Richard Carlson is a very monotone reader. In addition, for some odd reason he repeats some points several times without mention he covered the topic before... as if he had to add copy to the book for length and decided to repeat topics to do so. The woman who speaks to introduce each topic is just as bland. I have listened to many self help books. Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay, Rhonda Byrne.. all are making very similar points but with much more passion and emotion. This feels so bland in comparison and as if he lifted some of their earlier ideas,,, and Eckhart Tolle can be bland to listen to, so that is saying something.
He also, oddly, seems to add "plugs" for "how lovable his wife is" and "how great his daughters are" and I think he adds plugs in the middle of chapters for other people in his life that just don't fit. The reader doesn't want to hear Carlson earn points with his family by making sure to mention them each as the book goes on in glowing terms. All those comments should have been dropped from the text, they are distracting and make you roll your eyes.
He also makes sure we know that every selfish and bad behavior he talks about he used to display himself, until he learned these valuable lessons.... Carlson must have been such a joy to be around if all this is true.
Please know, I am not trying to "bash" this title. I am sure it's well intentioned and I had to think a bit before writing this, but there are much better books covering most of the same material.
I had picked up some interesting tips I will note, but not much new.
Anyone who could read the test with some passion. Even when Carlson attempts to sound excited or upset, it sounds like he's reading to a 1st grade class. I'm surprised they cast him to read it.
This book DOES have redeeming qualities. It does have tips that are useful. I am glad I listened to it. I just felt it was too long, repeated itself needlessly and should have been read by someone else.
I have listened to Marianne Williamson in bits and pieces before and knew her works were "spiritual". What I didn't expect from this book was her to give right into the Bible, "God" and "The Holy Spirit" as if preaching from a church alter. I am a spiritual person, but wanted these "Bridges of Transformation" to not have to rely on religious beliefs.
Just the fact she ties everything back to religious teachings. Strip that away and I am sure much is to be gained from the basic concept.
Yes Marianne Williamson is an engaging narrator.
If you are looking for a book more like "The Secret" or "Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart" (which inspire without quoting scripture) then this isn't it, sadly. I was so hoping for another viewpoint.
I have watched Theresa Caputo on television and while she is an original, I do believe much of what she experiences is true. I was glad to learn more about her life and experiences in this book.
I feel terrible saying this, but Theresa did a horrible job narrating her own book! I know she had assistance writing it but she reads it as if she isn't even aware what is coming next. Her delivery is monotone, she pauses mid-sentence at times and it feels like she is reading someone else's book aloud. That was VERY distracting from the experience. If the author of a book is not good at reading it with emotion and as if they are storytelling (as Theresa should be since it's HER life story) then they should not do the audiobook.
Great book. Theresa Caputo is not a good narrator and I am surprised they didn't spot this in production and work with her to improve her delivery of the text.
While I consider myself intelligent I have always found the "for Dummies" series of books very easy to navigate and understand and well laid out. The same is true here. The format of these books is excellent no matter the topic.
DATED! I learned a great deal in the first half, however then the text became very dated. I was stunned when the author began speaking of the house market as if we should be cautious, but the problems MAY happen. I then realized this text was two versions older than the book sold on Amazon.com. Not good in a topic like stocks where advice needs to stay current!
Yes, I found his voice and reading engaging unlike some other books I have listened to where the information is valuable, but the narrator makes you go numb.
Please search for a NEWER version of this book before purchase. This is the SECOND EDITION and the FORTH EDITION is in print on Amazon.com. This book will help you understand the terms of stock investing... but whenever it ventures onto "current events" it is a few years off the mark.
First, let me start my review by being clear this book is not REALLY “By Louise Hay” as they want you to think. I adore Louise Hay, I have all her books. However, Louise is not 87 years old and clearly can not or does not want to write additional books on her own. For whatever reason (to sell books and make profits, I assume) her publishing company, Hay House, has developed a new “idea”. They have another author write 99.5% of a book, they have said author narrate 99.5% of said book, they have the author lovely mention Louise having input into the text and then you will hear Louise read a few affirmations or make a VERY brief comment during the audio. They then slap her name on the cover as a co-author which I believe does her and her fans a major disservice. That is what Hay House has done here. That is what they did with “All Is Well”. I hope they stop, but I had a strong feeling when I bought his book that is what they had done so I wasn't totally shocked, just rolled my eyes.
As I said "All is Well" and that is not a good thing.
