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Reg

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Oliver Burkeman
    • Narrated By Oliver Burkeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (282)

    The Antidote is a series of journeys among people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. What they have in common is a hunch about human psychology: that it’s our constant effort to eliminate the negative that causes us to feel so anxious, insecure, and unhappy. And that there is an alternative "negative path" to happiness and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

    Brett says: "Self help for the real world"
    "Awesome"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Antidote the most enjoyable?

    It was factual and made sense.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ?


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Burkeman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The bits on goal setting where particularly stand out.


    Any additional comments?

    everyone should listen to this book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ken Binmore
    • Narrated By Jesse Einstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    This Very Short Introduction offers a succinct tour of the fascinating world of game theory, a groundbreaking field that analyzes how to play games in a rational way. Ken Binmore, a renowned game theorist, explains the theory in a way that is both entertaining and non-mathematical yet also deeply insightful, revealing how game theory can shed light on everything from social gatherings, to ethical decision-making, to successful card-playing strategies, to calculating the sex ratio among bees.

    Reg says: "Not an introduction"
    "Not an introduction"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book is complicated and uses to much field related jargon. It's good for those familer with the concepts but painfully complicated for those who aren't

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Swallow The Happy Pill: Secrets To True Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    • Narrated By Craig Beck
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    "I just want to be happy," a simple goal expressed as though it were the very least we could expect of life. Some phrase it differently, and some attach requirement or specifics to the statement by pre-deciding how happiness must be packaged. Nonetheless it sounds so reasonable an expectation and yet for some reason so many people spend an entire lifetime unable to reach or even discover the first step on the path to this universal desire. Many believe that this illusive state would be possible if they could only win the lottery, inherit great wealth....

    Grant says: "Happy I listened."
    "Basically a religious text"
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    So I listened to this whole book. It's got some good things to say. And it's far and away better then the secret. But don't kid your self, it's just a religious text. It teaches about an afterlife, how to commune with God and the role of sin and the devil (their isn't any, except when it's your ego). In many respects it's just a mishmash of eastern and western spiritual ideas.

    But it does have some evidence driven material. And it has thoughts on spirituality that are interesting. Personally I prefer the work of Andrew Farley and/or "the Great Courses Series" lecture set on 'Mindfulness.' Either could be a reflection on my values going in , I'm a Christian. But no matter your goals it's really just another book that's more to do with the authors values and how they helped him. As a biography of his personal journey I think it has merit. As a prophetic, or self help, text I don't think it's all that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1127)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "The best book of its kind"
    Overall
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    Simply put this book is the best book of its kind. Practical and honest . And filled with information that I applied and got dividends from right away. I even bought the kindle copy to have a physical copy to read the highlights if later on. I highly recommend it.

    The only negative is I didn't like the performance as much. Bit that's a matter of taste, and not content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children and Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Rayna Gangi
    • Narrated By Heather Jane Hogan
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A guide for parents, teachers, administrators and anyone helping children cope with the tradegy of death, murder, violence, terrorism or suicide.

    Reg says: "Good, not great."
    "Good, not great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nothing new or exciting, though some counterintuitive incites to be sure make it worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joel Osteen
    • Narrated By Joel Osteen
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Do you often dream of living a more rewarding life? Do you aspire to a better job, a stronger marriage, a happier home? Do you wish for more gratifying relationships with your family and friends? Perhaps you simply want to accomplish more and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

    Mike says: "Your Best Life Now"
    "He is what he is"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is not as bad as its made out to be, but its not hard theology and I dont like financial rewards being implied as evidence for salvation. But he doesn't do that to much, Anyway C.S. Lewis he is not, nor does he try to be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2596)
    Performance
    (2022)
    Story
    (2010)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Meh...."
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    So its got some good info in it but as a social worker who works day to day with people in distress I can assure you that it is not as simple as it is spelled out here, which is rather mechanical. Good information, but the human brain is not nearly as neatly packaged as the writer would like us to believe.


    Any additional comments?

    The author needs to spend more time out of the lab.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Daniel G. Amen
    • Narrated By Daniel G. Amen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    BRAIN PRESCRIPTIONS THAT REALLY WORK. In this breakthrough bestseller, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with.

    Tonny says: "How to stretch 2.5 hours of material to fit 11"
    "Careful here"
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    Would you listen to Change Your Brain, Change Your Life again? Why?

    no. I don't read, or listen to books more then once generally.


    What other book might you compare Change Your Brain, Change Your Life to and why?

    I don't know.


    What about Daniel G. Amen’s performance did you like?

    Emmmm well as far as recording gos it was good enough.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    His assertion of the value of FMRIs and medication


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book, but a word of caution it is not about excersizes to change your brain. its about the use of medication. Their are a few other things in their, but FMRIS and medication are essentially what the book is about. I like it, and think folks should read it, but know what your reading before you jump in. It was very helpful for me, and I think it demystifies mental processes, and can help greatly.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Evil and the Justice of God

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By N. T. Wright
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (15)

    With every earthquake and war, understanding the nature of evil and our response to it becomes more urgent. Evil is no longer the concern just of ministers and theologians but also of politicians and the media. We hear of child abuse, ethnic cleansing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we are shocked. N. T. Wright says that we should not be surprised. For too long we have naively believed in the modern idea of human progress.

    Reg says: "Good Answers, but not full."
    "Good Answers, but not full."
    Overall

    This book needed to address the question of why, which it spacifically did not do. It did discuss the qestion of justice, and what God plans to do about evil, but with no answer to the questin of why a good God allows evil it really puts the cart before the ohrse.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Knowing God

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By J. I. Packer
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian's existence. According to eminent theologian J.I. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted by modern skepticism and have joined the "gigantic conspiracy of misdirection" by failing to put first things first. Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love His Word.

    Gregory says: "Heart provoking"
    "Old Man Shakes cain at modern religion"
    Overall

    Much of this book feels like an old man shaking his cain at young people while unfairly making over generalizations and pinting to himself or his generation as an example the best way to go.

    That said much of the book is excellent and everyone should read. I don't deny his wisdom, but it is his literacy outside of his choosen profession that I have doubts abut.

    0 of 11 people found this review helpful

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