Jul 18

Who Moved My Cheese? : Braille Edition (For the Visually Impaired)

Posted by Soliloquy in Braille

This is the braille edition of the current bestseller. Currently it’s the #1 Wall St. Journal best-selling book for nonfiction; #1 New York Times bestseller on “Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous”, and #1 Publishers Weekly hardcover bestseller. The book gives advice on how to deal with changes at work and in life in general. Judging from the 286 reviews posted on Amazon.com, you’re either going to love it or hate it. Advice is dispensed in the form of a parable, which some describe as…

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  • Anonymous says:

    Review by for Who Moved My Cheese? : Braille Edition (For the Visually Impaired)
    I’m not a regular reader of “self-help” books, but I bought this one because I had heard it described as “amazing”, and, frankly, because it sounded sort of fun, all of these little people and mice running around having life experiences inside of a maze. Also, it was very short, so I figured that even if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be making too much of a commitment. Now that I’ve read it, I wish I had my money back and I wish I had my time back. It’s not insightful, it’s obvious. It’s not clever, it’s patronizing. And the “optional” section at the end, where everybody sits around discussing how to apply to their own lives the lessons learned is downright painful.

  • Alberto Dominguez says:

    Review by Alberto Dominguez for Who Moved My Cheese? : Braille Edition (For the Visually Impaired)
    The unbelievably large number of people who think this is a good book is very scary. I hope these people are not important decision makers. Everything bad that can be said about this book has been said before, so I’ll just compile a “Best of” list for you. (By the way, in case you’re wondering, “Dr.” Johnson’s degree is in education.)Regarding management and corporate American in general
    * This book is the cop-out for managers who believe in change for change’s sake.
    * It’s corporate brainwashing of the kind that science fiction writers have been warning us about for decades.
    * Never have I come closer to the mind crushing monotony and impersonality of corporate America than when I read this book.
    * No, change is not a good thing when it happens on a regular basis. That means upper management can’t make up their minds.
    * If you are thinking about buying this book, I assume you are a manager of some typeRegarding the intellectual level of the book:
    * I have never felt my intelligence more insulted than when reading this.
    * It’s patronizing, shallow, insipid, and still manages to be patently insulting to those employees who might actually be capable of analytical thought. That’s quite a feat.
    * Should appeal to intellectually challenged only.
    * It is a sad comment on our culture, society, and educational system that so many people have found this inane drivel to be “life-changing”.
    * (…)BR>* (…).
    * Distilling these important matters into the inane parable of mice in a maze is a literary device meant for grade school students.
    * The book presents an excellent reading for absolute imbeciles or people high on drugs.Regarding the message of the book:
    * It teaches that you must not struggle, succumb to the will of the greater power of management, and accept change without regard to whether it is appropriate or not.
    * Don’t think, just go with the changes as we prescribe them. If you don’t, you’re inflexible or afraid of change.
    * The ideas in this book could have been expressed in a paragraph and even then they would not have been worth the time to read themThe people who more productively decided to just make jokes about the stupidity that is this book said:
    * As I was already familiar with the concept of reality and how to deal with it, the book was not particularly helpful.
    * Your time would be better spent just taking a nap.
    * Buy real cheese. Don’t buy this sorry excuse for a book.
    * I think people like it cause it can be read and finished while sitting on the toilet.
    * Resistance is futile!
    * Any manager who would try to force these ideas on their employees would be better off just spiking the coffee with anti-depressants.
    * The South Park gang would find it too puerile.If you were even mildly amused by anything in this review, then you are already infinitely better off than if you read the book. Now please vote “Yes” on my review (after all, I just saved you $14+). Thanks!

