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Emotional Intelligence Audiobook

Emotional Intelligence

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Publisher's Summary

Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive program argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities that matter immensely in terms of how we do in life.

Drawing on groundbreaking brain and behavioral research, Daniel Goleman shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do well. These factors add up to a different way of being smart - one he terms "emotional intelligence." This includes self-awareness and impulse control, persistence, zeal and self-motivation, empathy, and social deftness.

These qualities mark people who excel in life, whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. Lack of emotional intelligence can sabotage the intellect and ruin careers. Perhaps the greatest toll is on children, for whom risks include depression, eating disorders, unwanted pregnancies, aggressiveness, and crime.

But the news is hopeful. Emotional intelligence is not fixed at birth, and the author shows how its vital qualities can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us. And because the emotional lessons a child learns actually sculpt the brain's circuitry, he provides guidance as to how parents and schools can best use this window of opportunity in childhood. The message of this eye-opening program is one we must take to heart: the true "bell curve" for a democracy must measure emotional intelligence.

©1995 Daniel Goleman; (P)2001 Books on Tape Inc., Published by Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"Fascinating...well-researched...an engrossing, captivating work." (Booklist)
"Impressive in its scope and depth, staggering in its implications." (Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author of Wherever You Go, There You Are)

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    Brady 12-19-12
    Brady 12-19-12
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    "Terrific info, but a very dry read; think textbook"

    I was very conflicted about how to rate this book. I know it is a classic. The content/info is 5-star. But it reads like a college textbook and is very difficult to listen to. The narrator has perfect diction but is somewhat monotone and boring to listen to. I really had a difficult time keeping focused on listening to the materical. This is my 20th+ audio book I have listened to in the car while commuting to and from work each day, and it was one of the most difficult to listen to. The only reason I stuck with it was because the info is very worthwhile. To summarize:

    Content = A
    Presentation = D (textbook, dry)
    Narration = D (monotone)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Petersen 08-13-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Explains what EI is, not how to improve it"

    I read this entire book and thought that it would explain what emotional intelligence was, then give a lot of ways to improve on it. Instead the point of the book was just to tell the reader how important it is for someone to have it and ran though a myriad of examples of how it was tested and studied. I guess the point is that once you understand it you need to go see a psychologist if you want help with it. In Daniel Goleman's defense he didn't call the book, "Emotional Intelligence: how to improve it" so maybe I was expecting too much. Reader was OK, I don't think it was his fault the content was dry.

    My main criticism is that our society is not doing a good job teaching emotional intelligence. And so it falls to schools to develop programs to teach kids how to feel and express feeling better. I would have liked more emphasis on how to improve families since it is my belief that no matter how hard schools may try, they will not be able to replace the family in being able to raise healthy stable kids.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Paul San Jose, CA, USA 06-16-09
    Paul San Jose, CA, USA 06-16-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Intriguing, but ironically, very depressing"

    For a book that suggests that empathy is a key skill necessary for emotional management, I find it ironic that Goleman goes into excruciating and painful detail of traumatic events as illustrations. Certainly, it evokes empathy (to the victims, not so much to the emotional wrecks who do evil things) . But it also became inordinately difficult to finish this very long program. I found myself avoiding it, even though I agree with many of his findings. A depressing program about how to manage one's emotions better!

    Perhaps this book would hit its mark a bit better if it had more hopefulness and less dark tales.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 03-08-09
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 03-08-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Very insightful but too much technical stuff"

    If you like psychology this is woth listening to. If you are trying to decide then you will probably be bored. It had a lot of sections that were too technical for general interest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Merion Station, PA, USA 05-22-07
    Dan Merion Station, PA, USA 05-22-07
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    "Reader's Voice Unpleasant"

    The content was interesting but it was painful to listen. The reader's voice sounded very mechanical, and without emotional connection to the material.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Reyna Los Gatos, CA, United States 03-17-07
    Reyna Los Gatos, CA, United States 03-17-07
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    "Emotional Intelligence"

    I'm afraid I don't like the voice of the narrator who, unfortunately, is the author. He sounds very mechanical. Also, the recording has what seem to be random musical interludes at the end of chapters. I find this very annoying. The material is good, but the total experience lacking.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    B. Farrar 04-11-03
    B. Farrar 04-11-03 Member Since 2017
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    "Great , but long..."

    I really enjoyed this book. But, parts of it. I had to suffer through some of the medical explainations. I recommend the Abridged version.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    James Brown NYC, USA 05-23-13
    James Brown NYC, USA 05-23-13 Member Since 2016

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    ""Great info""
    What did you love best about Emotional Intelligence?

    The way the Author made you understand that it's a science behind how feel, and act in different situations.


    What other book might you compare Emotional Intelligence to and why?

    I have not found such a book. This one seems pretty original.