This book is not read by Louise Hay. It is almost entirely David Kessler and a flaw of the audiobook which I have seen far too often is having the author read it. David Kessler is not a good narrator. He actually stops a few times mid-sentence as if he lost his place or was unsure where to pause (I thought it was me, I re-listened, nope.) and a couple of times uses the term “herself” when he means “himself” and “her” when he mean “him”. He does THAT several times and I have no idea if the actual book is also incorrect but you spot it each time. Why they let those error get released instead of simply re-recording that portion escapes me. However, as informative as David Kessler's information may be, his reading of his own text shouldn't have happened and it can be distracting. He is also very monotone.
That above said, there IS VALUE to this book. The READ author David Kessler does impart important information about grief be it via a breakup, divorce or death as the book claims. I made notes of a number of things he shared and found it very helpful. So I recommend this book.
I am a longtime user of Audible and typically review the books I have listened to to help others. I will say that the "review form" is very poor as it asks you question that may have not be what you care to discuss about the book. SO, if my responses don't quite answer the question asked, sorry. The form forces you to adapt it to your own needs.
Yes, in fact I have already listened to portions twice. I found this book VERY inspiring even if you are not currently in a stressful situation and seeing guidance. I have HAD "my life fall apart" in the past and find Daphne's ideas can be applied any day.
I would compare this to books by Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" and Rhonda Byrnes "The Secret" and "The Power" as she touches on similar themes.
I truly loved her performance! I have had bad narrators destroy good books for me to the point I just can't finish them. Daphne is very engaging, has true feeling and emotion to her voice and is a joy to listen to.
I enjoyed this book very much especially the guided meditation. It truly help me center myself.
"Stillness Speaks" by Eckert Tolle
He has a very calm and relaxing tone to his voice.
(I have to say, I have purchased dozens of books from Audible the form they use for reviews is awkward and does not allow for a full review of the book as it asks questions that may not be relevant to what you want to mention about the book.)
As mentioned by another reviewer in 12/13, there ARE production issues with this audiobook. I thought I was crazy when I heard the author repeat himself a number of times knowing I had not rewound the audiobook. Sure enough, 2 if not 3 chapters are REPEATED. SO, the book is not as long as the file indicates, somehow they inserted a bunch of the audio twice in the file. I have reached out to Audible as I have never had this happen before I trust they will want to have this fixed. It was disappointing and confusing.
If Wayne Dyer presented this information in a manner that was clearer. I was excited to listen to this book but found myself each time only getting bits and pieces of what he was trying to convey. He repeats "Do the Tao" over and over without quite explaining WHAT he wants the listener to do and why. I am very familiar with his and similar work and have enjoyed them very much. THIS, I was lost!
Yes, is presented in a clear and understandable way and MUCH shorter.
Yes. I am familiar with his work in "The Secret"
I believe the concepts Dyer TRIES to convey have great meaning. His presentation is odd and far too long winded.
Far too much "data". This book does not speak in plain English. It does on and on about studies and facts and figures that make you go numb. I have listened to several books on Introversion ("The Introvert's Way is EXCELLENT) but this one is way too long and is like a college course... you nod off fast.
A book on this topic that is much more fast paced and interesting.
No. Kathe is very monotone and herself seems disinterested in the material.
While his love of himself grates on me, I saw Dr. Phil on OWN doing a Lifeclass about this book. I enjoyed the points he shared and decided to buy the book here. I may have to return this title if he doesn't stop what he starts in the first 5 minutes of listening. You get to hear how amazing HIS career has been and how terrific HIS success in life is. They you have to hear about HIS wonderful marriage and HIS two amazingly successful sons. HELLO? PAGING PHIL MCGRAW... THIS BOOK ISN'T ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL YOU THINK YOU ARE.
I have not because of this very fear, that McGraw would make the entire book like his television appearances, about himself and his love for himself.
Self-Centered and annoying. He actually works for Oprah Winfrey still and she has a hand in pretty much any "product" with his name. While she can have flashes of self importance it is amazing to me she hasn't sat him down and told him to take the spotlight off himself and shine it on HIS AUDIENCE.
Dr. Phil McGraw.
I feel this book HAS good information in it but so far it buried so far under McGraw's self congratulatory tone it is grating.
I would have rated this much higher if it MADE SENSE. I have listened to many books on affirmations and positive thinking, many by the same publishers. I LOVE Louise Hay! I found this book confusing, scattered, the reading poor and the idea of the female writer channeling someone named Abraham just was too much.
Something on the same topic not so far fetched on the same topic.
He sounded monotone and as if he was reading.
I would have the couple bring their message down to basic common priciples and relay them in similar question and answer format, but not as if Jerry Hick's was interviewing some spirit coming through Esther. She also spoke in such a long winded way by the time she got to something usefull I was numb.
Please search out something by Louise Hay, Rhonde Byrne or Eckard Tolle instead.
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