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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (692 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon Livingston Narrator: James Jenner Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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From a psychiatrist who has spent the past 30 years listening to other people's most intimate secrets and troubles comes an eloquent, incisive, and deeply perceptive book about the things we all share, and which every one of us grapples with as we strive to make the most of the life we have left.

After service in Vietnam as a surgeon for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in 1968-69, at the height of the war, Dr. Gordon Livingston returned to the U.S. and began work as a psychiatrist. In that capacity, he has listened to people talk about their lives, what works, what doesn't, and the limitless ways (most of them self-inflicted) that we have found to be unhappy. He is also a parent twice bereaved. In one 13-month period, he lost his eldest son to suicide, his youngest to leukemia.

Out of a lifetime of experience, Livingston has extracted 30 bedrock truths: We are what we do. Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least. The perfect is the enemy of the good. Only bad things happen quickly. Forgiveness is a form of letting go, but they are not the same thing. The statute of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas. Livingston illuminates these and 24 others in a series of carefully hewn, perfectly calibrated essays, many of which emphasize our closest relationships and the things that we do to impede or, less frequently, enhance them. Again and again, these essays underscore that we are what we do, and that while there may be no escaping who we are, we also have the capacity to face loss, misfortune, and regret and to move beyond them, that it is not too late. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arryn | 2/17/2014

    " I wanted this book to be fabulous, but it fell a bit short of my expectations. It's basically comprised of 30 short chapters, each one a treatise on one of 30 "truisms" that Dr. Livingston has discovered through his life's work and experience. Within a span of 13 months, he lost two sons--one to suicide and one to leukemia. He speaks from a unique viewpoint, a cross between grieving parent and pragmatic psychotherapist. Some of the more interesting chapter titles were: "The statute of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas;" "Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least;" "If the map doesn't agree with the ground, the map is wrong;" and "The major advantage of illness is that it provides relief from responsibility." Livingston speaks in a frank, earnest voice. I appreciated much of what he said, but by the end of the book, I was ready for something new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/9/2014

    " I underlined so much I can't loan mine out. Really like his no nonsense style. Wish I'd learned some of these lessons sooner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 6ena | 2/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book - some very profound insights. The author has gone through some very traumatic experiences - which in some cases I feel takes away from the purpose of the book. Regardless, this is one of those books you could read more than once and continue to get something from it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Volle | 2/5/2014

    " Life's lessons revisited. If only the knowledge gained from mistakes could be learned without the mistakes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celestthebest | 1/29/2014

    " Lots of insight for those who are dealing with depression and/or anxiety, or for those who work in the helping profession. I would say this is a bit of "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" reading for anyone who needs some motivation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kacey | 1/22/2014

    " It helped me through a tough break-up. Really insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Davenport | 1/19/2014

    " Loved this book. Read it and reread it. Strip away your excuses for unhappiness, take responsibility for yourself, and start taking action for a better life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lina | 1/19/2014

    " i am never to old but it took me to long to get smart "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wonlyn | 1/19/2014

    " 30 top things we all need to learn and utalize in order to gain the most out of the remainder of our lives, no matter how little time we think we might have, there is always something here to impliment for a better understanding of others and ourselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodia | 12/28/2013

    " Very thought provoking. Wish I read it when I was younger - great info. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 12/6/2013

    " A Hard Look At life and the wisdom and kindness of ones life. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 11/14/2013

    " loved this book. the title is a phrase my dad has often said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 11/10/2013

    " This is one of the only books that I have read multiple times and plan on reading it many more times throughout my life. I love the short essay type format; it makes it very easy to read. I get something new out of it every time I read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Papa | 9/5/2013

    " It's not that the book is bad. I really liked the 30 true things, but something about the descriptions was lacking. Maybe his writing doesn't click for me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 6/13/2013

    " This excellent book really DOES have things in it everyone needs to know now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/11/2013

    " A wake up call from wisdom. If you hate this book, you're the one who needs it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rabeah Ibrahim | 1/8/2013

    " This book got me through a period of confusion. I'd give it 7 stars. Highly recommended simple and great as a gift too. This book is like the pain killer u carry everywhere only to the soul "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Philski | 10/6/2012

    " It was OK. Overrated in my opinion. Some of it was "well-duh" stuff you've heard a thousand times and other stuff was his opinion where I could see clear counterexamples. I think I jotted two lines of notes (mostly because I liked the verbage used) but otherwise it wasn't that great or insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 8/3/2012

    " There's a lot of wisdom distilled in these short essays. I am reading them and rereading them slowly, to absorb as much as I can! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Pillar | 6/24/2012

    " Overall, a good book. It's a quick read with only 168 pages, but its packed with life lessons to get you thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/13/2012

    " Read in a day and a half on my commute, the best part of this little book are the 30 chapter headings that are amusing & thought provoking. It is hard not to be deeply impressed by Dr. Livingston's own strength as a parent who has lost two children, and uses his grief to help others love and heal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Pettibone | 1/31/2012

    " This book has helped me tremendously lately! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 8/30/2011

    " I try to read this book once a year. Each time I read it a different chapter shines a flashlight on how to adjust my attitude and outlook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 8/30/2011

    " Loved it... I think the chapters are a little short but I say this I think only because I found it so interesting that I wanted more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 5/18/2011

    " There's a lot of wisdom distilled in these short essays. I am reading them and rereading them slowly, to absorb as much as I can! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 11/17/2010

    " This was an interesting book about life lessons and philosophy. It has 30 lessons that can be applied to help one be smart as we age and make the most of our daily life. I recommend this quick and insightful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/16/2010

    " read this in one day...I don't agree with all of his ideas but found his antidotes very interesting and he has some wisdom and hope to offer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 daniel | 11/1/2010

    " something to do.
    someone to love.
    something to look forward to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 5/21/2010

    " It's not that the book is bad. I really liked the 30 true things, but something about the descriptions was lacking. Maybe his writing doesn't click for me...

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/8/2010

    " Some of these chapters were very poignant and beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jnyama | 2/7/2010

    " Better than the average book of its ilk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tereca | 2/4/2010

    " Maybe not 30 things but enough that you need to read the book. "

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About the Author

Gordon Livingston, MD, a graduate of West Point who was awarded the Bronze Star for valor in Vietnam, is a psychiatrist and writer who contributes frequently to the Washington PostSan Francisco Chronicle, and Baltimore Sun. He has also been featured on Why Not? with Shania Twain, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He lives and works in Columbia, Maryland.

About the Narrator

James Jenner is an actor known for Very Good Girls, Enemy Territory, and Third Watch.