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André

I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

ORLANDO, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year.

    André says: "Great teachers+ Raise kids' bar+ Don't exaggerate"
    "Great teachers+ Raise kids' bar+ Don't exaggerate"
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    Why certain kids learn so much and others don't? Amanda Ripley try to answer this and other questions with "The Smartest Kids in the World". She goes after the PISA results (a triennial international survey which evaluates skills and knowledge of 15 year old students from more than 65 countries) and focus in 3 countries: South Korea, Finland and Poland, comparing them with United States.
    She follows 3 exchange students, giving a personal, concrete and fresh air to the story, constructing an easy to learn and very interesting book.
    Amanda argues that PISA results don't measure only theory, but readiness to solve day to day problems, think critically, how to use the knowledge and comunicate well.
    *Korea-- The pressure cooker that goes to extremes-- The public school is not free- in Busan, the price for the family is around 1500 dollars/ year. The school starts at 8 and goes till 16:10. Then, the kids clean the classroom (the kids that don't behave use red pinnies and clean the bathroom). At 16:30, they settled back in their seats for test-prep classes. Then they eat dinner in the school cafeteria. After dinner came yaja, a two hour period of study loosely supervised by teachers. Around 21:00 they get out of school, but the study is not over yet. 70% still go to a private tutor or hagwons till the curfew, 23:00. The teenagers do nothing but study. And they become exhausted, so they have to sleep in class the next day (they bring pillows to school). All of this because they need to pass the exams to enter the 3 best Universities of Korea. The people think that performance comes after hard work and is not a God given talent. They have an academic purpose well established and high expectations of what they can achieve. Education is the country's treasure.
    * Finland- The role model- The teaches are rigidly selected, earn well and have autonomy and prestige. Differently from the rest of the world where teachers teach what they don't know they are expected to be the best from their generation. There is a common sense that runs through society about the seriousness of education (everybody care) and a clarity of purpose. Kids can learn how to fail and get back to their feet while still young.
    *Poland- a country where 1/6 of children live in poverty, where criminality was high and had a beaten soul. A country that should fail in Pisa, but the Minister of Education took action.The reforms that Handke implemented changed the point of equilibrium-- put more rigor into the system, changed curriculum, created 4.000 schools overnight, forced teachers to learn more and raised expectations about what kids should accomplish. He showed the world that reforms don't take so much time to be felt. Three years later, everybody saw the jump.
    Amanda Ripley writes that even today's blue collar jobs need critical thinking and that people graduate from high school without the basics. So, to have the education that our kids deserve, we need to be rigid and care about knowledge, within certain limits.
    Great book!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Guise
    • Narrated By Daniel Penz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books.

    Sara says: "Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits"
    "Mini Habits May Work for You (and Myself)"
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    Although it is a small book and the writer tries hard to fill it up with scientific knowledge, the soul of Mini Habits is simple: create few-- up to 4-- mini habits, even laughable ones (like do one push up), and follow the script (or don't break the chain).
    And yes, it may work.
    I did something like that when I was writing my first book. At the time I was a resident at a cardiology hospital, my wife was pregnant, and I told myself: write one page a day and please don't break the chain. Most of the days I wrote 3 pages, and couldn't get hold of myself. I completed the book before my daughter was born.
    Now for my second book I cannot write one page a day-- It seems too much effort. I have 2 kids, many patients to see, well, almost impossible (or so I think). And I postpone. I know that I could find time to write. Maybe if I told myself: "write 5 LINES each day" I could had completed my second book years ago.
    Good idea, Stephen Guise!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

    Jacobus says: "A quality production of a gripping tradegy"
    "Brilliant Night!"
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    Night, by Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is great book to read. His words are gentle, but he speaks of destiny, cruelty, disease, death. The ignorance about the diabolic nazi, the ghetto, the deportation, the cattle car, the starvation, the injustice, are still ringing in my ears, as well as to many who had read the book. I've got in touch with the book when I was a naive teen, but the audible version is much, much better.
    The narration by George Guidall, at first sounded strange, hard to listen, but, when I got accustumed I reconsidered, and thought that it fitted just right with the gloomy atmosphere of the story.
    The crude reality of a tragic war told by a gifted writer, and very much worth listening and never forgotten.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
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    It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.

    Anna Dresner says: "Nice Introduction, but the Heart of it is Missing"
    "Slowing Down Time Itself"
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    Sometimes we gotta listen to something like that: soothing, motivational, relaxing, healthy. Better, we gotta listen to it on a regular basis. The book focus on concentrating in the moment, instead of thinking about the past or wondering about the future. We have to listen to our body, learn how to breathe, being fully there.
    Jon Kabat-Zinn has a penetrating voice that convinced me to practice mindfulness.
    Great book!

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter C. Brown
    • Narrated By Qarie Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    To most of us, learning something 'the hard way' implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head and will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

    André says: "FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO LEARN"
    "FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO LEARN"
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    Make it Stick, I think, is the best book that teaches how to learn-- the strategies, what really, really works, not only empirical data, but the researches, the scientific data. Do you think that reading all over again is a good plan to ace tests? Think again. There is so much good information that in the middle of the book I had to buy the written version. But don't be mistaken, the audible version delivers it all.
    Make it stick is a must! Everybody who wants to increase brain power, that has a limited time to study, has to listen/read it.
    Excellent book!

