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Damnyankee, Mass USA


  • The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Leo Babauta
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With the countless distractions that come from every corner of a modern life, it's amazing that we're ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary - freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better

    Dany says: "I enjoyed it very much"
    "A fair review I think"
    Would you try another book from Leo Babauta and/or Fred Stella?

    The narration was okay - it was the material I had problems with.

    Any additional comments?

    I could never give anyone a 1 star review - a person gets 2 stars in my book just for getting up in the morning and earns three for attempting something like writing a book.The book's recommendations can be summed up in a short phrase "Reduce the things you do to 3 things", which I have done for years - but primarily because it was intuitive that much more than this would dilute my effort. As someone who's been a practicing Buddhist for about 20 years, much of what the author was offering was basically some really simple Buddhist practice. I won't fault the author for that as a large amount of self improvement books are basically Buddhist practices without crediting the source, but the author lacked much understanding into the depth of it - or at least failed to communicate it - and in my opinion on some subtle points was just wrong. All in all, I try to give every book a fair shot - and listen to them all the way through and try to do it without passing judgement - often some great dharma presents itself after hours of filler - but this was so painful I just couldn't wait for it to end and alas left me with unfulfilled hopes. If you are of similar experience to me in Buddhism or meditative practices - keep walking - make the author happy by not leaving reviews like this - and press on to find more useful material. If not, maybe you will find the material not so simplistic and obvious.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brock l. Eide, Fernette L. Eide
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dyslexia is almost always assumed to be an obstacle. And for one in five people who are dyslexic, it can be. Yet for millions of successful dyslexics - including astrophysicists, mystery novelists, and entrepreneurs - their dyslexic differences are the key to their success. In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe exciting new brain science revealing that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization.

    Ethel says: "Has the system failed your child?"
    "I'm not sentimental - but admit I cried reading it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes especially if they were dyslexic

    What about Paul Costanzo’s performance did you like?


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


    Any additional comments?

    The book brought back so many painful experiences growing up dyslexic in the 60's and 70's before anyone knew what it was. I used to joke that I was thrown out of some of the best schools in the country. I was the "bright kid who didn't try very hard" and I learned that I could try hard, fail, and have my pride destroyed - OR - I could be the party guy and not try and still fail - but keep my pride. It took me until I was an adult to really learn how to learn, and learn how to succeed. Even now I still go through periods of intense self doubt that I expect most non dyslexics do not experience as intensely as those who failed so dramatically and for so long.

    I'm currently a highly paid software engineer, former manager, and now completing an MBA in my 50's and going to give my own startup a shot. Life is an adventure, adventures aren't always fun but they are interesting if you don't turn away. My dyslexia has pushed me to take risks others won't - won big and lost big - but no regrets. So much of what I have experienced and who and why I am came rushing out to me as I read this book - I feel I understand who I am and why I am so much better since reading this book - thank you! Though not about dyslexia - I also recommend "Thinking fast and slow" as another book that will change how you view the world as much as this did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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