Love a good science fiction book!
Do not compare to his master pice How to Win Friends and Influence People
The How to Win Friends and Influence People audiobook transformed my life, so I thought I would give this one a try. Unfortunately, I can't say I got much out of the book's content.
But Andrew MacMillan reading Dale Carnegie is epic. I've never seen heard such an incredible author/narrator matchup (except maybe Richard Dawkins reading Charles Darwin), and this made it a pretty enjoyable listen.
This book appears to be only useful for either young people or the radically uniformed person. The author grinds in the obvious to an irritating degree. This book went into several hours of repeating stories people who had worried themselves nearly to death by various problems then *poof* 'stopped worrying and started living'
The solution offered was simply 'ignore it through getting busy' which is an instinctual response for most people. There is no actual 'technique' or 'method' recommended other than "go read your bible and pray to Jesus" repeated in several sections advocating one should primarily become religious for stress control.
The piece on dealing with criticism appeared to be written for the individual who becomes easily wounded by it, yet still gave no actual 'techique' to stop the problem. Rather than recommending methods of 'self diagonstic' to locate the cause of 'why' it is such an issue that keeps coming at them, the author implies just ignoring it, when it's clearly not that simple, particularly if it costs a person his job or damages wellbeing.
So if you're looking for a new method & actual technique to change your reality enough to control stress & worry, i recommend looking into the subject of quantum physics & Law of Attraction.
Although many of the practices described in this book are tought to us through every day life, family and friends, workshops and education, it refreshes the different aspects and allows one to reset their minds. Some techniques I have used before I fell into the habbit of worrying. The more I worry, the less I live. Now, I realize I was doing it right and that I need to adjust other methods and settings, if I want to stop worrying. I can take back control and live my life the best possible. This book is not a one time read if you want to change your worrying habbit.
This audiobook is straight-forward and the narrator does a great job, but--as it says on the cover-photo--it contains 'time-tested methods,' (read: nothing new here).
Knowing something and doing it is still a problem, in the end.
I enjoyed every minute of the book, and great narration as well.
I think this book covers pretty much everything about worrying and anxiety.
Even if you are not that worried right now, this book will inspire you, help you, make you think, and
influence you. This book is just as great as 'how to win friends -'
No, not if my life depended on it. I'd rather die in a horrific accident than listen to another five minutes of this pretentious, chauvinistic, outdated self help material which in essence has become the seed of what is wrong with present day society. This book is the toilet tissue of people defining their personal success through materialism. The listener is encouraged to go out of their way to foster shallow, purposeless relationships with co-workers by smiling and acting like they genuinely care all of a sudden. I suppose no one is seeing through that right? Dale Carnegie takes advantage of the natural insecurities a person may have by continuously cramming promises of a happier existence down their throats via principles which gained popularity (much more than deserved) about 80+ years ago. Here is some advice that everyone can actually muster: If you want to stop worrying & start living, begin by avoiding any material ever published by or in honor of this author.
Anything that contains an ideology which openly and proudly contradicts everything in this book page for page, chapter for chapter.
The narrator sounds as bored and unimpressed with what he's reading as I do with what I listened to- so GREAT mirroring there. Good job.
I would burn every copy of this book in existence, which makes a statement being of Jewish descent.
Don't waste your time or hard earned money.