I enjoyed listening to this book. The author's narration was very good! The content covered some of the research behind psychopathy from a journalist's perspective. I enjoyed listening about some of the science and research, but at the same time, some of the information was a little bit disturbing. Certainly, the history of psychopathic research is full of controversy!
The first part of the book as a little bit hard to get through because it didn't seem to have anything to do with the topic. If you can get through that, the rest is interesting reading.
This was an excellent introductory course on meditation. The lectures covered the basics, like principles of Buddhism and connecting to the breath during meditation. It also explained some more challenging topics such as compassionate meditation and meditation on grief and death. These lectures have taught me how to bring mindfulness into my day-to-day life. I'm looking forward to practicing the concepts further!
The professor was an excellent speaker. The pace was a little bit slow, but I think that is appropriate for this topic. The 30 minute lectures are the perfect length for listening without getting bored.
I love Google and Google products so this book enjoyable listening for me. It was informative to learn about the ideas and people behind the products that I love to use, but also interesting to learn more about some of the controversial practices used by Google. Everything from hiring practices, to the concept of page rank, and the China decision was covered. It might come across as a little bit pro-Google to those who are not Google fans, but I didn't mind.
Anybody reading this book would be encouraged to cut process foods from the diet. It outlines many examples of how salty, sugary, and fatty foods are often addictive and people are generally oblivious to their adverse health affects. The scariest part was the countless examples of foods the claim to be low fat or low salt, giving the impression that they are healthy, when in reality they are not.
Besides the relationship between our health and the food that we eat, the author also outlines marketing practices from the food industry. The bottom line is that the food industry is motivated by making money and will sell/market whatever the general population desires and will buy. In the end, the author pointed to education and individual choices as the key to driving change in an era of overeating and obesity.
This book is a great start to educating yourself on why you should avoid processed foods but it doesn't offer much in the way of what types of food should be consumed and the appropriate portion sizes. Nevertheless, it is insightful (although maybe a little bit repetitive) and was an enjoyable listen!
This short story is about a pregnant detective who suddenly happens upon a mystery, even while she is not supposed to be doing field work. I believe the author has written several novels about this particular detective. The story was decent but was not intriguing enough to convince me to read the other books. I downloaded this short story because it was free.
I did not enjoy the narrator. At one point, there were some pretty dramatic scenes, yet the narrator's expression made it seem like nothing out of the ordinary was happening.
When I decided to read this book, I figured that it would appeal mostly to individuals with introverted personality traits. However, I came to realize that the information presented was helpful to both sides of the introvert/extrovert spectrum. The book included descriptions of many studies on personality and individual/group dynamics and I thoroughly enjoyed these aspects.
The author presents the case that introverts are an important part of society and should not be asked to conform to the more gregarious ideals of the Western world. It came across almost as a defense for introverted behavior. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends, whether they are introverted or extroverted.
The main point I got from this book was that there is a lot of misleading information out there about what consists of a healthy diet. The author provides scientific evidence that animal-based diets can lead to adverse health effects. He advocates eating a plant-based, whole foods diet and cites some examples where this diet has reversed symptoms of heart disease.
The author connects a range of diseases with protein from animal-based foods. He points out that a lot of information on nutrition is misleading and that his information mainly considers individual nutrients separately which misses the whole picture.
The book was very good and convincing. However, the information did get a little bit repetitive, perhaps as a way to emphasize the point. I'm not ready to give up animal proteins entirely but I am convinced and have started to incorporate more plants into my diet.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It was fun hearing about the many ways our memories fail us and the studies that support these findings. There were 40+ different psychological effects. Each started with a misconception about how we perceive our memories and the world, followed by the reality. Then the author went into detail about the scientific studies and findings. I liked this format of organization, although in some examples I was hoping for more detail.
One small organizational suggestion would be to group similar effects into categories. I'm having a hard time recalling all 40+ effects, although I can recall the general scope of the book. I think categories would have made the information easier to record and recall.
Overall, it was a fun listen! The narrator sounded familiar even though I don't think I've listened to him before. It was well done.
This was an excellent book on many accounts. It was a story of determination, discovery, and acceptance. I would highly recommend it to a friend.
One moment that sticks with me is the passing of the mother's horse, Lady. This scene was probably one of the most emotional moments in the book.
Dunne's performance really enhances the author's emotion, be it pride, fear, joy, sadness or shame. Her performance was excellent and she demonstrated versatility as a narrator even though there weren't many character voices to portray.
There were many funny moments balanced by many sad moments. The author's extraordinary attention to detail and description provided several memorable passages.
I think I would have enjoyed this audiobook more if I had purchased a different version. I wasn't very impressed with the narrator, whose voice was often inexpressive. The language was so beautiful and eloquent, but the narration seemed very amateurish. I would recommend at least listening to a sample of this version or trying to find a different version all together.
The story was a little bit hard to relate to since it takes place in a time with very different values and ideas about sin and punishment than today.
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