This book certainly gave me a new and different perspective on the way the Native American populations lived before the arrival of Europeans. However, I often found myself a bit lost in the audio. The book wasn't organized into chapters, so it was hard to grasp a sense of direction. I was often wondering what the current passage had to do with what I had just listened to. I think that chapter headings would have gone a long way in making the listen more pleasurable.
This lecture series was not exactly what I expected, likely because I didn't realize that creative nonfiction is character driven like a biography or memoir. Nonetheless, it was still useful covering literary devices beyond what is addressed in a high school class. There was also a lot of emphasis on character and narrative arc. I would recommend this series to someone planning to write a memoir or biography but not for other types of nonfiction.
This course was very interesting! The lecturer takes a rather non-traditional view about modern English language usage. He argues that several common grammar rules are based on preference rather than any sort of logic. His arguments are detailed and informative. He also provides some background on many other languages and explains how the English language is related. There are so many things that I learned about language during this course!
I enjoyed listening to this course about espionage. It served almost as a history lesson and covered topics from ancient times to modern days. It would be an enjoyable listen for anyone who appreciates world history. It is not a lesson on how to be a spy.
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.
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.
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.
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