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Jon Ross

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Not the mix I would have picked, read ok

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-07-30

The mix of stories includes some that are quite good but the majority are just ok. Nothing really ‘Wow! I loved that one!’ A slightly bigger issue is that the reader didn’t have an editor cut out the numerous half lines that he then goes back to pick up again. In, let’s say most stories, it happens only once or twice. Unfortunately there are a couple tales when either the reader is at the end of a long day or has just decided to power through and we have four or five in a couple of minutes and it starts to annoy. All of that said, for less than a dollar when I bought it I listened to the 24 hours.

Promises science but only gives Woo and nonsense

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-07-04

I knew I was in trouble when the introduction was ‘when you are ready to be the change you wish, you are ready to change.’ The book pounded home how it wasn’t for me by the first chapter stressing that habits are thoughts, which are you, but your thoughts are also part of a greater whole and that you can use to change your thoughts. So don’t fight with willpower but instead use this greater whole to change your thoughts. Which are you. I had to bail as this book didn’t hook me and if you don’t accept the bait that it’s not you alone that has the power to change but you using this outer thought.

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Sadly just more Positive Thinking is Magic!!!!!!

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-06-21

This two hour and twenty three minute little rant can be summed up as ‘my 23 year old barely passed high school chicken processing self attended an afternoon session by other more famous speakers and learned the power of positive thinking. I now have millions of dollars because I sell positive thinking to people like you. Therefore it works. If it doesn’t work for you, you didn’t think positively enough, hard enough or long enough.’ I get kicked out of books like this when their math doesn’t work, or their stories of success smell or they have nothing beyond ‘positive thinking is everything.’ This guy does all of that and more. Let me tell you I boiled down these other guy’s work into what was really the essential goodness of it in my own approach and it really works. I know cause I did their way first and then my essentials of their way that I call my way and my way worked for me. As, and I have to sell this to you, I made millions talking to people about how well this works. The only proof you have that it works is that I wrote this book about how it works and people bought it. Including you. So get going on your list of ten 100 things you want to improve or have. Don’t ever stop or it’s your own vinegar that poisoned you.

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My son’s feedback is that it’s ok but...

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-22

My son was quite upset that this book wasn’t a continuation of the first book in the series. He was also annoyed by all the things that were against the rules of minecraft that the characters were doing. Normally he is over the moon for any minecraft tangential related things so a muted response speaks much longer than if he was just complaining about it all.

My daughter (5) listens to this book over and over

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-17

My daughter loves this series and I am locked in to getting it all. As an adult I hate these books so much. I can’t enter the world as there is almost no descriptions of anything (from the format I think these are colourfully illustrated kids books for grades 1-3) and if you think about any of the details you get ejected. As a spoiler our heroes outnumber, have three dragons and disarm a crisis of the moment but still run away as if their souls were on the line. I am also unclear as to how a character who couldn’t write a letter home in book one can only a couple of weeks later scour a book on dragon lore for a cure. But my daughter loves the series and I am doomed to get them all. And as they have over twenty queued up that shall be a book a week for a while I fear.

My Daughter (5) loves this series

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-17

My daughter loves these books. I am going to get the series because of her. I Hate these stories sooo much from an adult perspective. All the problems come up as a crisis of the moment and get swatted down in the next paragraph. The characters have no depth, no complexity and the world doesn’t make any sense if you think about any of the details. The format of 45 minute tales likely comes from the print books being colourful illustrated books for grades 1-3 and I suspect target audience loves them as much as my kid. I just wish there was more, anything, to hold onto as an adult going through the story myself. So the rating is how my daughter feels, but the words in the review mine.

Condensed and polished versions of the tales from the podcast

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-10

If you are already familiar with the original podcast ‘Last Podcast on the Left’ you are going to find more of their polished approach to true crime stories. A long time listener to the podcast none of the tales here were new to me, but where in the podcast they have more back and forth as they talk about details for this work they have cleaned it all up to a very tight focused approach on each of the killers discussed here. I hope this work is successful enough they can produce a long string of these covering and cleaning up further many of the tales already approached on their podcast. If you don’t know their work they have one serious researcher who digs into the horror and two goofball friends to have read the material and attempt to break the grim seriousness with some measured and well timed humour breaks. The Humour doesn’t kick one out of the tale nor is it only dark sarcasm. It does feel like the right amount. And this is the second time they have approached each of these stories they know what details to dwell on and which to gloss over in the retelling.

You know those boring guys who trap you at events?

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-20

Sorry, but this title isn’t for me at all. The ideas are not original (as the author admits off the top) and not presented in a fun, original or even energetic manner. Instead we get a dull, monotonous monotone breakdown of others ideas dumped on you by someone who clearly cares but hasn’t any idea on how to dress up the material or even read out loud. There isn’t a flow you get with a professional reader. I don’t suggest getting this work, and I hate to stomp on another’s work when they seem to care... but a professional reader and a harsh, adversarial editor that can polish up the authors knowledge would be what I would suggest.

Half comedic parody, half thinking book

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-04

I enjoyed this book when I first read it on dead tree media years ago. Picked it up again as I saw it was part of a sale on Audible. As a result I really did enjoy the second go at the story but I can see why others weren't as happy. John Scalzi has fun weaving good questions into his humorous approach but on the page the eye skips over the: A said 'Yes' B said 'therefore' A said 'We die' dialogue as just Yes, therefore, we die and your brain is sorting out who is doing the talking. In this audiobook there are a couple of short conversations in which it isn't quite as easy to tell who is who as Will Wheaton doesn't do a thousand different voices (a strength that he doesn't try if you ask me ;) I really liked it, as it is a fun poke with a stick of a genre and a franchise as well as some good questions, if not answered, at least explored.

Listened to it after watching the TV series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-03

I own a paper copy of this book and read it in advance of watching the TV series recently (to this review) released. So I have to say that this review might best be taken with a grain of salt. This is a fun story. Consuming it in three different ways in the course of a week, each time enjoying the work, catching different details, perhaps warns of how much I truly enjoyed it. I originally read the book years ago (when it was first released I think, if not then shortly after) and then a couple of times since. Terry Pratchett remains one of my favourite authors and Neil Gaiman isn't much further down the list. We have the story woven from two authors, each bringing their voice to different aspects of the whole. In the book there isn't as often a jarring shift when we have the Tadpole village sections (which others have attributed to Terry Pratchett - I cannot say if their assessment is true or not) to the Angel/Demon team-up trying to save the world story aspects. The TV series wasn't quite as smooth as the book, trimming the story a touch to shape it in what is half the duration of the audiobook. So we have more time with each of the minor characters, almost all getting at least three appearances in the book. We learn about the other four horsemen of the apocalypse and other details of humorous intent. I enjoy the story a great deal. Having the ability to listen to it while I work on other things was great and I know I will return to this story at least once a year. The reading here is great and I had no issues at all with it. Overall, if you watched the TV show - the book is better. This is a great way to get the book.

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