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Neal

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  • 27 reviews
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  • 150 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    At the heart of John C. Maxwell's brilliant and inspiring program is a simple premise: To do well in life, we must first think well. But can we actually learn new mental habits? Thinking for a Change answers that with a resounding "yes" - and shows that your thinking can indeed change your life.

    Joanne says: "Everything Begins With A Thought."
    "Short and to the point"
    Overall

    This book gets right into the meat and potatoes... without all the extra calories ;)

    Very easy to listen too and follow. Long enough to get in all the good stuff but short enough not to loose your attention. If your interested in learning about new ways of thinking, this is a good place to start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Bergner
    • Narrated By Charles Pasternak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    When it comes to sex, common wisdom holds that men roam while women crave closeness and commitment. But in this provocative, headline-making book, Daniel Bergner turns everything we thought we knew about women's arousal and desire inside out. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with renowned behavioral scientists, sexologists, psychologists, and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.

    Keith says: "Useful, but not for me!"
    "Can I get an answer?"
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    This book was disappointing. I'm not sure how you can have a question as the title of your book and NOT answer the question!!!

    I give the author credit as there was obviously a lot of research put into this book. I feel that the author goes off on tangents often and does not weave it all together very well.

    There is hints at a few possible answers however there is no definitive answers. I Come out of the other side with more questions than answers.

    There was potential for a great book but I cannot recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sue Johnson
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (167)

    In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Johnson shares her groundbreaking and remarkably successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships. The message of Hold Me Tight is simple: Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, making grand romantic gestures, or experimenting with new sexual positions. Instead, get to the emotional underpinnings of your relationship.

    Anne Marie says: "Unique book for couples and therapists"
    "Will Save Your Marriage"
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    What did you love best about Hold Me Tight?

    I bought this book YEARS ago, and never actually read it until now. When I started it I obviously wasn't in a place to hear it. After being married for some time, it hits home. This book along with What makes love last are two of the best relationship books on the market. If you are willing to put in the work, it will save your marriage.

    Which book is better? I say buy both! If you can't and you can only buy one - look at your problems.

    If you are getting stuck on the same arguements over and over, or there has been an affair, or you feel like you are going to try to do it on your own - I suggest What makes love last.

    If you have decent communication, and you want a better relationship - this book is worth the buy.

    Both are great books - and you wont be disappointing with either. There is a reason that both books are highly recommended by MFT (marriage family therapist) all over the world - worth the buy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Me - it has helped my marriage


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of it.


    What did you learn from Hold Me Tight that you would use in your daily life?

    Relationships are not always perfect - with work they can be better.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John M. Gottman, Nan Silver
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Dr. John Gottman, the country's preeminent researcher on marriage, is famous for his Love Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle where he deciphers the mysteries of human relationships through scientific research. His 35 years of exploration have earned him numerous awards, including from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Now, Dr. Gottman offers surprising findings and advice on the characteristic that is at the heart of all relationships: Trust.

    Ken says: "Really Good."
    "Hand it out to every engaged couple"
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    What did you love best about What Makes Love Last??

    This book is amazing - if you ever asked the question. This is the answer. Well written, well read - worth the buy. This book bundled with Hold me tight is all you need.

    If you are single i recommend 'attached' however this is also a great book to have. '


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Makes Love Last??

    Know when you are 'flooding' during an argument, and understand the horsemen.


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyable


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

    The whole book has a lot of useful info.


    Any additional comments?

    Has some great info on affairs - I would also recommend 'Just Friends'

    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
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (502)

    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"
    "Overall worth the read"
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    If you could sum up Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed the book. It's very concise and has great insight. I would probably recommend this more for the single people over those in a long term relationship and/or married folks. For the LTR and married I would recommend Hold me Tight which references this book and others or What makes love last.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love?

    Three types of people - you don't want to be the first two... work to be the third.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyable


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love?

    Keeping an eye on my attachment style.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing bothered me - I feel like they didn't touch on the fact that people can 'change' attachment styles due to life changes (both positive and negative)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mating in Captivity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Esther Perel
    • Narrated By Esther Perel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (102)

    Esther Perel takes on tough questions, grappling with the obstacles and anxieties that arise when our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

    Grant says: "Intimacy is in the eye of the beholder."
    "On the fence"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Overall I was disappointed with this book. It started off ok, giving great examples and explaining the background however I felt the book never really moved on from that point.

    I understand the author spend a great amount of time getting some great research to put into the book however again it never really moved on from that point.

    There was a lot of build... and no climax, just left hanging.

    What I'm saying is that there is a great job done with the background (where the author is coming from and why you should listen to her), some great examples and stories (what the problem is and real life examples of the problem).

    The problem? There is no solution. Ok, to be fair I might have missed it while driving and getting map directions or a phone call... There is no concise solution to the problems presented.

    At the end I felt like I have a better grasp for what the problem is - sex, intimacy, attraction fades over time... where is the solution? What I got from the book is that the solution is to focus more on creating the intimacy, romance, attraction and hopefully sex. um great.


    Would you recommend Mating in Captivity to your friends? Why or why not?

    Nope- I know what the problem is, I was looking for solutions.


    Did Esther Perel do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Nope - The accent was pretty thick, detracts from enjoying the book - Esther should have handed this one off.


    Was Mating in Captivity worth the listening time?

    Nope, not unless you want to better understand the problem of long term mating in captivity WITHOUT a solution.


    Any additional comments?

