Nothing really matters

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Very good summary

This summary was well-written and narrated.

Glad I listened and will buy Robert Cialdini's book now.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Can't recommend

This summary is written in a very stilted style. This detracts from its value as a summary.

I couldn't finish listening. This summary might be salvageable with some editing, though.

I found the Instaread summary to be much better.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I’ve read good things about the author, but ...

I wanted to like this book and finish it, but I found listening to it a bit arduous. About halfway through I felt lost so I decided to start from the beginning. I found I couldn’t bring myself to re-listen to it, though.

I’ve read good things about its author, but the book just wasn’t for me.

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-17

This book’s main claim was proven false years ago!

This book was recommended to me as interesting and useful. I listened once and found the author's claims compelling. I usually listen to non-fiction once at high speed and again more slowly if it’s intriguing. I was going to listen again, but decided to search for a summary first.

That’s how I learned the main claim of this book --the “critical positivity ratio”-- was discredited in 2013. The claim is there is a 3:1 ratio of positive to negative emotions separating "flourishing" people from "languishing" people. It turns out that’s bull hockey. The journal, “American Psychologist”, formally retracted the mathematical modeling elements of the author’s related 2005 paper as invalid.

Apparently the print version of this book were revised appropriately, but not the audiobook for some reason.

I’m returning this book as I find I have lost faith in the author’s other claims. She and her publisher should have demonstrated some integrity and either pulled the audiobook or revised it.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Does This Author Have No Shame or Sense?

I really enjoyed this book at first because it explained different types of meditation in a secular, appealing, and reasonable way. The author noted most people's lives are very busy and assured the reader meditation was still possible. That was comforting.

He also spent a lot of time listing the benefits scientific studies have suggested meditation brings. He would list a benefit and then refer to the supporting study. That was commendable.

But then the author asserted that meditation can cure cancer. That is nonsense. Unsurprisingly, he conveniently forgot to refer to any scientific studies underlying this claimed benefit. This should surprise no one because, to the best of my knowledge at least, no such studies exist.

To give cancer sufferers and their families this sort of false hope is incredibly contemptible, stunningly stupid, or both.

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15 of 18 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Nonsense on Stilts

I bought it because two people recommended it and told me to overlook the “presentation” and listen to the “message”. I found both of these things to be ludicrous, though.

The authors purport to be “channelling” Abraham. Which Abraham? The Abraham from the Old Testament. How did they get in touch with Abraham? Using that favourite 1970s party novelty, the Ouija Board. Yeah, seriously! Apparently, God approves of the use of this dime store toy as a tool for spiritual telephony. (I wonder what the Pope’s Ouija Board looks like… and why churches don't’ hand them out.)

What message does Abraham send forth from Heaven? Is it peace on Earth? Love your fellow human? Be good custodians of God’s creation? No. Apparently, Abraham wants you to be rich and successful! My, that seems like a bit of mercenary message for biblical titan to want to convey… Wait, it gets better.

How does he want you to do this? Through the so-called “Law of Attraction”. You know, the nonsensical notion that if you want money or success or whatever, you just have to want it hard enough and --POOF!-- it appears in front of you! If it doesn’t work for you, it’s your fault. You just weren’t wanting hard enough. Riiight.

Did Bill Gates use the “Law” of Attraction? No. Did Warren Buffett? Michael Bloomberg? Ted Turner? Oprah Winfrey? Steve Jobs? Steven Spielberg? No, no, no, no, no, no, and no. Coincidence? No.

This book is 200-proof garbage mixed with 100% foolishness and three heaping bushels of shameless con-artistry.

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5 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-17

Best. Lectures. Ever. -- Seriously

I say that because this is the most useful, practical, helpful, exciting, enlightening, and amazing lecture series I’ve listened to. And I’ve listened to many.

The material is mind-blowing, frankly. And Dr Siegel is great to listen to.

I’ve recommended “The Science of Mindfulness” to friends and family and continue to do so.

I highly, highly recommend it even if you are just slightly interested in the many ways meditation can actually improve your life.

You’ve got little to lose and lots to gain!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Top notch post-apocalyptic tale!

(No spoilers.) This is a post-apocalyptic story which I enjoyed immensely even though it seems to have been aimed at a young adult audience (and I’m not young).

I read John Wyndham’s “Day of the Triffids” before “Chrysalids”. I really enjoy this author’s writing style and, while both stories were excellent, I enjoyed Chrysalids a bit more. It’s has less horror and more adventure. Both are, btw, excellently narrated.

I liked this story so much that as soon as I finished it, I convinced my oldest son to listen to it and I then enjoyed it a second time with him.

I highly, highly recommend this book and its author.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Before Brave New World and 1984, there was We

This book, published in English in 1924, was George Orwell’s inspiration for “1984” (1949) and likely Aldous Huxley’s inspiration for “Brave New World” (1931). I guess that makes it the grandmother of all dystopian novels that followed

I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Partly because, as others have noted, Grover Gardner’s narration is excellent, but also because it’s a really good sci-fi story.

I also really enjoyed the initial historical information. It helped me enjoy the book more. I highly recommend this book to fans of sci-fi, and possibly others.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Great information!

The fear of rejection is a real stumbling block for most, if not all of us. Intuitively we know we should not fear rejection. We know if we felt like we had nothing to lose, we could accomplish much more in life. But our evolutionary programming makes that fear very strong and hard to overcome.

The only way to begin to control this fear, it seems, is to face it. Over and over again. And that simple and powerful idea is what this book is about.

This book is not a systematic scientific study of the problem, but it does provide a lot of valuable insight through the stories of the author’s experiences tackling his fear of rejection.

I highly recommend “Rejection Proof”. It’s a great beginning.

I hope in time even more will be written about this topic.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful