This was a valuable book that I may later re-read. The author, Brene Brown, relates various fears, such as the fear of failure and the fear of rejection, to the overriding emotion of shame. I found most of her ideas to be well presented and on point.
The author doesn't venture much into religion, but where she does, she doesn't commit to anything, she just has a very vague view of how that fits into her world view. I didn't agree with her vague views and found them distracting in relation to the rest of the book. She sounded like she was tryng too hard to not offend anyone to present a real perspective on the spiritual aspect of the human experience.
She did, however, provide a clear explanation of just how the fear of shame impacts and even creates a lot of the other emotions that account for many of our actions. I've actually never heard an author address this topic in this way, and I found it refreshing to hear such a frank discussion of such an important aspect of our existance that we would rather forget about. Ms. Brown reminds us that facing shame and our fear of it can free us to be brave and to forgive ourselves enough to experience joy.
The narrator has such a wonderful voice for this type of book. She is simultaneously encouraging and calming. Her voice is sweet with a natural cadence that keeps you engaged. I listened to the book at a speed of 1.5 and found Lauren Fortgang's performance to be perfect.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a problem with the fear of failure and rejection or who feels that no matter what they do, they are somehow doing the wrong thing and missing out on life. It won't, of course, address every problem in life, but you might gain some perspectve that will help you to see some of your problems in the light of how you relate to shame, and that might help you to make better decisions. After all, isn't that the most one can expect out of a self-help book? Just don't take her vague religious ideas too seriously.
This is a really good resource for beginning herb gardeners, and it contains some really valuable information that even experienced herb gardeners may not know. The author does a really good job of presenting the material in a logical way, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired. Even after increasing the speed, it was hard to focus on the material because the reading was so boring - without any real intonation or variation in cadence. This would be a much better book than audiobook, but it's a quick read and it has a lot of useful ideas, particulaly about storing, using, and selling herbs.
I listened to this audiobook as a review in preparation for the CompTia Network+ exam. It is an excellent review of the concepts that I learned when I took a college class about networking.
The lecture series focuses on the technical specifications that are easily forgotten. Examples of this are various types of cables, various protocols and how they function and interrelate, standards and what they apply to, functions of various command line prompts, etc.
I haven't taken the exam yet, but I would NOT use this as my sole source of information for the exam. This is a REVIEW. This is NOT a course.
The narration was good for such a technical topic. I didn't find it too sing-songy or flat, and the cadence kept me engaged with the material.The brevity of the lectures makes the audiobook perfect for a quick review that you can listen to over and over again in preparation for the test. At least, that's how I intend to use it.