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Hamada

Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 37 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Is Counselling Training for You?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Val Potter
    • Narrated By Geoff Barham
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Every year thousands of people train in counselling, but a large percentage that start training drop out. This informative guidebook is designed to help you decide if you want to be a counsellor, and if you do, tells you how to go about it. It spells out the training necessary, provides a useful 'menu' of counselling approaches, and helps you to decide if you have the right qualities to succeed and enjoy it. Val Potter draws on her own experience to help you get the most from the compelling process of becoming a counsellor.

    Hamada says: "Very English"
    "Very English"
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    If you could sum up Is Counselling Training for You? in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, and intriguing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is Counselling Training for You??

    No spoiler comments but I like the objectivity of the author, asking questions and sharing views more than telling and directing.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Geoff Barham?

    Maybe, if the Author is male maybe. otherwise Geoff can be confusing cause he is almost using the same voice across all the different personalities of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    the Book is very British focused, which isn't bad if you live in England. it references a lot of associations and institutions in England that are irrelevant if you don't live there. other parts of the book are very valuable nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (809)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "brilliance in a tale"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team the most enjoyable?

    the story, explaining how an actual principle plays out as a play is a powerful delivery tool


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine, she is a star


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nice try, you will have to pay me first. that being said, if this was a movie I am mostly likely going to watch it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

    Udo says: "Only stories, no evidence"
    "I want more"
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    Where does The Power of Habit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is probably in the top 10%


    Any additional comments?

    The book is such a tease!! hold on, it is probably not fair to say that. the book is really valuable it offers great insight into the mind and how it works, into how habits form. but I need more.

    1) there is so much around us that take advantage of how habits form, in a way that is sometimes (in my view) unethical. it makes me question a lot of the marketing that takes place. also made me wonder who has access to my habits and how do they use it. SCARY

    2) the book offers no recipe for change. it tells you change is possible, it tells you the ingredients of the habit which can be potentially used for affecting change but it still leaves you wondering how to portion out the ingredients. not intentionally but just because of the nature of habit and the nature of individuals and how divers they are. it makes me want more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3263)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2016)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    Bill Ciocco says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts the most enjoyable?

    recognising that as a feeling expressed in action needs to be translated. If you don't have the right translator you might be reacting to the wrong message.

    also recognising that the delivery of love is just as important as its very existence cause otherwise it really doesn't matter how much love is there if not realized through appropriate delivery


    What did you like best about this story?

    real people, real stories and real life scenarios


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

    this is his first performance, I love the way he read it and I could relate to what he says better knowing it is him who wrote the book. so it was like having a private session with Dr Chapman


    What did you learn from The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts that you would use in your daily life?

    my spouse's love language :) I would use that a lot :)


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the time and Money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (210)

    Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

    Garry says: "Dan Brown at his best"
    "Fantastic Story, Horrible ending"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i was captivated by the book for most of it with the exception of some parts with lengthy historical background. the thrill grew to the edge towards the second half of the book, (no spoilers) but i am always eager to find out what is going to happen next. Certainly enjoyed this part.

    the ending however was disappointing and not clear, it didn't answer my questions and didn't leave me hungry for more either. i was like .... really? and what about?? what was the whole problem the were worried about to begin with? and why is it not a problem any more? didn't like that much


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul is Awesome!! I love how he changes his tone, pitch, and speed of speach to show differences between different players in the story. makes it so easy to follow.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (748)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "maybe the movie will be better"
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    What would have made Digital Fortress better?

    Everyone in the movie pause a long while, sat a long while, waited a long while, unenjoyable repetition.

    The story was predictable from the start.

    It wasn't very clear where the directors loyalty isToo much use of foul language.

    Excellent reading performance


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By Tim Wheeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2008)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1761)

    Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

    Amazon Customer says: "simplistic and self satisfied"
    "Interesting perspective, questionable ethics"
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    What did you like best about Rich Dad Poor Dad? What did you like least?

    the book provides a very interesting point of view to look at money and helps the listener assess how they think about money and how that may impact their financial future. that being said some of the stories in the book raised a red flag in terms of morals and ethics, made me wonder, should this really be the way we go about life?


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I certainly will go about my finances differently as a result of listening to the book


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

    Tim is a great reader, I think I accepted a lot more of the stories in the book because of the tone Tim presented it. I listened to Robert's voice on other occasions and saw his youtube vides and I wasn't impressed. I was actually thankful he wasn't the one reading the book (and now I know he wouldn't give the kind of person he is after reading the book)


    Did Rich Dad Poor Dad inspire you to do anything?

    mind my own business


    Any additional comments?

    not a waste of time, do listen to it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Narrated By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (265)

    Parenting is not about kids, it's about parents. If you're not in control, then you cannot be in charge. What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that's inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics.

    Crystal says: "CALLING ALL PARENTS: MUST READ!"
    "worth listening to"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of ScreamFree Parenting to be better than the print version?

    Totally, I don't read and having an Audio book is the best way I get access to such ideas


    What did you learn from ScreamFree Parenting that you would use in your daily life?

    Don't react emotionally


    Any additional comments?

    the book is great though some of the ideas seemed simplistic to me but I believe they are very valuable for many parents around me and I hope all parents learn to control their emotion reactivity and take matters in their own hands as they go about their life as parents

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paris Talks: Addresses Given by `Abdu'l-Baha'i in 1911

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Abdul-Baha
    • Narrated By Brian W. Roberts
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This collection of inspiring and uplifting talks documents an extraordinary series of public addresses ‘Abdu’l-Baha'i gave on his historic trip to the West in the early 20th century. Despite advanced age and poor health, he set out from Palestine in 1911 on a momentous journey to Europe and North America to share the teachings and vision of the Baha'i Faith with the people of the West.

    Hamada says: "Who am I to review the work of the great exampler!"
    "Who am I to review the work of the great exampler!"
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    Would you listen to Paris Talks again? Why?

    Yes, cause it is full of valuable insights for the ills of mankind today and how to treat them


    What other book might you compare Paris Talks to and why?

    Some Answered Questions by AbdulBaha


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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