No. The author gives a pretty clear picture of herself in the book, and I don't think she has anything relevant to say.
Yes and No. I love books in this genre, but only when they are actually insightful, original, or well structured. This book was none of these. I will continue to seek out books like Rework, the Four Hour Work Week, and Happiness Advantage, but be more wary of "Soulful" works that just string together cute contemporary sayings.
The narrator was the author, which has generally (but not always) been a bad idea. The narrator's voice and tone are sappy from beginning to end. But then again, the material is totally sappy, so I guess it fits in that sense.
I would not have allowed myself to be an editor to this book. I would have told the publisher that it's not fit to print.
Self help books are often seen by close-minded people as an amalgamation of pop psychology, teaching goofy and cliche lessons like "believe in yourself" and "define your life on your own terms." That's too bad since there is a growing number of books that can truly empower the reader to effect positive change in his or her life and community. This book enforces the mistaken notion that self help books are written for flakes and by flakes. This is absolutely the flakiest, most cliche, bad advice I've ever been exposed to. Bad, bad, bad... and this coming from a guy who loved The Happiness Advantage and Outliers.
In the genre of Self-Improvement, this book is probably toward the top-middle of my list. Not my favorite but really good advice.
I must say that it took too long to get to the meat of the book. I was on the verge of giving up on it when she started to get into the applicable parts. Also, the book contains really useful strategies that are well laid out when you get to them, but she mentions them and defends them as if you are familiar with the tactics first, and then describes how to do them and what they are later (see "mineral rights" in the book). If I've bought a book on Fierce Conversations, I don't want to read half of it just to be convinced of its importance. If it's important, I'll keep reading. The book could have been better edited and arranged.
I'd compare this to Mindset by Carol Dweck. About that level of insight and really a book about practical ways to be more effective and happy. Mindset had a bit more hard science to it with studies and research driving it, whereas Fierce Conversations is driven by the anecdotal (but powerful) experiences of Susan Scott.
Not that the book is a story, but the Narration was generally well paced. I find that author-narrator is usually a bad idea. "Take of all the hats and write books please!" is my usual sentiment. She comes off a little school-marmy, but she's easy to understand and keeps you involved.
John Scalzi should be put in a room with an espresso machine and be forced to just write write write. His works are awesome Sci-Fi: great story and mind blowing, awesome action, and really cool characters.
I was really pleasantly surprised to find that a book written from a unique (but potentially bad) perspective of a dying dog could be so insightful and interesting. The book is a real page turner, telling a story while conveying a profound meditation on many of life's lessons: living in the present, family love, friendship, and chasing your dreams.
The scenes in which you can (if you're a dog lover like me) really hear the dog's voice and identify with his "Dogness." These scenes made me laugh and cry at the same time.
I have not listened to the Narrator's performances but would love to find more titles like this one with him at the helm.
Man's best friend has a lot to teach us about being a man.
LOVED this book. Really memorable, thoughtful, and well done.
Yes. The authors advocate an effective technique.
The narrator's voice is both interesting and warm, and he intones the various sections with personality.
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