I have read a few of Andy Andrews’ previously books a few years ago and wanted to listen to something a little more current from this author. That is why I picked up “Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff” which was one of Andrews more current releases at the time of this review; released in early 2017. Not only is the book written by Andrews, but the audio edition is skillfully narrated by him. Andrews takes the well-known phrase we have all heard saying “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” and turns that on its head by saying it is often the small stuff that makes all the differences in many cases. If you are looking for reasons to sweat the smaller things in life, not to become fearful of them, but more showing how the smaller things we do can have great impact during one’s life and even afterwards. Andrews give many examples from history where the little things made the difference between life and death, success and failure, etc. It is a rather quick listen at only four and a half hours in audio format. Andrews never disappoints with his writing style that is often very conversational including wit, humor, and a few earth-shattering concepts that when understood and applied may change your life forever.
Andrews books always contain light hearted reading, that often can have a deep impact when properly understood. He claims to be a professional “Noticer” (based also in many of his other books) who often sees things that others do not observe during our day-to-day activities. What I like the most about his work is that it is written in a way that nearly anyone could pick up one of his books and get something from them. His books are also timeless and relevant to the many different places people are in their life journey; young adult, adult, aged, etc. One could even re-read many of his books and learn something new at every stage of life. Andrews is a well-respected speaker, author, and consults some of the top corporations around the globe; including the US government and military agencies.
I like very much his many examples where the small stuff made the difference. He talks about western expansion, civil war, failed country leaders, broken up spy rings and many more. All were impacted by the small things that occurred and yet most of us only remember the larger outcomes from them. In many ways, it is also easier to attach things in smaller incremental steps than to attack something head on all at once. As the old saying goes, one eats an elephant one bite at a time. Andrews, in a similar way, say that the small things we do have a ripple effect that can have grand impact overall.
The audio narration was expertly and professionally done. I like that Andrews while narrating the audiobook included a few whimsical statements relating only to audiobook listeners; not a part of the book. He includes areas where he felt punctuation does not express well his intentions, and this can be added (and it is) in this audiobook version via his expression. Being a professional speaker, the narration was well-done and Andrews adds inflection to his work, which is not a surprise being he is the book’s author.
In summary, if you have read and enjoyed any other books written by Andrews I would recommend you pick this book up and have a listen. It is worth the credit and time spent for what you will learn from the book. If you have read and not enjoyed Andrews other works, this book is much of the same, but it is seen from a different angle from them.