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Lawrence, KS, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 99 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Louann Brizendine
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain.
    Dr. Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of life, the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female one. Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain:

         *is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution. 

         *thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy. 

         *has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than the female brain, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts.

         *experiences such a massive increase in testosterone at puberty that he perceive others' faces to be more aggressive.

    The Male Brain finally overturns the stereotypes. Impeccably researched and at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge, this is a book that every man, and especially every woman bedeviled by a man, will need to own.

    Praise for The Female Brain:
    "Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women and a must-read for men."
    —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

    From the Hardcover edition.

    Joshua Kim says: "Story of the Male Brain"
    "Very narrow, with questionable "science.""

    Both this book and Brizendine's other offering, The Female Brain, left me angry and disgusted. Not only is her science questionable, but the extremely narrow view of both men and women is extremely off-putting. She is clearly writing about the average, addressing only the superficial. I give it one star only because it is short.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger Beside Me

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Ann Rule

    Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial-killer. Little did this future bestselling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends.

    D. Blaskie says: "Painful at best"
    "Five stars if only it were unabridged!"

    This is a fascinating look at Ted Bundy through the eyes of someone who knew him, as she says, about as well as anyone could. Ann Rule's narration is saved only by the fact that she's Ann Rule, but the story is fascinating, as she had a very unique perspective on this prolific serial killer. I am sad that it was abridged, but I'm still glad I got it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 'Till Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage, and the Mind of the Killer Spouse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robi Ludwig, Matt Birkbeck
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the tradition of Ann Rule and the international best seller Women Who Kill comes the first book that chronicles the psychological profiles of spouses who kill, from Scott Peterson to Rabbi Fred Neulander, told by a renowned psychotherapist who specializes in spousal behavior and the criminal mind.

    Tim McGrath says: "Waste of Money"
    "Very Poorly Written"

    This book is not for the reader who enjoys analytical true crime, or decent writing. If one were to remove all of the redundant language (such as "easily and effortlessly," etc.) the length would be reduced by half. I didn't know who Robi Ludwig was until I started listening. Not recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Messenger: The Life and Crimes of the BTK Serial Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen Singular
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To all appearances, Dennis Rader was a model citizen in the small town of Park City, Kansas, where he had lived with his family almost his entire life. He was a town compliance officer, a former Boy Scout leader, the president of his church congregation, and a seemingly ordinary father and husband. But Rader's average life belied the existence of his dark, sadistic other self: he was the BTK serial killer.

    Vikki says: "A Haunting Factual Book on B.T.K."
    "Detailed, but Interesting"

    Others have complained that this book has entirely too much detail and seemingly tangential exposition. As a Kansan familiar with both Kansas culture and the Wichita area, I find these details relevant and fascinating. My only real criticism of the narration is that Mr. Sklar mispronounces several regional names (Arkansas River, Menninger Clinic), which is, I suppose, understandable. Less forgivable is his mispronunciation of the word "synod." Otherwise, the narration is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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