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A dreadful book, shallow and self opinionated to the point of being time wasting.
Carr starts with a weak premise and then trudges through any selective evidence he can find to support a feeble thesis.
You get the impression he simply wanted to write a book, any book regardless of the fact that it wasted his time and any one else that reads it.
He doesn't even consider the pros and cons of his own argument in a rigorous way. He simply pads out the pages. Give up trying to be a writer and get a job doing magazine articles.
It doesn't deserve 1/5
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Would you listen to The Shallows again? Why?
This book gives a comprehensive review of how communication and media have changed over the ages, and of the effects this has had on our minds and the way we think. It covers an enormously broad scope of history yet is fascinating at every turn, and this is the first book I've really felt compelled to take the time to review. Several months after finishing it the book is still resonating with me, and this is despite the fact that I have read many neuroscience books both before and after The Shallows. Reading this book will really open your eyes, and you won't forget it.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The narration is excellent; well balanced, easy to listen too, and really brings the story to life. Fantastic job on an amazing book.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"The internet makes you stupid." There is nothing else it could be!
Any additional comments?
I am buying the hard copy too; I just want this on my shelves.
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Where does The Shallows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This audiobook is my favourite so far. By content and nature I found it worked in great with the ebook. Audio for easy listening when exercising or doing tasks, reading when you get time to sit and concentrate.
Who was your favorite character and why?
What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?
Easy to listen to
If you could give The Shallows a new subtitle, what would it be?
The superficial challenge
Any additional comments?
This is a truly excellent listen/read. If you are a pundit, parent, or professor, it is really worth exploring. I also liked to use of the thoeries and research of John Sweller. It has a far reaching impact on us and our education system with enough examples and friendly explantion to make it practical. My background is in Computing Science and Mathematics in industry but I am now education and this provides a foundation to compare theories to (EG: try looking at this perspective on Multiple Intelligences).