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Michael

Parker, Colorado, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Willard Harley
    • Narrated By Wayne Shepherd
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    For over 15 years, this insightful best seller has helped couples meet each other's most important needs and reignite their romance.

    Michael says: "Practical"
    "Practical"
    Overall

    Some books are romantic some are spiritual, His Needs Her Needs is down right pragmatic. I read a few reviews from Amazon before using a credit on this just to be safe. They seemed to fall into two categories the larger by far was positive with many couples responding. The second was very negative and centered around religious or moral objections to the estimations of human nature made in the book.
    HNHN certainly distills the romance out of marriage, and challenges modern concepts about what it means to be and stay in love, but despite this Harley is mostly right. The author suggests that everyone has a sub-contious love bank for which each person we meet has an account. By doing things which please us an individual's balance grows and our love for them deepens. By doing things which displease us our loved ones balance shrinks, and leaves us wanting. The author then identifies 10 of the most commons needs that go unmet as identified by his is counseling practice, 5 male and 5 female. A warning for the prude or romantic some the suggestions are sex, attractiveness and bringing home the bacon.
    Some would say that the book is dated but I honestly think that if you follow the advice your marriage would be stronger, and more meaningful. I'm 26, fairly modern and in the two weeks since I've finished it my marriage has been improved by following the advice, further or relationship hasn't felt mechanical or forced or cheapened. A worth while read by that measure.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (747)

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Fulfillment and Exuberance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Listen at 1.25x speed"
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    Any additional comments?

    So I was initially very turned off by this book. I was excited about the content but the performance had so much emotion and over the top inflection that it sounded like she was about to burst into tears on every sentence. That gets REALLY distracting really quick. So I cranked up the speed to 1.25x, which I rarely do, and the listenability was greatly improved.

    Really liked the book though thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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