ORLANDO, FL, United States | Member Since 2011
I had to restart the book in the middle because of this terrible narration. I had lost so much of the book that I couldn't understand the story anymore. My question: why did they put 3 foreigners to read this book? Their accents are bad, specially the woman with a hoarse voice (smoker?). If it was for the charm, it ruined the book.
I read this book again last week. What's Going on in There is full of information, much more than Brain Rules for Babies (which is also a great book, but many tips are just Cntl C + Cntl V from this one). Of course Brain Rules for Babies is more palatable, fun and sleek, but What's Going on in There is so rich, that it deserves another realm. If you have a children, or is planning to have one, read both of them.
In "The Power of Forgetting" Mike Byster tries to persuade us that forgetting is a good way to get smart. In reality he is saying that we should make a habit to do things automatically and should work out our brains in our spare time to make things easier to us when it really matters (and he cites the great book "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg).
Well, I agree with what he states, but the exercises really slow things down. Maybe he should put the math stuff aside (in a separate part, for example), and let the message flow. I think he did not do that because few people would look at the exercises (I wouldn't), so he fill them inside of the book, anyway, and delivered a chopped up content.
If you skip the math drills, there are innumerable good tips to boost your brain power. Just don't stop listening after the first exercise.
The story goes like that: an old guy goes to a doctor that says that he can get younger next year. And the old man believes, start doing exercise regularly, eating right and improves his life. The doctor explains the biological basis, the old man talks about the impact in his life. The story is fun to listen and both narrators are great. I started to recommend this book to my older patients.
I enjoy Nora Roberts' style: the romance, mystery and something else... In this book the something else is reincarnation. Midnight Bayou is a good book, but couldn't give it 5 stars because I found very unlikely the reincarnation story and something in the flashbacks did not add much to the whole.
Anyway, the narration is great and the book is a good pastime.
I've recently read the great book "The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die" by John Izzo. I liked it so much that bought Stepping Up. I am sorry to say that the book is not as good as the other. Too much common sense, too little facts, and the stories are not as compelling. It is a good topic, but the author did not shine as before. In my point of view he stepped down.
If you enjoy a history book, with many great characters, like Newton, Leibniz, Galileo Galilei, ..., you will love this book.
A fast listening, with an amazing narration (I became a fan of Alan Sklar) and many insights. A fascinating text, where science is the main scenery.
I wa a little skeptical when I bought this book. The five secrets --1) be true to your self; 2) leave no regrets; 3) become love; 4) live the moment and 5) give more than you take seemed common sense. Just until I started to listen. The author brights them up with his touching stories. John Izzo wrote a great book and narrated it superbly. Don't be afraid because there is 'die' written in the title. Just read it and try to apply the principles to your own life, it doesn't matter your age. As he cites the chinese proverb: "the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now". It is never too late to know the secrets!
(I will read other books from the author)- this one impressed me a lot.
Zig Ziglar was one of the best motivational speaker of the world. I read many of his books and they inspired me a lot. In this audio "How to Stay Motivated- Developing the Qualities of Success" he records his public speakings and put them together. Well, he repeats many stories, many jokes, and I thought that in some of his lectures the audio was not as good as others, but overall it is worth the listening. Zig was great, and his lively, sharp personality exhales in this book.
When I bought this book I thought that it was like the great "Talent is Overrated", where Geoff Colvin emphasizes about training, instead of an innate gift. But "THE SPORTS GENE" is about genetics-- if you are gifted, you will have a chance, if are not gifted you will struggle. If you have certain kind of gene, you will be like strong, if you have another, you will be fast... It made me feel a little bit depressed.
David Epstein says that genes are something that you cannot overlook, and I think he is partially right.
If you are giving a short presentation, this is the book to read (or listen). It is cheap, short, fun and full of great tools for public speakers.
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