tells inspiring stories of Olympic gold medalists, leading CEOs and distinguished scientists who have used the science of tiny habits to stay productive, motivated and happy. 

These small changes will have a revolutionary effect on your career, your relationships and your life.

©2018 James Clear (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A supremely practical and useful book. James Clear distils the most fundamental information about habit formation, so you can accomplish more by focusing on less." (Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck)

"James Clear has spent years honing the art and studying the science of habits. This engaging, hands-on book is the guide you need to break bad routines and make good ones.’ (Adam Grant, author of Originals)

"A special book that will change how you approach your day and live your life." (Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way)

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physical copy would be more helpful with this one

i listened to this audiobook while otherwise engaged in manual work tasks. i would have liked to take physical notes or look at the presented methods and checklists so i could get them straight in my head to make best use of them.

to that end, i do not think an audiobook is the best format for this book. The audiobook is good to run you through the simple ideas that hopefully make a great difference to your life if you create new habits to achieve your desired identity (as per book), but the physical book is better going to help you make sense of this and be easily able to refer back to.
Having listened to the audio, i'm thinking i need to see a hard copy.

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You need this book. Yes, you! You need it.

I'm new to audible, and I came here because I heard James speak on a podcast with Louis Howes and I really liked what he had to say. The way James presents examples of different "bad" habits from an array of different people and how making a 1% change to your system today, tomorrow etc can alter your life within a week, a month, a year - is super powerful. I'm already seeing the difference in my system on a daily basis, and the benefits that they offer, simply not by making huge changes - but by making the small changes, and this book is a great guide in order to get you there. Thanks James!

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great in-depth but easy listen

this book is straight to the point with great examples and correlated with researched. because it is a short enough book I've listened through once, printed off the templates and going to listen again and implement some good habits!
this book is definitely worth the listen for all, I've recommend it to everyone!

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Basic & common sensical

While there were some interesting methods to keep yourself accountable to changes, I was surprised to find that the majority of the advice is what I'd consider common knowledge. I suppose I may have done a lot of the work already in my life. There was not much in terms of a nuanced approach. To summarise this book in a sentence, 'start small, write down your progress, keep yourself accountable by telling others of your endevours' - there just isn't much more to it if you already know the basics.

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The author annoyed me a lot, but actually OK

The author's constant self-promotion and look-at-me-I'm-so-awesome that is interspersed throughout this book actually made me angry.

Around that though, I actually liked the material. The way he breaks things down is good and helpful and I'd actually recommend it with the above disclaimer.

Like so many books in the genre: I wish the author would resist the temptation to go on about themselves. Sure, you can write it to make yourself feel good, but then *edit it out* before print. I'm going to keep giving books that fall in to this trap bad reviews.

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Worth every penny

Great book. Some very unique insights and a great deal of immediately actionable tips. Highly recommended.

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Super helpful stuff here

I really like this guy and find his approach so easy to understand and follow. He’s also got a great voice to listen to. These are tried and proven methods for him, backed up by research and it makes sense. This will help anyone wanting motivation for creating positive habits and a better life. It started helping me from the first couple of chapters. I will relisten many times.

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don't normally give 5 stars

Well researched, almost all content without filler . engaging and relatable. will be recomending to my bestie

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very practical

great book. plenty of practical ideas to implement. recommend this book if you are interested in building good habits or change bad habits

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The most actionable book I've ever come across

James Clear not only articulates honest and proven concepts clearly and in a way that's easy to understand, but offers examples, explanations and actionable steps for anyone struggling to make a positive habit stick or to kick a bad one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-2019

one of the best books about building good habits

I have read many books on habits, but this one specifically drives the message home. it talks about boredom and procrastination and gives suggestions on how to overcome it.

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  • lynn madeley
  • 25-05-2019

Probably one of the most useful books I have read

Well, listened to.
This book really resonated with me. Yes it’s about creating good habits but the author is specific about how to create habits, and also explains how we self sabotage and why. He talks about the Habit of Action, amongst others, which I suspect should apply to 90 percent of us.
The book is clear, practical and very interesting.
Thoroughly recommended.

P.S. I wrote this review as part of a new habit, because of this book.

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  • Daren Denholm
  • 15-05-2019

Wow wow wow ... amazing!

Thank you James Clear. What a work of art! A sacred discovery is will return to and study again .. many times into the future. Keep up the extraordinary work.

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  • jigar patel
  • 14-11-2019

Excellent book for habit

I have my book on habit but this best and number one in all thank you James for write atomic habit

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-2019

helpful

This book is really helpful in becoming the type of person you want to be.

