I didn't get to that part. I was very disappointed. I am a MAMFT atudent at a seminary. I am not a Christian, and wanted a sense of providing clinical therapy from a buddhist perspective. I would read this book to give it a second chance, but i would return the audible book. The hour in which i listened to the book sounded like a dissertation. Not something I need to listen to on the interstate at 6am. I know, from listening to Brain Rules, and Aging as a Spiritual Practice (see reviews) that a narrator can make or break a book, and the best books are those that 'teach' well about difficult subjects. In other words, you can't wait to hear the next chapter! This audible book appeared to lack both advantages, and I need to emphasize that fact. There is a big difference betweem writing a dissertation and writing a book for a general population, no matter if the topic is interesting. If it is not presented for the audience to understand; re-think the stance.
I did not like the performance.
This is not a work of fiction.
The historic summary of 'western' Buddhism is interesting, and a good explanation of how Americans often abberate belief systems to fit their own mold of secular 'spirituality' , removing authenticity of a very honorable philosophy and way of life.
The narrator was great; good storyteller who was able to bring alive the many aspects in the room.
The navy seal. As the true alter ego, he provided depth to the main character
No. I have not, but I was impressed.
Right length; exceptional characters; quick moving plot.
Definitely Brene Brown. Karen White was less than impressive and ruined a great story. Ironically, Brene Brown is a fantastic public speaker, with a wonderful voice. I would actually rate the performance -zero- except for the content.
I loved the chapter on shame and the difference in expression between men and women. I also loved the connection to Harry Potter, a wealth of psychology and therapy resources, personality types, culture, and neurosis.
I really looked forward to listening to this book. It was required reading for a Masters level course on Culture, Race and Sexual Identity. Our teacher picks outstanding books from original sources. I do not understand how or why this person was picked to narrate. Her voice was so entirely distracting that i will buy the book to read. I travel for an hour and a half back to school and appreciate Audible and using "listening time". This woman does not have the "voice" of a narrator. This point was amplified by the fact that Brene Brown does have a wonderful voice. See Ted Talks online.
This would not be a movie.
Brene Brown does some very out of the box research which is time appropriate to our society, highlighting that on-line communication is not the best source for connection. Wonderful book and a joy to watch on Ted Talks. The narrator of the book stinks and basically ruined the listening experience.
I have not, and will not buy the print version. This provided what i considered to be the "lite" version of therapy, which accentuates a "pixie dust" mentality to working on relationships, but it is a good start - but just a good start.
No. I was a little disappointed. Self-help books to me often provide over-simplified solutions to hard questions and situations. I would put this in that subject category, because the author and narrator over-emphasizes positive results. He can do this because he is a therapist who has practiced over 20 years. The best way to learn about relationship and successful marriage and couple therapy, is to be able to show the failures as well as the successes. Gary Chapman chooses to focus 97% of his time on successes.
No i have not, and would not be interested.
I do like the categories, and was able to identify my language and that of my husband's.
As a book for the masses, and a place to start in trying to understand communication difficulties, this book is wonderful, but a little too simplistic. A little over-hyped. I can only imagine a couple coming to therapy mis- "labeling" each other, only adding confusion to the mix. I would skip the first three or four chapters; they are repetitive and sort of blah blah filler material - horrible for a long car trip and rather numbing on a highway. The chapters that actually deal with each of the 5 languages are insightful, and provide some great stories. I enjoyed the Audible book, 'The Greatest Salesman' by Og Mandino more than this book.Many people will like this book, and I know its popular, but consider it only a place to start, not the solution.
Wisdom of Life
Erasmus, for his loyalty and steadfast character
Hmmm, well yes, but I would have preferred another narrator. I caught myself reacting to the brooklyn accent and letting it get in the way of my listening pleasure.
This little book reinforces what many of us already know, but often do not practice - mindfulness, presence and love.
I listened to this book after i had listened to the 5 languages of love by Garry Chapman, also available through Audible. Both provide very simple lessons in communicating with each other and offering ways in which we treat the Other. Chapman fails because he only provides his success stories. Some will certainly remark that comparing the two books is like apples to oranges, but of the two, I enjoyed this book, for its presentation, its affectation, its hope for humanity, and its simple way of providing a way in which to become the greatest salesperson in the world. Narration aside, its simplicity is a marvel and wonder to hear.
I have not read the print version. However, i would consider buying it in addition to my Audible version. There are two or three very lyrical descriptions one of which occurs when Russell and Holmes are in Palestine. The characters are memorable, and yes, it is true, Holmes is resurrected as his recognizable character, but with a depth that provides fallibility and charisma that reaches beyond Doyle's Sherlock. Very admirable.
The reconciliation of Russell and Holmes. I laughed over my steering wheel.
Yes, she narrates the Doomsday Book, one of my favorite books. It is also a superb performance.
Both. This was a most engaging book. I am not sure there are any slow points. If so, they are well calculated to allow the listener or reader catch her breath.
Sherlock Holmes story plots can be predictable, but Mary Russell is delightful. Her character is an immeasurable addition to twisting plots and situations.
John Medina is hysterical! I am thankful that my steering wheel stopped me from doubling over and losing sight of the interstate! Plus, i am a geek, i love brain stuff, and Medina knows how and what to explore and in a manner that you do not forget what you are listening to.
It's organization and Medina's ability to interweave personal experience into the narration.
Medina narrated his own book. This is not fiction. His voice is friendly, expresses humor, yet with an intensity that shows his scientific dedication to finding out how and why the brain works!
Yes, i could sitting in my car which is where i listen to all my audible books. very entertaining and exceptionally easy to follow
Highly recommended - interesting even at 9:30 going home on the interstate.
Short, understandable, professional-oriented
This is not a story. Colarusso is a human development researcher who focuses on toddlers and childhood. I used it to reinforce classroom learning. The content was rather dry at times; not like listening to fiction, for example. Probably more reading appropriate as a resource.
Not remarkable, but then this is a topic of research and factoids for more of a professional application.
this would be a documentary on toddlers, and i would call it 'No', a toddler's excursion to independence.
Because of its length, i am assuming that these audibles were produced for the exact reason i purchased it. It provided a short and concise review of a human development stage. The pictue of the toddler is priceless as a cover.
Definitely. Along with Falling Upward by Richard Rohr, this book makes me laugh, cry, smile and frown. I bought the book to give as a present which has the most wonderfully designed cover.
The buddhist perspective described from a true experiential sense and by some one who authentically practices.
He encompassed the 'voice' of the author.
I suppose . . . However, i listen to books as a commuter. So, over three days i listened to the whole book and looked forward to my commute because i was listening to this book.
I love that i have the Audible App on my iPhone. I have bluetooth in my Kia Soul and it syncs with my iPhone! I love technology that works together! Thank you Audible!
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