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  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more

  • By Hamada on 08-28-13

Essential reading for ... everyone

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

How to change

Who was your favorite character and why?

EP. The realisation that habits are performed without the brain, or at least memory and reason, being involved, is scary! EP encouraged me to get my whole brain involved in every moment of my life.

What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good intonation, good pace, calming tones when appropriate but also voice variation and excitement at the right moments. Well read, sir.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Habits can be changed by getting your brain involved. Understand the interaction between cue, craving, routine and reward. Well explained and illustrated.

Any additional comments?

I wish I had read (or listened to) this book long ago. I recommend this rather highly to parents, grandparents, managers, leaders, coaches, spouses. Actually, to everyone interested in living a purposeful life.

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • read this book (not for listenings)

  • By Alex on 02-26-12

Insightful but complex

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

What made the experience of listening to Thinking, Fast and Slow the most enjoyable?

It was very insightful on many fronts, eg investments. human behaviour, etc.
However, the audiobook is very long and one can easily lose track.
There is perhaps too much information to digest in one listen. I need to listen to it again to fully comprehend the significance of it all.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Egan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, not that I can recall, but this performance is not bad at all.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me determined to think even more than I already do. Is that an extreme reaction? Perhaps, in today's world, where so few people seem to think at all ...

Any additional comments?

The author is a Nobel prize winner. It shows.

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  • Sheet Music

  • Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage
  • By: Kevin Leman
  • Narrated by: Ron Turner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

For married couples and those engaged to be married, Sheet Music is a practical guide to sex according to God's plan. In his characteristic style, Kevin Leman addresses a wide spectrum of people, from those with no sexual experiences to those with past sexual problems or even abuse. Using frank descriptions, this audiobook has a warm and friendly tone that will help couples overcome awkwardness in discussing an issue important to all married couples.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Christian sex advise, but he doesn't hold back

  • By Rebecca Chauvin on 04-16-15

Recommeded reading

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Sheet Music to be better than the print version?

This is recommended reading/listening for all heterosexual married couples. Read it before the Big Day and then re-read it every 2 years.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did, but it could be equally effective to listen to in several chapter-by-chapter sittings.

  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,729

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, tedious performance

  • By Jefferson Lam on 07-28-16

A little disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Maybe if the author taught with more wisdom and maturity, the experience could have been better. This was a little like a Sunday school sermon for folk with oversized ego's. I was hoping to get some insight into managing and living with people with bloated ego's. But there was none of that. A lot of irrelevant stuff on why it's bad to have an ego. In many cases the link between the issues/examples being discussed and ego itself, was vague or inappropriate.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something on public speaking and connecting with people.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment with the content, and the audio performance.

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's ‘Space Oddity' in space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply excellent

  • By Michael S. on 04-20-18

Authentic and excellent

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

What did you love best about An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth?

The authenticity of the narrative. The (mostly) gripping storylines. The useful, first-hand insight into the life of an astronaut. The very useful lessons from it.
What I really enjoyed, is that Chris Hadfield doesn't "preach" on what to do and what not. He doesn't give a 10-point self-improvement list of things to learn or do. He simply tells his story, and the perceptive reader can apply the lessons Chris had learned to his/her own situation, or not.
There are precious jewels hidden in Hadfield's story. Take this one example: "No situation is so bad that you cannot make it worse."

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chris Hadfield himself, of course. But then, his sons and wife seem to be worth getting to know better.

Which character – as performed by Chris Hadfield – was your favorite?

Chris Hadfield himself.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I did recommend it to several friends and gave it as a gift to one friend.

  • The Principle of the Path

  • How To Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
  • By: Andy Stanley
  • Narrated by: Jon Gauger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

As you are about to discover, the principle of the path is at work in your life every single day. Once embraced, this compelling principle will empower you to identify and follow the path that leads to your desired destination. And this same principle will enable you to avoid life-wasting detours along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Practical Success Book For Christians

  • By Kathryn on 11-21-10

One of the best ever ...

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

Any additional comments?

This book is one of the best books that I have ever read. It covers one of the most important themes (or principles) in life. It illustrates the crucial principle of the path vivdly with well-told personal stories. The book is a critically important key to changing anyone's life - that is, change in any aspect of life. It is not primarily a christian book, a religous book, and definitely not one of those self-help self-improvement guides. It accurately and objectively introduces the principle of the path and shows how it affects everything in life, such as gravity affecting everything on planet earth. Whether you like it or nor, and whether you know about the priciple of the path or not, it always applies like gravity would whether you know about it not. Its an excellent must-read (or must-listen). I intend to read it annually from now on. I recommend it highly!

