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"Goleman narrates his own work in a clear, lively, and well-paced... tenor." -- AudioFile
 
"Goleman reads his work with precision, in a voice that shows his age and reveals much wisdom, warmth, and humanity." -- SoundCommentary.com
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About the Author

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., covered behavioral and brain sciences for The New York Times for twelve years and is codirector of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. He has taught at Harvard, his alma mater, and as a consultant addresses groups and businesses around the world. He is also the author of Emotional Intelligence,Working with Emotional Intelligence, Primal Leadership, and co-author of Destructive Emotions.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Abridged edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427207380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427207388
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,711,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Evans VINE VOICE on May 8, 2009
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Goleman's book starts strong and has several insights. The central concept is Radical Transparency: If we really knew the whole story of what we were consuming, we could reward ecologically responsible companies. He highlights the complex nature of the apparently simple choice between paper and plastic: plastic takes much longer to degrade, but paper takes more of some resources to produce. He mentions consumer indices that make it easier for consumers to know which products have a lower ecological footprint (Good Guide, Earth Stir, and Skin Deep), and he introduces the term "greenwashing" which refers to companies that highlight some environmentally friendly element of a product in order to divert attention from a remaining ecological footprint the size of Bigfoot's. Goleman repeats the useful, eminently doable mantra: "Know your impacts. Make improvements. Share what you learn."

But the book feels far too long. The detail he displays on each of the indices begins to feel excruciating, and while each of the environmentally innovative firms (who realize that they can earn money AND reduce their impact: wow!) is interesting individually, the list is interminable. Too many individual products, too many quotes from industry executives talking about what great stuff they're doing ("I see going green as a team sport").

I feel like he spends too little time on how MUCH we consume: the entire focus is on shifting between products (with a single passing reference to the freegan movement). Some of the analysis feels unsophisticated: He consistently cites loads of consumer opinion survey without really thinking about what we learn from these.) He highlights Facebook applications like How Hot Are You?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2009
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This is an audio book consisting of eight audio CDs in two folding wallet like holders inside a cardboard cover. There is no table of contents, no indication of which chapters of the book are on which CD, nor any other helpful guide to the contents. The reader is flying blind. Even the track markers on the CDs are not listed, nor do they match up with the actual chapters.

Needless to say, if you have read any of my reviews of other such audio material, those kind of omissions are the kiss of death. There is no excuse in this day and age for that kind of slipshod production. How do keep track of where you are in the set? How do you plan your listening? I find that really lame. Definitely one star down the drain right there.

As for the material itself, there is a great deal of really interesting analysis of ecological and economic data and ideas. Probably the most valuable thing to take away from this set is the idea that determining the ecological impact of a given product is an incredibly complex process, and one that is easily "gamed" by the clever.

Goleman points out the difficulties of knowing whether a product is truly "green" or just "greenwashed," and the results may well surprise you. He is right on the money when he points out that information is what the consumer needs to make good judgments about products. He calls for "radical transparency" in information so that the public can get the information it needs to be responsible world citizens.

Unfortunately, there are many things about the set that just rub me the wrong way. The material is poorly organized, extremely repetitious, and quite verbose. If I had been his editor, the work would have been one half to one third the size it is. (Makes me think he is either an academic or paid by the word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Royalfamilyfive VINE VOICE on October 17, 2009
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This CD read book was very informative about what we buy. If you really want to understand what is being pitched to you and your kids, read this. Furthermore if you are interested in making a positive impact on the environment, this is a must-read. I've not read his other books (nor listened on CD).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kitten Kisser VINE VOICE on June 16, 2009
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The author researched many environmentally friendly methods employed today & broke down all the processes they go through. Comparing green with not green. He points out that green isn't as green as we are lead to believe. How there is a lot of "green washing" by companies promoting their products as environmentally friendly because of one good thing. Highlighting that one good thing & taking the focus off of all the bad.
He doesn't make green products into these wonderful better choices, rather he explains the good and the bad in them. For example, the amount of work & environmental damage done by recycling glass. I for one, will continue to use glass & not plastic & recycle what I don't use.
He shows both sides of the coin & that is not too common. When I read my environmentally friendly books and other media, they only preach about all the good certain decisions make or how great a company is. Or on the other end, the non organic or non environmentally aware companies will promote how what they do is perfectly fine & us "hippies" are a bunch of nuts overexagerating. Finally someone comes out with a book that is straight forward on these issues!
A lot of his book is about something called Good Guide. A awesome idea that I hope becomes very big! This allows consumers to scan the barcode on items & Good Guide will break down the "green-ness" or not of the item. It is a little more envolved than that, but that should give you the idea.
I absolutely feel that this is a great book to either listen to like I did or read. Full of useful information & enlightening!
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