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M. Hurley

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  • Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (176)

    Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you, too, can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

    Roy says: "Neurophysiological Explanation"
    "Collision of Science and Philosophy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good book if you are trying to understand how your brain works. The approach of nueroscientist/buddhist is very effective in jumping back and forth between the physical nature of the brain and its interconnections with the spiritual nature of the mind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddha's Brain?

    The physical effects of kindness, awareness and love on the brain surprised me.


    Did Alan Bomar Jones do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did an admirable job with a pretty dry tome.


    What did you learn from Buddha's Brain that you would use in your daily life?

    That my behaviors have as profound impact on my brain chemistry as they do on those around me.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (443)

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than 15 million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase. But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges: Yes, one in nine Americans works in sales. But so do the other eight. Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.

    Joanne says: "Not for salespeople!"
    "Pink adds new insight into how we all sell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about To Sell Is Human?

    Pink's narration comes across as having a passion and genuineness that is engaging and friendly. He weaves stories and concepts together cleverly. I found myself relistening to chapters as the material was dense with useful ideas.


    What did you like best about this story?

    New insight for a new age on an old and familiar topic. A fresh look.


    What about Daniel H. Pink’s performance did you like?

    Pink's read is commanding of the material and read like someone who loves to listen to books. It felt like a pal reading a draft of his new book to me.


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

    Several bookmarks, which is unusual for me as I read while I run. I found myself having to stop, rewind and mark spots annoyingly often.


    Any additional comments?

    A great books for salespeople to read, better for everyone who are deluded into thinking that they are not in sales. (BTW - If you're married or have kids, you are in sales ;)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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