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rebekah

BOISE, ID, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (234)
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    (226)

    In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association....

    rebekah says: "Good premise, but reads like a text book"
    "Good premise, but reads like a text book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a linguist, but it's way too verbose for easy reading. For each point he pulls out an arsenal of examples.


    What was most disappointing about Steven Pinker’s story?

    I think that it could have been half as long and twice as powerful.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Melanie Warner
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    If a piece of individually wrapped cheese retains its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed our children? Former New York Times reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that takes her to research labs, food science departments, and factories around the country. What she discovered provides a rare, eye-opening - and sometimes disturbing - account of what we're really eating.

    Jeff says: "Interesting."
    "Lots of great information and an easy listen"
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    If you could sum up Pandora's Lunchbox in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Enjoyable, Necessary


    What about Ann Marie Lee’s performance did you like?

    You didn't notice her too often, which I think is the mark of a good narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book really made me think more deeply about the food choices I make for my family. I'm part of the choir when it comes to eating real food, but there were definitely a few things I need to rethink:

    -Canned beans due to the BPA in the lining

    -Puffed rice cereal for my baby because of the decimation of nutrients caused by the process that puffs the rice

    -Fortified baby food - even the organic stuff. According to the book, fortified vitamins are coming from plants in China (need I say anything about what we know regarding the regulation of Chinese manufacturing?)

    Eating well doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. I'm really glad that someone has finally pointed this out in a convincing way that discards the convenient rouse used by Liberals and Conservatives that "middle-class folks are too busy and financially stretched" to eat well. Who can't spend 5 minutes cooking plain oatmeal purchased for $2 lb in the bulk section? Hopefully it will move the national conversation away from how to make processed foods healthier and towards eating real, whole foods.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (432)

    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
    "Very enjoyable and informative"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Brain Rules for Baby to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoy listening to the author perform this book. He makes some really corny jokes, but the material is good. My main take away is that I need to play structured make-believe with my baby/kid, get him into music classes and provide consistent rewards/punishments. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff, but it doesn't hurt to hear it along with the support of lots of studies.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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