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This audio book has much positive substance, but is (in my view) so thrown together in such a poor package as to be inferior to many other books you could better spend your time and money on, so I RECOMMEND YOU keep your powder dry on this one, and look elsewhere for better.
Specifically, the problems I had with this book include...
1.) Misleading Title and description...
The name and desciption of the book suggest it is focused on the particular topic of how you can better control your behavior and improve your life and relations by stopping yourself (for say, "four seconds") and (doing something). There is a chapter or two in the book on this, but the author then rambles, and on, flitting incoherently from one topic to the next. The rest of the book is...
2) Disorganized - This book presents a seemingly randomly presented collection of disjointed mini-lectures, with no overarching organizing structure to provide a coherent organizing principle or focus.
3.) Poor narrator / narration. The narrator is just terrible, with a voice like Tennessee Tuxedo, apparently capable of a grand total of ONE whiny inflection besides just reading out loud in a plain nasally voice. This alone makes the book a tough slog.
4.) Uneven - Another reviewer said this book is like a bunch of blog posts, and that's a fair description. This book does read like a blog, where whenever the author happened to think of something, he just added it on, and then served up the pile.
5.) Superficial - as in any book where the author flits like a butterfly from flower to flower, from how to ask for a raise (one of the weakest lectures), to how to console upset people, a bromide as to how to manage Email (really? another book with a diatribe about Email?), how to rationalize fad diets (and fad management techniques) and dozens of others, the treatment is necessarily superficial.
In summary, if you just to turn off, say, Howard Stern, or whatever rubbish fills the air on your car radio, and turn on some positive noise instead; offering well intentioned and uplifting intentions, this book is good material.
IF however, you want...
...something which is meaningfully specific,
...organized in a structure which facilitates comprehension and retention,
...and well read by a professional narrator so as to be able to tolerate listening at all,
here are a few better books just off the top of my head...
~ HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE - Dale Carnegie
~ CHANGE ANYTHING - by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, et al.
~ HOW TO FAIL AT ALMOST EVERYTING AND STILL WIN BIG - by Scott Adams
~ HOW ADAM SMITH CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE - by Russ Roberts
~ THE MYTH OF MULTITASKING - by Dave Crenshaw
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
I grabbed this book in response to the "Four Seconds" portion of the title. something it that title made me think it was super short. Instead it was engaging which gave it a sense of brevity. The book itself is full of interesting perspective on taking conscious and deliberate action in order to direct better outcomes. I'm sure I'll listen again soon.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book is a fantastic source of knowledge for progress not just in Buisness but for general life practices that tend to stagnate individual's in many ways.
I recommend this book if you are a procrastinating individual or you are overweight or you are getting through tough decisions in life that burn candour out of the inner person.
The book is simple to follow, not boring or full of BS dogmas. IT WILL TRULLY HELP but it.