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Paul

Jerrabomberra, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Brian Fagan
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (136)

    Best-selling author Brian Fagan brings early humans out of the deep freeze with his trademark mix of erudition, cutting-edge science, and vivid storytelling. Cro-Magnon reveals human society in its infancy, facing enormous environmental challenges - including a rival species of humans, the Neanderthals. For ten millennia, Cro-Magnons lived side by side with Neanderthals, an encounter that Fagan fills with drama.

    Paul says: "Fact and fiction"
    "Fact and fiction"
    Overall

    An interesting introduction to our current state of knowledge of our distant ancestors. However, don't expect only a discussion of facts drawn from recent archaeological studies. The author adds colour to the text by speculating well beyond what we know in the areas of social structure and human/neanderthal coexistence. Sometimes this is enjoyable, sometimes it taxes credulity.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Why Not You?: 28 Days to Authentic Confidence

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Valorie Burton
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Packed with unforgettable examples, pointers, and sparkplugs for ideas that work uniquely for you, Why Not You? reveals the secrets to building authentic personal confidence from the inside-out. Whatever your goal or your starting point, Valorie Burton equips you with proven experience to take the next steps to advance your career, finances, and relationships.

    Paul says: "For religious ears only!"
    "For religious ears only!"
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    Story

    I persevered to the 11-minute mark after realising in the first few paragraphs that the premise of this audiobook was how I could build my confidence by channeling "God's purpose" for me. I really did try to keep an open mind, telling myself that if I could just ignore the claptrap I still might find some pearls of wisdom. That steely resolve saw me through another 7 minutes, but ultimately the incessant references to the dieu du jour were just too much.

    I wouldn't feel so cheated except that now having read the blurb a second time I still don't see any reference to the fact that the author takes a wholly religious angle. I pray that it will be updated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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