Saint Petersburg, FL | Member Since 2012
This is a good book and contains many good concepts and techniques. The narration meets expectations. All-in-all it's worth the buy, but the ideas and theory could have been elaborated on a little bit more; the listen was over in no time at all, which is why it lacks the fifth star for me. I'm not into "filler content" just for the sake of length, but am convinced that more metaphorical, exemplary stories are in order so that one could teach the *unconscious* the material contained within, not just the conscious mind.
If you're considering buying the book, go ahead and do it. You can listen to it easily in one afternoon and glean quite a bit of information from it. You will probably want to listen more than once to ingrain the information into your knowledge and habits.
I've already purchased two copies of this for my friends because I considered it so enlightening and eye-opening.
This book is extremely comprehensive, yet none of the material can be considered "filler" nor did I consider any of it to be boring in any way. I've been an avid reader/listener of neuroscience materials for quite some time, and this listen gained me more novel, original knowledge on this subject than I've been able to gather for a long while, and I've been able to apply a large portion of it practically in my own life, which is important to me (unactionable, non-applicable knowledge is useless in my opinion).
The narration is excellent and can be comfortably listened to at speeds higher than 1x if desired (I was listening at 1.25x), which says a lot about how well-spoken and clear the book's narration was. Patrick Egan also did a wonderful job at inflection and was not at all monotonous.
If you like "figuring out" how people think and why they think that way (including your own thinking), then this book is for you. Very good listen indeed!
Part of me was expecting this book to be more of the same "just tell people to buzz off when they distract you" simplistic, common sense stuff that I've found to be disappointingly lacking in novelty from other books, but I decided to give it a listen anyway. I made the right choice!
Not only is this book well thought-out, but David Rock goes far beyond simply explaining the concepts behind the material (which are brilliant, by the way!) and gives real, practical methods of applying the material in day-to-day life.
Carried out throughout the entire book is a metaphor comparing the way the mind works to a play, which turned out to be a very smooth and consistent way of explaining neuroscientific concepts in a way that was easily understandable. Along with the play metaphor, the book also makes use of the stories of two people and their encounters with the concepts so that one can easily see the concepts play out in a use-case way, which allowed me to effortlessly parallel my own experience with the experience of the two characters.
I've been a long-time reader/listener of neuroscience, sociology, and psychology materials, and I'm familiar with many of the neuroscience concepts in the book. David Rock does a great job of explaining the neurochemical interactions of dopamine, norepinephrine, and oxytocin in everyday life--using the play analogy--that's brilliantly simple and holistic. Also inside is a fairly comprehensive explanation of mindfulness that comes across as neither too "transcendent" nor spiritual, which is an issue that I've struggled with in reading material on the subject.
Bob Walter has a brilliant voice and narrates this with great intonation and clear pronunciation which I was comfortably listening to at 1.25x speed.
After about a week-and-a-half of applying the concepts I gathered from the book I'm already happier, and it's not because I have less "on my plate" at work; it's simply because this book makes it much easier to play with the hand you've been dealt and be more efficient and effective at work with less stress.
This book delivers in every way and my expectations of a hum-drum listen were completely shattered. Well-done, David and Bob, well done.
Choosing all five stars on all categories is not something that I'm usually quick to do, because, when I see this on others' reviews, there's a little voice in the back of my head that goes "yeah right". At first glance, I expected this book to be more of the same "just stay positive and accept yourself" stuff of inspirational books. Even though I had these expectations, a thorough look at the reviews was enough to cause me to give this book a shot.
Every positive review that I've read on this book is absolutely spot-on. The narration of the book is very pleasing to the ears while--at the same time--not one bit in danger of putting one to sleep. This book caused me to realize that there is *much* more to introversion that can be casually assessed without some thorough reflection and research. The concepts are backed up by solid lab studies and tests. While most books that I read in the area of self-development help me to determine more about others (and how to deal with them) than about myself, this book caused me to gain more insight into *my own* life than that of others.
I am lucky enough to live within walking distance from my office, and usually listen to books while walking there. This book had me wandering outside of my office building, not wanting to go inside because it would deprive me of more listening time. You can truly tell that the author has put her life's work into the making of this material.
Whether you're an introvert, or a friend or family member of an introvert, there is no way that I could possibly convey how much insight this will give you into an introvert's mind. The concepts laid out inside *will* open your eyes and go FAR beyond the simplistic alone; I almost guarantee that there are ideas that you've not considered about introversion in the content of this masterpiece that will change the way you go about your life.
The most powerful thing that I brought out of the wonderful experience of listening to this book is the reversal of the incorrect assumptions that introversion is something to be fixed and of which to be ashamed. I never would have imagined that there are strengths to introversion that have no substitute in the extroverted personality and are strengths to be cherished and *honed*, not *fixed*.
If you're reading the reviews of this book, wondering whether or not to give it a listen, I think you know my vote, but, just in case, I will tell you to GET THIS BOOK. After listening to it, I would gladly pay ten times the price for this book because it's enlightened me--and changed my life--more than ten other self-development books combined.
I almost *must* listen to this book again because of its comprehensiveness of amazing content regarding most of the aspects of interpersonal affairs (and even in regard to dealing with yourself)! One time around just won't cut it because there's so much good stuff to soak in.
I think it may be almost criminal to compare this book with any other. It was around before most of the other books in the same genre and is--just as is the material written by Socrates millenia ago--still just as pertinent today as it was then (other than the dollar amounts mentioned in the stories--talk about inflation!).
I've not previously heard anything narrated by Andrew MacMillan, but his voice tonality, inflection, and pronunciation are extremely soothing and easy to listen to without putting one to sleep in the process.
I will always remember the concept that it's more favorable to get someone else to come to their own version of your conclusion than it is to force your opinion on them. Before listening to this book I was quick to correct thoughts of others that I thought were wrong because I thought that was the "right thing to do." Boy, was I wrong! What I should have been doing was correcting myself for trying to correct others.
I started reading the written-letter version of this book some years ago and never got very far into it because what I read seemed to me to be common sense. My mistake was not letting the book run its full course and going to the very end, because there are so many great concepts past the beginning of the book that had never even dawned on me. If you're considering listening to this book, just know that all of the content builds upon its previous content and you should do yourself the favor of listening all the way through, even if what you're hearing seems old and already-known. ***WARNING: If you are not a fan of realizing that you've been wrong for years, DO NOT listen to this book, because it will most likely make you come to that realization quickly and with great magnitude. The upside of this, however, is that Dale Carnegie not only points out misconceptions, but also tells what the proper conceptions are and how to think about things, awesomely illustrated in stories that are sometimes funny and mostly very metaphorically powerful. If your life is perfect and no one ever disagrees with you, then don't purchase this book. Otherwise, ya gotta have it!
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