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Wendy Kinney

Atlanta, GA, United States
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  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school - we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, professor of international health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read not for Listening

  • By carlos gomez on 06-01-18

thank you for sharing hope

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

prime quote: "Knowledge has a sell by date".
thanks for updating my view of the world.

  • The Decoded Company

  • Know Your Talent Better than You Know Your Customers
  • By: Leerom Segal, Aaron Goldstein, Jay Goldman, and others
  • Narrated by: Leerom Segal, Jay Goldman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

As consumers we intuitively understand the benefits of being decoded. Google amazes us by generating answers before we’ve even finished asking a question. The Decoded Company distills how this process works into three transformative ideas. Technology Can be a Coach, personalizing processes to the individual based on experience and offering training interventions precisely at the teachable moment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By blueskies982 on 09-23-15

The first 8 chapters are the preface.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Mostly "go to our website" and "we'll tell you about that in a future chapter.

Take out the redundancies ("very, very, very") and the content fits in a blog post.

Early in they say "we hope you'll get at least one thing, and if you don't, let us know that, too."

I value confidence from an author.
I expect value.

  • Creatures of a Day, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy

  • By: Irvin D. Yalom
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

In his long career, eminent psychotherapist and author Irvin Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life's two greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living. In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients confront the difficulty of these challenges. Although these people have come to Yalom seeking relief, recognition, or meaning, they discover that such things are rarely found in the places where we think to look.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book of rich experience, wonderfully narrated

  • By LostinBooks on 04-12-15

Comfort in three dimensions.

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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: 09-10-16

Thoughtful examples of the mental processes we share, and the ways we can support each other.

  • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

  • Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
  • By: Amy Morin
  • Narrated by: Amy Morin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

Everyone knows that regular exercise and weight training lead to physical strength. But how do we strengthen ourselves mentally for the truly tough times? And what should we do when we face these challenges? Or as psychotherapist Amy Morin asks, what should we avoid when we encounter adversity? Through her years counseling others and her own experiences navigating personal loss, Morin realized it is often the habits we cannot break that are holding us back from true success and happiness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts Off Slow

  • By A. Yoshida on 05-22-17

actionable guidance

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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: 04-21-16

Good examples, useable format, excellent information. The reminders for what's helpful and what isn't helpful at the end of each chapter were excellent. Thank you.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD

  • By: Beth Alison Maloney
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered against walls, and used his limbs instead of his hands to touch light switches, doorknobs, and faucets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real Life Battle and Victory over OCD and PANDAS

  • By Harriet on 07-03-12

Important. Insightful. Essential.

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Reviewed: 02-06-16

Crucial information, in three dimensions, for every doctor. Essential insights for every parent. Hope for every person.

  • Carrots and Sticks

  • Unlock the Power of Incentives to Get Things Done
  • By: Ian Ayres
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Could you lose weight if you put $20,000 at risk? Would you finally set up your billing software if it meant that your favorite charity would earn a new contribution? If you’ve ever tried to meet a goal and came up short, the problem may not have been that the goal was too difficult or that you lacked the discipline to succeed. From giving up cigarettes to increasing your productivity at work, you may simply have neglected to give yourself the proper incentives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Matt on 02-29-12

Reinforcing information

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-15

A few new examples - many reminders from other books in the behavioural economics genre.

  • Decisive

  • How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively listenable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Wothwhile Advice - get you WRAP on

  • By GH on 03-27-13

Predictably Interesting and Useful

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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: 05-07-13

If you could sum up Decisive in three words, what would they be?

Usable, memorable, information.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Decisive?

To do or not to do isn't a decision. Widen the question, think of 13 things to do in addition to, or instead of not doing.

Any additional comments?

This is Chip Heath and Dan Heath's third book. It's as valuable as the first. Can't wait for the fourth!

  • Switch

  • How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
  • By: Dan Heath, Chip Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792

In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better Than Made to Stick

  • By Jeremy on 02-24-10

Masters of Information and Craft

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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: 02-05-13

Where does Switch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is on my A list. At least once a day I suggest a client read it.

What did you like best about this story?

The metaphor makes understanding principles automatic -- which is what the book is about: brilliant.

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

His pacing and inflection add interest without suggesting emphasis or importance.

What did you learn from Switch that you would use in your daily life?

Use more emotional reasons and fewer logistics to validate change communication.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed Made To Stick. Eager for their next book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 59 Seconds

  • Think a Little, Change a Lot
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong format for this book

  • By Paul on 08-29-11

Instantly useful--bought in paper after listening

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

Reviewed: 01-27-13

What made the experience of listening to 59 Seconds the most enjoyable?

This is full of usable nuggets. I listen while driving, and was constantly bookmarking.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I will consciously not buy another book read by this narrator.
His inflection, tone, pace and rhythm is so pedantic and distracting that only the value of the words kept me listening.

There are many quizzes, and they were thoughtlessly read verbatim, i.e. Question one: and then the words, "Strongly disagree", "Disagree", "Neither agree or disagree", "Agree", "Strongly agree."
It's possible no one could repetitively read that ten times in a row, chapter after chapter, without stimulating mindless waiting for the next section.

This should have been modified for ears.
If you've already purchased this, push through. The content is worth it.

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

Exactly what to do, and why.

Any additional comments?

There are so many usable action items that I bought a hard copy for easy reference, and to loan. Last week I used something I learned to stimulate a new exercise for a workshop I teach every month, and for the first time, they got it! They got it! My cheeks were sore from grinning for three days! Brilliant, usable information.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • CrazyBusy

  • Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD
  • By: Edward Hallowell
  • Narrated by: Edward Hallowell
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
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    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 5

Without intending for it to happen or knowing how, when, or why it got started, many people now find that they live in a rush they never wanted. If you feel busier than you've ever been and wonder how this happened and how you can keep up the pace much longer, you are hardly alone.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Redundant Cliches

  • By Wendy Kinney on 04-18-06

Redundant Cliches

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-06

At two hours and five minutes (two-thirds of the way through the book) there still isn't any content. Just new jargon, "GemmelSchmertz"; multiple cliches, "the busier you are the busier you get"; and common maxims, "it's important to prioritize, to do what's important to you."

5 of 5 people found this review helpful