I'm not sure. This is the first time that I have felt the need for the printed version. Unfornately, as of date, the book is only available in hard back.
This book has many parallels to many spiritual teachings, from which the author occasionally quotes, but it is your choice as to whether you see finding your element a spiritual jouney or merely a way of finding the right career path for yourself or a child.
All the exercises are valuable tools and I loved the personal stories of how some people found their element.
What makes you happy? When are you at your happiest. This would have been suprisingly difficult to answer before completing just three of the exercises - now it just seems so obvious!
If you are like me, you are an audible subscriber because you prefer to listen to books whilst you are on the move. With this book however, if you really want to Find Your Element, you are going to have to sit down to listen and have certain tools available ( the author suggests these at the begining of the book) Because of this I went to buy the printed copy but I didn't like the hardback version as it can't be manipluated in the same way as a paper back. So it is a little frustrating to listen to questions asked and to do the exercises given whilst constantly pausing and rewinding. That said - that is what I am prepared to do as, having only completed three of the ten exercises I can already see a pattern and have noticed a shift in my behaviour as a result! Inpatient as I am, I listen to the book on the move and then when I come home, and I have time alone UNDISTURBED! (that is essential), I re-listen to the chapters and do the exersises.
My Headline stated that this book involved some work - that may just be me!. My personality type does not predispose me to sitting down with, pens, paper, coloured pens, vision boards etc.. but I strongly believe that the outcome will be worth that extra effort. No doubt, some people will not find this 'work' at all :-D
I would not buy another book by this narrator, as for the author, I reserve judgement until I have read the book.
The narration is driving me to distraction and I cannot concentrate on the content of the book. I previewed the narration but I failed to predict just how irritating the nasally immature voice would be. .
It has sparked my interest in buying the book - I think it is an important topic.
There are several books that I don't download because of the narrator. I wish more care would be taken to vet/test a narrators performances on an audience before committing them to an entire book. I have just had to buy Daring Greatly as I could tell the narration wasn't appropriate for the style of book. The book was a great read that I highly recommend, however I would alway rather listen to a book.. I'm disappointed!
The relationship between man and dog is what held me; any dog lover will love this but may find themselves wanting me.
I liked the naration and how his voice changed for different characters up until the very end where I felt it was over-done; possibly trying to make up for the rushed ending.
If they filled it out with more detail into the characters.
I started really liking this book (you had me at dog) but from the get go it felt abridged. I consolled myself with the fact that I was enjoying it, so was prepared to take it as it was but to be left with that feeling at the end left me disappointed. It was all quickly tied up with a cute bow but with no depth to it. If I were the editor I would have had the author fill out the characters more and give us more insights into the bonding process with Maggie.
Beginner of self-motivation - many of the inspirational quotes are useful but Robin comes across as all ego inspite of telling us how flawed and human he is; followed by "and people have come up to me and said "Robin, ........ " Fill in a with self praising statement.
How many times he uses his own name. How he compliments himself why feigning humility.
If Robin had not kept telling us how wonderful, helpful, inspiring etc... other people found him! The delivery was really affected.
Every sentence that starts with "and people have said to me, Robin......."
Take a drink every time Robin uses his own name and you will die from alcohol poisoning.
The naration of this book is perfect. I have even told friends who would prefer to read the book, that they must listen to a snipet of the audio version first so that they can know Owen's voice!
This isn't a book that you can listen to in one sitting because of its length, and it does at times feel long and drawn out, so you will probably appreciate a break. However, you must come back for more!!
I sometimes wondered why the story was so long and where it was going - basically I felt occassionlly impatient, but that said, I was completely drawn into Owen Meanys world. If Owen wasn't the main charater in a chapter I couldn't wait for him to reappear. It has been months now since I have heard this book but I can remember all the characters as if they were real people and I still feel a little heart broken whenever I think about this book - in a good way! Why it touched me so much I have not been able to fathom!!!
How to ask the right questions.
I'm not sure that I can compare this book to others in this genre, but I can say that having read What Every Body is Saying that it is an excellent, and natural further study on the subject of detecting deception.
I definately need another listen or two, but I will have far more confidence in asking direct questions after reading this book. Usually I'm the one who feels uncomfortable when I feel someone is being dishonest - hopefully now I can handle a situation with more confidence and ask the right questions, in the right way and watch and listen for the reactions. All in all a good listen.
This book is extremely informative with a perfect balance between scientific information and personal dog stories. Written by incredible dog lover you will never feel silly for the emotions you may have attributed to your dog - you will also have some ammunition to use against those people who still believe that animals don't have feelings - ( of course they do :-D) but most likely you will learn that things are far more simple than you may have thought.
The only reason I am not giving this audio book all 5 stars is because there are no photos. A downloadable PDF would be the icing on the cake. The photos are repeatedly refered to in the book and I will have to go and buy the book just so I can check my understanding of the description of the facial expressions. If you much prefer to listen to books than read them, as I do, then I would suggest you find yourself a copy of the book to refer to as you listen to this audible version. If you don't mind 'reading' then just get the book.
The narration is excellent and easy to listen to.
I have been re-motivated to returning to training my now senior dog and she is responding like the puppy she once was - It's like falling in love all over again - she can't take her eyes off me and now when I call her to come she runs whereas before I had satisfied myself with her sauntering over!! I will be checking other books by the same author.
When I looked at the PDF before starting the book I thought I was going to be disapointed - I was not. I think many of us, at least I do, pick up on people's mood or trustworthness by what I have always assumed was intuition. What we have really be doing all along was acuratly reading people's body language.
This book complements perfectly The Gift of Fear - A book which Joe Navarro gives mention to.
I appreciated the fact that Joe Navarro emphasises that we cannot judge someone guilty of something just by their body language as they may simply be under stress or have a neurological disease. Understanding what we are seeing, being it discomfort or nervousness, and nutralizing stressful situations can help you get a better read.
Whilst listening to this book I became very aware of how I self soothe constantly and I find myself wondering what other people must make of this! I consider myself an extraverted introvert and perhaps I manage this by subtle self soothing habits! :-D
Immediatly after completing the book I witnessed a freind talking about an incident in the past as if it didn't bother them any more - however they were dramatically self soothing by stroking in large circles over one leg! It was clear that they were still upset. I felt so much more compasion and understanding now Knowing what I was witnessing and stayed in the moment longer with them than I might have.
As for the narration - it was indeed a little strange but you either get used to it or it diminishes during the book; it is hard for me to tell as I listened to this book from beginning to end in one sitting. If you have ever watched The Matrix then I would liken Paul Costanzo's narration to be similar to Agent Smith with the emphasis falling strangely on the wrong words. Having said that I wouldn't let discourage you from giving this book a good listen.
Sadly this first chapter was no more than the preview listen. I think Tina Fey is very talented and I hoped that the first chapter would show me why this book would be a good listen: it did not!
Exhileratingly read. If this performance doesn't put a smile on your face and a skip in your step then nothing will. Don't hesitate to download this short book. Great message, great performance, great music .... GREAT!
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