I don't know why it isn't included with the Audible purchase, but a pdf workbook is offered free on the author's own website (found it with a google search). So for those who were lamenting the lack of worksheets, etc., the author does provide them at http://foxcabane.com/book/exercises/
I was of two minds on Karin Slaughter. I listened to this title on a long drive and found it at times a bit too slow, at other times a bit too dark. Considered changing it out for another title more than once, but continued on instead. And when it was over, I was torn. It was mostly the dark that disturbed me. Sometimes it just hit a bit too close to home, and other times I was disturbed by the fact that what weren't truths for me, are surely truths for others. Makes the world just a little too scary and far too sad. I wish it was fantasy. Now, though, I've come to the conclusion that I will surely buy more of her work. It almost hurts to say that, but her characters are still with me, and still haunt me. The stories are disturbing, but they are also compelling (if often far too real).
A quick introduction to the evolution of languages. Fun and fascinating. Definitely going to pick up some more McWhorter. He was a great lecturer/narrator, and the information was almost as much fun as he was.
Dead over a hundred years and his writing still amazes, both for his mastery and humor, and for his relevance. Doesn't matter which of his works I'm reading, that is always what I come away with. Absolute awe.
For this collection, I'm actually having trouble recalling the individual pieces (but it's early and I haven't had my coffee yet), but I do remember having to explain myself for literally laughing out loud on more than one occasion. For both my colleagues at work and for my fellow diners (and for most American's, come to think of it), one word of explanation is usually enough:
I usually enjoy books read by the author, but I agree with other reviewers that this book would have been significantly improved in being read by anyone other than the author. Admittedly, I've walked away from books in the past where performances were unbearable and I didn't do that here. I did listen through it all. But my first instinct on reviewing the book is actually to review the reading. Extraordinarily unprofessional. Was that a car horn I heard in the background? Was she shuffling papers? Did she record this at her kitchen table with a an old tape deck and cassettes? I kept waiting for a toddler to walk in and start babbling at her knee. And then there are the innumerable times she stumbles over words and even sentences. And the times it sounds like she's yelling, rather than reading. Let's just call it awkward. But I did listen.
A lot, if not all of what's here has been said before. It's more a compendium of popular psychology and current research than new insight, but it was motivating, none the less. And I obviously didn't listen all those other times I heard it, or I wouldn't have purchased the book. To paraphrase the author (and Dr. Phil) (and that guy who keeps spamming my mail with fitness tips), "Nothing will change if you don't begin." And that's still true. So if you're still looking at books like this, you probably need to hear it again. Go ahead and give it a listen. You may be glad you did. (Just be ready to turn the volume down when she starts yelling.)
I love Pressfield's The War of Art, and what you get here is the outline of that original and nothing more. There's nothing new here, and nothing worth the cost of purchase. It feels like a bit of sleight of hand, a new twist to squeeze juice from the rind. Or more appropriately, money from your pocket. It's not like it's simplifying a complex, difficult, or even lengthy read. The War of Art is less than three hours, utterly accessible, and worth every minute. This is just a scam, a rewrite of that title using nothing but delete. If you haven't read it already, invest your money in The Art of War. It's worth every minute and every penny. And if you have read it, don't waste your time or money here. You've already got everything Pressfield appears to have to say on this subject. Reread it. It's still worth it, even the second time. I give this title three stars only because the original information is still valuable. But I genuinely resent having paid for that information twice.
A surprisingly light-hearted tour of psych wards and psychopathy, no doubt due to viewing it through the WoodyAllenesque glasses of the author's own neuroses. An interesting cast of characters (including the author; I loved his reading), and though it's good to know that some of them are in prison, it was interesting and entertaining to hear them speak for themselves and to define themselves.
There was far less of 'the madmen at the helm' than I expected from the author's own initial statement that that thought was a primary motivation for the book. That insanity drives policy has surely occurred to us all. And that's a book I'd still like to read, but this is not that book. This one never strayed far from the premise of the title, which was 'the madness industry' and the actual test in current use for diagnosing psychopathy, the Bob Hare checklist.
There is much in the subject, and even in this book, to horrorify, but as I said, it's actually a very light-hearted read. If you're looking to delve into the real heart of psychopathy, this is not the book. If you wouldn't mind a tour of the neighborhood, though, Jon Ronson makes an amusing guide.
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