I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
Clearly three stars for the story because there is no story on a hypnosis recording, but I didn't want to drop it to one because the result deserves better. Rachael Meddows has my attention. I tried this because I was desperate and curious. I am an insomniac by nature, and as a side effect of not sleeping much, I have health issues, tend to be grouchy a lot of the times, and that in turn feeds the insomnia... It's a big monster that cannot be sated.
Or so I thought.
Enter Rachael. Her voice sounds very much like the same voice used on the Skype call service that you use to test your microphone settings... except more soothing and less "morning perky." So she passed the first test - her voice is attractive and calming, two things you want in hypnotherapy.
But then the real test. I've tried this every night for two weeks solid. Not only do I fall asleep inside 15 minutes, I stay asleep most of the night. If I do wake up at all, it's just long enough to roll over. I haven't slept this well in nearly 20 years. When I wake up in the morning, I'm refreshed and ready to take on the whole Empire myself. What's more, I'm happy to do so. HAPPY. Is it that I'm just sleeping? Is Rachael's voice? Is it the nature of the hypnosis? Is it a combination of all factors? I don't have those answers. I just know it's working, and it's convinced me to try more of her titles.
They say 21 days to break a habit, 30 days to reinforce a new one, so I'll try another title after 30-35 days and see if I can't continue to build on this progress. Worst case scenario, I'm sleeping well, and those nasty side effects are disappearing. All that for a single credit? People spend thousands of dollars on vacations and medical treatments and don't get that kind of result. As far as I'm concerned, this woman is my new best friend.
I truly believe this book should be required reading for both introverts and extroverts. More than that, I wish it could be downloaded directly in the minds of many people for maximum effectiveness. Many signals and assumptions that introverts take for granted in an extroverted world are spelled out, analyzed, and made accessible for immediate understanding and integration. For extroverts, the assumptions of the world they've made are challenged, and a new perspectives are offered. The result is genius cleverly disguised as good old common sense. The playing field has been leveled quite effectively, and now the introvert has a fighting chance to proceed in everyday situations according to natural inclination without being subjected to the challenges of misunderstanding, ridicule, or low self-esteem. This book is a bridge. All that remains is for it to be utilized.
For those inclined to this sort of read, this is a very informative book. The performance... that's the weak spot. Shiela Book's voice is pleasing and clear, but she reads so mechanically that it feels like you're back in school and the teacher calls on one of the students to read aloud. She. Reads. Like. This. Once you get used to it, it's easy enough to pay closer attention to the material, but it takes a little extra effort.