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Dr. Brian L. Carpenter

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  • The Little Book of Big Change

  • The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit
  • By: Amy Johnson PhD
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Mary Carthy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Little changes can make a big, big difference! In The Little Book of Big Change, psychologist Amy Johnson shows you how to rewire your brain and overcome your bad habits - once and for all. No matter what your bad habit is, you have the power to change it. Drawing on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality, this book will show you that you are not your habits. Rather, your habits and addictions are the result of simple brain wiring that is easily reversed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're ready to change, this is the book

  • By Dr. Brian L. Carpenter on 08-17-16

If you're ready to change, this is the book

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Would you listen to The Little Book of Big Change again? Why?

I mean, WOW!! For anyone like me that has struggled for decades with one or more unwanted habits, this book is a permanent game-changer. In addition to Amy's insights into the nature of thoughts & emotions as they relate to addictions, obsessions, compulsivity, etc. being spot on, her book is extraordinarily well written and refreshing in it's simple (but not simplistic), clear, easy approach. And it's completely devoid of all the usual psycho-baffle-gab so commonly found in the self help genre. As a result of the freedom I acquired through the insights written about by Amy, I am not only recommending this book to my own clients, I am retaining Amy as my own life coach. If you are looking to free yourself of one or more unwanted habits, even if you've tried everything under the sun, the answers in this book are what you're looking for. If you are already a practicer of mindfulness, this book will add even more to your understanding.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL's True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice

  • By: Brandon Webb, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Charlie Ray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822

From Brandon Webb, Navy SEAL sniper and New York Times best-selling author, comes his account of the eight friends and fellow SEALs who made the ultimate sacrifice. As a Navy SEAL, Webb rose to the top of the world's most elite sniper corps, experiencing years of punishing training and combat missions from the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan. Along the way, Webb served beside, trained, and supported men he came to know not just as fellow warriors, but as friends and, eventually, as heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must listen

  • By NL_Guy on 05-16-15

Intimate, insightful and riveting

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

Any additional comments?

The story itself is fantastic, however, the producers at Audible need to get serious about the kind of excellence repeatedly emphasized in Brandon's book by:

1. editing out retakes
2. making sure the professional fucking reader pronounces words correctly. VERY DISTRACTING Audible! A fifth grader knows you don't "cut a swayth" through somehting and so on. C'mon!

  • 15 Things You Should Give up to Be Happy

  • An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy
  • By: Luminita D. Saviuc
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

When PurposeFairy.com founder Luminita Saviuc posted a list of things to let go in order to be happy, she had no idea that it would go viral, shared more than 1.2 million times and counting. Based on that inspiring post, this heartfelt book gives listeners permission to give up - that is, to let go of the bad habits that are holding them back from achieving authentic happiness and living their best lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good book ruined by wrong narration style

  • By Dr. Brian L. Carpenter on 05-16-16

good book ruined by wrong narration style

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Luminita: You have written an outstanding book but I urge you to get the producers re-do the audio with appropriate narration. The reader cannot sound like she's doing an infomercial while telling the tragic story of your father's horrific abuse.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Indian Business: The East India Company

  • The World's Most Powerful Corporation
  • By: Tirthankar Roy
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62

For over 200 years, the East India Company was the largest and most powerful mercantile firm in Britain and Asia. Set up to procure Asian goods for British consumers, the Company's business network spanned Persia, India, China, Indonesia, and North America. In the late 1700s, its career took a dramatic turn as the Company lost ground as a trading firm, but founded an empire in India. Why did a merchant firm end up being an empire builder? Why did politics mesh so closely with the conduct of business in this time? This new account of the East India Company answers these questions by taking a fresh look at the world of Indian business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super overview of the East India Company

  • By Dr. Brian L. Carpenter on 08-17-13

Super overview of the East India Company

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

Reviewed: 08-17-13

This little book is an excellent overview of the 275 year existence of the first modern corporation. Anyone interested this topic will find this to be an excellent source. It contains many interesting dates, names and significant historical events. I also enjoyed the audio format because I would not how to pronounce the trough of Indian words, names and places that would naturally be contained in such a book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bird by Bird

  • Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081

A New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these varied obstacles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A funny listen, but no writing samples to speak of

  • By Alice on 04-12-15

Funny and Instructive

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

Reviewed: 08-17-13

After a friend read Lamott's humorous passage to me about elementary school lunchroom protocols, I had to buy this book. I laughed aloud all the way through it and learned many useful insights for improving my writing (e.g., writing a "shitty first draft" as a way of overcoming the perfectionism that besieges most writers when they sit down to write).