    What three words best describe Barrett Whitener’s voice?

    Very intellectual... Like a seasoned university professor.


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

    "The Heart's Mind"


    Any additional comments?

    This book provides some "GREAT" information. But! All the Medical Terminology makes it hard to follow from the beginning. It took me a few chapters to really get into, and understand what some of the Medical Terms were... If this was written with in an easier to follow format (i.e. without all the Medical Terminology) I would have gave it "5 Stars" across the board. But because of the use of all the Medical Terminology, at times, I found myself trying to figure out what certain word meant, or stood for, rather than just focusing on the actual information in the story that was being told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Greer 10-21-12
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    "Different Narrator?"

    The information is good, but the narrator is difficult to listen to after about fifteen minutes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott United States 03-03-12
    Scott United States 03-03-12
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    "Dissapointed."

    I was dissapointed with this purchase. The reading sounded robotic and monotone. Should have bought the kindle version and used the text to speech function- really no difference between the quality of text to speech and the reading of it here.
    Don't get me wrong- the content of this book is excellent- the reading is poor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Kenton
    Haverhill, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    4/23/08
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    "good, but who narrated this? Stephen Hawking?"

    very good explaination about our brains and our emotions and why we think the way we do. The narrative frequently uses good examples to explain what might be rather dry subject matter without losing us too much. Yes it is complex stuff but i think it gets to the heart of why we are the way we are (especially under stress) better than anything else I've read or heard.
    One off point - the narrator sounds like a computer, and once you get that thought into your head all you can picture is Stephen Hawking's electronic voice machine bleeping out words with the same monotone noise '..see apendix A' is probably not best read out even though it might be printed in the book. And the music at the end of each chapter drowns out what is being said for about 2 minutes. I think if I was the author I'd get this re-done. Other than that, top quality content :)

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    London, United Kingdom
    3/25/13
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    "13-hour announcement"

    Oh how I wish I'd read the reviews beforehand, particularly the one by Kenton. Four months after purchasing this I am only somewhat over half way through trying to listen to it, rationing it in fairly small doses between listening to other books. I can not give a fair appraisal of the content (for what it's worth, I'd guess 3 to 4 stars) because the grating narration is such a distraction. My rating is for this edition, not the book. Initially I assumed it was the author being allowed to read his own book as it sounds so amateurish, but no. (Incidentally, it is the author who reads the intro and he's very good; he should have carried on.) It is not so much narrrated but more "read out loud", like a 13-hour announcement. The narrator's main aim seems to be to enunciate every syllable in a pernickety fashion, often with rather idiosyncratic pronunciations (wheap-on, opp-ir-toonih-tee, lid-ih-rah-tyoor, con-sor-shum) and in a rather nasal tone and with minimal emotion and scant conveyance of meaning. Yes it could almost be a speech synthesiser. I was several hours in before I could think of anything other than the narration when listening (how did this guy get the gig?). I did wonder if my attitude was in part due to some prejudice at the American accent (though I've listened to several audio books in American accents without it being an issue) but think at worse this renders some unusual terms or laboured pronunciations more noticeable rather than being a fundamental issue. What's more, the American reviews (at audible.com) are also negative to scathing about the narration. I don't normally go for abridged books, and with a better narration I may have loved this unabridged one, but I'd advise going for the abridged version here, if for no other reason than that it is narrated by Goleman himself.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Alistair
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    4/27/09
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    "too long"

    There were some interesting ideas in this book but I wish I had bought the abridged version in the end. At the end I thought the book was too flabby and needed to be slimmed down a bit so that interest could be maintained.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jack
    London, UK
    8/21/12
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    "Boring"

    Boring, don't recommended at all, poor narrator, definately waste of money, very poor start, not enjoyed at all.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    5/21/16
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    "A must read!"

    Very enjoyable and a great insight into the topic. Very well, too. Highly recommended for everyone for self help, for teachers, managers and parents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    2/1/16
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    "That Narration!"
    Would you try another book written by Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. or narrated by Barrett Whitener?

    No, based purely on the abysmal narration!


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.’s story?

    The monotone robot reading the thing!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barrett Whitener’s performances?

    Absolutely not!


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

    Sever disappointment, give me the credit back Audible so I can use on something worthwhile!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Takwirira
    10/30/15
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    "Comprehensive"

    Fantastic audiobook! Really comprehensive on emotions, why we react the way that we do and practical implications.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B
    7/26/15
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    "I wish I'd read it earlier."

    Listening to this book was ok but there is a lot of numerical information that is hard to follow without seeing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nkem Stewart
    6/1/15
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    "My review"

    Love it, but at times it was very technical, would like better if the reader was more dramatic in his reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Osborne
    Nottingham
    4/2/15
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    "Great but dated"

    Cutting edge at the time and still very useful but I'm sure there are more up to date books out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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