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Ken E. Labar

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  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Strauch
    • Narrated By Nona Pipes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

    Virginia A says: "Recommended for all Ages"
    "More Waffles with Blueberries"
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    A great summary of recent brain studies for those who are not neuroscience professors. Interesting findings that inspire hope for the middle aged brain, provided some real world tips on keeping your brain sharp, and even tossed in some parenting advice for teenagers who don't sleep. I now add blueberries to every meal I can put them in (my favorite: 1 cup blueberries + 1/2 cup syrup, simmer for 10 minutes, pour over waffles)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7546)
    Performance
    (2297)
    Story
    (2289)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "A reminder to practice perfectly"
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    I love books read by the authors, and Mr. Gladwell does an excellent job of presenting his material for the listener.

    "blink" gives great examples of the importance of practice. "blink" argrues the practiced expert can make snap decisions with better accuracy than hours of detailed analysis. The book then warns that making snap decisions without practice can have disaterous results. Gladwell ties together the benefits and risks of snap decisions by exploring tools to reduce errors by providing structure for decisions (i.e. blind auditions for the orchestra, single police units).

    My take away: Trust your gut, as long as you have developed it first.

    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
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1228)

    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"
    "Deliberately Repetative"
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    The book is an entertaining listen and well read by Drummond. It tends to repeat the same thought over and over, which may be deliberate given the authors message of "deliberate practice". There were a few good ideas, such as "go back and study your foundations"; it is amazing how easy it is to lose knowledge that is not refreshed. Overall I enjoyed it, but I did have to play it at 1.5 speed to get passed the repetition (thank you Audible App).

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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