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Andreas S.

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  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • Autor: Marcus Aurelius
  • Sprecher: Alan Munro
  • Spieldauer: 5 Std. und 39 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Sprecher
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Inhalt top, aber Leser müsste besser sein.

  • Von Buyer1337 Am hilfreichsten 28.07.2018

Amazing book, terribly narrated

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
1 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 19.03.2019

From both a historical and a philosophical perspective, this book is a masterpiece. But this audiobook does not do it justice.

The narrator has a deep and smooth, buttery voice. Unfortunately he butchers almost every paragraph, starting and stopping in the middle of sentences, emphasizing the wrong words (to a degree where it actually bungles the meaning of the author's train of thought)...
Additionally, there is barely any pause delineating the individual paragraphs. In the original work, each paragraph is a separate thought, possibly written days after the one before. In this rendition, they are all read as if they were part of the same paragraph, which waters down the significance of all of them.

Overall I am very disappointed that such a great work got such an unceremonious treatment.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • Autor: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Sprecher: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 39 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1.212
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1.101
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1.091

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listen/read only a few pages at a time

  • Von Asgar Am hilfreichsten 12.02.2018

Old maxims with a religious coat of paint 4/5

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 02.02.2019

The book contains solid life advice, though really none of it is new. It is different in the sense that it frames a lot of it in a quasi-religious context, bringing some very old ideas back into the mainstream. The parts actually concerned with self-help are concise and written in an accessible style. Other passages can get a rambling feeling to them.

The author gets very emotional during certain passages he finds most profound, which some of the are. This is part endearing and part annoying. It felt somewhat awkward to listen to someone essentially crying in your ear while on a treadmill at the gym.

Overall I had a good time listening to it, hence a quite positive review. Below are some of my thoughts on the author (that I realized were mostly irrelevant to the book review, so I tacked them onto the end.)

I enjoyed Peterson quite a bit when he first came onto the scene because he has some refreshing ideas and a willingness to express them. My enthusiasm has since been dampened quite a bit by some of his unqualified utterances, like denying climate change - which in my view throws a big shadow on anything else he says. He lets his disdain for the radical left cloud his judgement on anything he perceives as a "sacred cow" on their side. Regarding his religious views he is often quite vague but there are a few debates/discussions (for which I credit him and the other participants hugely for engaging in) in which he is pressed to articulate them more clearly. Here I would recommend his discussions with Sam Harris and Matt Dillahunty.

Overall, I think he is very entertaining (and at times enlightening/stimulating) to listen to when he is talking about things he is actually competent in. He is very misunderstood by his detractors but as with any public intellectual it's important to stay critical, which many of his devoted followers are not.

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • Autor: Daniel Kahneman
  • Sprecher: Patrick Egan
  • Spieldauer: 20 Std. und 2 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting theme

  • Von doc savage Am hilfreichsten 05.04.2017

Everybody should have read this at least once

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 30.07.2017

This book is an absolute classic and for good reason.

The book introduces the concept of our fast, automatic and heuristic System 1 and of our slow, deliberate and calculated System 2 as the basis for cognition and decision making. The book examines the constant push and pull between these two systems.

It uncovers many of our unconscious biases and irrationalities, some of which stubbornly persist even after they have been pointed out to us. With knowledge and effort, however, we can try to compensate for them.

I have read the book in paperback and listened to it as an audio book several years later. The book can be very dense and rather detailed at times, so the audiobook helps keep a steady pace in digesting the material. However, due to its density, I found the paperback version more convenient since you can annotate and mark relevant material and quickly return to it when you want to refresh certain concepts.

In short, it's not an easy book but it's incredibly valuable. It's definitely one of the most personally influental books I have read.

  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • Autor: Charles Duhigg
  • Sprecher: Mike Chamberlain
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 23 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anwendung bekannter Konzepte in neuen Bereichen

  • Von Oliver Am hilfreichsten 16.04.2016

Worth the listen

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 30.07.2017

The book presents several stories from a variety of professional backgrounds and tries to distill some practical lessons for personal use. I found myself more interested in the individual stories than by the conclusions the author drew from them.
For the entertainment value alone, I reckon the book is worth its cost in time and money.

However, compared to Duhiggs masterwork "The Power of Habit" this book fell a little short of what I had hoped for.

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • Autor: Cal Newport
  • Sprecher: Jeff Bottoms
  • Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 44 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction. Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me - or my generation?

  • Von Stingray Am hilfreichsten 16.04.2017

Highly relevant, very practical

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 30.07.2017

Being in a constant state of distraction has become the new norm of being and of working.

