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  • The Examined Life

  • By: Stephen Grosz
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342

We are all storytellers - through stories, we make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last 25 years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour. The Examined Life distils over 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight, without the jargon. This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Saffy on 13-02-13

Interesting cases, interpretations too Freudian.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-19

Well written, interesting cases and some good insights from a lot of clinical experience. However, some interpretations of dreams, expressions and attitudes by the author seemed like rigid Freud style psychoanalysis which missed a larger field of possibilities... When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

  • Mindware

  • Tools for Smart Thinking
  • By: Richard E. Nisbett
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
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    4 out of 5 stars 72
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    4 out of 5 stars 72

Many scientific and philosophical ideas are so powerful that they can be applied to our lives at home, work, and school to help us think smarter and more effectively about our behavior and the world around us. Surprisingly, many of these ideas remain unknown to most of us. In Mindware, the world-renowned psychologist Richard Nisbett presents these ideas in clear and accessible detail, offering a tool kit for better thinking and wiser decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen and content

  • By Mat Brunt on 02-05-18

Good lessons, but some examples are off.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-19

Tools for rational thinking and healthy scepticism, to think about the many claims we hear around us more effectively... the theory is good, unfortunately the author fails to apply it in many of the examples given, that often end with abrupt, unsubstantiated, dubious claims by the author.
Still good, because this book helps you take the book itself with a grain of salt.

Narrator has a nasal voice, a bit annoying, but it didn't bother me much.

  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-read, witty and weird

  • By Anna on 23-12-12

Journalism at its finest. Brilliant.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-19

This book is based on years of contact with people branded as extremists (some deserving the title, others not as much), and direct research of the claim they have in common: that a group of elitists/NWO/Jews/illuminati/satanists/lizards/etc meet in secret and rule from the shadows.
Jon has a sane, candid, funny attitude and a great narration style. His journey is thrilling, scary, and surprisingly informative. Must read.

  • The Boy Crisis

  • By: Warren Farrell PhD, John Gray PhD
  • Narrated by: Warren Farrell PhD, John Gray PhD
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

What is the boy crisis? It's a crisis of education. For the first time in American history, our sons will have less education than their dads. It's a crisis of mental health. As boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women. It's a crisis of sexuality. Sex is a minefield for our sons. They're bombarded with mixed messages, afraid of being either too sensitive or not sensitive enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, very intense and emotional at times.

  • By Anonymous User on 03-09-18

Moving fresh perspective.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-19

Warren Farrell makes a very well reasoned case describing problems boys in particular face nowadays, discussing ways to solve these, and challenging some cultural presuppositions most people have. It's a balanced, positive, compassionate essay, derived from many years of professional experience and research. And well written.

I gave this review less than 5 stars because the 2nd part, written and narrated by John Gray, advices BS alternative medicine such as homeopathy and other dubious methods, mixed together with some good advice.

  • 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 457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

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

Excellent

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Reviewed: 17-01-19

One of the best audiobooks I've listened to recently. Actionable, sound advice to improve your performance in a balanced way, based on original research. No fluff.
Take some notes and follow through!

  • The Creative Thinker's Toolkit

  • By: Gerard Puccio, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gerard Puccio
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

According to the latest scientific research, anyone can be creative. You just have to know how to think creatively, which involves taking a more imaginative approach to the challenges we all face. Learn how to wield the same research-based tools that today's creative people use and tap into your inner creative thinker with Professor Puccio's engaging 24-lecture series that takes you step-by-step through the creative-thinking process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great TTC Course

  • By Tom STO on 23-08-18

Shallow techniques

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 14-12-18

This audiobook is a step by step guide to come up with ideas WITHOUT actually fostering your creativity all that much.

Well put together and organized like most of the Great Courses content, however the approach to creativity recommended seemed shallow and sterile.

It lacked the subtlety of the muse, of mindful fearlessness, of letting go, of the "sacred fountain of creation" inside us... I'm no mystic, but this is the best I can express creativity. I had hoped this book would express it better!

  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections

  • By: C. G. Jung
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

In 1957, four years before his death, Carl Gustav Jung, psychiatrist and psychologist, began writing his life story. But what started as an exercise in autobiography soon morphed into an altogether more profound undertaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Two souls in his breast'

  • By Rachel Redford on 06-06-16

Very abstract and dense.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Interesting but difficult read. Jung speaks about his own experience in a very abstract way, with a focus on personal spiritual experience and its psychological interpretation.
I cannot personally relate to most of his experience, and do not share much of his basic worldview, but I appreciated his insights on archetypes and their psychological relevance.

  • Life After Google

  • The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy
  • By: George Gilder
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

You can say goodbye to today's Internet, New York Times best-selling author George Gilder says. Soon the current model of aggregated free content populated with "value-subtracted" advertising will die a natural deat. In Life After Google, Gilder takes listeners on a brilliant, rocketing journey into the very near-future, into an Internet with a new "bitcoin-bitgold" transaction layer that will replace spam with seamless micro-payments and provide an all-new standard for global money. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off so well but implodes

  • By Olly Buxton on 13-09-18

Great, daring work.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-18

Life After Google is an essay about the future of software technologies, the Internet, financial tech and AI, with the right focus: the battle between centralized and decentralized services.

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  • Maps of Meaning

  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

From the author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos comes a provocative hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't hesitate. Just buy it.

  • By Jonathan on 13-06-18

Difficult book, YouTube lectures recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

There are great deep ideas in this book that most people should consider. However, some of the arguments here are too convoluted to be fully understandable or proven. Most importantly, the Maps of Meaning lecture series on Youtube gives you the full value you will find here, in a format that is more understandable and distilled by more years of experience. In any case, don't miss JP's work.

  • Why You Are Who You Are

  • Investigations into Human Personality
  • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • buy is now

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-03-18

Good course. Some flaws.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Good overview of the scientific literature on personality traits, although some parts could have been much better:

- When explaining the big 5, it doesn't explain the tradeoffs involved, instead presents each characteristic a bit naively, especially agreeableness.

- I disagree with the claim that motivation is mainly extrinsic. Read The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) if you doubt this.

- Disregarding intrinsic motivation gives way to the next error (at the end of the book): Author claims authenticity doesn't mean anything, because you are always being authentic with a part of your personality...

Authenticity happens when you act through your intrinsic motivations instead of going for what you think that other people should want you to do (groundless extrinsic motivation). That is what "being yourself" means!

A good read if you understand all of this already. Maybe go read The Fountainhead first.

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