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Bloated and repetitive

Global
2 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 28/09/2019

The book is extremely generic and repetitive. It feels like the author had either no idea how to fill a full sized book with content or considers his readers retarded. Straight way to make you bored or disrespected. Could be interesting as 30 pages essense, but in the current form - unbearable.

The single best book at Audible

Global
5 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 29/05/2019

Sapiens is a truly mind blowing book. One of those that you wish to never end, so you could still learn something more. It covers the whole history of humankind, from the early phase of our species, through our progress of conquering the planet, to the current culture and economy mechanism and finally possible future outcomes and serious issues to come.

Throughout the book author takes a very fresh approach to many of the topics, often looking at them from the planet perspective, with surprising comparisons between the cultures and other species or organizations.
He shows that many of the issues that bother us may be far less important and more imagined than we are tricked to think and also that many standards and rights we take as granted are just some abstract cultural creations or community management tricks.

On top of all that one can see the scale of the destruction and suffering caused by humans already and the direction of current changes. Finally it raises an important question - are we getting any more happy? Obviously this one and many others the reader must figure out by himself, but the author helps a lot to structure the current knowledge.

Last, but not least all the argumentation is really consistent and complete and in no moment I felt like it's a fraud of any kind. However, some implications may be a bit too generalized and therefore one must be cautious and critical, as always.

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Long and repetitive, quite dated

Global
3 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 14/03/2019

First of all the book is far too long. With a bit stricter selection and less repetitions it could easily fit in half of the time, with the same message. With every next chapter the conclusions become more and more blurred and inconsistent with the 'laws'. I'd risk that they would perfectly make up 10 laws instead of shady 48 of them...

The tone of the book suggests clearly that it pretends to be a guidebook, yet almost all of the historical examples date to the events of 5 century BC to early XX, with next to none references to the modern times. It is true that most of the mentioned mechanism never change, but the application of the books laws per se are quite unrealistic in the times where conflicts are not anymore solved with swords and if you are not born a king of XVII century France. It also completely skips the moral part of moves like intentionally killing all your siblings or using your best friends as scapegoats... if one would care.

As long as I really enjoyed the short historical anecdotes which are really plenty in this book I still don't really see who is the target of it. It is a too simplistic and unstructured to be a resource for any social studies, yet too too old-fashioned and lacking any modern life references to be a popular lifestyle guidebook. It is also neither light nor relaxing to listen, as it constantly tries to be instructional and greatly covers wars and killings. I guess it would make a perfect study for a young prince in XVII century Europe, or if you're a control freak, but not sure how to make it real.

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Thrilling and amusing story

Global
5 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 16/01/2019

I cannot juge how realistic and complete are the facts given by the author, but the whole story is very convincing and touching. Not only it is interesting to learn more about the origins and history of one of the bigger shoes brands or about the industry in general, but the plot itself is very fascinating and absorbing.

The book is well narrated although the voice changes in the middle, which is a bit surprising and a mystery to me. I am not usually a fan of autobiographies, but this one is for sure worth giving a try.

Notable content, but poorly presented and verbose

Global
4 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 11/12/2018

The author is clearly very competent in the topic and all the thesis are backed up by numerous examples and researches made by both himself and the others. It is also an extremely interesting domain and especially for those not familiar with it, might be a mind-blowing experience - proving that our thinking is often biased and far more faulty then expected, plus greatly affected by the current context and therefore easy to manipulate.

However, the books as well comes with a lot of personal digressions, stories, explanation of authors relations with the other scientists and everything else that for me is just unnecessary and makes this book far too long for its content. You can easily skip some random parts of it and be sure that the same topic will be fully repeated again and again later on.

As long as most of the proofs are convincing, I was a bit uncomfortable with some assumptions taken and with the author's attitude to his critics, which he IMO tends to not treat seriously. Also if the theories are taken seriously... they could actually put in doubts any social science including that in the book.. as it's just so biased and exposed to self-imposed interpretations... Last, but not least I am probably not the only one unhappy with the naming of the 'system 1 and system 2' being a bit infantile and bizarre,

Anyway, it's worth going through it, especially if you consider yourself fully rational, do science, are involved in any kind of marketing or just want to know, why you are so easily manipulated.

Exceptional story, exceptional reading!

Global
5 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 21/09/2018

Not only the story of the book is highly enjoyable, but also very valuable and provides a lot of insight in the reality of living in the South Africa and in the racist communities in general.
On top of that the author himself adds a lot by reading the book in very lively and entertaining way and with a lot of distance to himself, past events and political situation. Reading the original quotes in the local languages is unbeatable.

My only regret is due to the topics mixed chronologically and because of that in some moments it is hard to figure out at first in which period is the current action happening and therefore what was the authors' age/location and the political situation. On the other hand it is not hard to take longer breaks from the book, as its rather a set of smaller stories than a full chain of events with direct consequences.

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After 'Rework', big disappointment

Global
2 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 21/09/2018

The book is a complete opposite of the previous and great work of the authors - Rework. The same phrases repeated all over again, make this rather short book feel like never ending. There is nothing revolutionary in it, a bunch of more or less practical tips, that could be summarized in 30 min. They also feel selective - it is definitely more of a registry of tips and experiences than a complete analysis. Also references to the author's company feel a bit intrusive and unnecessary and in moments it sound more like an advertisement, than a useful real life examples.
On top of that the reader seems very unexcited and somehow bizarre to listen.
It is still probably good to be aware of the content of this book and if you're just setting a new business or trying to convince your manager to work remotely it might be good to grasp some new arguments. Or if you have been hiding from the world and from the internet for past decade and never thought working remote is a thing - sure, you will be amazed after this book. Other than that - buy Rework and skip this one.

Artificial Intelligence bible

Global
5 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 22/08/2018

If I was to choose one book about the artificial intelligence to read in life, I'd take this one.
First of all it is very complete - it talks about the definitions, current progress, applications, ethics, predictions...
It is very balanced - the author uses well defined but generic definitions, which are always explained and the differences covered. He also tries to always include the arguments from all sides of the environment and doesn't push the reader to believe in any particular idea he has.
It's modern and applicable, with all the names and places, plus suggestions of the ways everyone can help and adapt, plus information how everyone can be soon affected.

Many things in Life 3.0 may feel abstract, as most of the discussed matters are not going to happen within our lives or maybe ever, but its packed with super interesting deliberations and problems. Obviously it gives no clear solutions though.

Surprisingly technical

Global
4 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 22/08/2018

The book is quite exceptional. Not because of the story, which is pretty complete and even fairly realistic (except for the very beginning, which sounds rather naive), but because of the way its told.

It's built up mostly of the main character's log entries and contains tons of technical details of him solving numerous issues he encounters. It is still funny and entertaining + a lot happens, but for some it might be too heavy loaded with science and engineering. In those terms its really unique and very well done, but doesn't make it a lightweight book to chill and relax.

NOTE: you don't need to have any scientific background to read it, but it for sure makes it easier, especially if you want to understand all the situations, and not simply grasp the main plot.

Inspiring, fresh and well made

Global
5 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 29/05/2018

Don't be misled by the length of the book. Its very concise and packed with ideas. It's foe sure not a complete guide to build your company, but a set of well explainerd experiences that help you focus on what is really important. Great narration, easy and straight language, pleasant to listen regardless of your job and position.