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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would certainly recommend this book to a friend. The historic perspective of genius is a great starting point for finding ways to enhance and improve your life. The case-study format of the stories in this book presented a profound perspective, and one that would benefit any reader.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I love Leonardo, and obsesses over anything I can learn about him. But in this book, the historic figure I most resonated with is Alexander. His exploits were amazing, and the story of his death was tragic. Losing purpose was his downfall. That's a lesson to remember.
What does Jeff Justus bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
There was a rhythmic timbre to his reading that kept me engaged.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The story of Alexander's death, after losing his purpose, was powerful.
Any additional comments?
I found this book inspiring. I read obsessively about geniuses, in an effort to gleam anything I can from how they think and work, so I can apply those ideas to my own life. I have my own personal Top 5 list of geniuses, and this book covered all of them, plus a few I'll now obsess over.
Though I thought it was a little light on "action steps," I actually loved the approach of presenting historic figures in a sort of "case study" format. I learned a great deal about the lives of these geniuses, and I believe I can apply what I've learned to my daily life.
Very enjoyable read. Very inspirational. And very much a must-have for your personal improvement library.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
What would have made Awakening Your Inner Genius better?
I rather enjoyed the first half of this book until I started to realize that the interesting, if somewhat superficial stories about "geniuses" were actually the entire content of the book. A plethora of research on achievement is available today, so it's very surprising that Patrick chose to focus almost exclusively on biographical stories of famous people. Certainly a key tool in spreading messages is to use anecdotal evidence, but for a book entitled " Awaking Your Inner Genius", I think a larger focus on solid research on achievement and learning would have been more appropriate. This book would have been much improved had it been either more focused on research, interspersing stories of people who did (arguably) great things with an approachable synthesis of current research, or by abandoning the silly title (in context) and focusing on some lesser known high achievers as well as the highly famous. Despite the author's assertion that there are secrets to becoming a "genius" in these stories, there's nothing particularly insightful or uniquely helpful about these stories. Certainly there is good advice in the themes of "Work really really hard", "never let other people's opinions derail your ambitions", "focus on mastering one thing at a time", etc., but this is mostly common sense. There is more depth to these axioms available that could be helpful, but Patrick makes no real effort to flush them out.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I found Tesla's life story highly fascinating, and it made me consider searching out a book that tells more about him. The stories towards the end of the book start to drag, and feel less compelling, but that could be as much because I'd realized at that point that there was no real prescriptive advice or insight coming.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
An odd choice of narrator given the title. A lot of mispronunciation of common words and garbled syllables that become distracting at time.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Awakening Your Inner Genius?
The frequent, and sometimes highly inappropriate references to L. Ron Hubbard. Quoting him when talking about always being honest? SERIOUSLY???? Mentioning Ayn Rand right after discussing the virtues of empathy????
Any additional comments?
You won't become a genius reading or listening to this book, but you might find the stories of interesting people mildly motivating. If you want to actually learn how to achieve, look for more practical books such as Barbara Oakley's excellent "A Mind for Numbers".
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
What the hell am I reading? Half way through the book and I've given up. This is nothing more than a history lesson, narrated with boring, dreary voice. There is perhaps 10% of the content that puts the story into context, but there's no need for the rubbish that precedes it. Totally misleading description. If you want a history book you would probably do better than this. If you want to awaken your inner genius, you won't find the answers here