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Mr. J. A. Ball

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  • The Laws of Human Nature

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 265
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    5 out of 5 stars 233
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    5 out of 5 stars 233

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing as always

  • By david joel rodrigues ferreira on 08-11-18

A comprehensive tour de force on human nature

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Reviewed: 30-01-19

The level of insight and understanding I found in this book was truly satisfying, like a fine dining experience with a top chef. I had no shortage of aha moments listening to this and will revisit again soon. Worth many listens.
The case studies for examples were interesting enough stories in themselves but the insights that follow them are profound.
Highly recommended.

How to Have that Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding cover art
  • How to Have that Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding

  • By: John Townsend, Henry Cloud
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
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    3 out of 5 stars 6
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    4 out of 5 stars 5

The practical handbook for having that difficult conversation you've been avoiding by the authors of the award-winning and best-selling Boundaries.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Falls at first hurdle

  • By Mr. J. A. Ball on 03-01-19

Falls at first hurdle

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Reviewed: 03-01-19

God was mentioned numerous times in the first chapters: God designed us to be... God is... etc...
I was already checked out by then. Unfalsifiable and unfounded assertions are not a good way to begin. Thank no God for Audible's book exchange policy.

  • How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making

  • By: Ryan Hamilton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ryan Hamilton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    5 out of 5 stars 30
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

In How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making, Professor Ryan Hamilton, associate professor of marketing at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, uses research revealed via the scientific method to understand and explain human decision making. While his easygoing manner and anecdotes about surprising and bizarre choices will keep you enthralled, Professor Hamilton also shares what decision science has revealed through empirically tested theories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much less marketing than I expected

  • By Calum Nobles on 01-12-16

Fascinating and will be replaying this one

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Reviewed: 13-12-18

I wasn't sure how interesting or useful this course would be but it was both in bucket loads. If you want to have insights into decision making or the psychology of choosing if you prefer, this course has plenty of valuable insights. I found it well paced, simply structured and easy to follow.

  • Suggestible You

  • The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal
  • By: Erik Vance
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

This riveting narrative explores the world of placebos, hypnosis, false memories, and neurology to reveal the groundbreaking science of our suggestible minds. Could the secrets to personal health lie within our own brains? Journalist Erik Vance explores the surprising ways our expectations and beliefs influence our bodily responses to pain, disease, and everyday events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you question everything you have ever felt!

  • By S. Campbell on 21-12-16

You can trick yourself better

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Reviewed: 29-08-18

I found this book very accessible and truly enlightening as to where we generally are in the research and application of using and understanding placebo and nocebo effects on health. I am not a health professional but I do work in personal & professional development and have a great interest in the power of and understanding of the mind & brain. I've always known we have a great power to deceive ourselves but never realised so fully that this power can be used so beneficially. I had no understanding of different levels of susceptibility to placebo being able to affect medical treatments until reading this book. Fascinating.

  • High Performance Habits

  • How Extraordinary People Become That Way
  • By: Brendon Burchard
  • Narrated by: Brendon Burchard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

After extensive original research and a decade as the world's highest-paid performance coach, Brendon Burchard finally reveals the most effective habits for reaching long-term success. Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, it turns out that just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. Adopt these six habits and you win. Neglect them, and life is a never-ending struggle. We all want to be high performing in every area of our lives. But how?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new here!

  • By Mr Mark Davies on 22-02-18

Sometimes the lessons get lost in the marketing

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Reviewed: 29-08-18

There are some nice principles in this book and some good habits you can definitely apply for results, but you have to get through a lot of hype, marketing, credibility set up and self-aggrandisement before you get to the meaty stuff. That has caused me to give up before now with some of Brendon Burchard's books, but this one I persisted.
I don't know that anything here is earth-shatteringly brilliant but certainly, they are principles and habits that we can all benefit from. There's a lot of unnecessary padding in this book, again a feature I find common with Brendon Burchard books. The struggle I have with this author is that what he teaches is generally good and useful but it's so verbose and full of the humble brag that it becomes off-putting. I think Brendon is a great person to learn from but please don't copy his style. This book could have benefitted from being at least half as long.

