The reviews were too compelling for me to keep on resisting it, and so I finally began listening to The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. I had picked up the book several times while browsing in bookstores, but I hadn’t bought it because it was never able to grab me as I skimmed through it. What finally got me?
a) Credit Steve Sherlock, who was inspired enough to start a whole new blog after he finished his reading; he calls it Tertiary Education, where “Commencement begins every day”—I really like that thought,
b) Credit John Richardson and his MBA on the Run program, even though I’m one of the last hold-outs to participate with a CD player instead of an iPod,
c) My “on the run” has been my every June and July training for the Volcano Run, and
d) The CD set for The World is Flat on audio was on sale at 50% off ” and yes, I do realize that with the fifteen CDs it takes to cover the book, that’s still more expensive than the book would have been.
A sidebar on the audio version: I must say that Oliver Wyman is fabulous in his reading—this is one book which is not read by the author—for he makes what could be rather dry reading material so much more fascinating. What a voice; I could listen to him all day long. Photo Credit.
I’m only up to disc number five, which covers flattener #9 in the book, In-forming, page 185 or so” Yes, the must-annotate addict in me ended up buying the book too, where all authors both love and hate having their books, Costco.
Though I hate to admit it, my first impression has been, what in the world was I doing when all this was happening? Why didn’t I notice it, and pay more attention? If hindsight is 20-20, I’ve been legally blind.