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Hurley
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Expanding upon one of the most-read New York Times Magazine features of 2012, Smarter penetrates the hot new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities. Shattering decades of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that "fluid intelligence" - the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things - can be increased through training. But is it all just hype?

    robospierre says: "Monontonous and lacking engagement"
    "SEEKING WAYS TO INCREASE INTELLIGENCE"
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    I enjoyed Smarter-- I view it as the author's quest for choosing the right formula on how to increase his fluid intelligence. He meets a lot of great scientists, many who say that intelligence is immutable; others who insist that it is changeable and can be increased, reads lots of scientific papers, ponders, doubts,and then prepares his own regimen, mixing ingredients that he believes will augment his brain power.
    Well, could he do it?
    Read it and find out.
    At least he "FEELS SMARTER"!-- good ending.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cracking the Code: Breaking Through Your Self-Imposed Limitations

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By R. L. Adams
    • Narrated By Bruce A. Lorie
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    We all want to live a better life. We all want to achieve a certain set of goals we set out for ourselves. But, when it comes down to it, we simply get stuck. We're stricken by things like procrastination and the inability to act. So why is that we say we want something, but when it comes down to it, we don't do what it takes to achieve it? Well, if you've set goals in the past, and you found yourself giving up, then this book is for you.

    Scott says: "Useless cliche's paraphrased and regurgitated."
    "Great, from beginning to end"
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    I read "Cracking the Code" in one seat, or better, while doing groceries and cooking dinner. It is a great book: small, energetic, enthusiastic and fast paced. Go ahead and listen to it. You will love it too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Commit to Win: How to Harness the Four Elements of Commitment to Reach Your Goals

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Heidi Reeder PhD
    • Narrated By Heidi Reeder PhD
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    What do you need besides motivation and willpower? In Commit to Win, Heidi Reeder, PhD, unpacks over forty years of research by psychologists and economists to show that the key to reaching any goal, whether it’s to hit the gym more often or to finally quit that dead-end job, isn’t motivation, willpower, or determination. It’s commitment. Busting the myths most of us believe about commitment, Reeder shows that it all comes down to four variables.

    Kevin says: "Gives EXACTLY what it promises"
    "Practical, but misses passion"
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    Commit to Win almost enchanted me. It is practical, well researched, objective, but something slipped from the author's view: I think it lacks passion. Heidi Reeder knows a lot about the subject of commitment and gives us the element to "going all in" or an alternative if it isn't working out (get out of the commitment without being ashamed or guilty), but the vast knowledge couldn't extrapolate to the pages with heart beating words. 4 stars, not five, but a good book after all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ian Leslie
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
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    We've come to misunderstand curiosity, mistaking diversive curiosity, our attraction to novel stimuli, as the real thing. This leaves us floundering in a world of Angry Birds, live tweeting, and fleeting, click-through distractions. Leslie shows how these distractions have led to a decline in deep, sustained quests for knowledge and understanding - what he calls epistemic curiosity - which relies on effort and persistence, and empathic curiosity, which leads us to wonder about the thoughts and feelings of others.

    Gary says: "Curousity kills cat, satisfaction brings him back"
    "Good book"
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    Are you curious? Is curiosity really significant in our future and to the future of education? What drives us to be curious? Those are the questions that Ian Leslie tries to answer. Yes, he emphasizes that curiosity is not all, that we need to have the basis, the knowledge, first. But knowledge is linked as feedback loop to curiosity. Yes, we need to be curious to develop expertise. And there are types of curiosity, like novelty seeking (not so good) and a the much beneficial epistemic curiosity. It is a good book, enjoyable, captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Walter Mischel
    • Narrated By Alan Alda
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    In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life - from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

    André says: "Well written, easy to read and effective"
    "Well written, easy to read and effective"
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    Walter Mischel is one of the popes from the recent psychology. He designed the well known Mashmallow Test that proved that kids who waited for the researcher to come back and earned the second treat (instead of ringing the bell early to get only one marshmallow) did better in life than their peers. He found out that this was because of self control and executive function, and that it could be learned and enhanced. Ok, that is common knowledge, and I thought that the book was only about that test, but Walter Mischel goes way beyond that, creating links between the research and the current knowledge to write a great book.
    Go ahead! Listen to it. You will enjoy it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tom Rath
    • Narrated By Tom Rath
    Overall
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    In Eat Move Sleep, Tom Rath delivers an audiobook that will improve your health for years to come. Quietly managing a serious illness for more than 20 years, Tom has assembled a wide range of information on the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping. Written in his classic conversational style, Eat Move Sleepfeatures the most proven and practical ideas from his research. This remarkably quick listen offers advice that is comprehensive yet simple and often counterintuitive but always credible.

    R. Townsend says: "Great Tips, Well Researched, but..."
    "THE SECRETS TO OLD AGE"
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    EAT MOVE SLEEP is a small book, but, if you follow it specially the basics (EAT- right food, Move- many times a day, and don't just seat there, Sleep- well, at least 8 hours a day), you will live a great life and die old.
    It really lifted my mood and when I finished it, I started to search for another book from the author, just to find out the his other books are even thinner. I will wait for his next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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