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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-18

Not what I expected

There was a long introduction to this book, which was already leaving me feeling somewhat disconnected. This story might be right for some, but not for me, unfortunately. I'd suggest you read reviews about the written version, as well as the spoken version, to get a real understanding of the content.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-16

For work - and life

Would you listen to The Power of the Other again? Why?

I expect to dip in and out of this book many times. It is well narrated (not by the author) and the content is useful and compelling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable

What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I liked his style, tempo and inflections

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It encouraged me to be thoughtful.

Any additional comments?

This is worth reading. The Corner 1-4 discussions sometimes get a bit complicated, but stick with it and the books value becomes clear.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-16

Narration too shouty and book not for me

Would you try another book written by Florence Scovel-Shinn or narrated by Dixie Glassman?

No, not for author or narrator

What was most disappointing about Florence Scovel-Shinn’s story?

The language used, the very religious descriptions and the indecipherable message.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too loud and harsh for what was ultimately a religious message. I was expecting something more spiritual and more about influencing through language

Any additional comments?

If you want to understand God, try Conversations with God. Much better.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-16

Not at all what I was expecting from the sample

What disappointed you about Your Word Is Your Wand?

This was not a spiritual book or story, it was religious - and used words that were old English and told a message that was indecipherable. It went straight back for a refund.

What was most disappointing about Florence Scovel Shinn’s story?

I couldn't understand the words or the message.

How could the performance have been better?

Much better... different narrator and better translation of whatever the 'story' was.

Any additional comments?

The audio was so much hard work, I stopped after 15 minutes. Despite much effort I could not understand one part of it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-15

This will get you thinking about your business

If you could sum up Black Box Thinking in three words, what would they be?

There are so many elements in this book that deserve comment. The narrator is good, the book is excellent, the writing is easy to understand (pitched perfectly) and the stories and case studies add huge value. As you can tell... I really liked the book and every part of its content. I looked forward to my long journeys to work with clients, so I could listen in the car. Before I had even finished the audio book, I'd ordered the hardback book.I've been an audible member for years and have downloaded several hundred books... all business, self development, other development, leadership, management and psychology books. My work as a psychologist, trainer and coach, means that I want to stay ahead of the game, provide relevant and interesting training sessions and encourage people to become life-long learners. I also want the people with whom I work to become increasingly valuable contributors to their organisation, so they have greater opportunities, as well as feel great about themselves. Any book that gives me insights and knowledge to do all of the above, gets my vote. This book is transformational. Its insights provide a pick and mix menu of ways to improve the way teams work and the business operates. It will also help you understand different organisational cultures and how people operate around mistakes... for better or worse. The sections comparing the airline industry and healthcare are illuminating. Other areas around cognitive dissonance, narrative fallacies and creativity can also provide valuable learning for all leaders. There may well be some 'ouch' moments for the reader, including me!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Box Thinking?

The value of making mistakes - as long as you acknowledge them and learn from them. Cognitive dissonance - and our reluctance to admit we might be wrong - and why. The importance of testing ideas. The credibility that comes from using control groups. The interesting chapter on creativity... Mr Dyson hit the nail on the head!

Have you listened to any of Simon Slater’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to anything previously from Simon Slater, although will now look for other titles that he has narrated. He is very easy on the ear. Well done Simon... good narration makes such a difference.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every chapter held my attention and offered powerful insights.

Any additional comments?

An excellent use of an audible credit.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-15

There seem to be a lot of shoulds and oughts

What disappointed you about Mind Your Mood?

There were many times when I heard the narrator use shoulds and should nots and do and do nots. Whilst the narration was good, there was an essence of the content seeming critical.

What was most disappointing about Dan Miller’s story?

The audiobook was theoretical and, whilst it gave some tips, it focused primarily on depresssion, even though the description suggested it would cover anxiety and other problems.

What didn’t you like about Craig Beck’s performance?

Craig Beck's narration was very good. Even so, he was reading the author's words which, as stated earlier, contained many shoulds and should nots.

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

Frustration. I was hoping to gain some insights I could use in my counselling and coaching practice. In my view, if the listener had some of the 'thinking errors' described in the audiobook, they might end up feeling worse rather than better, given the way in which the author uses language. I would have liked the audiobook to use more supportive language, rather than 'black and white' descriptions. CBT can be very useful, so I would suggested that listeners search for another book if they wish to learn more about it.

Any additional comments?

Depression was the main focus and long past the halfway mark of a one hour book, the author was still going on about depression.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-15

The narration was poor

Would you try another book written by Pam Grout or narrated by Pam Grout?

Definitely not. The narration is a major part of the experience. When I tried the sample before buying, I knew it might be a test to listen to 3+ hours. I purchased the book because I thought I would enjoy the material. I managed about 15 minutes. The high pitched voice and poor diction completely interfered with my ability to make any use of the content.

Would you ever listen to anything by Pam Grout again?

No. I would encourage all authors to choose professional narrators. I often look for other books by the same narrator.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Pam Grout?

Walter Dixon, Lloyd James, Hal Urban

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It may have... I just couldn't listen long enough to find them.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-15

Ideas already covered in other books

What disappointed you about Life in Half a Second?

Hard to listen too... narration matters. Get a professional narrator.

What was most disappointing about Matthew Michalewicz’s story?

Narration and, essentially, better content in other books about the same thing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Matthew Michalewicz’s performances?

I wouldn't listen to him again.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-15

Not suitable as an audio book

Would you try another book written by Shawna Schuh or narrated by Shawna Schuh?

This book was from a live recording and was not an easy listen. Shawna shouts a lot to ensure her audience hears her, plus she gets very excited and enthusiastic, which means it becomes uncomfortable to listen to and her voice gets higher and higher pitched. The recording distorts at times and, when audience members answer Shawna's questions they are not audible. Shawna sometimes repeats the answer, but not always. I managed to listen all the way through, but got very little value out of the book.

Has Connecting in a Disconnected World put you off other books in this genre?


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Shawna Schuh?

it's more to do with the 'live' setting

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Connecting in a Disconnected World?

most of it

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-15


Any additional comments?

I found the communication style of the narrator very dry and very 'choppy'. The content was also dry and choppy. I didn't enjoy this book at all and kept skipping parts in the hope it would get better. It didn't. A long book that I couldn't finish. There are much better books on communication, with interesting stories and anecdotes and far better narration. I certainly wouldn't listen to any other book by the same narrator.

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