Hard to know whether it was the book, or just the clumsy narration, but I found the 'folksy' style way too much. The narrator really goes overboard with his inflection, which for me made it hard to concentrate on the content (also written in an ultra casual voice).
I am the author of "665 The Council of Twelve". My passions include oil painting in fantasy realism and Comedy.
It annoys the hell out of me when some IDIOT will give a great audiobook like this less than 4-stars. If you can't understand humor in life and believe that science should be stiff, spoken in an language which very few can understand then, give yourself 2-stars instead and let the book stand on it's own greatness. The unbiased truth is, you get full delivery on the promise of the book's summary. What it says is what you get.
Mastery by Robert Greene is a great companion to this book. Out of Our Minds, the study of western education's failure is another, darker cousin. The last book I would compare to this book, and in fact would say is opposite is "The Secret". This is doable, serious stuff, not play-play voodoo wannabe garbage.
I thoroughly enjoyed the lack of an accent. It was fun at first, to hear audiobooks done in Australian, Irish, Scotch, South African but, after a while, it does get annoying. I mean to say, when the topic is relevant to a culture, please, by all means but, this was a good ole American-Irish author being read by a good ole American-Irish narrator. He's awesome!
I didn't have so much of a reaction as a call to action. That's what I wanted--A call to action.
Excellent book. Makes me look forward to get Dementia so I can read it, forget I read it and experience it again.
Insightful, Delightful, Helpful
I really enjoyed the strategies that the author suggests, and the reminders that not every strategy works for every willpower challenge.
There are no characters, but his voice and inflection as the narrator were perfectly paced and clear. He is my favorite Audible narrator.
Better- it made me think. And it gave me tools to implement necessary changes in my life.
This book is on par with "The Power of Habit" in content, and I enjoyed the narrator immensely. I would highly suggest this book to anyone that is looking to improve their personal willpower. I am a high school math teacher and I am imparting many of the ideas, tools, and strategies to my students to increase their own willpower (to study)...
Good, useful knowledge
Comparable to other really good self-help books as well as Freakonomics. This is interesting study data/knowledge that's shared in a painless & fun way.
Aloha from Hawaii!
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It. Kelly McGonigal Ph.D - book 'The Willpower Instinct' Neuroscientists have discovered that people who 'meditate' get better not just in meditating, but in a wide range of skills such as self-control, focus, attention, stress management, impulse control and self awareness, because it increases blood flow to the brain. - More from the book: 'The Willpower Instinct' There are two controversial mentionings by McGonigal - Positive: One about a drug addict, who overdosed on 4 diff. Drugs to avoid capture with possession, was, after a short lack of oxygen to the brain, being revived and released from the hospital, and completely free from his addictions. When the patient was asked about it, he said, that he just did not have anymore desires or longings for them. - Negative: Another one, about a person who had a projectile going through his brain and his right eye came out on the other end. That man was a perfectly responsible and very exceptionally reliable Forman at the railroads, became indecisive and had a total neg. change of his character in the opposite direction: He was short tempered and fighty, etc. ...
This book is enjoyable offering insightful strategies for self control and self improvement. The presentation was fun and quite entertaining.
Kelly McGonigal's writing style is so strongly feminine that I can hear her right over the narrator. I guess that is the definition of a great narrator, when you don't hear their voice but that of the author! Such a fantastic book that I have listened to it over and over again. The lessons are so helpful in building will power. I listened to it all the way through and then went back worked on the chapters and the lessons that really spoke to me. I found that the tools let me just flip a switch on my attitude towards situations that used to upset me so. Surfing the Urge is my favorite tool the Author shares in the book.
We are in control even when external situations make us believe we aren't.
Learning about how willpower works to build, control or destroy our minds & ability to be in self control.
Being aware while taking decisions.
YES 100%!But since there are so many hours in it is BETTER to do it in several sittings even.
Worth it to repeat a couple of times in the week, each time you'll pick up a new concept.
TOTALLY RECOMMENDED!! Great job done with this book!! ABSOLUTELY WORTH TO LISTEN TO.
Not if I can help it.
There was so much hype that this was a popular, widely acclaimed course offered through Stanford Continuing Ed. There is way too much fluff in this book, it takes too long to get to the point, the stories and analogies used are - too often - dumbed down.
Wrong person for this topic. He sounds way too effeminate for me. I would have preferred the author to narrate this, she probably brings a much stronger emphasis and perspective.
There were some suggested exercises - around breathing and meditation - that are useful, applicable.
I am halfway through this book. It's just gotten worse. It is tautologic, and I can't believe this is the basis for a weekly course that people thought was so wonderful. Perhaps the narrator's performance gets in the way of understanding the energy and emphasis of the author, but I am losing patience with it. I am sure this is helpful to some people, but not for me. Dull, slow paced, tautologic.
The book provided an insightful view into how will power works and provided helpful strategies in increasing will power. I don't regret listening to it, sometimes it got a bit technical for my tastes but what can you expect from something scientific?