Enjoyed Stiff and loved Packing for Mars... but found this book tiresome to listen to and I almost gave up. In retrospect I should have. Oddly, the only chapter in Packing for Mars that I did not enjoy was the one about sex. Roach's style of writing - with all her asides and tangents – did not work with this material. I can't quite put my finger on it but her humor regarding sex was not funny for me, was too adolescent, and became incredibly tiresome. The information about sex was mostly interesting... but the information (mostly gossip) about the sex lives of the sex researchers was almost distasteful. If you liked the style of Packing for Mars you should try At Home by Bill Bryson (not about sex but delightful to listen to) and skip Bonk .
No, not unless he gets a much better editor (or gets an editor).
I did like the core information presented in this book... but this guys idea of a sense of humor wore me out. His joking writing style is constant and relentless.
I found this narrator a tough listen.
I would describe this as 11 hours and 56 minutes of talking points, with most of the underlying supporting research and references left out. You will get a lot of good cocktail party conversation out of this, but you will have to do your own research if you are going to make any kind of informed judgment as to the potential validity of what is being presented.
The title of this presentation is way off the mark. If you are looking for Effective Communication Skills technique, you need to look elsewhere.
Heavy editing and different reader.
There is a lot of good information in this series of lectures regarding internal mental processes, cognitive functioning and interpersonal communication. Now, if only it was distilled down to the just the useful information and all the personal experience stories of the lecturer were removed, all the references to the lectures favorite “Cathy” cartoons were deleted, and it was read by someone that isn't making a living as a motivational speaker and doesn't perceive themselves as a charismatic personality I would recommend this unconditionally.
Just the 2 minute introduction to Dr. Dalton Kehoe, his academic background, resume, awards, achievements, honors, professional associations, published books and plugs for his consulting practice you will know without a doubt that this guy thinks a great deal of himself.
The information in this presentation is well worth assimilating or at least considering. The author of this series of lectures – who is also the reader – makes listening to this material a painfully annoying experience.
First let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Keens first book, The Disappearing Spoon. It was a joy to listen to and I have played it three times.
But in this book his writing style has progressed from quirky and interesting to outright annoying. As much as I enjoyed the content I don't think I will be able to sit though it again. For me, Mr Keen has become too taken with his own wit and has elevated (or lowered) himself to “too cleaver by half” status.
I can't recommend the The Disappearing Spoon enough.
This book made me look forward to my commute and made sitting in traffic almost pleasurable. Great material, great reader.
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