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  • Why Marriages Succeed or Fail

  • And How You Can Make Yours Last
  • By: John M. Gottman
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Psychologist John Gottman has spent twenty years studying what makes a marriage last. Now you can use his tested methods to evaluate, strengthen, and maintain your own long-term relationship. This breakthrough book guides you through a series of self-tests designed to help you determine what kind of marriage you have, where your strengths and weaknesses are, and what specific actions you can take to help your marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and Easily Understood

  • By Diane on 06-19-12

Great guide to intimate relationships

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Love this book, lots of good information about the "work" of a relationship. Value many of concepts contained herein.

  • The Net and the Butterfly

  • The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking
  • By: Olivia Fox Cabane, Judah Pollack
  • Narrated by: Olivia Fox Cabane, Judah Pollack
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The creative mode in your brain is like a butterfly. It's beautiful and erratic, hard to catch, and highly valued as a result. If you want to capture it, you need a net. Enter the executive mode, the task-oriented network in your brain that helps you tie your shoes, run a meeting, or pitch a client. To succeed, you need both modes to work together - your inner butterfly to be active and free, but your inner net to be ready to spring at the right time and create that "aha!" moment. But is there any way to trigger these insights, beyond dumb luck?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Found the reading distracting - Couldn't finish

  • By Roger on 05-09-18

Found the reading distracting - Couldn't finish

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I love Fox Cabane, and have listened to Charisma Myth multiple times. Great book. I wasn't able to finish this book which is frustrating to me. With an opening reading by Fox Cabane, all was good, but the author switches and...the effect was not good. I couldn't finish the book due to the reading, no matter what the information was in it. It took me about two hours of struggling through it to figure out why, but the performance was distracting with halting speech, over pronounced words, and a general feeling of awkwardness of reading to an audience. I found myself getting hung up on the words and the pauses themselves and not the meaning of the words or even the sentences they were part of. I apologize to Pollack for this review, I wish I'd steered clear of this audiobook and gone for the book as I simply couldn't finish.

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  • Nonviolent Communication

  • Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values
  • By: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Narrated by: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,640

On Nonviolent Communication, this renowned peacemaker presents his complete system for speaking our deepest truths, addressing our unrecognized needs and emotions, and honoring those same concerns in others. With this adaptation of the best-selling book of the same title, Marshall Rosenberg teaches in his own words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an amazing life changing book!!!

  • By Olesya on 08-03-16

Solid, required reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I've heard similar ideas floated about but this was very succinct with examples that one could follow. Should be required reading for all people in high school. Listened to it 4 times over the course of a month or two.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,574

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By Megan Carr on 01-31-18

Exceptional book for rational people

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I enjoyed this book greatly and talk about it all the time. The opening story about optimal stopping is worth getting this book, let alone the rest of it! Many of the algorithms discussed herein are applicable to everyday life and it's very useful to consider those problems from a rational, optimal point of view.

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,525
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,356

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Excellent book on negotiating

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

This is a wonderful book for negotiators and goes well beyond the typical BATNA'esque negotiating style. Useful ideas included the use of open ended questions and making the other side solve your problems to bring about a resolution that fits you. Excellent read and highly recommended!

  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,519

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Considering This... Go Ahead!

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-29-13

Deep thought wrapped in comic horror

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Love his works. Just as with John Dies at the End, deep thought is wrapped in comedic horror fiction. The Dunbar Number and how that applies to stereotype, our affinity to loving to hate zombies, and the thoughts contained therein were wonderful, thought provoking ideas wrapped neatly into an easy to read story.

  • The House of Morgan

  • An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 34 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520

A gripping history of banking and the booms and busts that shaped the world on both sides of the Atlantic, The House of Morgan traces the trajectory of the J. P.Morgan empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of 1987. Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the private saga of the Morgans and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved. Based on extensive interviews and access to the family and business archives, The House of Morgan is an investigative masterpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chernow's first book as good as his later ones

  • By S. Yates on 06-01-17

Solid bio, important history

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

This was an interesting book leading from the founding of Morgan bank to roughly today. Very useful history in here, providing an understanding of how things function, the machinations of the world's financial order and the role certain people have in them. I enjoyed this book a great deal.

  • The Charisma Myth

  • How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism
  • By: Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileione
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,372
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,688

What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic.

  • By Gare&Sophia on 12-05-12

Come back to this time and again

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-16

Ms. Cobane's understanding of the topic is deep and insightful. She breaks down Charisma to small steps that are easy to understand, from visualization of alternative scenarios, zooming your focus out, to the timing of your speech. Love it. I listen to this book every few months to keep the tactics fresh in my mind and reinforce the habits. Great book.

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  • Influence

  • Science and Practice, ePub, 5th Edition
  • By: Robert B. Cialdini
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,946

Widely used in classes, as well as sold to people operating successfully in the business world, the eagerly awaited revision of Influence reminds the listener of the power of persuasion. Cialdini organizes compliance techniques into six categories based on psychological principles that direct human behavior: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will change the way you see the world.

  • By Dubito Ergo Sum on 02-18-15

Very insightful for business owners

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-16

Exceptional book with deep understandings of the workings of humans. I mentioned this to a friend who I consult regarding marketing strategy for my companies and he says it is a must read for anybody in marketing, commenting that he owns the audible, digital, and paper versions of the book with tons of dogears on his original paper one.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,382
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,890

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

A must read for technophiles

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-16

Great book, entertaining with insightful thoughts as to what the future of VR/internet may contain. I've found it very useful to have read as it is referenced often in current literature surrounding these topics.