If you like psychology this is woth listening to. If you are trying to decide then you will probably be bored. It had a lot of sections that were too technical for general interest.
I wish this book had a better reader. I have listened to the entire book in several bits and pieces and I know the full contents of the book. Despite several earnest attempts, I was never able to listen to the entire book without switching to some other book in between to stay awake -- the reader is that bad. I wish I had stayed away from the audio version and bought the book itself!
The content was interesting but it was painful to listen. The reader's voice sounded very mechanical, and without emotional connection to the material.
I'm afraid I don't like the voice of the narrator who, unfortunately, is the author. He sounds very mechanical. Also, the recording has what seem to be random musical interludes at the end of chapters. I find this very annoying. The material is good, but the total experience lacking.
I was very conflicted about how to rate this book. I know it is a classic. The content/info is 5-star. But it reads like a college textbook and is very difficult to listen to. The narrator has perfect diction but is somewhat monotone and boring to listen to. I really had a difficult time keeping focused on listening to the materical. This is my 20th+ audio book I have listened to in the car while commuting to and from work each day, and it was one of the most difficult to listen to. The only reason I stuck with it was because the info is very worthwhile. To summarize:
Content = A
Presentation = D (textbook, dry)
Narration = D (monotone)
I was dissapointed with this purchase. The reading sounded robotic and monotone. Should have bought the kindle version and used the text to speech function- really no difference between the quality of text to speech and the reading of it here.
Don't get me wrong- the content of this book is excellent- the reading is poor.
I read this entire book and thought that it would explain what emotional intelligence was, then give a lot of ways to improve on it. Instead the point of the book was just to tell the reader how important it is for someone to have it and ran though a myriad of examples of how it was tested and studied. I guess the point is that once you understand it you need to go see a psychologist if you want help with it. In Daniel Goleman's defense he didn't call the book, "Emotional Intelligence: how to improve it" so maybe I was expecting too much. Reader was OK, I don't think it was his fault the content was dry.
My main criticism is that our society is not doing a good job teaching emotional intelligence. And so it falls to schools to develop programs to teach kids how to feel and express feeling better. I would have liked more emphasis on how to improve families since it is my belief that no matter how hard schools may try, they will not be able to replace the family in being able to raise healthy stable kids.
The printed book is very information-dense so I was pleased to see Barrett Whitener was the narrator for this title. He has a crisp speaking manner which makes it easier to absorb this information audibly. Emotional Intelligence is one of the most valuable resources on this subject. If you only have a passing interest in the subject, the Emotional Intelligence QuickBook may be a better title. However, if you want to get down to the core psychology and neurology of Emotional Intelligence, this is the title for you.
From happiness to lonliness, 'in control' to knee jerk human responses, this companion for commuting summarizes a broad view of science as it continues to add to available knowledge of ourselves, our interactions and our world.