    Please send me an email or a message with some solutions to the problems presented, or a refund - Thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not 'Just Friends': Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shirley P. Glass, Jean Coppock Staeheli
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    Good people in good marriages are having affairs. The workplace and the Internet have become fertile breeding grounds for “friendships” that can slowly and insidiously turn into love affairs. Yet you can protect your relationship from emotional or sexual betrayal by recognizing the red flags that mark the stages of slipping into an improper, dangerous intimacy that can threaten your marriage.

    Arleen says: "This book has changed my life. Amazing!"
    "Ever heard 'Just Friends' or I love you BUT..."
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    If you could sum up Not 'Just Friends' in three words, what would they be?

    This book is for anyone who has ever heard 'we are just friends' or I love you but i'm not in love with you or been involved in an affair (the betrayed, the affair partner OR lover) or even if you are trying to 'affair proof' your marriage... this book hits all angles and is very well written.

    I highly recommend it.


    What other book might you compare Not 'Just Friends' to and why?

    What makes love last or Hold me tight - because all three are a must have for all marriages.


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very well read, it is a pleasure to listen too.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Not 'Just Friends'?

    Understanding affairs from many angles in an insightful way.


    Any additional comments?

    If your life has been touched by an affair, even if it is past and long gone... read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TextAppeal for Guys!: The Ultimate Texting Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Masters
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    I promise you this, if you read this book and apply it's principles, you will have so much more success with women. Imagine, all of the cash you are leaving on the table by not understanding how to get what you want! Imagine, all of those dates, with so many hot girls that you didn't go on simply because you couldn't text right! Seriously, texting incorrectly can crush your chances with women permanently. I can't tell you how many women have vented to me their frustrations at what you are doing.

    Michael says: "Surprising"
    "The world will be a better place"
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    Would you listen to TextAppeal for Guys! again? Why?

    If you read this book, the world will be a better place... How? Why?
    Simple:

    There are too many boring people in this world.

    This book helps you to realize there is a better way - it's mainly about texting however there is some over all great tips to live your life - Overall some great advice and worth the read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Actual useful scenarios and stories that can be put into action right now.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    There are times when R.C. Bray is a little over the top, although it really feels like he enjoyed the opportunity to read this book.

    A few of the lines are delivered a little too 'smug' and the laughter... hahaha.. (you'll know what I mean)

    Overall still pleasant to listen to and worth the read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Kamal Ravikant
    • Narrated By Kamal Ravikant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (82)
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    (83)

    In December of 2011, I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians, and CEOs on the secret of life and how I'd figured it out the previous summer. Afterward, people came up individually and told me how much what I'd shared meant to them. This book is based on the truth I spoke about. It's something I learned from within myself, something I believed saved me. And more than that, the way I set about to do it. This is a collection of thoughts on what I learned, what worked, what didn't. Where I succeed and importantly, where I fail daily.

    Claudia Azula Altucher says: "Timely and Necessary"
    "Worth the listen - a bit short"
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    What did you love best about Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It?

    the whole book could be summed up in one line. Overall a great listen - it's not crazy expensive which is why I bought it, however was disappointing with how short it was.

    ps if your looking for the one line summary, it's on the cover of the book.


    What other book might you compare Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It to and why?

    You are a badass - live your life and love you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one line summary


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love yourself


    Any additional comments?

    worth the read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jillian Michaels
    • Narrated By Jillian Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (334)

    Many self-help books offer a lot of new age platitudes and sappy mantras: Just love yourself. See the glass as half full. Really? That’s not how it works, and you know it. A lifetime’s worth of struggle is not overturned in a small moment of positive thinking. But if you have the right attitude - attitude and skills - you can and will accomplish anything and everything you want. This book gives you both, attitude and action. By its end you will have all the tools you need to change your life. No hype. No false promises....

    Neal says: "Interesting book, if your willing to work"
    "Interesting book, if your willing to work"
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    Bottom line:
    If your willing to put in the work this book is going to push you in the right direction.

    Any time a book starts off by saying it's not your 'average self help book' you know your in for an average self help book with re-hashed info. This started that way and quickly changed, this isn't a book that you can read and get a few ideas from. You have to be willing to put in some work and after that you will find yourself in a better place. I will admit there are a few spots I glazed over, but overall I was quite impressed with the delivery and structure along with the exercises included.

    Well worth the read, I actually bought the hard copy for my wife to read (she doesn't like audiobooks lol)

    *I'm a real person who writes real reviews on the books I get, if you don't believe me, check out my other reviews :) Thanks for reading

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stuart Diamond
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (257)

    Negotiation is part of every human encounter, and most of us do it badly. Whether dealing with family, a business or diplomacy, people often fail to meet their goals in every country and context. They focus on power and “win-win” instead of relationships and perceptions. They don’t find enough things to trade. They think others should be rational when they should be dealing with emotions.

    Christian says: "This works"
    "Will help you in all walks of life"
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    Bottom line: this is a great book with REAL WORLD applications that can be used not just in negotiations but in ANY human interaction.


    I wasn't sure about this book at first, but it had a lot of great reviews so I gave it a shot... I was first frustrated with the book because it would tease a lot of info or revisit points already covered and/or seemed 'obvious'.

    Getting deeper in the book it started to make sense. A lot of the things this book covers seem pretty obvious but it works, I recently found this out:

    I was having some major issues with a 'big bank' and they refused to reverse fees. After my wife spent over two days on the phone with them unsuccessful, I used some of the tactics in this book... took 15 minutes, and done -

    I'm now looking at more opportunities to utilize this information. I've read at least 4 different books on negotiation and another 4 on persuasion along with my BA in psych etc; this is a great book with REAL WORLD applications that can be used not just in negotiations but in human interaction.

    *You can read my many other reviews, I give my honest opinion of the books I get here - I would hope you do the same ;) Thanks for reading.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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