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André

An Audible FANATIC, brazilian writer, father of two and also a doctor. My passions are neuroscience and fiction, but I don't stop there.

ORLANDO, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 285 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
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    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Worst narration EVER!!!"
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    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.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What's Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lise Eliot
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
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    As a research neuroscientist, Lise Eliot has made the study of the human brain her life's work. But it wasn't until she was pregnant with her first child that she became intrigued with the study of brain development. She wanted to know precisely how the baby's brain is formed, and when and how each sense, skill, and cognitive ability is developed. And most importantly, she was interested in finding out how her role as a nurturer can affect this complex process.

    André says: "Not an easy read, but an important one"
    "Not an easy read, but an important one"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Forgetting: Six Essential Skills to Clear Out Brain Clutter and Become the Sharpest, Smartest You

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mike Byster
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
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    Is it possible that the answer to becoming a more efficient and effective thinker is learning how to forget? Yes! Mike Byster will show you how mastering this extraordinary technique - forgetting unnecessary information, sifting through brain clutter, and focusing on only important nuggets of data - will change the quality of your work and life balance forever. Using the six tools in The Power of Forgetting, you’ll learn how to be a more agile thinker and productive individual.

    Frank says: "No PDF available"
    "Skip the exercises and it becomes a good book"
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You're 80 and Beyond

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge
    • Narrated By Don Leslie, Rick Adamson
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    Younger Next Year is about how to turn back your biological clock. How to become functionally younger every year for the next five to 10 years, and continue to live with vitality and grace into your 80s and beyond.

    Adele Beeman says: "SO MOTIVATING!!!"
    "Simple message well delivered"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
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    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis says: "Not the Norm"
    "GOOD BOOK"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Izzo
    • Narrated By John Izzo
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    More people need to step up. When we take responsibility for making change wherever we can, not only does it make our companies, communities, and the world better, but we are happier and more successful and have more fulfilling relationships. But all too often, we stop ourselves before we start. The problems seem too daunting, it’s another department’s responsibility, other people are the issue and we can’t change them, and so on. And so nothing ever changes.

    André says: "He stepped down!"
    "He stepped down!"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Fantastic!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Izzo
    • Narrated By John Izzo
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    John Izzo interviewed over 200 people, ages 60 to 106, each of whom was identified by friends and acquaintances as "the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning".

    Christine says: "Discover the secrets before you live another day"
    "Perls of Wisdom from the Elders"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Stay Motivated: Developing the Qualities of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
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    How to Stay Motivated provides you with clear and proven techniques to use to enhance relationships, improve your self-image, set and achieve goals, and so much more! Apply these winning steps from the motivational master himself to build a better, more productive, satisfying life for yourself and your family. Change your picture and change every facet of your life.

    Keran says: "Inspiring"
    "Zig was Great!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Epstein
    • Narrated By David Epstein
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    Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle.

    Cynthia says: "Epstein writes! He scores!"
    "10.000 HOURS? NO! BLAME MY GENES!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeremey Donovan
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    How to Deliver a TED Talk is a complete guide for creating presentations that inspire others through your story. Based on intensive study of the most popular TED Talks, this step-by-step playbook shows you how to select your topic, craft your narrative, master your delivery, and refine your design.

    A. Yoshida says: "Great guide to giving better presentations"
    "Concise and full of gems"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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