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M. Jenkins

MPJenks

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  • 3 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 114 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (392)

    In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively listenable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

    G. House Sr. says: "Solid Wothwhile Advice - get you WRAP on"
    "Great Strategies to make and Guide Decisions!"
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    This book is full of strategies and tools to help you make, and to lead others to make better decisions. The WRAP process is simple and can be applied to any complex decision from your personal or professional life. As usual, the Heath Brothers provide relatable, evidence based stories, from Zappos to teen dating to patient care, to help bring their insights to life. Kaleo Griffith delivers the work well and is clearly engaged with the topics.

    My favorite tools from the book were "10/10/10", the "best friend" question, the "successors" question and the "book ending" ideas. I actually found so many applicable ideas that I bought the physical book, so I can reference it later.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (230)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "Fantastic book, disappointing performance."
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    If you could sum up Fahrenheit 451 in three words, what would they be?

    Knowledge is power


    How could the performance have been better?

    I really wanted to like this version of the book, but unfortunately it was recorded later in Mr. Bradbury's life, so his voice is no longer at his best. At times, it is difficult to tell one character's voice from other, so I found myself having to skip back and re-listen to sections.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shawn Achor
    • Narrated By Shawn Achor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (901)

    Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

    Roy says: "Very Informative Application of Positive Psycholog"
    "Thought Provoking & Actionable"
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    What did you love best about The Happiness Advantage?

    This book is well researched and has immediately applicable ideas to make/break habits, manage overwhelming tasks and improve relationships at work and at home.


    What about Shawn Achor’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy hearing authors present their research and ideas.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've ever seen Shawn present for a hour, you've probably heard several of these stories and ideas. For me, it has been a few years, so the reinforcement was well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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