While recent research on multi-tasking has clearly shown how ill-equipped our brains are at handling multiple complex (and even simple) tasks simultaneously, we are still continually being pushed to sacrifice focus and depth for instant accessibility and perceived flexibilty:
Open Office Spaces, expecting immediate responses to emails and the increasing taboo against defining clear times in which one does not wish to be interrupted. All of this has been shown to not only decrease productivity but also to decrease work place satisfaction and increase stress.

This book makes a clear case for why deeply focused, uninterrupted work is becoming more and more valuable in todays information economy, where there is a premium on highly complex work that is produced efficiently.

Since this focused approach is becoming increasingly rare and harder to implement, those who manage to adopt it stand to gain a tremendous competitive edge. Even more significantly, deep work binds in nicely with the concept of "flow", which has been shown to increase work- (and life-) satisfaction.

Cal Newport builds his arguments on success stories, practical examples and personal experience. He also provides a clear framework for how to implement the necessary changes to your work routine and environment.

I read and listen to plenty of books on the subject of productivity and self-development and Cal Newports books stand out very clearly above the rest. There is no unnecessary "fluff" and padding in his works, just clear arguments and practical advice. I also highly recommend his other book, "So good they can't ignore you".

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  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • Autor: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Sprecher: John Medina
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 39 Min.
  • Originalaufnahme
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very fun to listen to

  • Von Andreas S. Am hilfreichsten 30.07.2017

Very fun to listen to

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 30.07.2017

This course has great content and tips for everyday life and how to maximize brain power. All advice is presented along with the relevant scientific evidence which I appreciate very much.

Prof. Medina has a very expressive voice and is perfect for Audio book narration.

5/5 all around.

  • Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You

  • Autor: Peter M. Vishton, The Great Courses
  • Sprecher: Peter M. Vishton
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 30 Min.
  • Originalaufnahme
  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars 33

The brain is an astounding organ, and today neuroscientists have more insights than ever about how it works - as well as strategies for helping us live better every day. These 24 practical lectures give you a wealth of useful strategies for improving your well-being. By presenting evidence-based "hacks" for your brain, Professor Vishton empowers you to take charge of your life and perform better all around.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Tips, easily digestible

  • Von Andreas S. Am hilfreichsten 30.07.2017

Great Tips, easily digestible

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 30.07.2017

The tips and techniques presented in this course are very interesting and useful, especially since the narrator likes to present concepts that are counter-intuitive. He also tries to give some overview of the studies that have led to these tips and how to implement them in your own life.

For full effect, I suggest taking short notes on the individual chapters as the sheer volume of tips is too much to remember otherwise.

Overall, I highly recommend this course.

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My only criticism is that while the narrator tries to make his lectures accessible to people with no background in social or medical sciences by explaining various research techniques and procedures, he combines it with making the individual chapters somehwat independent of each other.
This leads to him explaining things (like fMRI) in almost the exact same words, in multiple lectures. For me personally, this somewhat interrupted the flow of the listening experience.

However, this is only a pet peeve of mine and I can understand the narrators decision to aim for an approach more inclusive of casual listeners.

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  • No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

  • Autor: Robert C. Solomon, The Great Courses
  • Sprecher: Robert C. Solomon
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 7 Min.
  • Originalaufnahme
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

What is life? What is my place in it? What choices do these questions obligate me to make? More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene - with roots that extend to the mid-19th century - Existentialism's quest to answer these most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom, life has continued to exert a profound attraction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Introduction to Existentialism

  • Von Andreas S. Am hilfreichsten 30.07.2017

Great Introduction to Existentialism

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 30.07.2017

This course is a really good introduction to some of Existentialisms most influental figures.
Among them Camus, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Nietzsche and Sartre.

The narrator has an easily understandable voice and has a clear structure to his lectures.

He tries to paint a picture of Existentialism by introducing and interpreting some of the most important existentialist works of these Philosophers and explaining some of the key concepts these figures have introduced to the philosophy.

Towards the end, he highlights the current relevance of Existentialism especially in the historical context of the current Post-Modernist mainstream of philosophy.

This was certainly one of the most informative Great Courses I have listened to so far, I highly recommend it.

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  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • Autor: Ryan Holiday
  • Sprecher: Ryan Holiday
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 56 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting, some useful information

  • Von Damian Am hilfreichsten 13.02.2018

All of the message is already in the title

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 27.10.2016

Was genau hat Sie an Ego Is the Enemy enttäuscht?

Like so many books in this genre the author tries desperately to inflate a very simple concept until he can sell it as a book.It points out the very obvious fact that being overly self-involved and too focused on your own success and the "myth" that surrounds it is ultimately self-defeating.If you are already a humble person that considers himself to be above nothing and anybody, this book will waste several hours of your time. It will not teach you anything you didn't know already.If you think you have a problem with your ego, it might be mildly enlightening.


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