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konnichwakid

Lowerbackblog

Lehi, Utah | Member Since 2005

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  • Get the Life You Want: The Secrets to Quick and Lasting Life Change with Neuro-Linguistic Programming

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Bandler
    • Narrated By Mark Morgann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (124)

    When people and therapists alike have a problem they can't fix, they call Richard Bandler because he delivers--often with miraculous results. Hailed as one of the greatest geniuses in the field of personal change, and the father of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Richard Bandler has helped tens of thousands of people around the globe rid themselves of 'incurable' phobias, fears, anxieties, addictions, negative habits, and past traumas often in a single session.

    Julia says: "Essential portions are omitted in the audiobook"
    "Starts off TERRIBLE, but"
    Overall

    When I first started listening to this book I thought that I had made a really bad purchase. It started to feel like the contents were for people with truly severe phobias or problems. I decided to finish the book and started catching some really great pointers that anyone can apply. I was pleasantly surprised how much some of the methodologies worked for even everyday things that need improvement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (560)

    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
    "The "Pause""
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    If you could sum up Bringing Up Bebe in three words, what would they be?

    Why three words audible? One word, I can do. Two words is easy. Three is impossible for me.


    What other book might you compare Bringing Up Bebe to and why?

    Other sleeping books or books about raising your kids in other countries.


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

    Good french and english.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is the best book for how to make sure you baby sleeps through the night. This book talks about the "pause", which I think is smart, normal, and maybe obvious. Other sleeping baby books have crazy regiments that can be unhealthy for the baby. My son is 2 months old and sleeps close to 5 hours every night now. Then he wakes up and eats and sleeps for another 3 to 4 hours. I think in another month he will be sleeping a full 8.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (462)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    Kirt says: "Startling, well-researched view..."
    "BPA Hell"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because I think he makes valid points about male leadership, schools, BPA, video games, and more.


    What other book might you compare Boys Adrift to and why?

    Unlike most child rearing books. This is unique compared to other books I have read.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    He branches out to explain how BPAs affect girls too, which is good to know.


    Any additional comments?

    Sans BPA

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: Further Updated and Expanded

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    With the "flattening" of the globe, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner? Now in a third edition with a new preface, Friedman's account of the flattening of the earth is a modern classic.

    konnichwakid says: "10 Flatteners are 10 things you already know"
    "10 Flatteners are 10 things you already know"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People that lived under a rock since 1980 might enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Thomas L. Friedman’s story?

    Everything.


    What aspect of Oliver Wyman’s performance would you have changed?

    Performance is fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The World Is Flat?

    This book is done. Past its time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you know that someone in India can do your job because it is digital, you know 90% of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amy Chua
    • Narrated By Amy Chua
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (395)

    All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.

    Diana - Audible says: "Surprisingly touching (and well-read)"
    "One White Western Dad's Review"
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    If you could sum up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in three words, what would they be?

    Comic relief parenting


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is HILARIOUS! Are people not seeing it? Honestly, the humor of how her kids rebel and her desire to train a dumb dog to have a purpose are awesome! I know so many Chinese people like this and you will laugh so hard if you can just picture the reality of it all. Plus I like to learn what lessons she used to teach her kids. If you don't laugh during this book you are missing the humor in Chinese life.


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

    Great reader. Nails the punch line every time. "Happy b-day Mommy with love" said Loulou... "I don't want your card, I want a better one. I have a special box where I keep good cards and this one can't go in there!"


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

    Laugh. You will laugh!


    Any additional comments?

    Totally worth your time. I learned one or two things, nothing super insightful. The reason you want this book is to laugh at two little girls fighting with their mom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (457)

    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
    "Too brainy. MRI scans activate this part of brain"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend, because I like the raise your kid with empathy and allow emotions. Identify emotions and raise kids authoritatively. Many of the suggestions are good, but the book is boring when it references MRI scans and brains lighting up. No one cares.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending is good. About the last 30 minutes summarizes everything again. Which you need in case you were lost when he started talking about something way too technical.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sure


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book will never be a movie. Maybe a NOVA presentation.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first baby book, so I don't really have anything to compare it against. One bun in the oven and we are just making sure we don't rock the boat per this books suggestion. No Mozart in this house.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beating the GMAT 2011: An Audio Guide to Getting the Score You Need

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By PrepLogic
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    These days, competition for business school isn't just tough, it's brutal. Everyone wants an MBA. So how do you stand out in the crowd? One way is to net a high GMAT score. But you're a busy undergrad: you've got classes, a job, your life. How are you going to find extra time study? We've got you covered. Our experts have completely broken the GMAT into pieces and put it back together again.

    konnichwakid says: "I am in school now!!"
    "I am in school now!!"
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    This book will not cover everything, but it is great for the times where you can only listen and not study. I thought it would be impossible to gain anything worth while without having paper and pen in hand, but this audio book can really add some extra good tools to your GMAT battle. Good luck!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27138)
    Performance
    (13759)
    Story
    (13806)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Very light read"
    Overall
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    This book is very well narrated. However as an audio book it is hard to follow, if you don't realize the first few chapters are just descriptions of certain people and what they do. Then it jaunts off into a story that mirrors life in the 60s. This story does not carry a heavy plot, it is a light read about life back in the day. It does not dig into the details of life, but rather skims thought processes of old and then throws a light and easy to read plot on top. I for one did not gain enough from this book to suggest it to anyone. I am a guy and this may be a, well, "not a guy book".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2312)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (994)

    Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.

    Rudi says: "Not Gladwell's best - and a recording problem"
    "Huge Gladwell fan"
    Overall

    However this one was not so great. I would leave it at that, but apparently audible wants me to input more text before I can submit a review. Gladwell's usual statistical data was more opinionated and less focused this time. Random thoughts by Gladwell would have been a reasonable title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Big to Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Andrew Ross Sorkin
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (486)

    A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

    Laura says: "Surprisingly Revealing"
    "Like the books own namesake"
    Overall

    I am just going to quote another review below, because he nailed it for me. "The print edition contains an eight-page list of characters and it's not possible to follow the complex narrative without reference to it." This book is more about characters then the actual events of the financial melt down. And since there are so many real world characters it is hard to track them and it ends up feeling like the Author is just name dropping all over the place. If I could track the characters I think I would have enjoyed it more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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