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Matthew

I'm a lover of whimsical, colourful, revealing and honest writing, whether fiction or non-fiction.

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  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (595)

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Amazon's Best Customer says: "Love this book"
    "Anyone who wants a relationship needs to read this"
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    This book is a life changer. It basically unifies and makes coherent the seemingly random cluster of symptoms that beset a lot of relationships, much to the bewilderment of the participants.

    If you want to know why your relationship / your past relationship / other people's relationships are not working, you need to read this book.

    Reading this book can be an eerie experience, as you realise that seemingly insignificant or befuddling and previously inexplicable behaviours of yourself or your partner described with unnerving precision, and realise that these behaviours are explained by a coherent theory that offers both an explanation and an indication of what you can do to change your relationship and your life.

    Unlike Myers-Briggs personality typing, which seems to ratify every relationship conflict as sourced in differences between divergent by equally 'valid' personality types, this book clearly identifies clusters of behaviours that are conducive to, or conversely anathema to, a successful relationship.

    This book will help you identify what you might need to change about yourself, what you might need to convince your partner to try to change about themselves, and people who you need to avoid like the plague. And if your relationship works, it will give you some insight into what you're doing right.

    I've already recommended this book or bought it for about 5 people. Read it.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (1998)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (866)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Fascinating book"
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    This is a colourful, accessible, lively book, with a clear central thesis, elaborated with plethora of interesting stories and fascinating examples. Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1467)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Waffling, colourless and formulaic"
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    The story took an incredibly long time to get going, and once it did, there were few interesting surprises. The characters were very wooden, as was the dialogue, which makes the 'darker' and 'poignant' later parts of the book ring hollow.

    This novel could have done with some heavy editing. There was perhaps enough material to justify a book one third of the length.

    Particularly irritating was the author's continual use of drawn out conversations where the characters fail to communicate with each other to create suspense. "X" says one character. "X? What do you mean X?" says the other character. The first character then proceeds to FAIL to clarify "X". We are told the true meaning of X later on in the book, as if it's a big surprise, and wasn't clumsily foreshadowed earlier on. This is forgiveable on occasion, but done so habitually that it makes the characters (who are supposedly Oxford academics) seem obtuse.

    The science fiction aspects of the novel are also a little disappointing. It's a pretty unimaginative vision of the future. It's a world where time travel exists, but people don't have mobile phones (not because of any physical impossibility, but because the author fairly inexcusably failed to imagine their future prevalence writing in the 90s (when they had been invented already)). I mention this detail because inordinate amounts of the story are taken up with people's inability to get in contact with each other, communications mix-ups, and messages that aren't delivered. These are boring plot elements to sit through in which we're used to instant communication.

    I have no complaints about the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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