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If you could sum up Become an Idea Machine in three words, what would they be?
I like this book. A lot! It has two main sections: The first section explains an idea machine, and the second section gives 180 daily prompts to help you turn yourself into an idea machine. But audio is tricky for a book like this so let me share a few thoughts on that . . .
Whether you listen to your audio in the car (like me) or while exercising, section one is perfect for audio. I always like hearing the author’s voice and I greatly enjoyed hearing Claudia’s passion. In fact, the first section is one of the most personable and down to earth audios I've ever heard. I felt like I was sitting with Claudia while she (and James) explained the whole thing to me. I love that she didn't read everything verbatim and love that she pulled James in to make a few comments along the way. Exceptional!
In section two, Claudia gives you the 180 prompts one at a time, and you are supposed to spend time coming up with your 10 ideas. The audio format may or may not be perfect for you for that . . . depending on what you do while listening.
I mostly listen to audio while driving so that arrangement can work, but it isn't ideal. If you walk or run while listening, it may or may not work for you. Where I think it would be amazing is walking on a treadmill or using a stationary bike where you can listen to the prompt and have a tablet for recording your ideas. If you get done with your 10 for the day, you can keep thinking or go on to the next prompt.
So, is audio the right format for you for this book? That's up to you . I know I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the first section, and am still thinking about how I want to work through all the prompts. I got the pdf version for free from Chris Brogan's website (chrisbrogan.com/ideamachine) so I have the 180 prompts, but I'm seriously considering returning to my days of walking on the treadmill just so I can slowly go through the prompts with Claudia. I think that arrangement would be outstanding.
Bottom line: Highly recommended book and Claudia does a nice job reading. Whether you go with audio, PDF, or a combination depends on how you want to approach becoming an idea machine. Regardless of what you choose, your "idea muscle" will thank you.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I wish they had been more descriptive in the title of this book. This is not a book, it's a work book. Work books shouldn't be audio books. This was well written, and I would encourage someone to get the hard copy once they understood what this is.
What could Claudia Azula Altucher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Not make this into an audio book. She even states how weird it is for a workbook to be a audio book (in the recording). It felt weird and super disappointing.
Would you be willing to try another one of Claudia Azula Altucher’s performances?
Maybe, she's a good writer. And her husband is awesome.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Yes, James talked in it, and I love hearing James talk. That's why I gave it 3 stars.
Any additional comments?
I still appreciate what James and Claudia are doing and the information they are sharing. But people who are spending $15 per credit need to be warned that this is a work book, not a book. I would have bought the hard copy used on Amazon if I knew.
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