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  • Six Suspects

  • By: Vikas Swarup
  • Narrated by: Lyndam Gregory
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Vicky Rai, the son of a high-profile minister, has been shot dead by one of the guests at his own party. They are a glitzy bunch, but among them the police find six strange, displaced characters with a gun in their possession, each of them steaming with a secret motive. India's wiliest investigative journalist, Arun Advani, makes it his mission to nail the murderer. In doing so, the amazing, tender and touching lives of six eccentric characters unravel before our eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is unputdownable a word?

  • By Steven on 11-25-10

Tangible India - the impossible whodunnit

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

Reviewed: 10-07-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I will! I already have.It provides an intelligent and insightful taste of India - one can feel the crowds, touch the garments, taste the food, dislike the politicians. Six Suspects brings this interesting and complex country and culture to life.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was initially very difficult to follow, until each of the main characters has stamped his or her own story unto the plot. It started making sense in Part II and really came together in Part III.

What about Lyndam Gregory’s performance did you like?

His tones, his accents for each character, his enthusiasm, his consistency with regard to each individual character. It was a really good audio performance. Even if you don't like the story, its worth listening just for the performance.

Who was the most memorable character of Six Suspects and why?

The tribal guy. He is the mirror in which all societies should look at themselves. The cellphone thief was also adorable.Mohan Kumar was the least believable of all the characters. The American guy was downright irritating - a very good typecast.

Any additional comments?

You won't guess the killer until the very last few minutes! It's worth going all the way.The story is beautifully told, albeit a little complex initially. I loved it, expecially from halfway through Part II. In a creative way, it breaks open India to each foreigner who knows very little about Indian culture, and at the same time entertains with a good 'whodunnit'.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,598

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will isten again and again

  • By Ann Marie on 12-27-04

A gripping read

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

Where does Man's Search for Meaning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I knew what to expect, but it was still highly illuminating and interesting.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Frankl's first-hand account of the holocaust horrors to which he was exposed, is a must-read! Being able to learn lessons from it, and in fact seeing proof for his logotherapy theory developed prior to the war, is even more compelling. It is inspiring, to say the least.

Did Simon Vance do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I have heard better reads, but this was still quite acceptable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Meaning found - in an unexpected place: the future!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended, but only for those who think.

  • Treating Pornography Addiction

  • The Essential Tools for Recovery
  • By: Kevin B. Skinner
  • Narrated by: Kevin B. Skinner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Renowned therapist and expert on pornogrpahy addiction, Dr. Kevin Skinner carefully walks someone struggling with pornography through the steps to recovery. Treating Pornography Addition begins with how pornography becomes a problem in the mind and how it becomes addictive. Then it teaches the listener how to rewrite the patterns in the mind. It closes with the key steps of recovery.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Honest opinion...

  • By Jack on 02-22-10

Very insightful

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

Reviewed: 07-15-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - it is one of very few books on this topic which addresses one of the biggest and most dangerous human experiments of all time. The book contains very useful and insightful information.

What other book might you compare Treating Pornography Addiction to and why?

Breaking Adiiction - Dr Lance Dodes

Any additional comments?

A must-read for anyone trying to help others (or himself) with pornography addiction. Useful insights into addiction of all kinds in general.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Breaking Addiction

  • A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction
  • By: Lance M. Dodes
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

In his revolutionary book The Heart of Addiction, Dr. Lance Dodes examined the underlying emotions that drive addictive behaviors - whether drinking, gambling, sex, or eating. Now, in Breaking Addiction, Dodes presents a comprehensive guide outlining seven critical steps to overcome addiction, based on his findings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Determined to quit? This is your book!

  • By M. A. Gueltekin on 10-17-12

Dodes explores the cause as much as the addiction

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

Reviewed: 07-15-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Indeed - it is well written. The numeorus case studies and stories told make for interesting content, easy to follow and each story illustrates the point vividly.The book sensitises the listener not to approach addiction simplistically, but to go to the cause of the addictive behaviour if real and sustainable rehab is sought.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Addiction?

Introducing and defining the generic cause of addictive behaviour as "feelings of helplessness". This is original and accurate.

Which scene was your favorite?

Many good scenes in the numerous case studies

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth a read for anyone interested in understanding addictive behaviour and how to break it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful