Mere Mortals Book Reviews

Reviewing the books to transcend beyond mere mortality. Emphasis is on the learnings and pragmatic takeaways that can be applied to your everyday life. 2 to 3 uploads every week!

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 14m. Bisher sind 139 Folge(n) erschienen. Jeden Tag erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 11 hours 28 minutes

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Hiroshima (John Hersey) - Book Review


Shocking and devastating in every which way.

'Hiroshima' by John Hersey details the accounts of 6 survivors from the atomic blast on August 6, 1945 @ 8:15 am. It goes over their injuries, the general chaos, widespread destructive effects, uncertainty of the future, overt heroism on the morning of, and the statistics of the death count. 5 chapters form a timeline of their stories before/during/1 day/3 days and 40 years after their horrific ordeal...


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Discourses & Selected Writings (Epictetus) - Book Review


Like most moralising old men, this philosopher will either enlighten you, bore you, piss you off or a combo of all.

'Discourses & Selected Writings' by Epictetus are the words of wisdom from a notable stoic philosopher. It goes over his core principles/main ideas through the medium of assertions, arguments and conversations. Like most stoic philosophy, there is an emphasis on making this practical and pragmatic; to provide implementable changes in your day to day life...


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Going Clear (Lawrence Wright) - Book Review


Begone you engrams, let me be the Thetan I was born to be!

'Going Clear' by Lawrence Wright is an exposé mixed with the history of Scientology. The first half begins with a bio on the mythical/enigmatic L. Ron Hubbard and his life. The second half is of modern Scientology & its influential figures (such as David Miscavige, Tom Cruise and Paul Haggis)...


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The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) - Book Review


One of those rare books that appeals to adults & kids alike.

'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a surprisingly complex story to convey a simple message. It is a combination of two tales that are intertwined together. One is of an adult aviator who has forgotten how to see the world through the eyes of a child. The other is of an interstellar boy who easily sees the foolishness of adults, but also must learn about relationships and love...


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Everyone Has A Plan Until Sh!t Hits The Fan (Tofe Evans) - Book Review


'Everyone Has A Plan Until Sh!t Hits The Fan' by Tofe Evans looks at the journey from dispair & depression through to success, a focused mind and personal resilience.

I summarised the book as follows. "A quaint and straight to the point book written by Tofe. The quintessential self-help book written by someone who just wants to ensure it is read by someone and helps them out to the utmost...


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Candide (Voltaire) - Book Review


An unwavering spirit maybe isn't such a great thing after all.


'Candide' by Voltaire is a funny satire on the philosophical idea/theory of Optimism, which was popular during the French Enlightenment. It is a roving adventure of the ever hopeful Candide as he learns about the harshness of the world while chasing his love Cunégonde and spreading the philosophy of Dr Pangloss...


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Shoe Dog (Phil Knight) - Book Review


'Shoe Dog' by Phil Knight details the journey of Nike's humble beginnings, from the Blue Ribbon Sports, through battling the Fed's, getting thrown out by banks.. the story does not hold back.

I summarised the book as follows. "I really enjoyed reading this book, the way that Phil wrote the book himself and allowed the story to shine was excellent"

I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world...


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episode 134: What I Read In August | Book Recap


Bit of a different episode for you today, I'm outdoors! And indeed I'm giving a recap of the 7 books I read (and 1 x book review from Juan) that was posted in August 2021. The standout really was Catch-22, can't rave about this book highly enough. It will make you laugh and still has plenty of room to bring up some darker themes related to war and the absurdity of politics/bureaucracy. Highly recommended!!

I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world...


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episode 131: Breakfast At Tiffany's (Truman Capote) - Book Review


You only have yourself to blame if you get burnt by girls like this.


'Breakfast At Tiffany's' by Truman Capote is set in the middle of WWII in glamorous New York City. An unnamed narrator meets Holly Golightly, a young & pretty socialite who lives in his apartment building. Over the course of a year he becomes fascinated with her enigmatic lifestyle and her charisma...


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episode 130: Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) - Book Review


Easily the funniest book I've ever read!

'Catch-22' by Joseph Heller is fictional novel set on a US air force base on an island off Northern Italy during WWII. It follows Yossarian whilst he tries to avoid flying missions as everyone is out to kill him. He is joined by a collection of other wacky characters as they all show their peculiar idiosyncrasies...


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