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An excellent book. I love the rational concepts and I've tried to apply them on a day-to-day basis. It's not as easy as it sounds but the effort and the journey are a welcome new perspective.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Good original content. Produced as audio tapes, later converted to MP3, so format and audio quality seem a bit dated.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
I have read the text version of this book a couple of times and it is very good. However this is not, as claimed an unabridged version of the book. It is a talk by the author that covers the same subject matter and ideas but, in my opinion not as well or as comprehensively as the written text.
The narration by the author is a prime example of why authors aren't always the best people to narrate an audio version of their book. Maybe his slightly unclear diction would have been more understandable and enjoyable to listen to if the recording and production values were good. But they are not, it is a noisy 'dirty', echoing recording.
If you are unable to read a text version of the book then go ahead with this because the underlying ideas are worth hearing. if it is at all possible for you to actually read the 'real' book then do that because it's a whole lot better than this.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Some of the information in this book is useful and the ideas have informed a lot of other peoples work so for that reason I would try another book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi but I would research its audio quality better first.
This book actually seems to be a collected series of talks and the talks would appear to be fairly old with relatively poor quality audio recording. Think going back to VHS if you're used to DVD and it's about there.
The element that really does this book a disservice though is not so much the narration, as regardless of their voice I tend to enjoy the original author reading their own work, but that the audio quality has been accepted and that the production is flooded with awful chinzy music that wouldn't be amiss in a 1970's school video aimed at educating you about oxbow lake formation or something similar.
Personally I'd recommend checking out some more recent work that is formed off of some of the points raised in this work or getting the physical book to read unless you have a high tolerance to cut through some pretty awful audio production for some information that is in the modern context not overly unique.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi puts in words how to achieve enjoyment and happiness in everything we do in your life, placing in our hands the control of our destiny or, at least, how we can face it in a bearable way. Even more, how can we change it by changing out attitudes towards everything we do.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Great information but the program can become dull and hard to listen to at times, which has more to do with the tape quality sound rather than the presentation itself being boring.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful