Sean O'Sullivan

Cannes, France
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Good overall advice for life, not deeply specific to telomeres

There is a lot of good and broad advice about how telomeres affect health, and how everything from childhood adversity to social cohesion to wealth disparities between a society’s rich and poor lead to bad outcomes, and telomeres both confirm that these stressors leave a lasting impact, and contribute towards bad health outcomes (cancer, senescence (cellular aging)).

If you are looking for deep and specific technical insights you will find them here, although not at any length. The book mostly covers ways to live your life in a healthier way, Ie, how to interact with your children to reduce stress, the importance of means such as better diets and meditations, good interpersonal communication and genuine societal interactions, important things to consider for pregnant mothers, etc. This is primarily a book on general health and psychosocial practices as seen through the lens of telomeres.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Fantastic book about an area scientists are just beginning to explore

Microbes are amazing, and the groundbreaking work that is being done in this area is enthusiastically and hilariously relayed, in an extraordinarily approachable way that makes it enjoyable to listen to.

Practical but very well grounded in science fact, this is a helpful and great overview of the many surprising ways our gut and our brains and body interact.

Worth listening to more than once. Really well done.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-17

Fantastic and revelatory account of the war on drugs

Very rarely does a book accomplish what this one does. Providing a well-reported set of stories that I'd never heard of, it helped me open my mind and heart to a wildly different set of possibilities for a more compassionate and effective approach to drug abuse. A must read.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Great commuting read

This audiobook feels like a combination of really good blog posts and articles on self-improvement tips and tactics.

Super for listening to on the way to work... provides decent tips and tricks to employ in your day to day.

In some ways these short form articles, by a wide variety of contributing authors, is better than traditional business books, which often take a basic idea and expand it from its core into unnecessarily lengthy repetition.

While there are smaller theses presented in each mini chapter, there are a wide variety of gems one can put to use.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-17

Great Storytelling. Fun.

A problem with many self-improvement books is the dry nature in which the stories are told, and the subsequent difficulty that creates in picking up a book, staying through it and learning and life-altering lessons that will stick with you.

That's not an issue here, Charles Duhigg tells stories masterfully, you'll be hoping for the commute to take a little longer in order to soak up one story after another! And the stories are well chosen to highlight one and sometimes two aspects of the points the author makes about mental models, team dynamics, statistical thinking, and the "lean method" etc.

I only give this four stars because the methodologies described are not particularly revelatory, but this is a five star book as it relates to the basics of management and self, and memorable and relatable ways to apply a variety of tools to your daily life.

And the storytelling... Tear-jerking, suspense inducing, approachable and fresh... this book (audible format) reads more like a fiction thriller than a self-help business book.

Solid and fun. Recommend highly.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-16

Fabulous and accessible overview of genetics for the nonscientist

The author has done a great job of providing a deep and intelligent look at the history of the gene and genetics, flavored with compassionate human stories of his own family and others.

Highly approachable, even for the non-scientist. And… providing a strong base of knowledge for one of the hottest areas of technological opportunities and progress in the next 20 years.

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