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The content in Thanks for the Feedback is useful, insightful, applicable, and valuable, and the authors write with credibility and humor. However, as with their previous book, Difficult Conversations, the content is rendered difficult to understand and therefore almost inaccessible due to poor narration (Douglas, sorry to give you this evaluative feedback: you mumble and your delivery is stilted; Sheila, your narration is somewhat better; at least you're easier to understand, if a little sing-song-y in places) and poor production (vocal pitch and modulation drop off to the point that it's impossible to hear the end of many sentences - where is the vocal coach?).
If this is ever re-recorded and re-released, I'd consider keeping it as a reference. Without a wholesale revision it's a slog to get through the first time, let alone experiencing it a second time.
Authors, if you're not trained in narration, please get someone else to read your work for you so your work presented in the best possible manner. Your audience will thank you for putting aside any ego attachment you may have in favor of accessibility.
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Before you decide not to buy this audiobook based on reviews citing terrible narration, just be sure to check out the audio sample. Check for yourself if you find it irritating or fine. I respect others' opinions, sure. In my opinion the narration is just fine, and certainly not sufficient to deter me away from the useful and well-presented content. It's not read by a professional narrator, but the sound quality is good, and the authors read the material clearly and with a bit of a conversational tone.
Also, the advice and explanations make this a great listen for me. Not everyone is born with, or learns naturally, a good set of tools for communicating. I need this book and have already benefitted. If you are interested in how people communicate, especially at work, and how we can sometimes be vague when we think we are being clear, and how misunderstandings can easily occur...AND how to help work around that, then you will probably like this book. Already I am grateful for this information because I don't dread my next performance review; the insights in this book have helped me reframe my expectations and given me a rationale for really listening to, and getting the most put of, feedback. Great, great audiobook!
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