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Aubra

CANBY, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (611)

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Amazon's Best Customer says: "Love this book"
    "A little bit of science, a whole lot of hooplah."
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    This is a fairly well-written fluffy self-help book. If that's all you're looking for, then by all means, give it a listen.

    If, however, you're interested in the actual "science of attachment" and any of the research conducted thereon, this is not the book for you. While it makes reference to some research, there is no attempt made to show that their claims are falsifiable, there are no alternate explanations made, and the entire book is filled with inaccurate sweeping statements. As a student of psychology looking for some interesting extracurricular reading, I was deeply disappointed. The only thing I can truly say I learned from this book is that you can make a lot of money by overgeneralizing a few experiments. If there is any heavy-duty evidence to back up any of their relationship cures, it certainly wasn't included in this book.

    Even as self-help, it leaves a lot to be desired. Having someone tell you to "communicate more effectively" is about as helpful as a golf instructor telling you to "swing your club better," and the extent of their dating advice it that everyone should find one of those saintly, all-knowing, all-embracing miracles, the securely attached adult, who automatically does everything right in every relationship. I suppose they're great, if you can find one.

    The reader was fine, but there were several jarringly mispronounced words scattered throughout the book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2125)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (905)

    In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

    Christopher Burbridge says: "Life Changing, I Gotta Say"
    "Badly written, sparse ideas"
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    I'll admit that I did get a few ideas from this book. The author proposes that small businesses fail because the founders only wanted to create the product, and not deal with internal organization, management, advertising and so on. And he proposes that one must organize one's business in a way that would be easily replicable and standardized, for efficiency and for brand unity. Both good ideas.

    However, I didn't need to listen to eight hours of clumsily-written allegory to get that point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Les Standiford, Joe Matthews
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children, no pedophile registry. His 1981 abduction and murder, unsolved for over a quarter of a century, forever changed America.

    Reserved Powers says: "Well-told from the Law Enforcement Perspective"
    "Who needs suspense?"
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    This is not a mystery, nor a riveting or thrilling tale. Within the first two hours, the entire series of events leading to and including the murder are revealed. Within another hour, a full confession is recorded by multiple cops. That leaves another 7 hours of blunders and mishaps.

    The "definitive account of a horrifying crime" is over before the book even starts.While this may be worthwhile to those who are interested in police procedure and the foibles of the legal process, this is neither a mystery, nor thrilling, and would have been better off as an article than a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection Between Humans and Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jon Franklin
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Of all the things hidden in plain sight, dogs are one of the most enigmatic. They are everywhere, but how much do we really know about where they came from and what the implications are of their place in our world? Jon Franklin set out to find out and ended up spending a decade studying the origins and significance of the dog and its peculiar attachment to humans.

    Jay Marie says: "More Science than Story"
    "Philosophy, not science"
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    Having just finished John Bradshaw's "Dog Sense" and hoping to find another good book on the evolution of dogs, I was excited to see all the reviews that said that "The Wolf in the Parlor" had too much science in it. Just my style.

    Unfortunately, this book doesn't actually contain much science. It contains the coherent, well-written, and entertaining musings of a guy who does a little research and then spends a lot of time thinking about what it might mean. It's an enjoyable journey that touches here and there on actual science, but it's mostly speculation and anecdotes.

    Did I enjoy this book? Yes. Did I learn anything from it? No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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