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J. Childs

Lakeland, FL USA | Member Since 2012

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  • What's a Dog For?: The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Man's Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Homans
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (16)

    John Homans adopted his dog, Stella, from a shelter for all the usual reasons: fond memories of dogs from his past, a companion for his son, an excuse for long walks around the neighborhood. Soon enough, she is happily ensconced in the daily workings of his family. And not only that: Stella is treated like a family member - in ways that dogs of his youth were not. Spending humanlike sums on vet bills, questioning her diet and exercise regimens, contemplating her happiness - how had this all come to pass, when the dogs from Homans's childhood seemed quite content living mostly out in the yard?

    Tango says: "What's a Dog For? Ask a Dog!"
    "A must if you are a dog lover"
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    Would you listen to What's a Dog For? again? Why?

    Homans provides an entertaining, yet informative perspective on how and why humans interact with dogs. Do dogs have rights? Should they be breed? How have they evolved? What makes them unique in their abilities to communicate with and befriend humans? These are just some of the questions addressed in this book. Well researched.

    The audio quality was done well, but a little difficulty at times when played at 2x speed...which is what I normally do.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1559)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (867)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Teachers and professors should read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Medina makes accessible the relevant research on learning, memory and cognition. Professors and teachers can use this to shape their pedagogical approaches. The chapter on sleep was of special interest to me, as sleep and human productivity was the topic of my doctoral dissertation. He hit all the salient points on sleep hygiene, and work/nap policies, but could have made a stronger point on the need to assess for and treat sleep disorders.


    What other book might you compare Brain Rules to and why?

    Thinking, Fast and Slow by Kahneman


    What about John J. Medina’s performance did you like?

    clear


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Brain Rules?

    I've already adapted the college course I teach (Macroeconomics) to provide more visual illustrations and to divide up lectures/class time into 10 minute segments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2128)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1217)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "I listened twice it was so informative"
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    What did you love best about Talent Is Overrated?

    Colvin provides empirical evidence to build his case that purposeful practice, guided by a mentor or coach, over time will enable one to perform at the top.


    What other book might you compare Talent Is Overrated to and why?

    One should also read/listen to Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It provides further insight into cognitive performance.


    What did you learn from Talent Is Overrated that you would use in your daily life?

    Focusing on a few things to expand my ability to perform as a leader/administrator in higher education will include developing a set of case studies and simulations to practice over and over. Also, continue to utilize a fitness trainer to attain the potential I know is possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Three years ago two colleagues of mine suggested I read this book. I read a review at the time, but wished I had read the book earlier...I'd be three years ahead!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Capitalism and Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Milton Friedman
    • Narrated By Michael Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (24)

    Milton Friedman argues that the appropriate role of competitive capitalism occurs when the majority of our economic activity flows through private enterprise within a free-market environment. This is unequivocally the most effective device for achieving economic freedom, as well as the necessary condition in which political freedom can be attained. Friedman's arguments are positively bold, enlightening, and impacting. Among the specific topics he addresses are "The Control of Money", "Fiscal Policy", "Capitalism and Discrimination", and "Social Welfare Measures".

    J. Childs says: "Should be required for all high school students"
    "Should be required for all high school students"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A classic that I enjoy reviewing on an annual basis...now I'm glad it's on audio! Friedman lays out the foundational principles for a free (liberal) society--one based on free markets and liberty. The introduction and first two chapters provide an ideological defense for capitalism. The remaining chapters provide insights on how to apply market-based approaches to various economic and social concerns. What makes the application chapters interesting is that many of these problems, such as social security, healthcare, poverty, etc are described by Friedman when this book was originally published in the early 1960s are still relevant today.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chapters 1 and 2. They are timeless and foundational


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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