Bliss or Bust

written & narrated by Stevie Puckettbliss.jpg

This compilation of positive and uplifting messages is something you might want to hang on to for future reference.  Anytime you are feeling down or out of sorts, listening to this audiobook can realign you with your purpose in life.  It will help you to determine whether you are operating from the perspective of love or the perspective of fear.

Narration is pleasant and soothing as well.

I received this book through an Audiobook Boom! giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

4/5 stars.


How to tell if your friend is a sociopath

Learning how to see through the smoke

by Jonathan Jaye

A fascinating, educational, and entertaining look at how sociopaths operate.  This psychologist learned from and shares his personal experiences and then shows you how to spot these insidious people in your own life.  Last, but not least, he teaches you how to avoid them.

Excellent content and narration.

I received this book from Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.


Seven Secrets of Influence: Portable Power for the 21st Century

“Influence = attentiveness + flexibility”

This is a recording of a seminar attended by representatives from many major corporations.  The days of what you know and/or who you know are over, and we all need “portable power” or a set of skills that will carry us through inside and outside the organization.  These are also known as “soft” or communication skills.

She explains 6 styles of influence or behavior:

  1. Telling/Analyst
  2. Compelling Pragmatist
  3. Selling/Preservationist
  4. The Welling or Catalyst
  5. Selling or Strategist
  6. Gelling

Recognizing and understanding these styles and acting on them with the formula above are the seven secrets of influence.  This seminar can give you a jump-start on how to do so.

Personally, while this information was useful, it didn’t really hold my interest.

I received this as part of an audiobook blast giveaway in exchange for an honest review.


Dr. Ruth’s Relationship Roadmap

(Kindle Edition)

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by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

A quick and easy (down & dirty?) guide to finding a relationship and/or evaluating the one(s) you are currently in.

If you are searching for love, this little guide can start you off in a good way.  If you are in a relationship that is less than satisfying, Dr. Ruth prompts you to figure out why you are not happy and what’s bugging you and whether to do something about it.

This little lady pulls no punches and gives it to you straight, and like she says (spoiler alert): even if you don’t take her advice, at least she will get you moving.  It’s up to you whether the direction is the right one or not.

I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

The Chronically Unhappy Narcissist (Transcend Mediocrity Book 314)

written by: J. B. Snow, Narrated by: Anneliese Rennie  chron unh narc.jpg


I don’t know what I expected from this book, but I did not expect it to be what basically seemed like a pity party for the narcissist.  I doubt that is what the author intended, but I also question the author’s credibility regarding psychological issues.  Apparently she has written hundreds of books about narcissists and egocentric behavior, but the subject of this book is not even necessarily someone suffering from true narcissistic personality disorder.

The “poor narcissist” that is chronically unhappy in this book was raised by narciss

istic parents (or at least one of them) and is surrounded by other narcissists and co-dependents, consciously or unconsciously conspiring against him and causing him unhappiness in a myriad of ways.

The book describes how his actions and the actions of those he is close to undermine him. There is no mention of how to deal with him successfully, and barely any detail included on what causes an individual to become a narcissist, other than being raised by one.

On a more positive note, though the book was written by someone who appears to be churning out inauthentic psychological information like a mill, the narration is quite


animated.  That’s the best thing I can say: the narrator does well with the material she has been given.

I received this audiobook for free from Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.


manipManipulation Manual 

Your Survival Guide for Outwitting Emotional Manipulators and Pathological Liars in your Relationships

by Ramit Gupta, Narrated by Harry Roger Williams, III

Although it felt like I was being read to by a game-show host, I found some useful information here.

This book includes strategies to free yourself from master manipulators and regain your sense of self.

We probably all have a dysfunctional relationship with “that one person” who seems to waste all of our time, energy, and resource if we allow them to.  It could be a friend, a lover, or even a family member subjecting you to emotional abuse and affecting your quality of life.

You may be vulnerable to manipulation if you feel the constant need to please other people at your own expense, avoid conflict at all costs, can’t ever say “no,” and are afraid to express any negative emotions for fear of rejection or abandonment.  Master manipulators can easily spot these weaknesses and exploit them, leaving you feeling exhausted and helpless.


There are several types of manipulators described, but the bottom line is that you cannot change their behavior, only your own.  You must decide whether to remove yourself from the situation OR work on creating a new relationship dynamic.  Create your battle plan and take back your power.


“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

Sociopath Exposed

sociopath-exposedSociopath Exposed: Your Ultimate Survival Guide to Dealing with Sociopaths at Work, in Relationships, and in Life

by Ramit GuptaNarrated by Kevin Theis

The word “sociopath” may bring to mind a scary movie villain, but the truth is you encounter more sociopaths in everyday life than you probably could even imagine.

This short guide explains how to identify a person with this anti-social personality disorder and how to distinguish between a sociopath and a narcissist.

It includes strategies on how to deal with these resource-sucking vampires whether in the workplace or in everyday relationships and how to protect yourself.

I wouldn’t necessarily consider it an “ultimate survival guide,” but it is definitely a good start, and the strategies described are extremely useful.

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

Narcissism Exposed

narc.jpgNarcissism Exposed by Ramit Gupta

This short guide will help you determine whether you are dealing with a true narcissist (someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder) or someone who simply displays narcissistic tendencies.

I did not feel that the guide really gave a lot of useful information on how to deal with narcissists, in the short or long term.

I received this book through Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.