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  • The Fifth Agreement

  • A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery
  • By: don Miguel Ruiz
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 133
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    5 out of 5 stars 111
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In The Four Agreements, a New York Times best seller for over seven years, don Miguel Ruiz revealed how the process of our education, or “domestication,” can make us forget the wisdom we were born with. Throughout our lives, we make many agreements that go against ourselves and create needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking and life changing

  • By Dillie Bubble on 30-07-14

Apply the 5th agreement to the book

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Reviewed: 29-08-18

Much of the book is a recap of the 4 Agreements, which is nice to review but is not fresh content. The 5th Agreement, which I will not spoil for those who don't know it, is a principle I already apply in my life and it's a good one but it's one that should also be applied to the teachings of this book, and indeed any teachings.
I enjoyed the book and I love the wisdom of it but I found some of the assertions to be unreasonable and found myself applying the 5th Agreement. As rules to live by, all 5 agreements are valuable and worth striving towards. I'm not sure how much of the expansion on the 5th agreement was actually useful or valuable, once you know what it is. It probably would have been helpful to do a deep dive into cognitive biases, as that is what it mainly relates to. The bible references/analogies and spiritual stories were a little off-putting for me but didn't quash the message of the book.

  • The Learning Brain

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Thad A. Polk PhD Carnegie Mellon University
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    5 out of 5 stars 23
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

One of the most complicated and advanced computers on Earth can't be purchased in any store. This astonishing device, responsible for storing and retrieving vast quantities of information that can be accessed at a moment's notice, is the human brain. How does such a dynamic and powerful machine make memories, learn a language, and remember how to drive a car? What habits can we adopt in order to learn more effectively throughout our lives? The answers to these questions are merely the tip of the iceberg in The Learning Brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating course

  • By Mr. J. A. Ball on 07-08-18

A fascinating course

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Reviewed: 07-08-18

Sorts the myths from the truth about learning, memory and how they really work. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to better understand optimal learning strategies for long term results.

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  • Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

  • By: Patrick Grim, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick Grim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

The quest to understand the mind has motivated some of history's most profound thinkers. But only in our own time are we beginning to see the true complexity of this quest, as today's philosophers draw on the latest evidence from neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and other fields to probe deeply into the inner workings of the mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it!

  • By Chris on 23-04-15

A good and interesting series

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Reviewed: 30-07-18

Students of philosophy will have come across many of the lecture topics before but this series encapsulates them well and frames them into very digestible chunks.
I enjoyed this as I enjoy all the great courses audios I've bought.

  • TED Talks

  • The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson, Tom Rielly, Kelly Stoetzel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much more than a public speaking guide

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-07-17

A useful primer for new speakers

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Reviewed: 05-07-18

This is a well presented book that anyone interested in public speaking, and just getting started, will benefit from.
It's still an enjoyable listen and revision for experienced speakers.

  • Conversational Intelligence

  • How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results
  • By: Judith E. Glaser
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
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    4 out of 5 stars 14

The key to success in life and business is to become a master at Conversational Intelligence. It's not about how smart you are, but how open you are to learn new and effective powerful conversational rituals that prime the brain for trust, partnership, and mutual success. Conversational Intelligence translates the wealth of new insights coming out of neuroscience from across the globe, and brings the science down to earth so people can understand and apply it in their everyday lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A book that says a lot without saying much

  • By Mr. J. A. Ball on 08-06-18

A book that says a lot without saying much

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Reviewed: 08-06-18

Firstly, the narration is horrible. It's so one tone and airy that it might as well be text to speech. That factor really didn't help.
Apparently, common sense isn't common at all. That's all this book really is. I saw as campaigns on Facebook and this was being offered as revolutionary understanding. What BS! There's nothing here you won't get in a million other personal development books. The author seems to think she discovered common sense and has packaged it up in corporate speak.
I listened all the way through, trying to find one redeeming quality or bit of information. I found none. Even the usual misinterpretation of Albert Meharabian's %'s of communication was in here.
If you've never read a self help book, taken a course or had much common sense and you like having obvious things handed to you with special names, this book is for you.
It's rare I use Audible's returns option on personal development books but this one is going back. Save yourself the bother and get something useful.

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