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What's your most important goal? Why does it matter so deeply? How will you overcome the obstacles? Answer these questions with sincerity, proceed with mindfulness and compassion, and you have just set in motion a revolutionary method for personal change that is supported by both the latest science and traditional wisdom.

On The Neuroscience of Change, psychologist and award-winning Stanford lecturer Kelly McGonigal presents six sessions of breakthrough ideas, guided practices, and real-world exercises for making self-awareness and kindness the basis for meaningful trasformation.

©2012 Sounds True (P)2012 Sounds True

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This book is about meditation... DISAPPOINTED!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is a book about meditation. Fine for some. I wanted a book on neuroscientific facts or studies. The slow and boring pace where meditation is taught is not typical of a book about neuroscience. Change Through Meditation would have been a better title. I would not have wasted my money.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kelly McGonigal again?

NO!!!! I purchased the book after seeing an impressive performance on TED Talks. This book is nothing like that presentation. I feel a bit robbed.

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

It was read so slowly, I was bored at the first sentence. Again, this was a "How To" on meditation, not material about neuroscience.

Any additional comments?

Wish I had my money back

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Love McGonigal!

I first became acquainted with Kelly McGonigal through her talks published on youtube, and her work on compassion and social change is the best. YES! she does use brain science to back up her ideas (one reviewer below denies it). Yes, her methods are practical, though they must be steadily and regularly implemented. Read her book on willpower along with this one. They dovetail nicely, and the book on willpower will help you understand and apply the principles in this book.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • 03-26-13

It really is powerful and can lead to change

Would you consider the audio edition of The Neuroscience of Change to be better than the print version?

It is a really awesome book. If you take the time you can change your world for the better. You should also read her book on willpower. I don't really care about the "traditional disciplines" What I do care about is that it works. If taking 20 min a day could make almost every part of your life better why wouldn't you.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Worst diction of any Audible narrator yet.

Where does The Neuroscience of Change rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks very high. Content is superior to most. Narration is almost a fatal flaw.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Neuroscience of Change?

The most memorable moments are those where scientific observation validates theory that I am able to train my brain/mind to produce new and different results in areas of my life of my choosing.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounds like she is making a deliberate attempt to mispronounce words. (i.e. exhale comes out ex hal) This is coupled with inflections of words in declarative sentences that I found very distracting.

Any additional comments?

If the content of this book were anything less than outstanding, I could not listen to it. In fact, if it were redone by a competent narrator, I would buy it again.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Loved everything about it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes!

What did you like best about this story?

Love the way she presents information in a way that is relevant and new.

What did you learn from The Neuroscience of Change that you would use in your daily life?

Her meditations

Any additional comments?

Love the combination of Science and western traditions. So interesting!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I would not recommend it.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is fully of good information and meditations and tips...I like that...

What did you like best about this story?

the meditations are my favorite

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It is very good material-if you can get past her reading pattern.

Did The Neuroscience of Change inspire you to do anything?

It's hard for me to finish this book. I think it is the, "Valley girl voice"? For a book over $25 or a credit; with narration like this authors; I feel robbed.

Any additional comments?

no

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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1st Negative Review in 8 (+) Years of Audible

What would have made The Neuroscience of Change better?

The Challenge: The book is presented as a fact based, scientifically proven guide for personal change - who doesn't want to perform better at work, love better at home, and serve better in the community? The only way to perform, love, and serve better is through change, and what better option than a scientifically proven method for accomplishing that?The Delivery: The book is delivered as a strangely meta-physical new age religion program mixed with a good helping of Buddhism. Keeping to a scientifically based explanation and how - to guide for positive change would have been great.

What didn???t you like about the narrator???s performance?

The author read the book and the reading cadence and pace inserts pauses and commas where the sentences and paragraphs should flow freely. Listening was difficult with the cadence she read it.

17 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Self compassion

Something very few of us have. Kelly McGonigal does a brilliant d
Job explaining the science behind wheel
Y we need it and then helps us to learn how to achieve it. Wonderful book I fish it was in print as well.

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Not what I was expecting

I bought this book based on the title and Kelly's background (I follow both her and her sister) looking to learn more about cutting edge techniques, based in neuroscience, for personal change. Kelly did deliver this, but the audiobook is split about 35/65 on information and guided exercises, respectively. I think both are good individually, but the title of the book lead me to believe that the focus was on neuroscience. It would be better to split this into a book about neural based behavior change and a guided program.

This program also was often very hard to stay engaged with... I found myself zoning out repeatably (and not because I was meditating). I'll venture a guess that it suffers from similar problems to many self-help books in that it tries to be overly prescriptive ("you're probably feeling x") and is often unrelatable... even if I actually AM feeling X. For a case study, try saying to your spouse or friend: "when you say X you're attacking me" VS "when X is said I feel attacked". In the first case you'll likely get denial while in the second, repentance. This book reads like that first case and I often felt myself digging in and thinking "nuh-uh! That's not me." Let's few honest, is probably exactly me. A fantastic foil to this approach is "The Alchemist", which encodes the whole thing into a very digestible story.

In short, there's good things to be learned in this book but you have to work to get to them. The title would be more accurate as "Changing with neuroscience"

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  • Rose
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  • 09-27-16

Great content but terrible reader

Interesting content but reading is terrible. Lots of annoying noises, tone of reader annoying. Hard to listen although the content is great.