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Debbie Campbell

Houston, TX USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2399)
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    (2004)
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    (1977)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Impossible To Resist"
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    Where does The Willpower Instinct rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Highly. The material is universally relevant, and Professor McGonigal's hits and misses with live audiences over various semesters have resulted in storytelling that unfolds in an engaging manner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Willpower Instinct?

    There were so many that it's hard to pick just one. For me, it was her advice to build my willpower muscle by choosing one small task to do each day, even if it's not relevant to my willpower goal.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Walter Dixon?

    Not intentionally. I was disappointed that the author did not narrate the book herself. I had heard her on a podcast interview with Dr. Kiki, and that was partly what got me interested in her book. I was looking forward to hearing her work expressed in her own voice. To me, Walter Dixon sounded a little like the voice on a GPS. It was also disappointing that some listeners thought that the author was a man because the narrator was a man.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. In fact, I'm making a second pass through the book now, listening to one chapter per week as the author suggested, because I lacked the willpower the first time through to stop listening at the end of each chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Who doesn't struggle the issue of willpower? What a great treatment of a universal topic!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3369)
    Performance
    (3056)
    Story
    (3047)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    T. Edwards says: "Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down"
    "We don't really talk like that :-)"
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    What I appreciated most about this book was Chris Kyle's honesty and relative humility. There were definitely parts that made this Texan uncomfortable: In my world, friends don't waterboard each other or choke each other out, and the good guys don't keep track of how many people they have killed. Nevertheless, Kyle's willingness to share his experiences and opinions helped me understand a career path, make that a way of life, that only a few people are qualified to pursue.

    Adding his wife, Taya's, point of view gave the story a dimension that nothing else could have, and I liked the way the narrator changed his voice to represent hers. (In fact, I liked the narrator more when he didn't try to affect an accent that no Texan has ever heard before :-)

    At times I thought _American Sniper_ could have been shorter in places, but I quickly forgave it that when I realized a good way into it that this was the same person who had been in the news recently. This is his story, in his own words. How many fallen "warriors" as Kyle called them get to leave such a poignant gift to their loved ones and the world.

    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
    Overall
    (4317)
    Performance
    (3727)
    Story
    (3706)

    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++++++++!!!!!"
    "Where has this book been all my life?!"
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    The employee who would rather research the facts than be the first to blurt out an opinion. The child who turns down play dates because she needs time alone to recharge. The neighbor who delights in catching up over a cup of coffee but quickly declines the annual block party.

    How do we help these people come out of their shells? According to Susan Cain, author of Quiet, we don't need to "fix" these behaviors, we need to treasure them!

    Quiet takes us into the workplace, the classroom, the megachurch, and our own homes to examine what scientific research says about the differences, strengths, and weaknesses between so-called introverts and extraverts.

    Cain also explores how these qualities fare in Eastern cultures versus Western cultures, whether groups or individuals demonstrate more creativity when using brainstorming to solve problems, and how you can tell whether a baby is going to grow up to be an introvert or extravert. (Really.)

    A gold mine of insights for parents, teachers, friends, managers, spouses, or anyone who's ever chosen the bubble bath over the company picnic, Quiet will leave you wondering, Where has this book been all my life?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Christopher Murney
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (298)

    In his million-copy best seller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?

    Rebecca says: "an fascinating book, but better on paper"
    "A Careful Treatment of a Complex Issue"
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    Any additional comments?

    In _Collapse_, Jared Diamond thoughtfully and respectfully examines the complex interplay of factors that lead to a society's success or failure. Although it reads like a college textbook at times, and some of the material could have been edited out with no loss of clarity, it certainly is a fascinating survey of various cultures and an illuminating guide to a complex set of issues facing all of humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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