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  • The Paradox of Choice

  • Why More is Less
  • By: Barry Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 787

By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on the important ones and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Tyranny of Pop Economics

  • By Darwin8u on 10-28-13

Seek to satisfice versus maximize

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

More choices could mean a higher likelihood of getting exactly what we want. But too many choices could mean dissatisfaction. The author explains how the conventional wisdom of more choices is wrong and how we would be better off by:
- Seeking what's good enough instead of seeking the best.
- Lowering our expectations about the results of our decisions.
- Paying less attention to what others around us are doing.

In a study where either 6 varieties or 24 varieties of jam were available for people to sample, more people were interested when there were 24 varieties displayed. However, only 3% of the people exposed to the large array of jams bought a jar, while 30% of the people exposed to the small array bought a jar. Too many choices discourage consumers to make a purchase because of the effort needed to select one. With information overload, consumers decide not to decide. If a decision is made, the effort expended detract from the enjoyment derived from the purchase.

The book describes many ways to ease the burden of making a decision and lessen the stress and dissatisfaction from making picking one. Some of the content is based on research done by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. If you're already familiar with their work, some of the content is repetitive.

  • A Scone to Die For

  • Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 640

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose's quaint English tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford's past. Armed with her insider knowledge of the university and with the help of four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery - all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover and buy this cozy mystery

  • By Eddie Lynn on 10-01-16

Light, funny mystery

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

It's a light, funny mystery with a little romantic tension thrown in. Readers who expect that from this book will enjoy it. It's a book where you shouldn't delve too deep into the characters (like why would Gemma dream of opening up a tea shop when she doesn't even know how to cook and how did the handsome, musical, hot-tempered Devlin end up being a detective and wealthy). Otherwise, the inconsistency in some of the characters makes the book unsatisfying.

  • You Do You

  • How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want
  • By: Sarah Knight
  • Narrated by: Sarah Knight
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 512

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together comes more straight talk about how to stand up for who you are and what you really want, need, and deserve - showing when it's okay to be selfish, why it's pointless to be perfect, and how to be "difficult". Being yourself should be easy, yet too many of us struggle to live on other people's terms instead of our own. Rather than feeling large and in charge, we feel little and belittled.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Review of You Do You: How to Be Who You Are...

  • By Handy Cathi on 12-28-17

Typical life advice but with cursing

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

The author's "no bulls*t" advice is simply that she's cursing while giving advice and making it sound more dramatic than it actually is. For example, she gives the advice to be selfish - but with the caveat that you shouldn't hurt others in getting what you want. This is the same advice of "taking care of yourself first" expressed by so many others. This book is more for young adults who are just bumping into life obstacles and find the sample responses helpful.

  • Side Effects

  • By: Woody Allen
  • Narrated by: Woody Allen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

Now, available in audio for the first time, Side Effects is narrated by Woody Allen himself. A humor classic by one of the world’s funniest writers, Side Effects is a treat for Allen fans and those just discovering how gifted he is. In classics including "Remembering Needleman", "The Kugelmass Episode", "Confessions of a Burglar", and others, Allen discusses such subjects as the nature of relativity, the UFO menace, and the predicament of modern man.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For Woody Allen's fans

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-01-18

For Woody Allen's fans

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Typical of Woody Allen, the humor is offbeat, quirky, and sometimes witty. The book was written in 1980 when his humor wasn't as refined and polished as it is now. Also, many of the stories reflect his preoccupation with sex in awkward situations (like dating the daughter and being attracted to the mother). Only true fans of Woody Allen would enjoy this book.

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  • Everything That Remains

  • A Memoir by the Minimalists
  • By: Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
  • Narrated by: Justin Malik
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

What if everything you ever wanted isn't what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn't anymore. Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage, Millburn started questioning the life he had built for himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio is best format for this

  • By Mark on 03-10-17

You don't possess your possessions, they possess u

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I give this book 3.5 stars. The first half of the book was dull. It was a shallow recollection of the hard times in the author's life (what prompted his minimalist journey) - an alcoholic mother, her early death from cancer, and his failed marriage. He doesn't even mention what led to the divorce other than that it was a good marriage, but not a great marriage (yawn... hardly a page-turner). Then there are interruptions, interjections, and comments from his friend inserted into the first-person narrative. Like a private joke known only between friends, most of these smart-alecky insertions aren't amusing to outsiders. The second half of the book is okay. Some of it is interesting (going from Brooks Brothers suits and a high-paying corporate job to a tiny apartment and no television). It prompts you to reflect on your own life and all your material possessions - things you have to pay off, things you have to keep organized, and things you have to clean. Soon you don't possess your possessions, they possess you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,561

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I'm F'd for sure!

