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  • Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kathryn Schulz
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    To err is human. Yet most of us go through life assuming (and sometimes insisting) that we are right about nearly everything, from the origins of the universe to how to load the dishwasher. If being wrong is so natural, why are we all so bad at imagining that our beliefs could be mistaken, and why do we react to our errors with surprise, denial, defensiveness, and shame?

    Mike Kircher says: "A good read"
    "Amazing philosphy course? Great mind expander"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Being Wrong to be better than the print version?

    Not because I wanted to, but because I went to a liberal arts school, I had to take theology and philosophy. In the end, I found epistemology, and the other ones I took interesting looking back.

    HOWEVER, this book about wrongness makes me feel more "right" than all of those professors together. It just adds a different perspective on knowledge and our every day life. Although a book about wrongness and being wrong, it is amazingly uplifting. Read it. you will enjoy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Without giving away the ending (yes it has an ending) it is a mind expanding perspective on reality.


    What does Mia Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a voice similar to the author (who I have seen on a TED talk) and the way she dryly reads the humorous portions and references makes the book so much better than if I had read it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Left me amazed. It is the point of the book


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10398)
    Performance
    (4832)
    Story
    (4849)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    ""Engaging, but overrated""
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes to see how people think


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    OK, so what he tries to say is that X person born at X time can do this. The best example I can give you of the fallacy of the argument is with regards to Gates. The Malcolm says that only 10 people in the world had access to a mainframe like Bill at that time. If it is just opportunity that makes one successful I have one question: WHERE ARE THE OTHER 9 RICH GUYS. Opportunity is essential, but it is clear that individuals either take advantage of, or ignore opportunity. To put it clearly: His premise is flawed. Enjoyed reading it for the sake of seeing the fallacy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4996)
    Performance
    (2934)
    Story
    (2977)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "OSC Rocks"
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    What did you love best about Ender's Shadow?

    I did not want to read book after book from one author. However, OSC knows his universe so well. Sister Carlota, Graff, all of them are so real. Love it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sister Carlota. She is so aware of who she is.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I knew from the tone of the voice, the character


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Speaker for the lost boys


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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