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  • The Happy Brain

  • The Science of Where Happiness Comes From, and Why
  • By: Dean Burnett
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

The enthusiasm for and expectation of happiness are so widespread today that fundamental questions about it are often overlooked. For starters, the most basic question of all: where does happiness come from? Is it your brain - a mere concoction of chemicals or network of neurons? Is it in fact your gut? (Spoiler alert: yes. Sort of) Or is it external? Is it love or sex or money or success? And what are these doing to our brains anyway? In The Happy Brain, Neuroscientist Dean Burnett delves into our most private selves to investigate what causes happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and good listen

  • By John on 08-05-18

Too much work for the brain

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I couldn't finish this book. It's a long listen and the constant identification of various parts of the brain intruded on my ability to absorb the information. At times the author named about six different areas of the brain and, by the time he had finished, I couldn't remember what it was he was talking about. This constant reference to the brain areas completely disrupted the flow of the narration. This happened so often that I just couldn't keep listening. The story could have been half as long (and still would have been more than 5 hours) and more focused. It seemed to wander and ramble and I eventually lost interest. It could have been a much more succinct and positive listen and I can see why it is popular... I just run out of energy to keep my ears open.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich

  • Living Each Day As If It Were Your Last
  • By: Lee Lipsenthal M.D.
  • Narrated by: Lee Lipsenthal M.D.
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Lee Lipsenthal had a charmed life: married to the love of his life, the proud father of two remarkable children, working as medical director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. In his personal relationships and with his patients, Lee was committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day. The power of those beliefs was tested in July 2009, when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, leaving him with a 90 percent chance of dying within five years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than just platitudes

  • By Rachel on 22-06-18

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 21-06-18

There was a long introduction to this book, which was already leaving me feeling somewhat disconnected. This story might be right for some, but not for me, unfortunately. I'd suggest you read reviews about the written version, as well as the spoken version, to get a real understanding of the content.

  • The Power of the Other

  • The Startling Effect Other People Have on You, from the Boardroom to the Bedroom and Beyond - and What to Do About It
  • By: Henry Cloud
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Combining engaging case studies, persuasive findings from cutting-edge brain research, and examples from his consulting practice, Dr. Cloud argues that whether you're a Navy SEAL or a corporate executive, outstanding performance depends on having the right kind of connections to fuel personal growth and minimize toxic associations and their effects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For work - and life

  • By Brenda on 19-12-16

For work - and life

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

Reviewed: 19-12-16

Would you listen to The Power of the Other again? Why?

I expect to dip in and out of this book many times. It is well narrated (not by the author) and the content is useful and compelling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable

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

I liked his style, tempo and inflections

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It encouraged me to be thoughtful.

Any additional comments?

This is worth reading. The Corner 1-4 discussions sometimes get a bit complicated, but stick with it and the books value becomes clear.

  • The Power of the Spoken Word

  • By: Florence Scovel-Shinn
  • Narrated by: Dixie Glassman
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Our words have the power to change our lives. By paying more attention to how we speak, and hence how we think, we can change our circumstances for the better. The Power of the Spoken Word will help you make the positive changes that you've always wanted to make.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration too shouty and book not for me

  • By Brenda on 20-03-16

Narration too shouty and book not for me

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

Reviewed: 20-03-16

Would you try another book written by Florence Scovel-Shinn or narrated by Dixie Glassman?

No, not for author or narrator

What was most disappointing about Florence Scovel-Shinn’s story?

The language used, the very religious descriptions and the indecipherable message.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too loud and harsh for what was ultimately a religious message. I was expecting something more spiritual and more about influencing through language

Any additional comments?

If you want to understand God, try Conversations with God. Much better.

  • Your Word Is Your Wand

  • By: Florence Scovel Shinn
  • Narrated by: Hillary Hawkins
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Your Word Is Your Wand gives you powerful, positive affirmations to speak over your life! Areas include: Success, Prosperity, Love, Marriage, Health, Protection, Guidance and more! It's time to speak the Divine Plan for our lives into existence. "For by your words you will be justified."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not at all what I was expecting from the sample

  • By Brenda on 20-03-16

Not at all what I was expecting from the sample

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

Reviewed: 20-03-16

What disappointed you about Your Word Is Your Wand?

This was not a spiritual book or story, it was religious - and used words that were old English and told a message that was indecipherable. It went straight back for a refund.

What was most disappointing about Florence Scovel Shinn’s story?

I couldn't understand the words or the message.

How could the performance have been better?

Much better... different narrator and better translation of whatever the 'story' was.

Any additional comments?

The audio was so much hard work, I stopped after 15 minutes. Despite much effort I could not understand one part of it.

  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, entertaining and informative

  • By Callum on 01-12-15

This will get you thinking about your business

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

If you could sum up Black Box Thinking in three words, what would they be?

There are so many elements in this book that deserve comment. The narrator is good, the book is excellent, the writing is easy to understand (pitched perfectly) and the stories and case studies add huge value. As you can tell... I really liked the book and every part of its content. I looked forward to my long journeys to work with clients, so I could listen in the car. Before I had even finished the audio book, I'd ordered the hardback book.I've been an audible member for years and have downloaded several hundred books... all business, self development, other development, leadership, management and psychology books. My work as a psychologist, trainer and coach, means that I want to stay ahead of the game, provide relevant and interesting training sessions and encourage people to become life-long learners. I also want the people with whom I work to become increasingly valuable contributors to their organisation, so they have greater opportunities, as well as feel great about themselves. Any book that gives me insights and knowledge to do all of the above, gets my vote. This book is transformational. Its insights provide a pick and mix menu of ways to improve the way teams work and the business operates. It will also help you understand different organisational cultures and how people operate around mistakes... for better or worse. The sections comparing the airline industry and healthcare are illuminating. Other areas around cognitive dissonance, narrative fallacies and creativity can also provide valuable learning for all leaders. There may well be some 'ouch' moments for the reader, including me!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Box Thinking?

