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I've been on a run of great sociological reads from Audible. Blink, Wisdom of the Crowds, Freakanomics, and Tipping Point. I recommend all of these titles highly, and this one after those.
There is a slightly smug, and slightly overreaching play at humor throughout this book which I find unnecessary and diminishing. The narrator unfortunately echos this tone with a slight smug smile in his voice. But otherwise it is solid. There are some good takes on our animal nature, and the topic is great.
There is also an unnecessary reach to make this a "useful" text, with business applications. This feels hollow and possibly due to editorial influence. With Malcolm Gladwell, it feels natural, and probably part of his background, but doesn't work here as well. Still, it is a worthwhile read. and the "conclusions" included favor humanity, and so tolerable.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This audiobook is long, but consistently interesting. I've found that the Ape in the Corner Office, like Gladwell's Blink, and the Tipping Point, comes up in conversation a lot. It offers a curious perspective on the everyday activity that is our working lives and is both fascinating and useful in that regard.
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