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I have mixed feelings about this book. The first and last several chapters were captivating. In the middle, however, I wondered if I had wasted yet another credit and even considered not finishing. The problem for me was the amount of time dedicated to the author’s anxiety symptoms, which he described to exhaustion. Fortunately, I stuck with it and my tenacity was rewarded in the end.
Therefore, on the whole, I would recommend it.
By the way, “Monkey Mind” was chosen to be discussed at the “Science Friday” book club. You can download the podcast if you miss the live show on NPR.
Note to the author: Daniel, you should have done the narration. The narrator did a fine job, but this was such a personal story that it felt wrong having someone else speak it. Also, while I do not suffer from extreme anxiety, I felt the same way as you about Bdeis orientation week. It was horrible!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I think that there needs to be a more general focus on the symptoms and causes of anxiety, rather than just this narrator's personal experience. Since the triggers for his anxiety are so personal, they don't translate well to the listener.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
The ending was a little bit better than the meat of the book in that the author at least begins to pursue some ways to remedy his anxiety, but it's not enough.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator did a good job, but I think was limited by the source material
Do you think Monkey Mind needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No. I've had enough of the author and his anxiety problems.
Any additional comments?
I found this book frustrating because I was really looking forward to reading it, and it started off with such a tremendous bang that I thought it would be great throughout. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I thought that there would be a lot of common ground. Unfortunately, it gets bogged down in endless, repetitive passages in which the narrator talks about his anxiety in general terms and how it caused him problems, but never digs deep enough into the disorder itself. What kinds of warped thinking patterns cause anxiety? Why do some people generate anxious thoughts as their status quo?
It seems like a very self-indulgent and maybe even self-aggrandizing book.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book a lot. very humbling, clever and comical
I think I expected more but still very good
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
There is a part in the middle that I struggled to listen to, just very tedious. The beginning and the end was good though.