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Sara

Mobile, AL, USA

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  • Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maryanne Wolf
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (49)

    Interweaving her vast knowledge of neurology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy with fascinating down-to-earth examples and lively personal anecdotes, developmental psychologist, neuroscientist, and dyslexia expert Wolf probes the question, "How do we learn to read and write?" This ambitious and provocative new book offers an impassioned look at reading, its effect on our lives, and explains why it matters so greatly in a digital era.

    Roy says: "Worth the Effort"
    "So dull."
    Overall

    I was enthralled with the topic--reading and the difficulties presented by it--but it was so incredibly dull that I didn't listen past 2 hours. I hope I never hear the word "multi-syllabary" for a long time.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Here they are, the 2000s, and Barbara Ehrenreich's antidotes are as sardonic as they are spot-on: pet insurance for your kids; Salvation Army fashions for those who can no longer afford Wal-Mart; and boundless rage against those who have given us a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.

    Werner says: "Laundry list of sins against the average joe."
    "I love the author, but..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed "Nickel and Dimed," so I was excited to discover another book by the same author. Those I agreed with the views presented, it dissolved into a somewhat-disorganized political rant.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Today, nine out of 10 Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Will our upbringing, our gender, our personality - anything we've ever learned, thought, or dreamed of - ultimately matter?

    Sara says: "fascinating"
    "fascinating"
    Overall

    This (audio)book is endlessly fascinating. The author reveals that human behavior in disasters and emergencies often differs greatly than we'd expect. Interesting for a broad audience, and easily understandable.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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