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Duclos, QC, Canada
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  • Making Habits, Breaking Habits

  • Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick
  • By: Jeremy Dean
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 688

Say you want to start going to the gym or practicing a musical instrument. How long should it take before you stop having to force it and start doing it automatically? The surprising answers are found in Making Habits, Breaking Habits, a leading psychologist’s popular examination of one of the most powerful and underappreciated processes in the brain. Although people like to think that they are in control, the vast majority of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kick in the pants for me...

  • By Jan on 09-09-14

Might be a great book, but narrator is awful!

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Unbearable to listen to. Narrator has this snide, condescending tone that is impossible to tolerate. Doesn't anyone actually audition these people? Or at least listen to the recording before releasing it?

Returning it because I couldn't stomach finishing it.

  • Summary of The Total Money Makeover from Dave Ramsey

  • By: Better Business Summaries
  • Narrated by: Ashley Nero
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

How would you feel if I told you that its possible for you to live without worrying about paying the bills? That it is possible for you to get rid of your debt and enjoy financial freedom? All of this is within your reach, but nothing comes easy. There's a price to pay. You have to do what rich people do, sacrifice and have financial discipline. That's the only thing you need to do to start enjoying your life being debt free.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good summary and easy to follow and take notes.

  • By Judy on 10-15-16

Truly awful

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Whoever composed the summary is functionally illiterate. A grammatical disaster from start to finish. Completely unprofessional and excruciating to listen to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Everyday Narcissism

  • Yours, Mine, and Ours
  • By: Nancy Van Dyken
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Narcissism is a belief that the world revolves around us, and that what happens in the world happens because of us. Most of us live with a form of narcissism so common and so deeply embedded that we don't even know we have it. This "everyday narcissism" (EN) comes from childhood wounds and powerful myths we were taught as children. Everyday Narcissism helps listeners understand EN and teaches them how to heal it. It also helps listeners learn to recognize EN in others and respond in healthy ways.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Scott on 11-24-17

Disappointing

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-17

Started off well - first half covers the definitions, how to recognise, etc. The second half purports to give concrete suggestion, but it does not deliver. One was "be open to letting people's bumper-stickers resonate". Absolute garbage.

Audible has some terrible narrators, but this is one of the worst. Barely tolerable if you speed it up to 1.05-1.10 Insists on doing terrible voices for the quotes, which is very distracting.

  • Attachments

  • Why You Love, Feel, and Act the Way You Do
  • By: Dr. Tim Clinton, Dr. Gary Sibcy
  • Narrated by: Christopher Solimene
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The answer to why people feel and act the way they do lies in the profound effect of a child's bonding process with his or her parents. How successfully we form and maintain relationships throughout life is related to those early issues of "attachment". The author has cited four primary bonding styles that explain why people love, feel, and act the way they do. This book is for anyone who desires closeness, especially in the most intimate relationships: marriage, parenting, close friends, and ultimately God.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful

  • By Scott on 11-06-17

Dreadful

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Narrator makes the book impossible to listen to. Might be some good info, but I gave up after an hour.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Take It Personally

  • Conquering Criticism and Other Survival Skills
  • By: Susan Granger
  • Narrated by: Susan Granger
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

Do you, in fear of hurting feelings, restrain from giving criticism? In Don't Take It Personally, renowned drama critic Susan Granger presents an effective strategy for both accepting and giving criticism. Granger strips away the negatives associated with criticism and turns them into something constructive and powerful. Through a series of concrete examples and practical exercises, learn how slight changes of attitude and behavior can help us reap enormous benefits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good advice from a great speaker

  • By Nathan on 02-02-04

Utterly worthless

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Complete waste of time. A lot of nonsense acronyms, mostly for not being too critical. Don't wasteyour time.

  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

  • Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts
  • By: Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
  • Narrated by: Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,296

Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent insights, but a little too long

  • By Anand on 11-11-12

interesting matetial

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Not a lot of concrete steps , but an interesting read. Pretty irritating how the authors take such a dim view of everyone who is not a psychologist, even psychiatrists.

  • You Were Not Born to Suffer

  • How to Overcome Fear, Insecurity and Depression and Love Yourself Back to Happiness, Confidence and Peace
  • By: Blake Bauer
  • Narrated by: Blake Bauer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Discover why all suffering, illness, and unhappiness are cries from your soul asking you to fulfill your life's purpose, realize your greatest potential, and ultimately love, honor, and value yourself in every moment, situation, and relationship.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Vodoo B. S.

  • By Scott on 05-19-17

Vodoo B. S.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-17

Any additional comments?

Truly dreadful. Not a shred of science just a lot of nonsense. Don't waste you time or Money

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Avoidance Syndrome

  • Doing Things Out of Fear
  • By: Douglas H. Ruben
  • Narrated by: Jim Mentink
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

For anybody who asks: Why do I care? Why do I get anxious all the time? Why do I get so angry at people? What makes me so depressed? Why do I hold feelings inside? Now science has the answer - it's the avoidance syndrome. Gain powerful insight on why your fear is out of control and what to do about it. Never be a victim of fear again. Avoidance Syndrome is your first-aid kit on solving avoidance habits once and for all.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Basically a poorly-written textbook

  • By Scott on 03-12-17

Basically a poorly-written textbook

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Any additional comments?

Terrible grammar, endless lists which don't work well in an audiobook format, and really nothing substantial in terms of legitimate psychology. Don't waste you time.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stopping the Noise in Your Head

  • The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry
  • By: Reid Wilson PhD
  • Narrated by: Eric Michaelian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Of course worry can be an important asset when it forces our attention on problem solving. But anxious worrying can cause us to unnecessarily focus on threat, to retreat and avoid, and to seek reassurance and safety - which is no way to foster a life of growth and excitement. In his fifth published book, Dr. Reid Wilson proposes a groundbreaking, paradoxical approach to overcoming anxiety and worry by moving away from comfort, confidence, and security and willingly moving toward uncertainty, distress, and discomfort.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This works!

  • By Francis on 09-04-16

Excruciating narrator

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-16

Would you be willing to try another one of Eric Michaelian’s performances?

Absolutely not. Sounds like a computer over-pronouncing all of the consonants. Intolerable and should be re-recorded.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,205

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert

  • By Peter on 12-24-10

Watch the Ted talk - save yourself 8 hours

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Never has an obvious point been so thoroughly belaboured.......plus the constant promises to teach you howto change your mindset that never materialized.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The rampant narcissism of the author didn't help - here are all the letters people have written to me, telling me how great I am.....

What didn’t you like about Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

Not great. Her tone of voice was annoying and she insisted on doing voices for quotations.

Do you think Mindset needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Please, no. The point has been completely beaten to death in this book.

Any additional comments?

A useful premise, but pretty painful listening.