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.
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.
Funny. Lighthearted. Unusual.
I did find the sometimes very short chapters a bit jarring and much more enjoyed when Ellen relayed a full story then just a short random thought that somewhat broke up the enjoyment of the book. Tell stories from your life and funny observations OR just have one page random thoughts and lists, mixing the two was odd.
Any time Ellen told a story about her family, her show, etc. was very enjoyable.
Yes, I can't imagine sitting and reading this book in print. Like Kathy Griffin's book, it gains SO MUCH by hearing the author read it with their own inflections, etc. This works especially well in comedy and you don't have to imagine how Ellen would have delivered a line.
I highly recommend this book in audio format. I saw the print version in a store and am glad I skipped it for this one. I would prefer she had not thrown in one page "chapters" that she seems to start and finish in less than a minute, but 75% of the text was very enjoyable.
This audio book ranks among my favorites.
I bought the book in hardcover and while I love Kathy Griffin, I found myself just skimming it. It's so hard for me to sit down and get through a book without 100 interruptions and I felt something was missing. WHAT? Kathy herself telling the story in her own voice and own style. That is EXACTLY what this audio book adds. When you take the printed page and have Kathy read it to you herself, it's as if you are sitting on a couch with her having a chat while she tells you the story of her life. I had a hard time pausing it to do other things and listened to the entire book in two days. She dives into very personal material, shows there is darkness in her past and comes off as a real person. They say most comedians have pain in their past, I have found this to be true and it certainly is with Kathy, not that there are not many fun uplifting stories also.
It simply made me FINALLY enjoy this book I so wanted to get through but couldn't holding it in my hand. If you want to learn more about Kathy Griffin, get the audio book, not the print version... the audio is SO much better.
NO, but only because this is an 11 hour audio book. I would listen to portions again, but the length makes a full second listening a challenge.
I LOVE Iyanla Vanzant. I discovered her during her reconciliation with Oprah in her final season and then have watched her faithfully on OWN since and looked her up on YouTube. There is something about her and the way she speaks and delivers her advice that makes me unable to turn away. She has so many words of wisdom I have taken with me. I purchased this so I could get to know her background better as I continue my journey with her as her new TV show starts this summer. However, that said, Iyanla is not known to paraphrasing (neither am I) and at times she goes into a VERY long form relaying of a story that goes on and on and could have been told in a much shorter fashion. I truly believe, while well intentioned, I would have gotten a bit more from Peace from Broken Pieces had she cut back a bit on every single detail in some areas and gotten this down by a few chapters in length.
Iyanla is one of the more powerful and thought provoking speakers I have ever encountered. Her voice, as always, conveys an emotion and faith that simply would not come across in writing. Hearing her tell the story was 1000 times better than my reading her words.
Having lost love ones and had failed relationships, I felt her pain. I would love to meet her. I've made similar mistakes. She is able to admit her career and life mistakes with humor, she is able to make you feel she understands. It is a touching story.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I recommend this book and all the teachings or Iyanla Vanzant. This coming from an almost middle aged (did I admit that?) Irish Catholic man who lost my younger brother decades ago and my mother to cancer (as she lost her daughter) just over a year ago. A woman who was the sun in my sky. It's two parts, it's 11 hours and you need to take in this book a piece at a time. Otherwise, buy now!
The core information presented by Dr. Fuhrman is excellent. Sadly, it is "padded" with pages upon pages of "filler" information that can cause the listener to doze off. This is the first audiobook ever I had had to fast forward through to get to the valuable data I seek.
The Atkin's Diet - NOT because of it's core, but because we again hear refined grains and sugars are evil (true). I have used a self-modified Adkin's diet to great effect and Furhrman seems to agree with my findings that most of Adkin's can be dangerous. However, avoiding processed carbs is the core of both plans.
Dr. Furhman may know his stuff, but his reading skills can be a bit jarring. He often will studder when reading his own words (not because of a disability) he will loose his place or seem to pause at times as if unfamilar with the book he wrote. I believe he wrote it, but someone else should have read it.
I recently have had a hard time loosing weight. I was heavy as a child and have kept weight off for over 20 years with a few periods where I would pack on 10-15 pounds and nothing seemed to take it off and/or my body was simply adding weight with the same diet that it had maintained a healthy weight at for some reason (stress?) This book is my plan to get back on track. Sadly, when you put on weight you get depressed so you get stressed so you stress eat and a "circle" is created. It must be broken.
I think Dr. Furhman could have gotten the key information needed by most listeners into a 1-hour recording and done much better at communicating the key data. I don't cook so I don't need the recipes other talk about. I do need reminders of what to avoid and what to eat much more of.
This book ranks very high in the valuable information I took from it and am working into my everyday life. It also ranks as the one with the most dramatic music and sound effects and an author who really thinks she is imparting information upon you Christ himself doesn't know. She certainly takes herself seriously.
When Rhonda Byrne gives advice to the unemployed to write themselves a fake job offer letter and then pretending to accept, get congratulations and attend meetings with imaginary co-workers I realized some of her zest is over the top and she may have hit her head on one of the many bags of money she made on "The Secret". Her point about positive thinking is spot on, but sometimes you do want to yell "Calm down Rhonda!"
More dramatic than most Broadway musicals with swelling music and sound effects better than George Lucas.
Yes. I have to admit Byrne's over the top delivery of her material makes you want to keep listening. The sound effects and music pull you in, even if unusual for an audiobook of this type.
I highly recommend "The Power" keeping in mind it's one heck of a listen. Keep notes, re-listen to key parts and you will indeed feel more powerful.
I have always been someone who spends 80% of my time thinking of the past or planning for a future that normally never works out as planned... major wastes of time. Rarely am I in the moment or enjoying that I am experiencing that second. I am normally recalling something, thinking of something else, etc. and don't absorb new things. I lost a brother 20 years ago in a car accident and lost my mother a little over a year ago to Cancer. While I certainly thought of the past and what I could have said to my brother, etc. the loss of my mother threw me into a tailspin. I would relive every moment of her illness daily, every word we said in her final months (all wonderful, we were very close) I would also find myself back to my brother's death and then constantly in panic worrying about my father's future, the rest of my family, etc. My mind was racing 24/7. I would wake in the middle of the night in sheer panic. My doctor have me something for sleep, something to take for anxiety and then anti-depressants. Everything possible to shut down my mind. It helped, but I am not one to take pills and hated having to take this stuff all the time with some but uneven results.I am not one to read books. I can sit still for maybe 20 minutes and then I close the book and never finish it. I joined audible hoping to be able to learn from books I knew had knowledge I needed, but I would never sit and read cover to cover.First, I listened to Jill Bolte Taylor's "My Stroke of Insight" and learned so much about quieting the mind. Then, I moved on to "The Power of Now". I have taken notes and used many of the techniques Tolle recommends. I truly feel much calmer, if I catch myself looking back of forward I pull myself into the present. This has been the first time in many months I am not obsessing about the past of worrying about the future. I will say that sometimes Tolle speaks over the heads of the listener and the format (Q&A) causes him to repeat himself. But there are many nuggets of valuable information in the book that you must listen to. Well worth the time.
"My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor. A similar theme of being present.
Personally, while I understand the value of a Q and A format, both the male and female readers used to ask Tolle's questions often sound as if they are reading off a prompter or seems to be trying too hard to pretend they are the ones really asking the question. The bouncing from male to female from chapter to chapter is also distracting.
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