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Anthony A.

Software developer (Java, Ruby on Rails, Android) and all-around computer nerd, as well as an avid reader and listener of intercommunication- and psychology-related books. Not much for fiction, but I love cool non-fiction!

Saint Petersburg, FL | Member Since 2013

  • 6 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 136 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Leslie T. Giblin
    • Narrated By Leslie T. Giblin

    This lively and dramatic audio program reveals powerful and proven-effective methods and techniques to help listeners achieve power and influence over people.

    James says: "Like "How To Win Friends"... but better!"
    "Powerful, but Short"

    This is a good book and contains many good concepts and techniques. The narration meets expectations. All-in-all it's worth the buy, but the ideas and theory could have been elaborated on a little bit more; the listen was over in no time at all, which is why it lacks the fifth star for me. I'm not into "filler content" just for the sake of length, but am convinced that more metaphorical, exemplary stories are in order so that one could teach the *unconscious* the material contained within, not just the conscious mind.

    If you're considering buying the book, go ahead and do it. You can listen to it easily in one afternoon and glean quite a bit of information from it. You will probably want to listen more than once to ingrain the information into your knowledge and habits.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Manson
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Everyone knows confidence when they see it; but seemingly no one can actually describe what goes into it or how to get it. The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident is an unconventional way of looking at one of the most basic and obvious human traits and what one can do to gain a little more of it without feeling like a phony. Laughter included.

    Anthony A. says: "A More-Than-Pleasant Surprise"
    "A More-Than-Pleasant Surprise"

    Anything with "The Nerd's Guide to" in the title always stokes my curiosity because I'm a major one. There were a couple of doubts that voiced themselves when I was considering buying this title, including the brevity of the recording and the fact that anything with "Confident" in the title is probably no more than a hyped-up pep talk, but alas, I decided to buy it anyway because, hey, it's only five bucks!

    I was blown away, in a good way, by the ingenuity, practicality, simplicity, and impact that this author's writing had on me. I've just finished the book, so time will tell as to whether its writings make a long-term impact on my life, but if the tangible results are as impressive as the subjective conceptual amazement that I experienced while listening to this book, then this will prove to be the most life-changing books per-minute of any to which I've ever listened.

    The author has an extremely entertaining and witty way of putting things that guys (at least I) deal with every day and offers--without bull--real ways to deal with it and change it (if change is actually what's called for). I'm a huge fan of the sarcasm-laden way in which he explains the foolproof way to make your life suck as much as possible, opening your eyes with every bullet point. The outro to the book is worth listening to once a day, every day, where he tells the sad story of most guys' normal mode of thinking and how, no matter what they have *going* for them, they always find a way (and when I say "they," I mean "I" also) to envy the next guy rather than have true appreciation for what they've already got.

    Mark has sucker-punched me in the brain in the funniest way possible with this book, and I would (and will) highly recommend this book, and find and sign up for the author's blogs.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Already Purchased Two Copies for Friends"

    I've already purchased two copies of this for my friends because I considered it so enlightening and eye-opening.

    This book is extremely comprehensive, yet none of the material can be considered "filler" nor did I consider any of it to be boring in any way. I've been an avid reader/listener of neuroscience materials for quite some time, and this listen gained me more novel, original knowledge on this subject than I've been able to gather for a long while, and I've been able to apply a large portion of it practically in my own life, which is important to me (unactionable, non-applicable knowledge is useless in my opinion).

    The narration is excellent and can be comfortably listened to at speeds higher than 1x if desired (I was listening at 1.25x), which says a lot about how well-spoken and clear the book's narration was. Patrick Egan also did a wonderful job at inflection and was not at all monotonous.

    If you like "figuring out" how people think and why they think that way (including your own thinking), then this book is for you. Very good listen indeed!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

    Lindblad says: "An amazing insight to the brain"
    "Awesome Concepts and Refreshingly Practical"

    Part of me was expecting this book to be more of the same "just tell people to buzz off when they distract you" simplistic, common sense stuff that I've found to be disappointingly lacking in novelty from other books, but I decided to give it a listen anyway. I made the right choice!

    Not only is this book well thought-out, but David Rock goes far beyond simply explaining the concepts behind the material (which are brilliant, by the way!) and gives real, practical methods of applying the material in day-to-day life.

    Carried out throughout the entire book is a metaphor comparing the way the mind works to a play, which turned out to be a very smooth and consistent way of explaining neuroscientific concepts in a way that was easily understandable. Along with the play metaphor, the book also makes use of the stories of two people and their encounters with the concepts so that one can easily see the concepts play out in a use-case way, which allowed me to effortlessly parallel my own experience with the experience of the two characters.

