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Diane

I am an engineer!

ANN ARBOR, MI, United States

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  • Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John M. Gottman
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (26)

    Psychologist John Gottman has spent twenty years studying what makes a marriage last. Now you can use his tested methods to evaluate, strengthen, and maintain your own long-term relationship. This breakthrough book guides you through a series of self-tests designed to help you determine what kind of marriage you have, where your strengths and weaknesses are, and what specific actions you can take to help your marriage.

    Diane says: "Insightful and Easily Understood"
    "Insightful and Easily Understood"
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    If you could sum up Why Marriages Succeed or Fail in three words, what would they be?

    Cheap relationship therapy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no characters.


    What about Paul Costanzo’s performance did you like?

    His voice is very relatable.


    What did you learn from Why Marriages Succeed or Fail that you would use in your daily life?

    Pretty much everything. The book highlights very common logic errors and character flaws that can wreak havoc on personal relationships. It also assured me that having the specific personality that I do isn't indicative that my personal relationships are doomed forever. Learning to let go of things that don't matter much and how to communicate which things are not negotiable... how mature of me!


    Any additional comments?

    This book requires a healthy degree of objectivity and self-reflection. Like all self-help type books, it won't change your life. But you will if you decide to internalize any of the sage advice it gives.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5220)
    Performance
    (4419)
    Story
    (4390)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Overall enjoyable, but lacking toward the end"
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    What did you love best about The Power of Habit?

    In the first section (downloads in two parts), the authors talk about 12 step programs and the power of little actions and belief in changing lives, as well as how the brain forms habits and responds to stimuli. That part was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The second part lost composure a little and I felt was reaching a little too much to make connections between the author's stance and reality.


    What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sometimes reads with "voices" that make the listen a little easier.


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

    Small changes to one's life can pave the way for a better lifestyle.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2666)
    Performance
    (2079)
    Story
    (2069)

    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 says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Best Book Ever. Almost."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and I have... I found out that senior management at my company also have read it, and recommended it to me (although I had already read it)! It is really, really long though. Sometimes it seems to drag on and on. But it is full of great information about how the mind works.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    The bat and ball story, demonstrating the lack of fact-checking done by the conscious mind when a problem is perceived as having a simple answer, is something I've used over and over when recommending the book.


    What does Patrick Egan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think reading the book might be a good idea because you could look at the pictures they use for some examples. Patrick's voice is great, though, and makes it feel like you're being told a story by a favorite professor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This isn't really a laugh-y or cry-y book. It has really made me think and opened my eyes to my own thinking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bethenny Frankel
    • Narrated By Bethenny Frankel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Bethenny Frankel's no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is personality won over countless fans, and made her a nationally best-selling author and the star of her own hit Bravo show Bethenny Getting Married? Now Bethenny opens up and shares the obstacles she overcame and the great success she has enjoyed while discovering how to approach life from “A Place of Yes”.

    jen says: "What is your tolerance level?"
    "Self-Help, Yet Story-Telling"
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    If you could sum up A Place of Yes in three words, what would they be?

    Find Yourself First.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Place of Yes?

    Bethenny's childhood at the horse races was a good story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bethenny Frankel?

    I would. She will likely get better with experience. I didn't find it to be completely bland, but her voice could use a little more character while reading.


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

    Yes. I actually brought it inside from the car (where I usually listen) to finish it faster.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a fun read. I love relating to people and I felt that, especially during her cookie story, that I could really relate to Bethenny. I haven't seen some of the TV shows the talks about having been on, but I have seen a few episodes of RHONY and she doesn't come across as the most likeable in that capacity. In this format, she is much more relate-able and her life stories are interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (782)

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "Great, Interesting Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story was engaging and interesting. I can't think of a Jim Collins book that would bore, but take that from an engineer with a keen interest in people. It isn't always easy listening to statistics.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great by Choice?

    The story about the race to the pole was fascinating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book is more of a


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

    Not exactly.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is good, very business-oriented and focuses on some common-sense ways to be successful. It's not going to blow you away with revelations, but it will probably inspire you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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