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  • Practice Like This!: 35 Effective Ways to Get Better Faster

  • By: Jonathan Harnum PhD
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Harnum
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

If you're alive, you're trying to get better at something. It could be your golf swing or guitar, parenting or painting, gaming, cooking, or any other skill. The strategies in this book are top-shelf, pulled from neuroscience, research on excellence, and world-class masters in many fields, presented in an easy-to-understand style that is sometimes funny and always friendly. Hundreds of helpful images and graphics. Six sections, 42 hacks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • meat and potatoes

  • By Alphanso on 01-24-17

Practice Like This

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Clear, concise facts on how to practice for optimal retention. I have read a lot on the subject but this book gave new information and ideas. Appropriate for musicians, athletes, artists and businesspeople etc. The audiobook is easy to listen to but I had to keep stopping it to take notes. It comes with a free PDF so that will help to review the concepts covered.

  • The Valley of Amazement

  • By: Amy Tan
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,939

Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life in a Courtesan house.

  • By Kristi R. on 01-02-14

Tedious

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I have loved some of Amy Tan's book but could not get through this one. Ughhh

  • If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

  • My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating
  • By: Alan Alda
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

The beloved actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the science of communication and teaches listeners to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate mind-reading abilities. With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of Scientific American Frontiers so effective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Useful and pleasant

  • By 22Wonderful on 06-12-17

Another great work from Alda

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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: 07-10-17

Would you listen to If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? again? Why?

Yes I will, I learned a lot and know that when I re-listen I will pick up even more information

What was one of the most memorable moments of If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face??

This would be a great book to read, but hearing Alda speak his own words is such a gift!

What insight do you think you’ll apply from If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face??

Here are some of my favorite quotes: Empathy is the key to communication. The simple act of noticing someone's eye color can build your empathy. Look the other person right in the eye. 4:34:30 “Sometimes being willing to see the other person means you have to be willing to let them see you.” 4:54:26 Engagement. (Professor says) I get them to care. Get people laughing. It disarms them. 4:55:56 “Laughter always leads to engagement...Also, We remember things tied to an emotion, and the concept of "generous listening" with the intent of really understanding. This book is so helpful to me in my work as an author and teacher to older adult piano students.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book to anyone who works with people or is in relationships, which is everyone!

  • Becoming Wise

  • An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
  • By: Krista Tippett
  • Narrated by: Krista Tippett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time. The heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast, On Being, has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of an interview clip show

  • By Adam Shields on 08-26-16

Interviews great, but in between is a drudge

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

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

This was recommended to those who enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert and Brene Brown books; Krista Tippett does not have that sort of wisdom, storytelling ability or presence.

Any additional comments?

When she is interviewing her guests the book is wonderful- each guest brings their fascinating expertise, philosophies and visions and Tippett is great at asking the right questions to draw them out. However, when it is Tippett speaking at length before and between the interviews, it is a slow, tedious listen. Tippett seems to be so enraptured by her own language, that she obscures her message, which could have been delivered much more succinctly, with greater impact and understanding. Her voice reminds me of Michael Silverblatt (Bookworm host), speaking through her nose with a pretentious, rambling style. But overall it was worth it- the interviews are worth your time and patience.

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,902

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Amazing book

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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: 03-27-17

I read this book second which is the wrong order, but it didn't matter. The story is beautifully told by the author and Jim Broadbent's performance is such a treat. He is a fine actor and storyteller. This is a small story about huge emotional growth through the simple act of walking. Highly recommended.