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Alex

Troy, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes can make us poor and unhealthy. We often make bad decisions about education, personal finance, health care, family, and the environment.

    Joshua Kim says: "A Book I Keep Coming Back To"
    "For those who know better than everyone else."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration is great, but the content is insulting rubbish. The most glaring problem with this book is the author's concept of "libertarian paternalism" which is akin to deeming an object to be a black-ish shade of white. The author has a worldview that puts his views of what's best for another individual ahead of what the individual believes is best for him/herself. He believes that individuals are fundamentally stupid and must therefore rely on an enlightened government bureaucrat to make better choices on behalf of said individual. The entire book is about manipulating an individual's environment so that s/he will make choices that the author deems "better" but "better" only from his point of view. For example, the author deems it unacceptable that a default choice for a healthcare plan would be NOT to auto-renew at the end of the term. Instead he suggests that the "libertarian paternalist" should make the default option automatic re-enrollment with the previous year's configuration. This, however, breaks the fundamental rule that each individual is responsible for his own well being and knows best how to sustain his own well being.There are a few bright spots such as the author's view on gay marriage. That is the only chapter I can recommend. The entire rest of the book is just a handbook on how a totalitarian bureaucrat can manipulate the sheeple.If you believe that the one person who can best make decisions for the individual is the individual him/herself, you will find this book appalling. When you realize that this guy currently influences the decision-making process of the president of the United States, it will start to make some news headlines make a little more sense.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Relationship Cure

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John M. Gottman, Joan DeClaire
    • Narrated By John M. Gottman
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    A five-step guide for building better connections with family, friends, and lovers, The Relationship Cure offers a simple but profound program that will fundamentally transform the quality of all the relationships in your life.

    Dorothy says: "Real Answers Supported by Research"
    "Dull, but not totally useless"
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    What did you like best about The Relationship Cure? What did you like least?

    Most, if not all of these concepts can be better understood by reading The 5 Love Languages which is a MUCH better read, much more practically applicable to life, and way less boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8916)
    Performance
    (3525)
    Story
    (3531)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "True page-turner"
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    I don't completely agree with the author's conclusion that outliers are solely the product of their environment, but this book was fascinating and a very engaging read. I highly recommend this book as it contains many interesting anecdotes and factoids as well as interesting ways of looking at the world around us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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