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Russell

UNSW SYDNEY, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Dealing with Difficult People: Creating Success Series

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Roy Lilley
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Dealing with Difficult People looks at individual behaviour, what drives it, and how to cope with it. It explains how to recognize and understand difficult people and their actions as a means to resolve problematic situations and awkward issues.

    A practical, accessible book, it is essential reading for managers looking to improve performance, sales people looking to win more business, and for anyone who has to deal with difficult colleagues or the public.

    rebecca says: "saved my job with this audio book"
    "Dealing with different employees and colleagues"
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    This isn't as broad as I had hoped. Early on it gives outlines of difficult personalities based on the 'sherman tank, sniper, exploder' model but doesn't go into a great amount of detail on how to deal with them. There is also a 'just do xyz and we'll all have a jolly time' air to some of the solutions.

    I'm only half way through listening but its now talking about managing employees in a sales office. Best to look up the book's index at Amazon to see if this is what you are looking for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Neurobiology of 'We': How Relationships, the Mind, and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    If you think your brain and mind are one, think again. According to the interpersonal neurobioligy pioneer Daniel J. Siegel, the mind actually emerges out of the interaction between your brain and relationships. Now, with The Neurobiology of "We", Dr. Siegel invites you on a journey to discover this revolutionary new model of human development - one that can positively transform trauma, move you from stress to calm and equanimity, and promote well-being for you, your family, or even your community.

    Eric says: "Outstanding! Pure genius..."
    "One of the best books I've listened to"
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    This recording brings it all together; the mind, psychology and integration. Siegel has a unique ability to bring it all together seamlessly. When I got to the end I was ready to listen again from the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1856)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1012)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Best item in my audio library - a 'must listen'"
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    This is by far the best audio book I've listened to. The subject is captivating and the narration is professional. The Happiness Hypothesis is perhaps a misnomer. This is an easy to digest overview of the interrelated aspects of the self, personality and society - something we all need to understand - and as such the insights are priceless. Haidt quotes liberally from scholars from the early days of philosophy through to current trends in psychology (as that is his area of expertise), to help the listener to build an understanding of the human condition and where and how we fit into the world around us from a pscho-social-philosophical point of view, but its always presented in an easy to digest format. I've been looking for a good all-rounder book to recommend to others who want to learn more about life interactions - and this is the one. I know I'll listen to this a few times over the years, to keep it fresh in my mind. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adyashanti
    • Narrated By Adyashanti
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (49)

    What would happen if you were to allow everything to be exactly as it is? If you gave up the need for control, and instead embraced the whole of your experience in each moment that arose? In the 14 years that he studied Zen, Adyashanti found that most seasoned meditators had used the practice as a means to a goal they never reached.

    Peter says: "Very Nice, Different and Refreshing"
    "Refreshing insight from an independent view"
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    I've not heard of Adyashanti but found he has a refreshing take on meditation practice, from slightly outside of standard religious approaches to meditation practice.

    I think this is well worth the cost at least for the first part. I got a bit lost in the second but don't care, I'll just rewind and listen to the first part again. It needs to be listened to a few times to get the full effect of what he is saying.

    If you have been studying Buddhism or meditation for some time then this is well worth a purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain that Changes Itself

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.

    Russell says: "Intriguing insight into the workings of the brain"
    "Intriguing insight into the workings of the brain"
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    This is a great 'read' if you are interested in the way the brain works and particularly how the brain manages to repair itself or work around obstacles to keep the body functioning. Its also professionally narrated. It talks about perceptions, how the brain deals with pain (it "allows" pain signals for example) and what it does if the body loses an eye or a limb by remapping parts of the brain to compensate, or how, in some cases, it fails such as phantom limb syndrome. I found it fascinating and insightful and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has a keen interest in science and research or human perception.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    With robust clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which Hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.

    Mark says: "God is not great is great"
    "Compelling listening"
    Overall

    This is informative and entertaining. Christopher is not difficult to listen to as others have suggested, you just need to listen to him in 30 min blocks. He covers the major religions as well as topics such as evolution with ample quotes and examples throughout. Well worth a purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Noble Heart: A Self-Guided Retreat on Befriending Your Obstacles

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (151)

    You can't get away from suffering. That's the good news, teaches Pema Chodron. For at the core of your most painful experiences, you will find the seeds of your awakening. On Noble Heart, this best-selling author and Tibetan Buddhist nun shows you how vulnerability is our greatest spiritual resource amid life's difficulties. Using special meditations and teachings, she shows how to cultivate your own noble heart, one that sheds its armor, and opens fearlessly to both heartache and delight.

    Jim says: "Wonderful, like a personal retreat"
    "A great opportunity to hear a Pema Chodron talk"
    Overall

    Pema Chodron is a great interpreter and communicator of Buddhist philosophies in the modern world context. Her books are well worth reading. This talk is every bit as good as her books. Its recorded as she talks to an audience and yes there are occasional coughs which can be annoying but it this does not dilute the strength of her delivery or message. As I live on the other side of the world there's no way I could attend her talks so this is the next best thing. I think its good value.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Verses, Healing Sounds, Volumes I and II: The Bhagavad Gita and Hymns of the Rig Veda

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    In this illuminating audio experience, Deepak Chopra invites listeners to experience the therapeutic power of sound through language and music. In Volume I, Deepak explains how language forms our material reality and shapes our beliefs and behavior. Listeners are treated to a selection of sacred verses from the Bhagavad Gita that spontaneously generate insight, intuition, and inner harmony.

    Brandon says: "More like 3.75"
    "Interesting but not great"
    Overall

    I like Deepak as he has a great intellect and a great way of explaining things. Although I found the early part of these recordings interesting they become repetitive and I found it a challenge to listen to it all they way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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