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Dave Hedley

San Mateo, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Reich
    • Narrated By Robert Reich
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    The author of 12 acclaimed books, Robert B. Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served in three national administrations. While many blamed Wall Street for the financial meltdown, Aftershock points a finger at a national economy in which wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top - and where a grasping middle class simply does not have the resources to remain viable.

    Chris says: "Very plausible assessment of our economy"
    "Love the facts in this book"
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    I really appreciate all the author had to say about why the New Deal worked. I wasn't convinced by his tax plan, but I do appreciate the effort. There have been a number of books in this area from the likes of Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz -- how can you not talk about the biggest financial crisis in the US (if not the world) since the Great Depression. Having the author read the book had for me the sense of Dr Reich talking to me and explaining what's happening in the economy. It's a quick listen so very worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Parker J. Palmer
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (45)
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    Finding one's calling is not just about finding something we can do - it is about finding what we can't not do. "Let your life speak" is a time-honored Quaker admonition to live one's life as witness to the deepest truths one knows. But as Parker Palmer explains, those words can also mean "listen to your life, and let it tell you what your truth is."

    Julia says: "Deep Wisdom in these pages"
    "Great take on a purposeful life"
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    His Quaker beliefs infuse this book, so may be a barrier to the committed atheist. However, an interesting approach to purpose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Roy McMillan
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    Continuing where Thus Spoke Zarathustra left off, Nietzsche's controversial work Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most influential philosophical texts of the 19th century and one of the most controversial works of ideology ever written. Attacking the notion of morality as nothing more than institutionalised weakness, Nietzsche criticises past philosophers for their unquestioning acceptance of moral precepts. Nietzsche tried to formulate what he called "the philosophy of the future".

    Diverse says: "Great Book, great Audio Narration"
    "Disappointing"
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    The most modern part of me is very surprised at the deference paid to Nietzsche. Perhaps I'm not understanding him. Perhaps he is less clever than he believes himself to be. There are many grand assertions that are not at all proven. His dependence on a particular view of what the basic nature of "man" is, is a distinct weakness. Nietzsche would likely scoff at my call to science to disprove his truth, yet, there it is. What we know, now, of how the human brain works tends to disprove the thesis of the basic nature of man being that of power and dominance. We are more of a cooperative species than Nietzsche might allow. I would have liked him to engage more directly Mills, et al., rather than be so rude and dismissive. It gives little weight to an argument, when you simply dismiss those you disagree with rather than a clear refutation of their arguments. Not sorry I read it, have not found this particularly enlightening. I was glad to see the he was not the anti-Semite of which he has been accused by his critics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sarah A. Chrisman
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    On Sarah A. Chrisman's 29th birthday, her husband, Gabriel, presented her with a corset. The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful, but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views. Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life, she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset - ever. She'd heard how corsets affected the female body and what they represented, and she wanted none of it.

    Jessica says: "It's no more than promised but not what hoped"
    "Surprisingly good"
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    A very delightful and unusual book. I learned a lot of subtleties of Victorian dress. The author has a lovely command of the English language. The grace she cultivates in her manner and dress comes through in her language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert A. Glover
    • Narrated By Robert O'Keefe
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    Dr. Glover believes there are men who suffer what he calls the "Nice Guy Syndrome". These men listen, offer advice, and jump at the chance to help. But no matter how hard they try to please others, their own lives are incomplete. Here Dr. Glover offers guidance on how to take back control. He suggests ways to achieve fulfillment in emotional, physical, and professional relationships. By redefining his priorities, any man can create the life he always wanted.

    Gerard says: "Good info but no exercises."
    "This should be on most guys reading lists"
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    I've been doing most of this for years. I was, very much, Mr. Nice Guy and a complete jerk. I do appreciate the way he has created a systematic way for addressing the issues!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Barry Schwartz
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on the important ones and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.

    Darwin8u says: "The Tyranny of Pop Economics"
    "Fascinating!"
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    Interesting and often times counter intuitive, which is the point more often than not. I feel that I have gained a greater understanding of the unhappiness of the modern world. I would often be reminded of the Devo anthem, " freedom of choice, is what you got. Freedom from choice, is what you want." I love the results of the many interesting experiments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Caroline Kennedy, and others
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    In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Listen"
    "Worth selecting the audio version."
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    Absolutely delightful. I highly recommend the audiobook version as you get to listen to the real original tapes. It's interesting to see how she saw her husband, politics, and the events of the time. It's not the greatest historical material as the interviewer is a friend, and had worked for Kennedy and been his friend. Still lovely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brene Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    Laura says: "Really powerful"
    "Wonderful and powerful."
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    Really delightful and interesting. This is a story of accepting what is. It's also about being alive. I found this to be a lovely quick read. I like this so much, I'm diving in to her other books shortly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    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 very interesting view on relationships."
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    A very interesting approach to relationships. This has added another interesting tool to both my own relationships tool belt and to the way I look at Relationships in my coaching practice. I've also been able to view my own shift to a secure attachment style, and see what communication elements are at work. I also gained an understanding of our attachment system which is another useful thing to understand. It has particularly helped with those relationships where the one is always fretting and the other distancing, and to understand what attracts them. Needed to get a hard copy as the audiobook gets tough when trying to describe a chart you'll be filling out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindful Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Paul Gilbert
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    This ground-breaking new book combines the best of Compassion-Focused Therapy with the most effective mindfulness techniques. The result is an extremely effective approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems and improving one's sense of well being. Based on the latest work from Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, best-selling author of The Compassionate Mind, and Buddhist expert Choden.

    Dave Hedley says: "Good instruction in Mindfullness"
    "Good instruction in Mindfullness"
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    This book had some meditation instruction which has been very helpful. It was really simple things like sending loving kindness to a difficult person is not endorsing their behavior. I loved the writing style. It felt very clear throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "I think I missed something"
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    The use of language is exquisite. The story itself is disturbing, and perhaps, that's a good thing. I often had this strong repugnant feeling as the main character was describing his delight in "nymphets." I've had two different men that worked for me, many years ago, convicted of pederasty, and the dialogue reminds me of conversations I had with these men, which had this undertone of my discomfort. I gave those men the benefit of the doubt, and couldn't fathom their love of the "young" actually meaning what it sounded like they meant. The language makes the novel worthwhile, but I do think I've had more profitable uses of my reading time. Did I miss something here?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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