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Doug

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  • The Five Love Languages: Men's Edition: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    Married people experience love most strongly through five love languages - quality time, words of encouragement, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. With thoughtfulness and a gee-whiz tone that works well in all his audios, Gary Chapman aims his insights at men who want more from marriage, as well as those who have more to give. He's a humble teacher, describing the five languages with satisfying examples from his counseling practice and framing his ideas as suggestions.

    HomeTheaterLover says: "Awesome Book, I wish I knew this a long time ago."
    "Fabulous Insight — Mediocre Literature"
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    Author Gary Chapman's concept about the 5 love languages is an enlightening insight that everybody should know about. It's that important and valuable.

    The concept is straightforward. Here are the 5 love languages:

    1. Gifts.
    2. Quality time - enjoying doing things together.
    3. Physical/touch (n.b., don't confuse this with sex).
    4. Affirmation or compliments.
    5. Service (i.e., doing things to help the other).

    Everybody has a primary love language. If you express your love to your partner in this language, they will feel loved. If you express your love in another language, especially one they don't particularly value, they will not feel loved.

    It's natural to treat your partner as you would wish to be treated. Hence, you are likely to express your love to your partner via your preferred love language. That's great if you share love languages. You have no need of the 5 love languages concept. If not, you have a problem that understanding this concept can help.

    Sadly, the best way to learn about the 5 love languages is Gary Chapman the writer, and in this case, the reader too.

    Chapman writes at and reads to the high school dropout level. On one hand, that's a great thing, because this message needs to get to the people who seldom read books. On the other hand, for those who are accustomed to reading books, the writing and reading are something akin to reading a non-fiction children's book. While it's politically correct to reposition material to men as a target audience -- this book is just a modification of his original 5 love languages book to speak directly to men -- it's not politically correct to reposition the book to a more literate target audience. That's unfortunate, because for that audience the way the book is written and read is not only annoying, it could make readers think that smart, well-educated folks wouldn't make mistakes in the love languages.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not Just Who You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tommy Spaulding, Ken Blanchard (foreword)
    • Narrated By Dustin Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In It’s Not Just Who You Know, Tommy Spaulding—the former CEO of Up With People—has written the new How to Win Friends and Influence People for the 21st century. Success—in business and in life—is all about relationships. In this powerful guide to reaching out to others, Spaulding takes Dale Carnegie’s classic philosophy to the next level—how to create lasting relationships that go well beyond mere superficial contacts and “second floor” relationships.

    Glenn says: "Another networking book"
    "Tommy Spaulding Talking about Tommy Spaulding"
    Overall

    This book desperately needs editing down. Far too many words for too little content.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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