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New Jersey Mom

Maplewood, NJ | Member Since 2013

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  • Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
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    (88)
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    (91)

    More than ninety percent of dog owners consider their pets to be members of their family. But often, despite our best intentions, we are letting our dogs down by not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

    Karen says: "I thought there was an agenda"
    "Good book, but may be better to read than listen"
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    This book provides solid scientifically based information to help address specific dog behavior issues. It is also helpful for people who have just adopted a dog or puppy, and provides advice that will help prevent these issues from occurring in the first place. This book was recommended to me by my dog trainer. I have worked with her using some of the methods advocated in Decoding Your Dog to help my dog overcome significant anxiety issues, and it has worked miracles on him.

    Each chapter is written by a different author (all members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists) and addresses different concerns, and could work on its own. This is a strength, as people may choose to read only those chapters that pertain to their dog's issues. But this also leads to a certain repetitiveness in the material. For example, every chapter reiterates the book's main premise, which is that the (all too prevalent) type of training based on dominance hierarchy is based on a flawed understanding of dogs' social behavior, and often leads to anxiety and behavior problems.

    The narrator did as good a job as could be expected, but some of the material does not lend itself to reading out loud. For example, there is a list of dog foods with their nearly unpronounceable ingredients - all read out, word for word. Also, from the way certain passages were read, I suspect that they were bulleted lists that do not work well in this format.

    Also some of the material may be useful to return to at another point in time. I found myself wishing that I had bought the Kindle book or the "real" book so that I could more easily flip through it to return to certain sections. I will probably purchase a written copy at some point so that I can do that. I am not sorry that I bought the audio version, however; it was a good way to get the initial read-through.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica
    • Narrated By Ken Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    Sir Ken Robinson's groundbreaking book The Element introduced listeners to a new concept of self-fulfillment through the convergence of natural talents and personal passions. The Element has inspired people all over the world and has created for Robinson an intensely devoted following. Now comes the long-awaited companion, the practical guide that helps people find their own Element.

    Christine says: "WILL INVOLVE SOME WORK... BUT WORTH IT"
    "Not really for me"
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    What did you like best about Finding Your Element? What did you like least?

    This book may be a good match for a young person trying to find his or her way in life. As a midlife career-changer, however, I find the advice trivial and obvious, and the exercises childish. I gave up cutting things out of magazines & pasting them into collages around about the age of 10.


    40 of 56 people found this review helpful

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