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Rachel

BUCKHANNON, WV, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (251)
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    (244)

    In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association....

    rebekah says: "Good premise, but reads like a text book"
    "Hang in there"
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    Very informative and mostly interesting, but you must bear through some less interesting sections here and there as Pinker explains some important concepts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2578)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1488)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Moderately Intoxicating"
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    Tour of history and essential problems of statistics, doesn't provide much in the way of real world guidance other that to remind one of how fallible we are as a species. That made it sound boring, which it is not. The telling of history is entertaining, and the problems discussed should astonish someone who does not has extensive training in statistics or psychology (like me!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (317)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "My Secret Shameful Indulgence"
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    I was ashamed of the fact that I enjoyed this book so much. It has the same sort of popular appeal, like Eat Pray Love or Tuesdays with Morrie. But the story is pretty addictive, and it is a good choice for the car to because you don't have to concentrate extremely hard to enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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