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K. McMillie

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Arizona | Member Since 2013

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  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (278)

    The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

    Gregory says: "Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data"
    "How Children Succeed?"
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    What did you like best about How Children Succeed? What did you like least?

    I did not care for this book. The author has clearly done quite an extensive amount of research into the topic, but it is written in such a style that it did not keep my attention at all, despite a good performance by the narrator.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I honestly could not finish this book......and that in itself is saying something because it is very rare that I don't finish a book.


    Do you think How Children Succeed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please no!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had not spent my money on this book, but even worse, I wish I had not invested the time to listen to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11487)
    Performance
    (10356)
    Story
    (10419)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great story and great performance"
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    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, fast-paced, smart


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Four - He is genuinely good-hearted and truly cares about Tris. It is clear that he does not approve of the Dauntless' ways of initiation..... he is strong, caring and moral.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was perfect for this story, she sounds much as I imagined Tris would sound.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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