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 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.
For a book that suggests that empathy is a key skill necessary for emotional management, I find it ironic that Goleman goes into excruciating and painful detail of traumatic events as illustrations. Certainly, it evokes empathy (to the victims, not so much to the emotional wrecks who do evil things) . But it also became inordinately difficult to finish this very long program. I found myself avoiding it, even though I agree with many of his findings. A depressing program about how to manage one's emotions better!
Perhaps this book would hit its mark a bit better if it had more hopefulness and less dark tales.
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.
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.
The way the Author made you understand that it's a science behind how feel, and act in different situations.
I have not found such a book. This one seems pretty original.
Very intellectual... Like a seasoned university professor.
"The Heart's Mind"
This book provides some "GREAT" information. But! All the Medical Terminology makes it hard to follow from the beginning. It took me a few chapters to really get into, and understand what some of the Medical Terms were... If this was written with in an easier to follow format (i.e. without all the Medical Terminology) I would have gave it "5 Stars" across the board. But because of the use of all the Medical Terminology, at times, I found myself trying to figure out what certain word meant, or stood for, rather than just focusing on the actual information in the story that was being told.
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.