Speed Reading: How to Read 5X Faster
- Narrated by: David Zarbock
- Length: 52 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-24-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: ClydeBank Media LLC
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Speed reading is a unique and interesting pursuit that ties together two seemingly disparate groups of people. Do you see yourself in one of the following descriptions?
(1) You want to learn to speed read because you generally don't like reading and want to spend as little time on it as possible. You feel that if you read more, then you'd have an easier time keeping up with people in social and business environments. You want to be able to have an intelligent opinion on current events, pop culture, what have you. Again, you're really not thrilled about reading. It doesn't intrinsically interest you, but you recognize reading as a crucial gateway to knowledge.
(2) You want to learn to speed read because you've got an insatiable hunger for knowledge. You love to read, and you want to read more, and faster, and with greater levels of comprehension. The world is bursting at the seams with knowledge that's yours for the taking, and even though you can't feasibly read all the books in the known universe, you're going to come damn close. You don't just want to be a proficient participant in the watercooler chat; you want to be known as the office's mother-freaking oracle!
And yes, it's possible that you lie somewhere between these two extremes, but odds are you're more in line with one or the other.
Rather than have two separate books for each of these two demographics, this book heals the divide by focusing in on the most universally acknowledged and respected approaches to reading faster and comprehending more.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
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By Sam D. on 06-24-16
Finally get to learn speed reading!
I've been wanting to learn how to speed read since I was in middle school. Finally listening to this book I have the understanding needed to beginning practicing how to do so. It is written in a simple, easy to understand way, and the narrator does a beautiful job of getting the points across. His voice is pleasant and fluid, although a bit on the slower side. I found myself listening to this book at 1.5x speed which I feel is perfect. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my fair and honest review. Nobody likes to be suckered, and everyone deserves to find trustworthy reviews, so I've attempted exactly that. If you found this review helpful, please let Amazon (and myself!) know by clicking 'yes' underneath this review. (ô¿ô)
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By Lisa B on 07-01-16
Wow - it works!
An interesting book (sent free to me as a review copy).
The book covers the terminology and techniques available to increase your reading speed and yet retain comprehension. I followed along with what the narrator was saying and used the accompanying PDF to test myself - and, yes, I did find I'd increased my reading speed. I don't think you're going to find that one listen through the book is going to make you into some kind of amazing book-devouring reading monster and this is not the "lazy persons's guide to speeding up your reading"; it's going to take patience and practice, especially with the key skill introduced which is the suppression of sub-vocalization which, for me at least, was the hardest part. But, that said, it seems the book discusses this and the author is not claiming to be an instant panacea to improve reading speed.
I do find Clydebank's inclusion of supplementary PDFs with their audiobooks to be a stroke of genius really. This audiobook comes with one which has some texts on which to practice and I found that really helpful. You need to pause the narration and then speed-read the PDF test passages - and this works perfectly - before returning to the discussion on what to do next at each step. The audio builds on each skill and introduces additional methods such as following the text using a pen and covering the already-read text with a sheet of paper to prevent the dreaded 'regression' which at first seems a little mechanical but if you give it some time and listen to the explanation of why it helps things do seem to come together.
Overall one of the more enjoyable books I've heard from Clydebank Media and the first time I've heard David Zarbock narrate which he does admirably and at exactly the right pace and tone to be at once informative without being wooden or condescending.
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