This audio book fell far below my expectations. I felt like there could've been far more substance to the methodology which they teach and subscribe too. Many case studies were used to substantiate their claims but after an hour, it's like they're using this medium to boast about their accomplishments. This causes one to loose sight of the methodology and get swamped by story after story.
It's also very difficult to believe in some of the case studies. One that jumps to mind - The CIA informant - 20 years in the field - who goes to a standard, run-of-the-mill interview. In the space of 5 minutes, the interviewer is able to crack the informant. He goes from admitting to being a double agent for 20 years to falling just short of confessing about the time where he picked up a penny and didn't hand it in to the police.
I suggest this book to people who are able to filter a Google search. There are some lessons but first you've got to sort through the 'ad-infested-green-card-lotto-winning sites'.
Most of the Pimsleur language courses offer 3 Phases, each containing 30 Units. The European Portuguese version - which is the purest form of the language - only has 1 Phase which consists of 5 Units. I mention that it is the purest form simply because there are different dialects in Angola, Brazil and Mozambique to name but a few. This would allow a person to travel easily amongst these countries if the "core" language is learnt.
I was in search of a book - which would provide me with a set of communication tools - with the purpose of forming closer bonds and connections with others. A variety of them are presented within in the book and special mention is made of practising them often iot become proficient. There was one angle which I was most uncomfortable with and disappointed in however. The angle is a direct consequence of the Age of Personality, which is “what can I get out of others?” The very same tools were shown to be just as effective in manipulating others iot get what you want! IE: Con the Personal Assistant into thinking that you have her best interest at heart while you only want access to the CEO. This is poor form but a characteristic of the times that we live in.
There are great tools but I plead with the listener to use these tools wisely. Use them to form a closer bond with those around you BUT with sincerity and integrity.
The author’s knowledge of ancient Inca culture is most impressive but he fails to deliver it - in an interesting manner – to his audience. Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs for example, was written and presented extremely well by Barbara Mertz and Lorna Raver respectively. This audio book was extremely difficult to listen to and there were moments where I literally dreaded to switch it on. A note to Modern Scholar – Please hire professional narrators!
I was planning to travel to Peru this year but have postponed it in favour of Greece. The reason being that this audio book has put me off Peru and I need time for it to be diluted from my memory. Machu Picchu, don’t go anywhere.
I had the pleasure of travelling through Egypt and this book was able to fill in some gaps. The narrator is excellent and Barbara Mertz is a master story-teller. She is able to mix facts with fiction and humour, which is the perfect combination to keep one listening.
I've had the pleasure of listening to A Short History of Ireland (Dr. Jonathan Bardon) & Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (Jack Weatherford). Killing Lincoln was my first foray into American history and was both interesting and enjoyable. I liked the way in which the paths of both protagonists were presented because it gave one the chance to see both perspectives. Irrespective of one’s political beliefs, this is a book that all American’s should read. May they see the strength of a divided nation being joined as one. A time where Americans stood proud and not seated on a couch watching telly.
A great read which makes one think, if one is willing to spend some time in introspection and then more importantly in action. A wise person once wrote, “Thought without action is commentary” and I believe it holds true in this case. To identify one’s own love language and that of one’s partner is merely the first step.
It opens one’s eyes to the obvious conflict, which can arise when the love languages between partners are not the same. It only takes a moment to see where things went wrong in relationships past.
I do feel that the book could have been shorter however and found it to drag at times. Nevertheless, I definitely recommend it!!
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