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Ethan

ratings
32
REVIEWS
9
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
11

  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (350)

    The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

    Gregory says: "Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data"
    "Fluff. Waste of time."
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    Stories about psychologists, minimal science, no new research. Narrator uses annoying voices when reading quotes.

    The gist is bond w/ your child, encourage a growth mindset, and try to build character. Nothing shocking (or practical).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1093)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "Skip the audiobook version"
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    I found the narration of the audiobook was grating and had difficulty not comparing it to the movie. The story and characters are different enough to justify reading the book if you liked the movie, but skip the audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol Dweck
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (914)

    Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

    Peter says: "Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert"
    "Terrible. Fluffy stories, no depth"
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    Mindset is full of unconvincing anecdotes about celebrities, athletes, ceo's having the growth mindset. Her research is barely skimmed and there is little practical advice. It's as if the book was written by a hack self-help writer, rather than a successful psychologist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rapt: Attention and the Interested Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Winifred Gallagher
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    In Rapt, acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher makes the argument that the quality of your life largely depends on what you choose to pay attention to and how you choose to do it. Gallagher grapples with provocative questions - Can we train our focus? What's different about the way creative people pay attention? Why do we often zero in on the wrong factors when making big decisions? - driving us to reconsider what we think we know about attention.

    Roy says: "The Neuroscience of Concentration"
    "Skip it"
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    Snobbishly written, references to every psychologist under the sun while not going deeply into any of their work.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1190)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "Nice little book, good techniques"
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    Lots of techniques/exercises mentioned, many focused on relaxation, mood and communication. Thankfully, there was relatively little theory. The authors personal stories were not overdrawn. This book won't turn you into a charismatic person, but you'll probably get something out of it.

    The editing was a bit weird, I could tell where different audio was sliced in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Camille Sweeney, Josh Gosfield
    • Narrated By Ashley Present, Colin Fant, Jal Duncan, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    What really separates the best from the rest? We all know that it takes hard work, dedication, and the occasional dose of luck for someone to make it to the top of their chosen field. Yet, we also suspect that it takes a little something more - but what? The Art of Doing asks today’s most successful celebrities, businessmen, and iconoclastic achievers, "How do you succeed at what you do?"

    Ethan says: "Ok content, weird production"
    "Ok content, weird production"
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    Some of the individual "takaways" (the top 10 lists by the subjects) are interesting and there's enough variety in the subjects. Unfortunately the narration quality is all over the place and each chapter concludes with lists of trivia that are obnoxious. It's not a bad book, but probably better browsed in a book store on paper, or bought if it comes on sale. Not worth a whole credit.

    1 of 1 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
    (2397)
    Performance
    (2003)
    Story
    (1976)

    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"
    "Ok book, bad narration"
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    Several practical ideas. Anecdotes were average. I'd like it better with a different narrator. Walter Dixon sounds boring, stuffy and unenthused. You may want to hold off until using your credit until you have a specific willpower challenge in mind.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1844)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (809)

    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "Meh"
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    Book is not surprising. Watch the ted talk first and you'll get the highpoints. Too many bad metaphors about society and computers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Martin Seligman
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    This book will help you flourish. With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in 10 years - and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for 15 years, is different - it’s about actually raising the bar for the human condition.

    M. Shults says: "A rambling tease."
    "Self-important and uninformative"
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    Seligman spends far too much of this book dropping names, delivering polemics, telling personal (and boring) stories about his friends and colleagues, and advertising Penn. This book is a long shallow skim of his work on positive psychology and doesn't offer anything novel or practical.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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