Great book. It felt however that Buddhist concepts were taken for face value and science (maybe selectively?) used to prove its points however possible. Still, finding the connections very useable in my Buddhist meditation practice. There are things that are better explained using Western notions for Westerners than the Eastern mythical language, at times.
Mostly, I love the idea of learning what is happening on a physical level when practicing Buddhism. Unfortunately there were a lot of times where I felt overwhelmed with scientific terms and found myself starting to wander off mentally.
A medical students textbook on psychology. It felt more like a scientific textbook as opposed to anything else.
Narrator was kind of monotone and didnt seem all that interested in the content.
I could see it as a single episode of a medical TV show like "House", "ER" or such.
Title was misleading. More of a brain science book for psychologists. A bit heavy for the layman. Great section on forgiveness. I liked the stories when the author provided them. Lots of hard work by the author and narrator in conveying the science with examples.
The density of the text and the abundance of lists in the first half make this audiobook a little hard to get into. The second half is pure practical philosophy and absolutely beautiful, I loved it.
I've recently become interested in Buddhism and have read numerous introductory books. This one started strong with fresh info on how the brain works. Towards the end it became more of a standard quick intro to types of meditation.
It is probably better to get as an ebook, as some of the heavier science is probably easier to read at your own pace than to listen to.
If you are using a meditation app like headspace, this book makes a little more practicable sense
Trying to get through this, and I usually LOVE content like thins, not sure I'll make it without returning it. The speaker is presenting complex info in the driest most boring way ever. Some books just don't translate to audio well and maybe this is one of them.