    I've been a long-time reader/listener of neuroscience, sociology, and psychology materials, and I'm familiar with many of the neuroscience concepts in the book. David Rock does a great job of explaining the neurochemical interactions of dopamine, norepinephrine, and oxytocin in everyday life--using the play analogy--that's brilliantly simple and holistic. Also inside is a fairly comprehensive explanation of mindfulness that comes across as neither too "transcendent" nor spiritual, which is an issue that I've struggled with in reading material on the subject.

    Bob Walter has a brilliant voice and narrates this with great intonation and clear pronunciation which I was comfortably listening to at 1.25x speed.

    After about a week-and-a-half of applying the concepts I gathered from the book I'm already happier, and it's not because I have less "on my plate" at work; it's simply because this book makes it much easier to play with the hand you've been dealt and be more efficient and effective at work with less stress.

    This book delivers in every way and my expectations of a hum-drum listen were completely shattered. Well-done, David and Bob, well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Enlightening Surpassing of Expectations"

    Choosing all five stars on all categories is not something that I'm usually quick to do, because, when I see this on others' reviews, there's a little voice in the back of my head that goes "yeah right". At first glance, I expected this book to be more of the same "just stay positive and accept yourself" stuff of inspirational books. Even though I had these expectations, a thorough look at the reviews was enough to cause me to give this book a shot.

    Every positive review that I've read on this book is absolutely spot-on. The narration of the book is very pleasing to the ears while--at the same time--not one bit in danger of putting one to sleep. This book caused me to realize that there is *much* more to introversion that can be casually assessed without some thorough reflection and research. The concepts are backed up by solid lab studies and tests. While most books that I read in the area of self-development help me to determine more about others (and how to deal with them) than about myself, this book caused me to gain more insight into *my own* life than that of others.

    I am lucky enough to live within walking distance from my office, and usually listen to books while walking there. This book had me wandering outside of my office building, not wanting to go inside because it would deprive me of more listening time. You can truly tell that the author has put her life's work into the making of this material.

    Whether you're an introvert, or a friend or family member of an introvert, there is no way that I could possibly convey how much insight this will give you into an introvert's mind. The concepts laid out inside *will* open your eyes and go FAR beyond the simplistic alone; I almost guarantee that there are ideas that you've not considered about introversion in the content of this masterpiece that will change the way you go about your life.

    The most powerful thing that I brought out of the wonderful experience of listening to this book is the reversal of the incorrect assumptions that introversion is something to be fixed and of which to be ashamed. I never would have imagined that there are strengths to introversion that have no substitute in the extroverted personality and are strengths to be cherished and *honed*, not *fixed*.

    If you're reading the reviews of this book, wondering whether or not to give it a listen, I think you know my vote, but, just in case, I will tell you to GET THIS BOOK. After listening to it, I would gladly pay ten times the price for this book because it's enlightened me--and changed my life--more than ten other self-development books combined.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "THE Definitive Guide to Interpersonal Affairs"
    Would you listen to How to Win Friends & Influence People again? Why?

    I almost *must* listen to this book again because of its comprehensiveness of amazing content regarding most of the aspects of interpersonal affairs (and even in regard to dealing with yourself)! One time around just won't cut it because there's so much good stuff to soak in.

    What other book might you compare How to Win Friends & Influence People to and why?

    I think it may be almost criminal to compare this book with any other. It was around before most of the other books in the same genre and is--just as is the material written by Socrates millenia ago--still just as pertinent today as it was then (other than the dollar amounts mentioned in the stories--talk about inflation!).

    Have you listened to any of Andrew MacMillan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've not previously heard anything narrated by Andrew MacMillan, but his voice tonality, inflection, and pronunciation are extremely soothing and easy to listen to without putting one to sleep in the process.

    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I will always remember the concept that it's more favorable to get someone else to come to their own version of your conclusion than it is to force your opinion on them. Before listening to this book I was quick to correct thoughts of others that I thought were wrong because I thought that was the "right thing to do." Boy, was I wrong! What I should have been doing was correcting myself for trying to correct others.

    Any additional comments?

    I started reading the written-letter version of this book some years ago and never got very far into it because what I read seemed to me to be common sense. My mistake was not letting the book run its full course and going to the very end, because there are so many great concepts past the beginning of the book that had never even dawned on me. If you're considering listening to this book, just know that all of the content builds upon its previous content and you should do yourself the favor of listening all the way through, even if what you're hearing seems old and already-known. ***WARNING: If you are not a fan of realizing that you've been wrong for years, DO NOT listen to this book, because it will most likely make you come to that realization quickly and with great magnitude. The upside of this, however, is that Dale Carnegie not only points out misconceptions, but also tells what the proper conceptions are and how to think about things, awesomely illustrated in stories that are sometimes funny and mostly very metaphorically powerful. If your life is perfect and no one ever disagrees with you, then don't purchase this book. Otherwise, ya gotta have it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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