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Ann

Bibliophile, nature nut, Kuk Sool Won student, physical therapist, and spaz. I love stories, learning new things, laughing and stretching my heart, mind and body.

MANITO, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (168)

    Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.

    Douglas says: "Do Not Mistake The Message Here For Dualism!"
    "Only got through it because it was interesting."
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    I have a passion for neuroscience, so it's the only reason i tolerated the narration, which sounded computer generated. Fascinating material (although a few side jaunts that seemed, well side-tracked). I have told my friends that if i had it to do over, i would borrow the print version from the library.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (839)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Amazing listen"
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    What about Avery Brooks’s performance did you like?

    Avery Brooks brought life to a beautiful saga. His voice and his characterizations were near flawless.


    Any additional comments?

    Roots is one of those that I always wanted to have read, and Now that I have listened to it, I don't understand why it isn't required reading for all US citizens. It's beautifully written, and a testament to the human spirit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2513)
    Performance
    (1522)
    Story
    (1519)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "For the layperson"
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    I enjoyed it very much, but of Martha Stout's work I would recommend The Myth of Sanity over this one. Her advice here is sound; drawing boundaries and avoiding contact with these toxic people certainly will help. But some of her assumptions and theories skirt the edge of sound science. Overall, entertaining and good food for thought, but there are probably more scholarly texts out there for those who are picky about precision and logic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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