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C. Campbell

Can't complain.

Bakersfield, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • 10 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 59 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Art of Happiness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler
    • Narrated By Howard C. Cutler
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (195)

    The Dalai Lama will tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. With the help of a psychiatrist, he now gets the message across in a context we can easily understand.

    Chris says: "very good listen"
    "Short & Sweet"
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    The format is really great. It consists of Howard Cutler asking general questions to Tenzin Gyatso (the Dalai Lama) on topics of happiness, suffering, handling anger etc.

    He makes some really great points about how the secret to most problems is how you think about them, not solve them.

    This was the first book I've read by Tenzin Gyatso, I plan on reading more.

    The end gets a little silly. He claims the "purpose of religion" is to help us with life. He goes on to say you should pick your religion based on how it fits. Completely ridiculous. Religion is reducible to a set of beliefs, which in turn are essentially claims about reality. Claims about reality are either true or false, and the idea that we "pick" which ideas "fit us" as opposed to accept ideas that are closer to truth is absurd.

    Otherwise really great listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Adam Shepard
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    What can you get with 25 dollars and a dream? Adam Shepard graduated from college feeling disillusioned by the apathy around him and was then incensed after reading Barbara Ehrenreich's famous work Nickel and Dimed- a book that gave him a feeling of hopelessness about the working class in America. He set out to disprove Ehrenreich's theory-the notion that those who start at the bottom stay at the bottom-by making something out of nothing to achieve the American Dream.

    Tom says: "A pleasant read, nice alternate to Nicked/Dimed"
    "Missing a lot..."
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    The story was really interesting but I had the strong impression this would be a response to "Nickel and Dimed." - The book was only mentioned once, and no comparison was made between her struggle and his, and how he made better choices.

    There also was so much detail missing, such as how he setup his budget and the numbers.

    The end he gives a really cliche and vague final thoughts on poverty & the american dream, a little cheezy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stumbling on Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Gilbert
    • Narrated By Daniel Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (387)

    A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

    Terril Lowe says: "Great Book!"
    "A philosophical mess of words"
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    There's a lot of really interesting things in this book about human psychology, illusions of the mind, and other tricks in our head but... the author is all over the place, making corny jokes and so many analogies it's hard to keep track.

    It's hard to feel a point ever really made. It's like being on a long bus ride next to a guy who's babbling for hours without really a conclusion.

    I only made it 4 hours in before I just had to turn it off...and this was in heavy 5 mph LA traffic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (4885)
    Performance
    (4128)
    Story
    (4097)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "A deeper look into why we do what we do"
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    I read this shortly after reading "The Willpower Instinct" so they are both a blur.

    Some deep insights into how different things we do are stored in different areas on the brain based on how often we perform them, and what triggers them.

    It gets a little dry 2/3's in but ends well.

    I recommended this to a few friends already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (819)

    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Gare&Sophia says: "Mastery is both a goal and a destination..."
    "An amazing look at greatness"
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    Reading Robert Green books is like climbing a mountain. It's long, hard at times, but extremely rewarding once you reach the top.

    The book starts off setting the tone by talking about the origin of human beings & culture. He even goes into the evolution of our primate ancestors to evolve stereoscopic vision, as an adaptation to living in trees, which were repurposed to aid tool making in humans. Knowing the author went this deep in grounding his future claims about human greatness was chilling.

    5 stars easy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tucker Max
    • Narrated By Tucker Max
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (340)

    "My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead. But, I do contribute to humanity in one very important way: I share my adventures with the world."

    C. Campbell says: "Holy crap my life sucks"
    "Holy crap my life sucks"
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    This book is funny and terrible. I enjoyed it big time.

    One really strange positive effect this had on me is it really inspired me to go out and enjoy life while I still have my youth.

    Who wants to go to Vegas?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Stossel
    • Narrated By John Stossel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (321)

    The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

    Daniel Cogan says: "Great Book, Must Listen"
    "A Stossel fan let down..."
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    I read his first book in high school. It really rattled my cage and is why I am a libertarian today. I am a huge Stossel fan and have consumed everything he's ever produced.

    As the years pass his message not only is the same but he keeps using the same old examples and analogies. He's on repeat.

    Awesome message, I just would like something a little more fresh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2224)
    Performance
    (1856)
    Story
    (1836)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "One of the most interesting books I've ever read"
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    When reading a good nonfiction book I'll have this "HA!" moments where the author says something so awesome it changes how I think, or teaches me something so interesting I literally laugh out loud. It's almost like I get a shot of enlightenment, and it feels so good I just laugh.

    I have not had one of these "HA" moments in years and this book gave me at least 5.

    Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steve Harvey
    • Narrated By Steve Harvey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (398)

    In the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Steve Harvey gave millions of women around the globe insight into what men really think about love, intimacy, and commitment. In his new book, he zeros in on what motivates men and provides tips on how women can use that knowledge to get more of what they need out of their relationships.

    Yolanda says: "Felt like I finally got the talk from my father I"
    "LOL why did I read this"
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    I loved the movie and got sucked into the preview. I ended up listening to the entire book.

    It actually was pretty fun to listen to. A lot of what he says had me laughing over how right he was.

    Some of it was a little annoying, the idea of using sex as some treat to get your little pet husband to do what you want. Haha it might work against the weak married guy who thinks sex something is a woman "gives" you. Sex is something I give too ya know, and it's shared...not given and taken away like some toy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By John Farrell
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (384)

    New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition.

    Stephen says: "Anecdotes presented as data"
    "Very interesting & easy to read."
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    Lots of examples, explanations, and really awesome stories about how the best became the best.

    The speaker is a little monotone but the content is so interesting it's easy to get over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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