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  • 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard Wiseman
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (57)

    Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy.

    Paul says: "Wrong format for this book"
    "Instantly useful--bought in paper after listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to 59 Seconds the most enjoyable?

    This is full of usable nuggets. I listen while driving, and was constantly bookmarking.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I will consciously not buy another book read by this narrator.
    His inflection, tone, pace and rhythm is so pedantic and distracting that only the value of the words kept me listening.

    There are many quizzes, and they were thoughtlessly read verbatim, i.e. Question one: and then the words, "Strongly disagree", "Disagree", "Neither agree or disagree", "Agree", "Strongly agree."
    It's possible no one could repetitively read that ten times in a row, chapter after chapter, without stimulating mindless waiting for the next section.

    This should have been modified for ears.
    If you've already purchased this, push through. The content is worth it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Exactly what to do, and why.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many usable action items that I bought a hard copy for easy reference, and to loan. Last week I used something I learned to stimulate a new exercise for a workshop I teach every month, and for the first time, they got it! They got it! My cheeks were sore from grinning for three days! Brilliant, usable information.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (490)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (404)

    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"
    "Predictably Interesting and Useful"
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    If you could sum up Decisive in three words, what would they be?

    Usable, memorable, information.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Decisive?

    To do or not to do isn't a decision. Widen the question, think of 13 things to do in addition to, or instead of not doing.


    Any additional comments?

    This is Chip Heath and Dan Heath's third book. It's as valuable as the first. Can't wait for the fourth!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (694)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Masters of Information and Craft"
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    Where does Switch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is on my A list. At least once a day I suggest a client read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The metaphor makes understanding principles automatic -- which is what the book is about: brilliant.


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

    His pacing and inflection add interest without suggesting emphasis or importance.


    What did you learn from Switch that you would use in your daily life?

    Use more emotional reasons and fewer logistics to validate change communication.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed Made To Stick. Eager for their next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Edward Hallowell
    • Narrated By Edward Hallowell
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Without intending for it to happen or knowing how, when, or why it got started, many people now find that they live in a rush they never wanted. If you feel busier than you've ever been and wonder how this happened and how you can keep up the pace much longer, you are hardly alone.

    Amazon Customer says: "Redundant Cliches"
    "Redundant Cliches"
    Overall

    At two hours and five minutes (two-thirds of the way through the book) there still isn't any content. Just new jargon, "GemmelSchmertz"; multiple cliches, "the busier you are the busier you get"; and common maxims, "it's important to prioritize, to do what's important to you."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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