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  • I Love You But I'm Not In Love With You

  • Seven Steps to Saving Your Relationship
  • By: Andrew G. Marshall
  • Narrated by: Andrew G. Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

How do you fall back in love? This was the underlying problem of one in four couples seeking help from relationship therapist Andrew G. Marshall. They described their problem as: 'I love you but I'm not in love with you'. Noticing how widespread the phenomenon had become, he decided to look more closely. Why were these relationships becoming defined more by companionship than by passion, and why was companionship no longer enough?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relationship problem resolution from a to z

  • By Mike on 05-10-17

Applicable to all relationship issues

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-17

This is an excellent book, very engaging and very well narrated by the Author. Andrew's experience and expertise is evident throughout this book. I was so inspired listening to the Audible version, that I bought the paperback so I could go through the exercises with my husband.
I bought the book because it seemed to address the type of problems we were experiencing in our 2nd marriage (of 3+ years). I found the book to be realistic in its approach and, at the same time, it made me feel more positive about a marriage that I'd all but given up on!

I've still to apply the principles outlined in the book but they are doable, practical and sensible. I'm hopeful that by applying the exercises I'll be able to change my attitude to my failing marriage or, if my changes do not evoke change, that I'll move on better equipped not to repeat history....time will tell.
The book has prompted discussion with my husband so I'm hopeful we will find a way through our current issues and reconnect with each other.
If not, the book also gives sound practical advice for moving on.
Highly recommend to anyone who is in any kind of relationship difficulty as this book gives great insight to what lies beneath the apparent issues

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,715
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,679

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Ollie Chapman on 22-09-15

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-17

I literally was gripped by this book the minute I listened to the sample on Audible. It isn't a "book" as such, it's Bernie Brown giving a talk to a live audience, but it's all the more engaging because of this.
She is an excellent speaker and she refers to the data from her years of research in a very interesting way. This book is far from dull. I found it very illuminating and it makes total sense to me. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the human condition, as seen through the lens of up to date scientific evidence, but presented in concepts easily understood by the non-scientific/non-researchers...like me!
This has the potential to change your life for the better -I'm going to listen to again....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

Gripping from start to finish!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-16

I don't normally read fiction but the reviews of this audio book were so good, I decided to give it a go. I was not disappointed. This is the best book I've ever read/heard. Extremely well written; very well narrated; with twists and turns that literally shocked me several times. The suspense created throughout the story was gripping. I got to the end of a chapter as I arrived at work the other day, and I couldn't wait to my homeward journey to continue the story.

If you like suspense and trying to second guess what will happen, this book is for you. If you don't like fiction ...it may well 'convert' you...it has me!!
I'm searching for more of Clare Macintosh's work tonight. Just brilliant...I finished the book 10 minutes ago and my heart is, just now, almost back to normal...I said almost!! 😊

  • The Chimp Paradox

  • The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
  • By: Prof Steve Peters
  • Narrated by: Prof Steve Peters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,496

Leading consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives. In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind-management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be taught in Primary Schools!

  • By ChloetheMum on 17-07-12

Confusing...or is it just me?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I usually would recommend books to friends and family but this book confused me and at times irritated me. I found parts of the book interesting and i did understand most of it. However there were too many analogies used - in an attempt to make the book accessible to the general public no doubt, but, for me, this made the book more difficult to follow.

Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Peters again?

I'd give him a second chance. He is clearly very knowledgeable in his field of expertise.

What does Steve Peters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

HIs own passion for the subject

Could you see The Chimp Paradox being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Maybe...would have to be something akin to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe!

Any additional comments?

I liked the fact that the Author narrates the book. It gave a sense that I could connect with him about the book, as he demonstrates his enthusiasm for the subject.
Some of the suggested exercises sounded useful but as I listen to my audible as I travel about in my car, I found it impossible to jot down the exercises, and some of them had so many points to them that I just gave up trying to learn them.

  • Hold Me Tight

  • Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
  • By: Dr. Sue Johnson
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Johnson shares her groundbreaking and remarkably successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships. The message of Hold Me Tight is simple: Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, making grand romantic gestures, or experimenting with new sexual positions. Instead, get to the emotional underpinnings of your relationship.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Avoid. The narration is robotic

  • By Honest Dude on 19-07-18

Worthwhile content; Spoilt by narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I think the content of the book is very good and I would really love to be able to listen to it but I cannot abide the narrator when she mimics the male voices in the case studies! Otherwise she is a good narrator, but why on earth does she try to sound like a man....I just can't listen to it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Sorry, I never reached the end!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Burr?

Sandra Burr is a good narrator - if only she had read the case studies in her natural voice, I would have had no problem with her narration.

Did Hold Me Tight inspire you to do anything?

This book came highly recommended, as the author is noteworthy in her field. Therefore, I may well persevere with the annoyances I find with the narration, just to find out if I can apply anything to my own situation. I haven't listened to the book for several months now and can only do so in short bursts.

Any additional comments?

I would strongly suggest rerecording this book, possibly with the same narrator, but definitely without the fake male voices... please!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Adult Children

  • The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families
  • By: Linda Friel, John Friel
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

It is estimated that as many as 34 million people grew up in alcoholic homes. But what about the rest of us? What about families that had no alcoholism, but did have perfectionism, workaholism, compulsive overeating, intimacy problems, depression, problems in expressing feelings, plus all the other personality traits that can produce a family system much like an alcoholic one? Countless millions of us struggle with these kinds of dysfunctions every day, and until very recently we struggled alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive in a wholesome way!

  • By Phyllis McA on 25-07-15

Addictive in a wholesome way!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-15

Where does Adult Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I found this book one of the most 'must listen to' books I have, to date, in my Audible library. I identified with so many aspects described in it and found it very helpful in terms of promoting self discovery and insight.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The 'characters' in this book that I most enjoyed were the ones I could identify within my own life. Both through aspects applicable to myself and to characteristics I could see in others close to me. This developed a greater insight into why I think/act the way I do, but in a refreshing way that helped me to reframe my thinking on certain life events.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to and authentic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely! I will read it again as there is much to gain from it!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book for anyone whether you have come from a dysfunctional home or know someone who has. It may surprise you to know how common these traits are!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Happiness Hypothesis
    Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
    
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        George K. Wilson
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    333 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Happiness Hypothesis

  • Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different, leads you to new understandings

  • By Phillistein on 22-02-08

Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-15

I loved this book so much I've now listened to it twice. The author is well read and knows the research, expressing many different points of view on this very interesting topic. The book is insightful and interspersed with humour. For anyone interested in the psychology of morality, I recommend this book!

Talk Like TED
    The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
    
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        Carmine Gallo
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    479 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Talk Like TED

  • The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
  • By: Carmine Gallo
  • Narrated by: Carmine Gallo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

Many people have a fear of public speaking or are insecure about their ability to give a successful presentation. Now public speaking coach and best-selling author Carmine Gallo explores what makes a great presentation by examining the widely acclaimed TED Talks, which have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED - which stands for technology, entertainment, and design - brings together the world's leading thinkers.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Intangible

  • By Coulson on 06-11-15

Full of great suggestions

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-15

I found the content engaging, with lots of information on how to make any presentation memorable. Research on neuroscience was very informative and applied in a practical way. Easy to follow. I would highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful