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W. White

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  • The Time Chunking Method

  • A 10-Step Action Plan for Increasing Your Productivity
  • By: Damon Zahariades
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Discover how to use time chunking to streamline your workflow and skyrocket your productivity! Are you struggling to manage your time efficiently? Do you have the feeling you could be much more productive if only you used the right workflow strategy during your day? Enter the Time Chunking Method.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Weekend Reader on 04-05-18

Comprehensive, useful, actionable

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-29-18

Excellent guide. He started with the necessity of having compelling motivation, covered variations on the method itself, delivered numerous useful ideas about how to manage the productive time & the breaks, & addressed a number of issues likely to emerge in the course of using this tool. His work really sets up the user for success in using time chunking. The first day of using this method has already paid back more in increased productivity than the couple of hours spent listening. I recommend it.

  • The Four Tendencies

  • The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907

Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin ( The Happiness Project; Better Than Before) reveals the surprising truth about the four hidden personality types that drive everything we do. Learn how to understand yourself better - and also how to influence others more effectively.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to it right away! Amazing!

  • By John Beddoe on 09-13-17

Useful & interesting

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Reviewed: 02-27-18

Author has a very pleasant voice, & her enthusiasm about the subject come through. I’m already finding this information useful clinically, as a parent, and as a spouse. I was inspired enough to download & start using her app & ordered a print copy for a 2nd run through using eyes, not ears. I talked it up with several physician colleagues who are following suit to learn more about this interesting topic. Highly recommended.

  • Peak Performance

  • Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
  • By: Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,753

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but

  • By Luke on 06-09-18

Similar to others, but adds more, worth the read

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Reviewed: 02-08-18

I have read quite a few of this genre in my 15 years of 25+ books a year on Audible, liked some better than others, but found this one particularly actionable, so it goes into my “to be re-read“ file rather than the “that was nice“ file. Rather than put me at top of some world game, it seems this is already putting me atop of my own day to day game and that makes it worth the read, since that’s where I live my life.

  • Louder Than Words

  • The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning
  • By: Benjamin K. Bergen
  • Narrated by: Benjamin K. Bergen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

Whether it’s brusque, convincing, fraught with emotion, or dripping with innuendo, language is fundamentally a tool for conveying meaning - a uniquely human magic trick in which you vibrate your vocal cords to make your innermost thoughts pop up in someone else’s mind. You can use it to talk about all sorts of things - from your new labradoodle puppy to the expansive gardens at Versailles, from Roger Federer’s backhand to things that don’t exist at all, like flying pigs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost too thorough

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-04-17

Groundbreaking

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Reviewed: 06-11-17

This was over-the-top good. I've ordered a print copy for faster review. It was coherently written enough that I could enjoy it at 1.5 speed, which was helpful during his relating some of the more detailed studies he used to justify his conclusions. I don't think I will look at any of the languages I speak in the same way ever again. Good spirited and never boring. Near the end, he posits a very interesting theory about why we shouldn't talk on a cell phone and drive at the same time. I would definitely recommend this book to psychiatrists, students, teachers, writers of fiction & nonfiction, animal trainers & sales people to name a few. Useful, applicable, & interesting.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • How Emotions Are Made

  • The Secret Life of the Brain
  • By: Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

Emotions feel automatic to us; that's why scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology. This paradigm shift has far-reaching implications not only for psychology but also medicine, the legal system, airport security, child-rearing, and even meditation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-opening

  • By W. White on 05-29-17

Eye-opening

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Reviewed: 05-29-17

As a practicing psychiatrist, I found this book incredibly thought-provoking. It wonderfully turned on its head many of my previous "thoughts" about how "feelings" work. I have always been more of an advocate of good questions than good answers, & Feldman does a wonderful job of asking good questions and following through with adequate scientific inquiry to lend credence to her perspectives. This proved to be such an excellent listen, that I have since purchased the hard cover & am equally enjoying that exploration of the book's ideas. Unquestionably five stars!

