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T. de Jardine

Tim

Wellington, New Zealand | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 ratings
  • 77 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (426)

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "This was just too dense for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Simple, brevity.The whole thing was just too long.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Pinker again?

    I would listen to an abridged version


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mel Foster’s performances?

    Sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How the Mind Works?

    I would make it shorter


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking Effective English!

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Bettye Pierce Zoller, John Arthur Watkins, Hugh Lampman
    • Narrated By Bettye Pierce Zoller, John Arthur Watkins, Hugh Lampman, and others
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this breakthrough audio program, three of America's top voice coaches give listeners the tools they need to speak clearly, powerfully, and effectively and get what they want through the power of speech!

    Steve says: "Way Different from My Expectation"
    "Not worth your time. Waste of space."
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    When I first read about this audiobook I was really looking forward to hearing from such superstars of the voice industry (whom I had never heard of before). Like the Avengers initiative they had been assembled from all over the world (America only) to show us how to improve our speaking voices. What could build more anticipation for a great audiobook with insights and tips from experts.

    Unfortunately this book was pretty much first 1/2 an hour about how great each speaker was and how awesome they are.

    The editing is terrible editing (obviously recorded in different studios) and it seems like this recording was never listened to on headphones. The speakers voices are really exaggerated, annoying, over the to and NOT what I would like to sound like.

    Advice is generic and does not explain how to actually improve voice just simply specifies things like "focus on speaking with intonations", but fails to show HOW to do this.

    Seriously, this information could be found in wikipedia.

    This audio book proved to be a considerable waste of time. Save your money and buy something else.


    Has Speaking Effective English! turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, to find a good book, now that I know what the worst is. Pretty sure I cannot go worse than this one.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Over the top, forced colourful fake voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Bad editing, over the top 'commercial' voices. Felt like I was listening to a


    Any additional comments?

    Simply a waste of time. False advertising, does not show how to improve voice at all for this cost.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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