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LoveFromBothSides

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  • A Jane Austen Education

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Deresiewicz
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (184)
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    (183)

    An eloquent memoir of a young man's life transformed by literature. In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the enduring power of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man's discovery of the world outside himself.

    Cookie says: "A real joy!"
    "I loved this book!"
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    I love Jane Austen and read her in the '70s when I was a struggling actress. So it was great to hear this book from the perspective of a once-snarky New York bigoted male, who came to love her too! I would recommend this to anyone. You'll love the Jane Austen ending!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Fallon
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
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    (15)

    The memoir of a neuroscientist whose research led him to a bizarre personal discovery, James Fallon had spent an entire career studying how our brains affect our behavior when his research suddenly turned personal. While studying brain scans of several family members, he discovered that one perfectly matched a pattern he’d found in the brains of serial killers. This meant one of two things: Either his family’s scans had been mixed up with those of felons or someone in his family was a psychopath.

    LoveFromBothSides says: "Jaw dropping! But an amazing read!"
    "Jaw dropping! But an amazing read!"
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    After hearing this wonderfully fun, insightful, scary book, the question that lingers is: Who is his wife?? Wow! The woman has the patience of a saint!

    Now, because I've just spent two years in a relationship with a man who has the same kind of brain that James Fallon has, I have personal experience at how "trying" it can be! I have read all the "Psychopathy" books, and found them okay, except that they demonized the "disorder." They encouraged me to delete this man from my life. Completely. "No Contact!" They all screamed at me.

    I tried, but he wouldn't let me go... (just as those books predicted!) And I couldn't delete him from my brain or my heart no matter how hard I tried! No matter how bad I knew he was for me. And it really pissed me off! ;^)) Because he's impossible! But he's also funny, smart, charming - like so many psychopaths!

    So I wanted to find a way to "understand" what was going on with him, and James Fallon's book gave me exactly what I needed. Fallon explains the brain structures that compel the person (usually male) to be an extreme thrill seeker, drinker, druggie.. and many other lovely "anti-social" things that even James Fallon won't describe. Be that as it may, the take-away from this book is that "his brain" is needed in our species's DNA mix. And I think he's right.

    He's given me another way to deal with the "personality disorder" that I love. Now, I can decide what I want to do with him from a less charged and far less judgmental perspective. I know he will never change. All I needed from the relationship was to learn to love unconditionally.

    James's wife, who's known James since he was 12, must have an over-soul who reminds her of his inner goodness. Learning to love someone unconditionally is more difficult than people realize. James's wife has done it! I doubt that I have the same patience.

    0 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (771)
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    (768)

    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."
    "Owning Your Brain Made Easy!"
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    I listen while I walk everyday, and Medina assures me that's the best way for a brain to learn anything! I enjoyed listening and hearing a lot of the same brain stuff I already know... but he also assured me that repetition is the only way my brain ... and yours... learns. I recommend this book highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
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    (1002)
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    (1027)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Jeremiah Duncan says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Every Citizen Would Benefit By Listening to This!"
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    Doris Kearns Goodwin knows politics from the inside. She was a real "insider" during her White House internship with LBJ. Because of that, her understanding of how the personalities of the men and women of the tumultuous years before and during the Civil War affected, influenced what might have happened. Even though you know the outcome, the book will surprise you. "Lincoln," the movie is based on a snippet of this stunning book. Please send your congressperson a copy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1745)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Wonderful listen!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Chaperone the most enjoyable?

    Laura Moriarity's writing style keeps the listener engaged by using all her writerly tools. She grounds you in the minutia of a leaf falling and then expands outward into the social situation that our "Chaperone" finds herself in.

    It's a really great listen, especially if you know the history of the 20th Century, which the book uses spectacularly well! Eleizabeth McGorvern's performance rocks!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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