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Ronda

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  • The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (233)
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    (185)
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    (190)

    Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.

    Douglas says: "Do Not Mistake The Message Here For Dualism!"
    "Complex"
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    Buyer beware, this is not an easy "read". The author uses a good deal of analogy to represent his subject matter, which I found helpful. He also uses a great deal of description, which added interest and humanness of the subject while at the same time added to the complexity of the book. But if you like science and medicine, as I do, this is an interesting read. The author provides insight and description on many medical problems which are affected by brain function, but from a neurological perspective only. As far as usefullness of the information in the book, to either my practice or personal life, the book leaves a lot to be desired. I've listened to it once, and am currently going through it again to try to get more understanding of the information. Morey does an amazing job making such a complex subject interesting, but his speed was too fast for me due to the complexity of the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By V. S. Ramachandran
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (164)

    V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field - so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience". Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved.

    Michael says: "Great if you like understanding how brains work"
    "The brain according to an evolutionist"
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    This might be a good book if half of it wasn't based on evolutionary imagination. I want science, what is, not speculation according to what evolutionary theory assumes. No one will ever convince me science can determine what the brain was like or how it developed millions of years ago. That's speculation, imagination, assumptions, and mythology. When I read a book about what science has discovered, I want to know just that, the facts, not a pile of unscientific, unproven ideas. Unfortunately, this author has taken the unscientific subject of evolution and threw in a smattering of true scientific discovery and lost all credibility in my mind, and my interest. I made it through the first 5 chapters and it never got any better.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (375)
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    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "A must read for those who work with children"
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    This book has a very engaging style which alternates between stories and scientific information. The scientific information is relevant and understandable and very interesting for anyone who is interested in how the brain development effects the way a person thinks and responds to the world around him. The stories are riveting and even made me cry a couple times. I highly recommend this book for social workers, CPS workers, parole officers, those in the medical field, teachers, daycare workers, and anyone who works with children. It should be a must read for child development classes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Adrian Raine
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
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    (35)
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    (34)

    A leading criminologist who specializes in the neuroscience behind criminal behavior, Adrian Raine introduces a wide range of new scientific research into the origins and nature of violence and criminal behavior. He explains how impairments to areas of the brain that control our ability to experience fear, make decisions, and feel empathy can make us more likely to engage in criminal behavior. He applies this new understanding of the criminal mind to some of the most well-known criminals in history. And he clearly delineates the pressing considerations this research demands.

    Sires says: "Interesting Book the Roots of Abnormal Behavior"
    "Violence is not just choice"
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    Adrian Raine is a leading researcher in how the brain's development effects the way people think, respond to life's stressors, and process information. Research shows that people's ability to make good and right choices is not merely genetic, not is it all moral choice, but there are many factors that effect the development of a child's brain. Thought the narrator is not my favorite, the book is very well written and very engaging. I recommend this book for anyone in the fields of criminology, childhood development, medicine, and social welfare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and as Man-Made Epidemic

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dan Olmsted, Mark Blaxil
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    For centuries, medicine has made reckless use of one of earth's most toxic substances: mercury - and the consequences, often invisible or ignored, continue to be tragic. Today, global emissions of mercury as well as other toxicants, make us all more vulnerable to its effects. From the worst cases of syphilis to Sigmund Freud's first cases of hysteria, from baffling new disorders in 19th century Britain to the modern scourge of autism, The Age of Autism traces the long overlooked history of mercury poisoning.

    Ronda says: "Authoritative and Thorough"
    "Authoritative and Thorough"
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    The author does an amazingly thorough research on the history of mercury use from ancient days to modern times, as well as the description and research of autism and other diseases. At times he goes into way more detail than I was interested in hearing. It is fascinating and heartbreaking to learn of the blunders of the medical field and the total lack of environmental concern that our government has for the safety of it's citizens. Worse, is the way science is politicized and controlled by the highest bidder. It is so important for people to make informed choices. Knowledge is power to enable one to make good health choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Natural Healing

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mimi Guarneri
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    (96)
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    (94)

    Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you-and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

    Gloria Moreira says: "Great lay language refresher"
    "Authoritative and useful"
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    The author presents health choices based on proven research. She debunks both common myths and modern medicine's lack of understanding of the effects of good nutrition and appropriate supplement choices. The presentation style is very natural, easy to understand, not monotonous. However, she speaks very slowly so I had to increase the speed to 1.25 and 1.5 times. Otherwise it was excellent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (1510)
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    (1510)

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
    "Should be called Seal with the Big Ego"
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    The author relays his life tale from the hardships and tragedy of childhood to the accomplishments he attained as a Navy Seal. For that I commend the author. What I didn't like was the course language and format, and performance. I was really turned off by the character of the author reflected in his story. Not necesarily something I would want to inspire my teenaged son who wants to go into the military. I enjoyed "The Heart and the Fist" by Eric Greitens, another story of a Navy Seal, much more than this book, though both had some similar redeeming qualities.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
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    (573)
    Story
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    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "An inspiring progression"
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    The Author, who is also the narrator, describes his life before being a Navy Seal, the process of becoming a Seal, some experiences as a Seal, and finally his inspiring work after retiring from military service. Everything in his life builds up to the next phase of his life. Certainly he leaves out the mundane and boring parts, but it is inspiring to see reason and purpose for the experiences in life. This is a great read for a teenager who needs direction or is thinking about military service (though there is a fair amount of foul language). The author highlights the need for character and responsibility: for perseverance, honesty, accepting responsibility for your own actions, humility, and living a life serving others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (572)

    Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless - and if he isn't careful, he'll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he's never known before. Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival.

    Katheryne says: "Lords of the Underworld fans will enjoy!"
    "I don't do romance novels, but..."
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    I prefer books that make me think to books that make me wish and want, but I thought it time to expand my horizons, at least once. That being said, note I have no previous experience with romantic novels or with this author. The book kept my interest, in fact it was hard to turn off. The end was a surprise. The author's character descriptions were vivid, but not tedious. The fight scenes were minimal, but I assume people who read romance novels want romance, not blood and action. The book moves quickly but transitions from scene to scene smoothly. The author's concept of angels and heaven and spiritual aspects is an "interesting" combination of gnosticism and Christian theology. I found that whole depiction somewhat frustrating and dissappointing. But that's my analytical mind trying to make sense out of something that is supposed to be mere fantasy, so take that for whatever it's worth. Bellmore does a good job, though has only minimal voice inflection changes from voice to voice. I really did not have trouble following who was talking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Ian Lynch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
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    The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, magnum opus, tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth two years after separation from her husband and is condemned to wear the scarlet letter A on her breast as punishment for her adultery. She resists all attempts of the 17th century Boston clergy to make her reveal the name of her child’s father while she struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.

    Nancy says: "Consider a different version"
    "Depressing."
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    I didn't like the stupid choices the character made and the outcomes. It was a completely depressing book. I went on line and read the Cliff notes on the book to see what happened. Glad I did. Depressing. Would rather not listen to it. This was my first Hawthorne book and will probably be my last. I didn't care for the reader's voices either.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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