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James

My reading interests include business and organizational psychology books. In addition, I like mystery.

Fiskdale, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Succeeding When You're Supposed to Fail: The 6 Enduring Principles of High Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rom Brafman
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
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    (27)
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    (27)

    For decades they assumed that people who face adversity - a difficult childhood, career turbulence, sudden bouts of bad luck - will succumb to their circumstances. Yet over and over again they found a significant percentage are able to overcome their life circumstances and achieve spectacular success. How is it that individuals who are not “supposed” to succeed manage to overcome the odds? Are there certain traits that such people have in common?

    James says: "Cut to the chase!"
    "Cut to the chase!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were some salient points brought up by the author such as meaning/purpose, dealing with problems by addressing them head-on and realizing that you always have options for effectively dealing with issues/problems. However, the book is way too long!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made this book more concise.


    What three words best describe Rene Ruiz’s performance?

    Very, very long!


    Did Succeeding When You're Supposed to Fail inspire you to do anything?

    I was not inspired to do anything, after I read the book, because the research and topics were mainly taken from cognitive psychology. If you really want to learn how to adopt the methodology that the author espouses, read the Feeling Good Handbook by Burns.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dale J. Stephens
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In Hacking Your Education, Stephens speaks to a new culture of "hackademics" who think college diplomas are antiquated. Stephens shows how he and dozens of others have hacked their education, and how you can, too. You don't need to be a genius or especially motivated to succeed outside school. The real requirements are much simpler: curiosity, confidence, and grit. Hacking Your Education offers valuable advice to current students as well as those who decided to skip college.

    Niall says: "Unschooling for adults"
    "Arrogant Book"
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    Would you try another book from Dale J. Stephens and/or Kyle McCarley?

    No


    Has Hacking Your Education turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It wasn't the narration but the arrogance of the book itself


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it gave a different perspective of the self made individual


    Any additional comments?

    What the author should have noted was that those who do not attain an education stand a remote chance of making it in the real world. Those people who really do well, without an education, aren't the norm. Yes, they exist but your chances of doing well, especially in business, requires a decent education. He almost attacks our educational system because he is self made. True, our educational system needs change. However, leaving school is typically not the answer.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
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    (143)
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    (142)

    Knowing what emotional intelligence is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is a step-by-step program for increasing your emotional intelligence using the four core EQ skills—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management—to exceed your goals and achieve your fullest potential.

    Tori M. says: "This is a good READ."
    "If you are living on this planet, read this book"
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    Would you listen to Emotional Intelligence 2.0 again? Why?

    I have several times and I own the hard copy.


    What other book might you compare Emotional Intelligence 2.0 to and why?

    Goleman's Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership


    What did you learn from Emotional Intelligence 2.0 that you would use in your daily life?

    Take the assessment and work the online goals.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be a must read for every business professional. Too many people have no clue regarding the major areas of emotional intelligence: self awareness, self management, relationship management and social awareness. This book proves that YOU can control your reactions to events in your life and you can enhance your skills within the four domains.

    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
    (4311)
    Performance
    (3722)
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    (3701)

    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++++++++!!!!!"
    "Great Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The author does an excellent job of articulating the differences between introverts and extroverts. More importantly, she describes how little people understand introverts and the lack of credit that is given to them!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Introverts want human connection just like extroverts; they just demonstrate it in a different way.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    Great job with the narration.


    If you could give Quiet a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Introverts should never be overlooked in an expressively driven society!


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest this book for anyone who doesn't understand why introverts behave the way they do and the differences between styles (extroverts and introverts).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (984)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "Excellent Resource!"
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    If you could sum up Just Listen in three words, what would they be?

    This book is not only a good read but a great resource!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite part of the boob dealt with the process of acknowledging your emotions through the process Goulstein details in a step by step process. I found the book to be a great adjunct to the subject of emotional intelligence.


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

    Goulstein's book will keep you engaged and teach you at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    My recommendation is that the reader consume this book for all it's worth. The reason is that our educational system totally fails to teach us many of the learnings that are in this book. Most people have no clue how to diffuse a volitile situation or effectively deal with emotiona crises. This book will help you-if you put his processes into practice-to achieve a more productive and happier existence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11956)
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    (10356)
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    (10332)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Excellent Book!"
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Innovative, Genius, Bastard


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve was my favorite because you never knew when he would act out, create a scene or cry because he did not get his way.


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

    The book is very good but long.


    Any additional comments?

    It is an interesting read because the author did a nice job of being fair and objective about Jobs; The author did not pull any punches about Job's antics. It is also a great testimonial that you can be an innovative genius and possess no emotional intelligence (to the extent that Jobs was kicked out of the company that he and Wozniak founded). The emotional highs and lows are described to the extent that you really feel like you are in the book. There are a lot of gems in the book as it relates to: emotional intelligence, innovation, family, wealth and most of all-loss. In short, I highly recommend this book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2706)
    Performance
    (2111)
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    (2101)

    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"
    "Pure Dribble"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Kahneman and/or Patrick Egan?

    No!


    What could Daniel Kahneman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I could barely get through the material. The book read like a journal article that the author's published.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was just dry, like the material.


    What character would you cut from Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    I would have cut through the research and been more deliberate about the applicability of the research findings and its' impact on everyday life.


    Any additional comments?

    I would forewarn those who are interested in reading this

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol Dweck
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (910)

    Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

    Peter says: "Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert"
    "We Get It!!!!"
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    What would have made Mindset better?

    It was very, very rudundant.


    Has Mindset turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Many of these books steal from basic psychological principles and add their own twist. This is clearly one of those books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    I did not the narrator; she was sugar sweet, to the point of annoying.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sure, the central theme that your mindset affects your entire life. Of course, the author breaks it down ad nauseum.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this book! Pick up a book on cognitive psych and you will get some real advice on how your thoughts affect your feelings and how to deal with distorted thought patterns.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1844)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (809)

    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "Highly Recommended!!!"
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    If you could sum up Drive in three words, what would they be?

    This book filters down all the empirical reseach into a very readable format.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how Pink proves that Corporate America is missing the point when it comes to motivating employees.


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

    Every Manager/Leader needs to listen to this book before they draft a compensation plan that makes them look good, in the eyes of their management, but defeats the overall purpose of motivating their staff.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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