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This is an important topic addressed by the Grandfather of Social and Emotional Intelligence and Learning. However, there was an important problem.
The decision to have Dr. Goleman narrate his own text was not helpful. Although a journalist, he's clearly no sort of performer, and has no understanding of how to use his voice appropriately. His volume trailed off occassionally, or he rushed through sentences. I notice this often when authors narrate their own works. Perhaps it's because they are so familiar with their work, they forget that the rest of us are not. Most bothersome, though, was his tendency to whisper at the end of a sentence, as if to emphasize his point. We often do this when speaking, but it has no place in an audiobook performance. I found myself "rewinding" the book again and again to catch what seemed to be an important phase, and eventually just gave up and carried on with the book, ultimately missing what seemed to be important ideas. So, a note to Audible's producers: unless the author is an experienced performer, don't let them narrate! Also, he butchered the pronunciation of bestselling psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's name, which he shouldn't have done if he's connected in the field.
Nonetheless, Dr. Goleman's analysis of our attention to outer, inner, and other types was very insightful. It's particularly helpful to teachers (like me) who are interested in helping kids. I'm looking forward to watching some of his supplamental videos on the topic.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes, but to read, not to listen.
Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?
Little technical, that is ok. Very good content and helpful.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
His voice tone is not clear. My mother thounge is not english but I understand pretty well. In this audiobook it was hard for me to understand, it was not very clear. Please suggest Mr. Goleman to contract a professional locutor (reader?).
Do you think Focus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Don't know yet
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