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St Paul, MN, USA
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  • 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 3,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769

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

Even Better Than Made to Stick

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-10

Being a left brained artistic type, i'm naturally resistant to these sort of goal oriented psychology books. However, In an effort to challenge my beliefs, i've been reading several of them lately, and this is by far the best. I was a big fan of their last book Made to Stick and actually just read it for the third time. That book seemed a bit derivative of Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point on my first listen, but i've since gone back to Made To Stick more than most any other book I own. Mostly because of all the practical, real world applications of interesting scientific experiments. Having just finished Switch, i'm impressed with how much they've outdone themselves. I didn't want to stop listening. There's almost no filler in the whole 8 hours.

I wasn't sure there'd be much practical use to a book about 'change,' but i couldn't have been more wrong. They reference several books i happen to have read recently, and i realized change is at the center of all of them, and Switch is the perfect synthesis of all their ideas. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who's read The Happiness Hypothesis, The Now Habit, James Hollis' books, or anything in the field of positive psychology. If you haven't read those books, save your money and just get Switch.

88 of 92 people found this review helpful

  • What Matters Most

  • Living a More Considered Life
  • By: James Hollis Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Taking a fresh look at the concept of happiness, Hollis uses a warm, accessible tone to encourage listeners to learn to tolerate ambiguity, embrace growth rather than security, respect the power of Eros, engage spiritual crises, and acknowledge the shadow of mortality. Providing inspiring wisdom and personal reflections to address our deepest worries, What Matters Most yields far more than mere self-help clichés.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leaves Other Self-Help Books In the Dust

  • By EC on 10-27-09

Full of brilliant quotes and insight.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-10

I'm 23 and couldn't be happier to have found this book before i may really need it in old age. More than almost any other author, James Hollis has a way of making everything clear. Don't expect answers, but if you're looking for the right questions to be asking, this is the book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bonk

  • The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,605
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,870
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,875

The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting-not as engaging as "Stiff"

  • By Jani on 05-13-09

Bonkers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-09

I always listen to audiobooks at 2x speed, this is convenient for how many books i read, and rarely a problem as most books are written to be as 'palatable' as possible ("filer" is probably too strong a word..) Then there's Mary Roach.. Her clever writing is so full of information and imagery that i'd listen at 1/2x if i had the time. Palatable? Yes. How? I don't know, but this is one of the most entertaining, intelligent and enjoyable books i've read.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Made to Stick

  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,014

Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better The Second Time

  • By Jeremy on 09-05-09

Even Better The Second Time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-09

As soon as i finished this book, i started over from the beginning, just to appreciate and learn from it's use of the ideas it teaches.

The writers suggest that for an idea to be sticky, it should follow these 6 princples:

1. Simple
2. Unexpected
3. Concrete
4. Credible
5. Emotional
6. Stories

And there is no better way to sum up this book. It follows and teaches these principles brilliantly.

61 of 63 people found this review helpful

  • Atmospheric Disturbances

  • By: Rivka Galchen
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue - a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and who audaciously claims to be her. While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Listening to Again

  • By Sarah on 11-17-09

I liked it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-09

I got a lot out of this book. It's like Vertigo, written by Charlie Kaufman, starring Robert Downey Jr. The story isn't much itself, but the writing is great and the narrator makes it easy to follow the overly observant and analytical protagonist. The writing is full of interesting scientific and psychological anecdotes that the protagonist struggles with trying to make sense of his subjective reality. More than anything this is a story about love and the way people change, or the way people think people change.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Aegypt

  • By: John Crowley
  • Narrated by: John Crowley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Is there more than one history of the world? This is the question Pierce Moffett is seeking to answer when, jilted and newly jobless, he gets off a bus by chance in the Faraway Hills and steps unawares into a story that has been awaiting him there. His search will bring him into contact with Rosie Rasmussen, another seeker marked by loss. And it will lead them both on a path toward the longed-for country of our oldest dreams and most unanswerable desires, toward a magnificent discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • slow, meandering, and beautiful

  • By Stef on 07-18-07

Read it Twice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-09

My first time through, i grew restless with this book. I kept finding moments of brilliance though. Enough for me to finish, but not enough for me to care much for it.

After a growing interest in psychology, cosmology, existentialism, solipsism and neurology, among the other complex themes of Aegypt, i decided to revisit it and see how it would resonate. Needless to say, it inspired me to write this review and I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the greater questions of life

Of course, this is a challenging read (or listen) and Crowley's writing may seem tedious at first. The layers of synchronicity, subtext, historical 'facts' and allegories, etc. require his level of detail. Some fore knowledge of the subject mater would help as well, but this book might actually be a good place to start, if for nothing else than to see if John Crowley's fascination with the world doesn't inspire your own.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Dostoevsky is primarily known for his monumental works like Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. However, he also wrote many excellent shorter works that embody the same exploration of human psychology on a smaller scale. The Dream of a Ridiculous Man is one of his best short pieces. No less a writer than Virginia Woolf says of Dostoevsky, "Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Jeremy on 01-09-09

Inspiring

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-09

Not perfect, but well written and well thought out. If you like Dostoevsky, you'll like this.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Blink

  • The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,814

In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting read with contradictory messages

  • By Danny on 04-21-05

Buy it now! Or not.. Trust your instincts.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-08

I was first introduced to Malcolm Gladwell a few weeks ago on a podcast for the WNYC program Radiolab. The episode is called "Choice" and if you are new to Gladwell, i would suggest you start there. You'll be hooked.

The negative reviews i've read seem to have felt misled. As if Gladwell were expected to present some unifying theory of intuition. Yet, n a way, he actually does, just not scientifically. What he does present are thought provoking anecdotes about the under appreciated importance of our instinct.. The patches on the quilt missing the thread of your perception. There is lots left to be learned from the experience of others, and luckily there's authors such as Gladwell who will find them.

31 of 34 people found this review helpful