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  • Suchindra K C
  • 11-11-2019

Most tactically useful book

Fantastic concepts to use immediately to deliver positive results. Love it. Strongly recommend the book to all who struggle to find results with the best of their efforts and strategies.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-10-2019

Brilliant. Worth re-reading many many times

To the point. Brilliantly put together. This book doesn’t have all the fluff that most self help books have to bulk it up. Re-read to make sure you remember the very valuable information out together here.
You dont rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level if your systems.

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  • Abdul B.
  • 26-09-2019

Best practical book out there!

It was an amazing book that helped me alot in my life in terms changing my identity by means of practical and simple steps that we can take to shift ourselves in a positive or negative way depending on how each of our habits impact us and that is what this book is for. The ones who want lasting change, not quick fixes

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  • Panashe
  • 16-08-2019

Brilliant and simple

I enjoyed this book a lot. It’s one of the good ones on productivity and definitely something to go over every now and again.

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  • Rupert Brown
  • 30-06-2019

Practical actionable information

This book really gave me what I had hoped others would on the topic of habits. Not only did it expand my thinking and understanding of how habits work, It gives real usable information on how you can adjust your habits in order to become the person you want to be. Awesome! Five stars.

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  • cluelessgoon
  • 23-10-2018

Not more of the same

I've followed James Clear's work for a long time and was reluctant to buy the audiobook thinking I already knew all of this. Whilst I did know most of what he was going to say he delivers the material beautifully, really bringing the topic to life and adding new context. Frankly I'm likely to grab the print version too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-2019

Amazing book but...

Honestly, if you’re reading this review-buy the book! It’s excellent and I’m on my second listen to it and have taken much away from my first time.
Though I really, *really* wish it could be edited to take out the constant reading out of the full website address or even change it to “you’ll find it on the website”. I’m really surprised this wasn’t picked up before it made it to the final stages, it’s really annoying particularly in audio.
On my second listen it’s beginning to get insufferable and I can’t help eye rolling each time even though the actual content is wonderful.

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  • JamieN
  • 28-11-2018

Incredible take on habits

I’ve read many books on personal development and this is hands down the best of the lot. I’ve never read a book so clearly constructed in terms of the workings of human behaviour combined with genuinely actionable takeaways. This covers easily manageable steps to address habit formation in literally any aspect of your life. I happened to be in a personal funk at the time of reading this and going through the motion stage of addressing the things I was struggling with (ironically reading lots of books but not doing anything with the knowledge) This book has given me a plan of action, a framework to build out the habits and identity I aspire to.

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  • Mr. I. Ramdewar
  • 20-10-2018

Very practical guide

The advice in this book is clear, concise and practical. Build the habits you've always wanted by following the advice herein, which is doled out in short bitesize chapters, each with its own summary. Clear reads his own book quite well so I can recommend the Audible version.

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  • Bhoy1888
  • 23-06-2019

Simple and easy

I 1st read this on my kindle and have utilised some of the ideas. After a period of time I felt the need to go through this again so opted for the audiobook.

Easy concepts to follow with some quite obvious once read/heard.

Decent narration.

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  • David Waker
  • 28-12-2018

A Wonderful Life Changer

James Clear's writing and narration of Atomic habis is easy to follow and a joy to learn from.
With real world examples from all areas of life, interesting stories from famous public figures and science to back up the habit forming and breaking styles he writes about, it is a must read.

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  • Jared Parker
  • 14-09-2019

Good

Some good ideas within the book, the authors voice is irritating after a few chapters but stick with it

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  • Anand
  • 06-03-2019

Good...but not concise

Some great takeaways but lot of noise. This would have been an excellent 15 page article

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  • danhaddock
  • 12-02-2019

Focussed, Interesting and Helpful

This book was perhaps overhyped, but still delivers clear information about effective habit forming in a concise and interesting way. The narrator has some amazing personal recounts about the strategies he discusses, and has been through a hell of a lot prior to his practise of the methods he discusses.

I liked him as an author and have been using the habit techniques to great effect both before reading this book and as a result of it. Definitely worth a listen, however the techniques are not wildly new or different.

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  • Mark Gannon
  • 25-11-2018

Really practical advice I’m now using

I read a lot of business / personal development books and some of them are very much hit and miss. This one is a diamond in that rough. Really clear idea really clearly described with some very practical suggestions on how to implement. I’ve actually gone and bought the physical book too so I can refer to it over and over. Excellent book.

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