Lamott also opens a window to her own soul, sharing a wide swath of experiences to include how the passing of her father (also an author) affected her development as a writer. These personal sections are refreshingly non-melodramatic. Rather, the reader feels intimately connected with Lamott. The effect is one of trust in who she is and what she says.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • City of Thieves

  • A Novel
  • By: David Benioff
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,449

A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Tale. Great Narration.

  • By Paul on 10-24-09

Benioff rocks this story!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-13

Would you consider the audio edition of City of Thieves to be better than the print version?

I found the audio format preferable to print in that I would not know how to pronounce various Russian words and cities, etc.

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

Loved the Russian accents! Not overdone and only occasional for emphasis in certain passages. Nice interpretation, Ron.

Any additional comments?

After noting that Benioff wrote or co-wrote many of the excellent screenplays for Game of Thrones, I became interested in his work. This novel is a gripping account of grandfather's experiences as a young Russian man in the first winter of WWII when Nazi Germany attacked Communist Russia. The writing is extraordinary and compelling. I feel present in the story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Achieving Credibility

  • The Key to Effective Leadership
  • By: James M. Kouzes, Tom Peters (introduction)
  • Narrated by: James M. Kouzes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In our era of companies that we hear negative things about almost weekly, where leadership is mistrusted and the foundational principles of organizations are abandoned, where the bottom line is the only thing observed, Jim Kouzes gives us a breath of fresh air and hope that you can build an organization for which good morals and values are the foundation and which can be extremely successful. His powerful examples are throughout this program will inspire you.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Uncharacteristically lame

  • By Dr. Brian L. Carpenter on 08-03-13

Uncharacteristically lame

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

Reviewed: 08-03-13

What was most disappointing about James M. Kouzes and Tom Peters (introduction) ’s story?

I love everything Tom Peters has written, the intro to this book being no exception. The problem wasn't Peters; it's that Kouzes didn't deliver. Don't get me wrong, Kouzes and Posner have done extraordinary work over the course of their professional lives. And if you've read it, then you won't need this book. It's merely an unorganized, repetitive hodgepodge narrative of Kouzes's ramblings. I bought the book hoping for new insights but this book offers none. I couldn't help but think of the irony of how such a piece of work is discrediting to an author who literally wrote the book on credibility. That said, if you want to understand the topic, I highly recommend the book The Leadership Challenge and the book Credibility by Posner and Kouzes.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narration was fine.

What character would you cut from Achieving Credibility?

N/A-this is a non-fictional work.

  • Content Rules

  • How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series)
  • By: Ann Handley, C. C. Chapman
  • Narrated by: Ann Handley, C. C. Chapman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

To market your business, reach new customers, and create long-lasting loyalty, you need one indispensable element: CONTENT. Whether it’s bite-sized tweets that allow you to forge relationships on Twitter, blog posts that give your readers must-have advice, ebooks or white papers that engage (and don’t bore), videos that share the human side of your company, interactive webinars that deliver a valuable learning experience, or podcasts that can be downloaded and listened to on the fly (and more!) . . .

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Jishu on 01-21-13

A complete waste of time

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

Reviewed: 10-03-11

What would have made Content Rules better?

For a book whose title extols the supreme value of content, this book, besides being worthless, is self-contradictory. It is full of cliches, contains no recommendations a content creator with two hours of experience hasn't already figured out, and is so condescending, listening to it makes an ice-cream induced brain freeze preferable. The authors chirp in an annoying sing-song tone reminiscent of a cheerleading rally and for supposed content experts, they mispronounce words from their own book (e.g., primer, obfuscate, Waltham, PA). Pure schlock.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful