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Kimberly Good

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  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2165)
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    (1804)
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    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "A lot to think about, but it is already helping"
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    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    I actually speeded the narration up to 125% (I'm using the audible app to listen to this). At normal speed it is just too slow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There is too much information to listen too in one sitting. However, at the same time it was way too interesting to follow the authors recommendation to only do one chapter a week and try out each will power experiment for a week before moving on.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a great mix of both quick and easy fixes for how you think about your "willpower challenge" (losing weight, spending less, working out more, ect ), as well as some long term changes. The book is structured so that each chapter discusses current research and case studies/success stories before summarizing with a single method/strategy to increase your willpower. The idea is that one or two or ... of the discusses methods will work for you in your particular challenge, while others won't.

    56 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • Prep

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Julie Dretzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (159)
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    (160)

    This New York Times best-seller is a funny and poignant coming-of-age story, a dead-on examination of adolescent angst, and a sharp criticism of America’s social structure. Fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora enrolls at the prestigious Ault School of Massachusetts and is surrounded by beautiful, wealthy students. She immediately feels like an outsider, but manages to carve out a niche for herself. Then everything falls apart when Lee’s private thoughts become public information.

    Lorraine says: "Easy & Enjoyable Listen"
    "Drama drama drama, but so addictive!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is one of those stories that you kind of feel guilty for listening too, but just when you are about to change to something deeper, there is a shining moment that makes you think "That's right! That is exactly what high school/college was like!"


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book DID make me do both. And at the same time there were parts where all I could do was roll my eyes and think "drama drama drama!"


    Any additional comments?

    I think 95% of people will really enjoy this book (if you have an interest in "coming of age" type books), but there are definitely places where you will also probably feel a little silly for listening to soap operas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3910)
    Performance
    (3364)
    Story
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    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Fascinating. Both varied and thorough."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the many different topics that were covered. The author investigates both classic ideals of modern behavior in an introvert vs extrovert sense, as well as diving into new research on personality traits as related to classic introvert and the new thinking on self-monitor and high sensitivity. Another interesting aspect of the book is the discussion on how introverts classically feel shame for enjoying solitude more than social events. This topic crops up in multiple places and was a real "aha" moment for me.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    Very soothing voice, good speed. Overall very easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. There was too much to think about.


    Any additional comments?

    I am adding this to a list of books I want to purchase and have on hand for when my daughter (now 1 year old) begins to read on her own. It has a lot of parts that really hit home for me. One of those books that shines a little bit of light on part of you that is "wrong" and makes you realize that no, it's not "wrong" it's just the way you are.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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