  • Robert Koehl says:

    Review by Robert Koehl for Who Moved My Cheese? : Braille Edition (For the Visually Impaired)
    When you write a book on why those WITHOUT power should be accepting of any treatment by those WITH power, you’re guaranteed to sell millions of copies of said book to those WITH power. It’s little wonder that managers, CEOs, teachers, and pretty much anyone with authority over others praises this book. It gives them a moral blank cheque, and condemns anyone NOT in a position of power for even questioning, to say nothing of failing to conform.If you want a crash course in what’s wrong with humanity, read this book. The fact that there are people in this world who read and agree with it is horrific.

  • Anonymous says:

    Review by for Who Moved My Cheese? : Braille Edition (For the Visually Impaired)
    A great book for kids 10 and under, or adults stuck in a time warp. The simple concepts are portrayed in a storybook fashion which is cute for about a minute, and tedious forever after. We’re left pondering the books great reviews and wondering what kind of revelation we’ve missed. In the end there is no great revelation. The simple story has a simpler point. People in general are resistant to change and will sometimes risk life and limb to avoid it at all costs. As far as advice and helpful tips on coping with it all, i’m still waiting. The people in the story would have starved to death if they didnt change, and it’s possible that one of them did. i guess it’s earthshaking to know that if you are going to starve its better to start searching for food than standing around waiting with ones mouth open.What a cheesey ending!

  • Bruce Silverman says:

    Review by Bruce Silverman for Who Moved My Cheese? : Braille Edition (For the Visually Impaired)
    First of all, let me suggest that I read this book more than 20 years ago when it was called “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” by Richard Bach. Then I read it again five years later when it was called “Illusions,” also by Richard Bach. The central theme here, as well as in Mr. Bach’s books, is learning to let go of your fears and anxieties so you can do and accomplish the things in life that will truly make you happy. This is not a novel notion. Nor is the concept of change as an intimidating proposition, as anyone who has moved as a child or even entered a new school can attest to from an early age. To be fair, while “Who Moved My Cheese” is overly simplistic, it does impart a modicum of encouragement and inspiration. However, I believe the message has been expressed through far more interesting story lines, such as in Mr. Bach’s parable-like novellas, which by the way, I recommend to anyone who found Mr. Johnson’s effort compelling and rewarding. On a substantive level, I feel Mr. Johnson could have taken the story development quite a ways further and to a deeper, more intricate level, particularly for someone who fancies himself an authority in the field of professional development. Some might argue that its appeal is in its simplicity. That’s fine if you take it at bare-bones face value. Others might contest that sugar-coated, child-like allegories are great material for second-grade book reports, but when senior-management types start passing such efforts off as holy gospel, I become circumspect. Furthermore, I fear countless workplaces overflowing with trite “cheeseisms.” In fact, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before conventional-wisdom-spouting clones from all walks of business start retorting to reasonable issues raised at business meetings with the glib reply “move with the cheese,” at which point these people should be gently slapped back to reality. I personally would have liked to have seen more obstacles and characters introduced to the story. Even Alice had more interesting encounters in Wonderland, and she negotiated all of them with poise and dignity in her effort to reach her goal. Perhaps instead of worrying about the business associate he left behind, our protagonist could have met new business associates in the maze, with the common cause of finding the new cheese. Better yet, maybe the littleperson who was in charge of Cheese Station C should have been axed for mismanagement. And then the new littleperson in charge could have assembled a task force to go out and hunt for new cheese. We littlepeople don’t always have to go it alone. Obviously, I am complicating the story line. But I think a fable that resembles a business farce or a comedy of errors with a positive ending would be far more engaging. Just saying “change happens, be proactive rather than reactive” is old news. The least Johnson could have done was come up with more interesting “writings on the wall,” most of which were insipid at best. Then you could walk away with actual tools in the form of little adages you can repeat to yourself when the need arises. However, there was one writing on the wall that I thought had an elegant poignancy about it which I believe was the most useful tidbit to be gleaned from the entire book. And that is “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” This is a thought one does not normally think to put to oneself in just that manner, unlike the vast majority of platitudes which infest this marginal read.



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