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Santa Teres, NM, USA | Member Since 2013

  • 4 reviews
  • 109 ratings
  • 495 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Louann Brizendine
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain.
    Dr. Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of life, the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female one. Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain:

         *is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution. 

         *thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy. 

         *has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than the female brain, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts.

         *experiences such a massive increase in testosterone at puberty that he perceive others' faces to be more aggressive.

    The Male Brain finally overturns the stereotypes. Impeccably researched and at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge, this is a book that every man, and especially every woman bedeviled by a man, will need to own.

    Praise for The Female Brain:
    "Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women and a must-read for men."
    —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

    From the Hardcover edition.

    Daren says: "Facts mixed with interpretation"
    "Very Narrow"

    I admit that I haven't gotten that far into the book and I am struggling to find the inspiration to finish it.

    While her conclusions might be correct about extroverted sports jocks it is by no means a conclusive study of male mentality or motivations.

    In the section where she describes boys from the age of about 2 to 10 the attitudes and behaviours supposably produced by testosterone in no way resemble my development years.

    I was hoping for something that would help me my wife and myself understand me and my son better but up until now all I have found are numerous anecdotes on bullies, alpha males and sport jocks.

    Anybody who is or knows a male who is introverted, bookish or intellectual will have a very difficult time believing Brizendine.

    I am going to trudge through about 2 more hours of this dribble with the hope of finding something more substantial and meaningful, but that is all I can give her.

    There are just too many fascinating, high quality books to waste more time on this dribble.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Philosophies of India

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Doug Allen
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave

    India has perhaps the oldest living philosophical tradition in the world. Though both Buddhism and Jainism began in India, its primary influence is the Vedic tradition. The Vedas are the fundamental Hindu scriptures and the basis of the six systems of Indian philosophy. Hindu philosophy affirms an ultimate or universal reality, but it is also individualistic, embracing many alternatives or paths to one reality.

    Abhay says: "too basic"
    "Excelent overview"

    A very good introductory summary. Created more questions than answers, which is excellent. I am now much more interested in studying Indian philosophy. The narration was good, the organization is good too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birds Without Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Louis de Bernieres
    • Narrated By John Lee

    Birds Without Wings is the story of a small town in Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire told in the richly varied voices of the men and women (Armenians, Christians, and Muslims) whose lives are intertwined and rooted there: Iskander, the potter and local fount of wisdom; Philotei, the Christian girl of legendary beauty, courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the goatherd, a great love that culminates in tragedy and madness; and many more.

    Augie says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Truely Excellent"

    The imagery, the characters the complex web of plots and themes is really quite overpowering. From the first line to the end of the book John Lee had me captivated and transported to such an unusuall reality that I couldn't stop listening.

    The emotional depth is palpable, and even though it has been months since I have read this book I can't stop thinking about the characters: their innocent ignorance, sincere love and afection, and in some cases the bullheaded hatred. You cannot get them out of your head.

    This isn't a light read, and it isn't for the faint of heart but highly recommended. You will remember it for years to come.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer
    • Narrated By Pat Lentz, Joyce Meyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger, and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. If you suffer from negative thoughts, take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions win these all-important battles, and she can help you too. This beloved author and minister shows you how to deal with thousands of thoughts you have every day and focus your mind to think the way God thinks.

    Gregory says: "Excellent content and message-average narrator"
    "Not recommended"

    To be honest I was quite disappointed with this book. As a man of faith I was intrigued by the book's promise to apply scriptural principles to healing internal turmoil and finding peace. However I found her analysis as to the sources of mental discomfort altogether rather simplistic (her analysis doesn’t go much further than attributing all our problems to the devil). Furthermore, the voice of, Pat Lentz, the narrator is actually grating and discomforting rather than soothing.

    While I appreciate the scriptural insights into internal turmoil I feel that the author lacks the background to cover this subject with the thoroughness, professionalism, and balance that one needs in order to resolve inner conflicts.

    In summary, I would recommend an author with more of a balance between science and religion to get a more thorough, objective, and ultimately more useful perspective.

    Although it is still not what I am looking for, I am finding much better results with “Learned Optimism” by Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.

    22 of 33 people found this review helpful

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