76 of 81 people found this review helpful

  • Gut

  • The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742

Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain, yet we know very little about how it works. Gut: The Inside Story is an entertaining, informative tour of the digestive system from the moment we raise a tasty morsel to our lips until the moment our body surrenders the remnants to the toilet bowl. No topic is too lowly for the author's wonder and admiration, from the careful choreography of breaking wind to the precise internal communication required for a cleansing vomit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Susie on 06-23-16

Bright, funny, informative, well-read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-17

As an American physician, I found that I had quite a bit to learn from my German counterpart more than 40 years my junior. For example, I, as well as none of my learned colleagues had ever heard of Roemheld Syndrome, though the more flexibly minded among us found the concept interesting and likely applicable. Enders makes sure we'll never look at our gastrointestinal tracts in quite the same way ever again. Lots of laughs along the way, and I found much of her millennial humor to be ageless. The Brit reading this excellent translation of Darm mit Charme did a brilliant job and she was delightful to listen to. Enders' sister's illustrations are both helpful and funny, down to the "end" page, making a companion Kindle purchase of the book worthwhile, aside from obvious reference value. Also, I tried some of her ideas regarding pre-biotics and probiotics, etc., and can already report that my microbiota as well as myself are feeling more energetic. I "read" at least 100 Audible titles a year, and this one rates in the top 10%.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • NeuroLogic

  • The Brain's Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior
  • By: Eliezer Sternberg
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

A groundbreaking investigation of the brain's hidden logic behind our strangest behaviors and of how conscious and unconscious systems interact in order to create our experience and preserve our sense of self.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great story, well sourced, based on assumptions.

  • By Adam on 05-26-16

Fresh reconfiguration of familiar neurology

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Reviewed: 10-18-16

At times, this is reminiscent of Ramachandran & others in this ilk, but the apt metaphors & crossover understandings between systems, and wonderfully illustrative stories the best composite understanding of the mind I've seen to date. It was well read, and well worth the read.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Self-Reg

  • How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life
  • By: Dr. Stuart Shanker
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Self-Reg is a groundbreaking book that presents an entirely new understanding of your child's emotions and behavior and serves as a practical guide for parents to help their kids engage calmly and successfully in learning and life. Rooted in decades of clinical practice and research by leading child psychologist Dr. Stuart Shanker, Self-Reg realigns the power of the parent-child relationship for positive change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By W. White on 09-28-16

Phenomenal

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Reviewed: 09-28-16

I've read over 30 parenting books in the past couple of years, including excellent pieces by Tsabari, Greene, Markham, & Siegal, but I found Self-Reg really touched a chord, and is the perfect complement for those other works, which I'll continue to revisit. Self-Reg has the advantage of being something that I'm already using myself, for myself, not just in my role as a parent, but also as a physician, educator, husband, artist, and human. The narrator's soothing voice made learning the material easier, very much in keeping with the basic premise of Self-Reg. It has even changed my meditation practice to a practice of self-regulation, and that has made all the difference. I believe I'm already a better parent, ironically, just as my child became a better son. :-) Go figure! I really like this book, I just started my second read/listen, this time via Kindle version.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Virgin Way

  • Everything I Know about Leadership
  • By: Richard Branson
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,103

While building the Virgin Group over 40 years, Richard Branson has never shied away from seemingly outlandish challenges that others (including his own colleagues on several occasions) considered sheer lunacy. He has taken on giants like British Airways and won, and monsters like Coca-Cola and lost. Now Branson gives an inside look at his strikingly different swashbuckling style of leadership.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiration, and nuggets of wisdom for anyone

  • By John R. on 05-08-15

Fun, inspiring stories, well read

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Reviewed: 09-06-16

The contents were serious enough to be very useful, and I'm already applying them in my business, my personal life, and my parenting, as well as health pursuits, etc. Great advice. But Beyond the serious, there is much, much fun here, and I had many hearty laughs as I learned about the Virgin Way and Richard's hilarious exploits.. I wish all parents and teachers could remember that we learn better when we're enjoying ourselves. The narrator, Jackson, clearly enjoys his job of reading as well, and therefore I, the listener, enjoyed myself even more. Great, inspiring content, well read. Highly recommended.

  • The Swerve

  • How the World Became Modern
  • By: Stephen Greenblatt
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,077

Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many swerves

  • By A reader on 05-20-12

Fantastic

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Reviewed: 10-11-15

An excellent book I'd eagerly recommend to anyone who loves history, science, art, the humanities, humanity, literature, or book hunting/bookbinding, as well as anyone who is interested in the principles of harm reduction, atheism, deism, agnosticism, skepticism, & love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful