I thouroughly enjoyed Brené Brown's TED talks on vulnerability and shame; I had hoped that this book would be an expansion on those discussions by the author.
This book contains a lot of useful information and interesting anecdotes regarding overcoming shame, embracing reality, and having compassion for oneself and others. However, it is not written in a style that works well with audio. It contains many parts that I would just skim in a print book; it has reader exercises that would be more useful in a visual format; and there are parts that I would like to mark, think about, and come back to (not ealily done in this audio format).
A critique of the material is that it seems to focus primarily on women like Brown, herself: white, educated, mid-upper income, etc. Though there is a nod here and there to people who are not in those categories, it is pretty clear that this book does not do much to address the broader experience of people outside Brown's comfort zone. Then again, the audience that actually buys self-help books like this is primarily comprised of women, white, educated, mid-upper income, etc. (including me).
Well-written and entertaining. It kind of reminded me of Middlesex, combining cultural issues, non-traditional body issues, and quirky individuals in the story. The reading was very well done; I was not really a fan of the musical
transitions, but they weren't a big problem. The story left me wanting more, in a good way.
This is a delightful read: touching, funny, and wise. You don't have to agree with every piece of advice to enjoy the thought-provoking questions and responses from the Dear Sugar advice column.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which included a thorough history of alcohol in America, focusing particularly on the private and public relationship between women and alcohol. The author does an excellent job of mixing historical and scientific facts with personal stories. The author also delves thoroughly into the AA movement and its successes and failures for women; because 12 step programs are heralded as the only "real" answer to addictive behaviors and are so thoroughly embedded in our cultural narrative and judicial system, it makes sense that the author spends a lot of time confronting AA mythologies with both statistical evidence and personal stories. Other reviewers have pointed out that there is only a small portion of the book dedicated to the "and how they can regain control;" the author offers a few pharmacological and behavioral strategies for dealing with women's problem drinking, but this part of the book is not as well developed as the earlier sections. Overall, a very interesting read.
Coates memoir of his boyhood-to-manhood years was an interesting read. The language and tone is quite different from his current writing at the Atlantic; fortunately, those unfamiliar with the slang in the book can get help from the internet (I had to Google phrases like "giving dap"). I am so unfamiliar with the world of his youth - I read this knowing nothing of black boys growing up in the city during the crack era. Coates lyrically describes his life and the ways it typified and departed from the life of his peers. It was a very worthwhile read and well-performed by the reader.
This is an enjoyable continuation of the Iron Druid series; if you liked the earlier books, you will probably not be disappointed. There is a lot of tantalizing foreshadowing and the story ends a bit abruptly, leaving the listner waiting anxiously for the next installment.
I love the Iron Druid Books; this was the first story in the series I had experienced as an audio book. Thoroughly enjoyable.
The author uses personal examples, psychological studies, and newsworthy events to show how people fail to see the (sometimes dangerous) reality around us.
This book was very well-paced and interesting to listen to. Though the work seems to have a very solid basis in scientific research, the author does a wonderful job of conveying the concepts in easy to understand terms and using examples to illustrate the concepts and help the listener relate to the situation being discussed.
This book is useful for understanding willful blindness in everyday personal and working relationships, as well as understanding the institutional flaws that lead to large scale disasters involving BP, Enron, and Wall Street.
This is a smart, well-researched, and entertaining book that explains how we got to the current state of the global reach of the US military/ industrial machine. I beleieve the audiobook is superior to the plain text in this case because Maddow's voice and tone convey the deeper nuance in phrases that might otherwise be read as flippant; when she says "Whoopsie!" when relaying a story about an avoidable error that results in serious consequences, you can hear that she is not making light of the error, but instead conveying the shock and frustration in an ironic way.
I found myself challenged to think more compassionately about the decisionmakers that brought us to this point, though I also was frustrated and horrified by the history of our nation's military evolution.
Maddow seems hopeful that our country's use of the military can change for the better, even though she has chronicled its blunders and misdeeds alongside its strengths.
Wild lends itself well to the audiobook format. The story is compelling, the characters are real, imperfect, and lovable. I found myself laughing out loud, crying, and thinking about the important stuff of life throughout the story.
The concept of using a challenging physical journey to deal with difficult life transitions is not original, but Strayed's unique journey has inspired me.
At one point Cheryl's mom, dying quickly from cancer, is angry because she never got to be in the driver's seat of her own life; she always compromised, put others first, and deferred her desires to a "later" that never came. This moment was particularly meaningful to me, as I have recently decided to take the reins of my own life in my early forties.
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