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David

Bedford, MA, USA

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  • Stumbling on Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Gilbert
    • Narrated By Daniel Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (373)

    A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

    Terril Lowe says: "Great Book!"
    "Not what you expect but insightful"
    Overall

    I had trouble rating this because the quality depends upon your goals. This book will not help you to be happy but helps you understand many of the psychological aspects of happiness. It is more of an intellectual read, in a light hearted positive manner, about the subject of happiness from a university level psychology professor. It's practicality is to me somewhat limited, but overall useful in broadening my mind on the subject. I found it interesting and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2815)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (566)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Great advice. It's Really True"
    Overall

    I have been living what Mr. Ferris has been talking about for years. I was comforted to know I was not alone. He formalizes the approach I found by accident. I've met many others who live life by the same rules. Most of us will not meet these people because they're off enjoying their life.

    Many people made negative comments about the audiobook, but I think it's fine.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • True Happiness

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Happiness is your birthright and it is readily available at any given moment, teaches Pema Chodron. So, why do we live in such suffering? "The potential for happiness is not based on outer things; they come and go, causing us misery," she begins. "We're always chasing after something, trying to avoid the difficult places. But there are a lot of small sweetnesses that we ignore because they're so fleeting."

    David says: "Insightful, but less exciting"
    "Insightful, but less exciting"
    Overall

    This book was useful for me, however I did find it difficult to listen to because Pema Chodron's tone of voice is a bit calm and has less intonations making it hard for me to stay engaged. For the book to be useful I think it is best to have a solid basic understanding and personal practice in Buddhism. The intedended audience is people who want to follow the buddhist path. The books is also relatively short for the price. It seems that the book is really not a book but 2 one-hour lectures isolated from the middle of a lecture series (she makes references to lectures both before and after).

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • You Can Be Happy: The Essential Guide to a Healthy Body, Mind, and Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Amanda Gore
    • Narrated By Rebecca Macauley
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Juggling a career, family, and other commitments is often overwhelming in today's busy world; happiness can seem to ebb away. But you CAN be happy, using Amanda Gore's simple and practical techniques. Enjoy your relationships, make the most of your career and money, reduce stress, escape energy-suckers, and look after your health. The 'mindbody' approach reminds us that our mental and physical wellbeing are not separate, but one and the same.

    David says: "Wholistic View on Happiness"
    "Wholistic View on Happiness"
    Overall

    This book is excellent on giving a good practical overview on being happy. In many respects it is exactly the self-help book you expect to read on being helping. The narrator is very positive, and the book covers topics from love, to perception of life, to relationships, to health, to career, and spirituality rather than focusing on any specific (as most happiness related books do). I am still unhappy personnaly at present, but this book helped me get closer to the goal.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Small Is the New Big: And 193 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Seth Godin, one of today's most influential business thinkers, writes best-selling books like Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars. And in between those annual books, he delivers a daily stream of ideas on one of the world's most popular blogs.

    J. Dock says: "some god some bad"
    "Fresh Thinking"
    Overall

    A great book for expanding the way you look at your life and running a business.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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