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  • 2 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 39 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • The Art of Happiness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler
    • Narrated By Howard C. Cutler

    The Dalai Lama will tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. With the help of a psychiatrist, he now gets the message across in a context we can easily understand.

    Chris says: "very good listen"
    "Sage and timeless advice"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Happiness the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the palpable compassion you could feel from the words from the book. You could tell the author was deeply influenced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. You can tell that His Holiness is one of the most compassionate yet gently charismatic people alive today. It is also enjoyable to know that you can apply these principles not matter your personal worldview on religion or "higher power."

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed a particular story where the author witnessed His Holiness quietly approach a nervous looking man in a crowd of many and focus solely on him for a few minutes. At the end of the conversation, the nervous man was visibly lightened.

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  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "Where was the Charisma?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found the content to be valuable, though a bit drawn-out for what it really was saying. I found many helpful tips and steps to take that I've already put into practice and am seeing some results. I am sure it will take a while before it becomes natural. I am out-going, but can come off cold and I needed something to help me figure out where I was going wrong.

    What other book might you compare The Charisma Myth to and why?

    I would compare the book to How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (a book I very much enjoyed). There were many parallels in the advice given by the authors. Carnegie's book offers many more examples while I felt that Cabane's book gave more details and was a bit more modern. Both have timeless advice, but if I were to suggest one over the other, it would be Carnegie's book.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Unfortunately, this is where the book really fell short the most. The narrator absolutely lacked charisma, of all things. I constantly found my mind wandering while she was reading and having to remind myself to come back to the "conversation." This is not a typical issue for me with audiobooks. It was so bad for me, that I found it ironic that she was reading the Charisma Myth. Her tone barely had any inflection, and definitely did not have a conversational tone to it. It felt like she was reading straight from the page. It is also my understanding that the author, Olivia Cabane is an accomplished speaker. I wonder why she did not choose to narrate her own publication?

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

    No, not only is the narration long and boring, but the content does require some division and time to "digest" between topics.

    Any additional comments?

    With a different narrator, I may have been more impressed with this title. As stated, I did learn some new pointers...I was just underwhelmed with the presentation.

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