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Greg

Lansing, MI, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Art of Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Daniel Goleman
    • Narrated By Daniel Goleman
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Learn to quiet your mind and calm your body, ease physical discomfort and strengthen your immune system, and discover new powers of concentration. Acclaimed author Daniel Goleman teaches you to attain these benefits in four distinctly different ways.

    Greg says: "Goleman's contribution = 5 stars..."
    "Goleman's contribution = 5 stars..."
    Overall

    ... but it is evident that this is supplemental audio to a book that contains the actual content. With respect to its usefulness as a meditation coach the recording format leaves a bit to be desired. There are 4 (I think) meditations and a brief intro, but the recording isn't divided up that way. This makes it difficult to locate the one you want. I re-recorded it just to divide it up logically. That said... it's worth 7 bucks.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (323)

    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "I liked part 1..."
    Overall

    ...but towards the end I zoned out and haven't had any desire to listen to part 2. This genre usually holds my interest too. I can't really complain about anything - it's certainly not a bad book. I just didn't find it riveting.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1699)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (692)

    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall

    The author divides motivation into 3 versions... 1.0 is physical (food & sex), 2.0 is extrinsic Pavlov and money stuff, and 3.0 is the top of Maslow's triangle and a heaping helping from the book Flow. I thought the book read well, and put a fresh coat of paint on some older info that we shouldn't ignore.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alain De Botton
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (7)

    We spend most of our waking lives at work - in occupations often chosen by our unthinking younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our occupations mean to us. Characteristically lucid, clever, and inventive, de Botton's "song for occupations" is a celebration and exploration of an aspect of life that is all too often ignored and a book that shines a revealing light on the essential meaning of work in our lives.

    John Lewis Needham says: "The private work life of a biscuit brand manager"
    "Good, but not my favorite"
    Overall

    I love this author, but wasn't wild about this book. He presents some interesting perspectives but without some of the flare I have come to expect. Maybe it was the narrator (not his usual guy) while not bad, also nothing special. Worth the credits... just not awesome.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1853)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1009)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Very very good book"
    Overall

    This is my favorite genre and I've come to expect either somewhat labored attempts at humor, painfully long examples, or a dead dull list of facts. This book is different. Every sentence and chapter is interesting and meaningful. There is a great mix of psychology and philosophy - of insight and thought provoking ideas. This is the best book I've listened to (or read) in a long time.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (228)

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    Elizabeth says: "HILARIOUS"
    "Enjoyed this very much."
    Overall

    Good story, writing, and narration. I learned a little, it made me think a little, laughed a little... I was entertained. Money well spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Epictetus (translated by Sharon Lebell)
    • Narrated By Richard Bolles
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    Joseph Marcus says: "Atrocious reading of a vapid mistranslation"
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall

    It's only an hour and a half long, so I've listened to it a couple of times. Epictetus cuts right to the chase. Very approachable and applicable to this century.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Candace B. Pert
    • Narrated By Candace B. Pert
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (40)

    How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from one another, or do they function together as parts of an interconnected system? Neuroscientist Candace Pert provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries. She explains the scientific basis of popular wisdom and phenomena like "gut feelings" and makes comprehensible recent discoveries in cancer and AIDS research.

    Pauline says: "Unbelievable Discoveries"
    "Off topic and dull"
    Overall

    This book is 90% dead dull blather about the politics of lab people and 10% science that relates somewhat to the title.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Political Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By George Lakoff
    • Narrated By Kent Cassella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    This passionate, erudite, and groundbreaking book will appeal to readers of Steven Pinker and Thomas Frank. It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in how the mind works, how society works, and how they work together.

    D. Saguy says: "An absolute must read before the 2012 elections"
    "Rant in sheeps clothing"
    Overall

    If you are a Conservative - don't buy this. It will make you instantly mad. I am not one, but I was annoyed that I learned more about the authors political views than about the Political Mind. Once I sifted through it there was some very good content, just way too much packaging. For me anytime someone is so over the top one-sided it's hard to trust their judgment. Even though I agree with him! So maybe you shouldn't trust me?

    6 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The New Yorker Festival - Anarchy and Animation: Cartoon Chaos Theory

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Brad Bird, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and others
    • Narrated By Tad Friend
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Brad Bird is a director at Pixar Animation Studios and the writer and director of the Academy Award-winning animated feature The Incredibles. He also wrote and directed The Iron Giant and served as executive consultant on the TV series The Simpsons and King of the Hill. He completed his first animated film at the age of 14.

    Greg says: "This was a good listen!"
    "This was a good listen!"
    Overall

    But not worth paying for. Books are worth it. You can't find that kind of entertainment for free (legally). This, compared to the millions of great FREE podcasts out there, is overpriced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2497)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1421)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Nearly listened to the whole thing."
    Overall

    This book is to Freakanomics what Good Charlotte is to Greenday. It was the same principle without the good writing and interesting subject matter.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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