The value of making mistakes - as long as you acknowledge them and learn from them. Cognitive dissonance - and our reluctance to admit we might be wrong - and why. The importance of testing ideas. The credibility that comes from using control groups. The interesting chapter on creativity... Mr Dyson hit the nail on the head!

Have you listened to any of Simon Slater’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to anything previously from Simon Slater, although will now look for other titles that he has narrated. He is very easy on the ear. Well done Simon... good narration makes such a difference.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every chapter held my attention and offered powerful insights.

Any additional comments?

An excellent use of an audible credit.

  • Mind Your Mood

  • Proven Steps to Control Your Mood Swings
  • By: Dan Miller
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Cognitive therapy has gained acceptance among mental health professionals as well as the public. Research studies have confirmed cognitive therapy to be critical for individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, and other problems. "Cognition" describes the ways you perceive events or things at any particular moment. These thoughts go through your mind automatically, without much control from your end. They have a huge impact on how you generally feel.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • There seem to be a lot of shoulds and oughts

  • By Brenda on 26-09-15

There seem to be a lot of shoulds and oughts

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

Reviewed: 26-09-15

What disappointed you about Mind Your Mood?

There were many times when I heard the narrator use shoulds and should nots and do and do nots. Whilst the narration was good, there was an essence of the content seeming critical.

What was most disappointing about Dan Miller’s story?

The audiobook was theoretical and, whilst it gave some tips, it focused primarily on depresssion, even though the description suggested it would cover anxiety and other problems.

What didn’t you like about Craig Beck’s performance?

Craig Beck's narration was very good. Even so, he was reading the author's words which, as stated earlier, contained many shoulds and should nots.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration. I was hoping to gain some insights I could use in my counselling and coaching practice. In my view, if the listener had some of the 'thinking errors' described in the audiobook, they might end up feeling worse rather than better, given the way in which the author uses language. I would have liked the audiobook to use more supportive language, rather than 'black and white' descriptions. CBT can be very useful, so I would suggested that listeners search for another book if they wish to learn more about it.

Any additional comments?

Depression was the main focus and long past the halfway mark of a one hour book, the author was still going on about depression.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • E-Squared

  • Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality
  • By: Pam Grout
  • Narrated by: Pam Grout
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

This audiobook could best be described as a lab manual with simple experiments that prove reality is malleable, consciousness trumps matter, and you shape your life with your mind. Yes, you read that right. It says prove. The nine experiments, each of which can be conducted with absolutely no money and very little time expenditure, demonstrate that spiritual principles are as dependable as gravity, as consistent as Newton's laws of motion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving from reading to doing!

  • By Michelle on 02-04-15

The narration was poor

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

Reviewed: 26-09-15

Would you try another book written by Pam Grout or narrated by Pam Grout?

Definitely not. The narration is a major part of the experience. When I tried the sample before buying, I knew it might be a test to listen to 3+ hours. I purchased the book because I thought I would enjoy the material. I managed about 15 minutes. The high pitched voice and poor diction completely interfered with my ability to make any use of the content.

Would you ever listen to anything by Pam Grout again?

No. I would encourage all authors to choose professional narrators. I often look for other books by the same narrator.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Pam Grout?

Walter Dixon, Lloyd James, Hal Urban

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It may have... I just couldn't listen long enough to find them.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Life in Half a Second

  • How to Achieve Success Before it's Too Late
  • By: Matthew Michalewicz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Michalewicz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

What if there was a proven path to success? A path supported by science and research? A path that led to your goals and aspirations in less time, with less risk? Would you take it? Truthful and hard hitting, Life in Half a Second is the first 'fact-based' formula for achieving success in life and business. Proven through thousands of studies and decades of research, it presents the five doors you must walk through to achieve success in your career, business, or personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Repetative

  • By BarefootRonin on 14-01-15

Ideas already covered in other books

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

What disappointed you about Life in Half a Second?

Hard to listen too... narration matters. Get a professional narrator.

What was most disappointing about Matthew Michalewicz’s story?

Narration and, essentially, better content in other books about the same thing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Matthew Michalewicz’s performances?

I wouldn't listen to him again.

  • Connecting in a Disconnected World

  • By: Shawna Schuh
  • Narrated by: Shawna Schuh
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Attain higher success through stronger people performance! This audio learning program is guaranteed to provide you with usable information to help you connect with people at a higher and more profitable level. Using the techniques and philosophies that Shawna shares will give you the competitive edge over your competition and propel you to increased success with all of your relationships.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not suitable as an audio book

  • By Brenda on 21-05-15

Not suitable as an audio book

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

Reviewed: 21-05-15

Would you try another book written by Shawna Schuh or narrated by Shawna Schuh?

This book was from a live recording and was not an easy listen. Shawna shouts a lot to ensure her audience hears her, plus she gets very excited and enthusiastic, which means it becomes uncomfortable to listen to and her voice gets higher and higher pitched. The recording distorts at times and, when audience members answer Shawna's questions they are not audible. Shawna sometimes repeats the answer, but not always. I managed to listen all the way through, but got very little value out of the book.

Has Connecting in a Disconnected World put you off other books in this genre?

no

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Shawna Schuh?

it's more to do with the 'live' setting

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Connecting in a Disconnected World?

most of it