  • By Kerry Strong on 08-24-17

YOU need to change

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

One of the quotes in the book is from Seneca, "Fate leads the willing and drags along the reluctant." This epitomizes the theme of the book. If you want a better future, YOU have to take action. If you want to lose weight, eat healthy and exercise. If you want a better job, develop some marketable skills and apply for other jobs. If you want to get out of debt, reduce your spending and pay off your debts. If you want a happy relationship, end your destructive relationship and meet new people. For most problems, the solutions are obvious... or at least the initial steps to move forward. Many people fail to do even that. But of course, the hard part is making a change. How often do people complain about their jobs but haven't even applied for another job? The book is essentially encouragement written in a bunch of different ways.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,757

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've listened to all year!

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 10-03-14

Struggles of Teenage Boys

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This is a coming-of-age story about two Mexican-American teenage boys in El Paso, Texas. It's filled with good moments, sad moments, and a lot of angst as teenagers are bound to have. It's a slow-paced story, especially in the beginning as a typical day of Ari (Aristotle) is revealed in fine details (like what's playing on the radio and what he thinks about that). It's a good book but potential readers might not have an appreciation for it unless they can relate to the struggles of teenage boys.

  • The Secret, Book & Scone Society

  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,947

Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. And, if none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That's Nora's special talent: prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Bookwyrme on 11-10-17

Entertaining Mystery for Bibliophiles

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This is an entertaining mystery for bibliophiles (who enjoy references to other books interwoven into the story). Some elements in the story feel contrived, like the small town but with a luxury hotel serving overpriced drinks at the bar. The small town scene is for the main characters seeking a new life in the simplicity of a small town. The luxury hotel is for the big-city villains, the backdrop where they can display their conspicuous spending and materialistic behaviors.

  • Exactly What to Say

  • The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
  • By: Phil M. Jones
  • Narrated by: Phil M. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513

Often the decision between a customer choosing you over someone like you is your ability to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to make it count. Phil M. Jones has trained more than two million people across five continents and over 50 countries in the lost art of spoken communication. In Exactly What to Say, he delivers the tactics you need to get more of what you want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-listen/read... if you deal with humans

  • By Melissa Agnes on 12-08-17

Handful of Good Scripts

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-18

This is a compact book filled with scripts to use in conversations to influence people, such as:
- How open minded would you be in trying the alternative
- Just imagine... (for example, just imagine how things will be in six months after you implement this or just imagine the impact this could have)
- When would be a good time to... (when the person is too busy to listen to your idea)
- What's the best number to contact you at (instead of can I have your number)
- What most people would do in this situation is...
- Before you make your mind up... let's make sure you looked at all the facts
- If I can... then will you...
- Just one more thing... (when the conversation is almost ready to end, introduce a little idea)

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  • To-Do List Formula

  • A Stress-Free Guide to Creating To-Do Lists That Work!
  • By: Damon Zahariades
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Finally! Discover how to create to-do lists that work! Do you feel frustrated because you can't seem to finish every item on your daily to-do lists? Do you feel discouraged because you're not effectively managing your workload and responsibilities at your office and home? The good news is that there's a simple solution. It's a matter of using an approach specifically designed to help you organize, manage, and address every task and responsibility on your plate in a timely fashion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to follow

  • By Cinthya on 08-23-17

Good Guide for Creating and Managing a Task List

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-18

This is a practical guide to techniques and strategies for creating task lists and is a good refresher even for veteran list makers. If you've already tried different methods, skip the first two sections (which cover reasons that you fail to get things done with your to-do list, assessment of your task management skills, and pros/cons of some common task management methods).

Start with Chapter 7 to learn the techniques for effectively creating and managing a to-do list, including the following:
* Have two separate lists - one for tasks to complete for the day and a big list for everything else. Each day, pick 7 tasks from the big list to be on your daily list.
* Have a batch list for tiny tasks - when you have extra time, batch these tiny tasks together and complete them in 15-30 minutes (such as start a load of laundry, take out the trash, make dinner reservations, pay the bills, send an email to the client, record yesterday's sales, schedule a meeting with coworkers, check voicemail, return a phone call, and declutter your desk)
* Indicate the desired outcome - write the task with a verb and the goal (for example, "call parents to see how they're doing and invite them for breakfast")
* Break projects down into small, manageable tasks - instead of "clean house" (which is vague and daunting to tackle), write "wash the dishes, mop the kitchen floor, clean the bathroom, vacuum the floors, and dust the furniture."
* Assign due dates for each task
* Estimate the time required to complete the task
* Organize tasks by projects, types, and locations (for example, tasks to complete at the office or at home, creative tasks that require focused attention, and mindless tasks)
* Review the list weekly to add and remove tasks - do a brain dump of all your tasks and remove tasks that are unnecessary or no longer consistent with your goals

1 of 1 people found this review helpful