The book is very anecdotal about various programs and initiatives that have been used to assist marginalized or impoverished students rise towards success by helping build character traits that allow them to succeed in education.
To that end, it's motivating for educators or those that are wondering where success in educational reform has occurred.
Where the book let me down a bit was the lack of practical and specific actions to take in helping children succeed. The word "How" in the title might better be "Why" and the title itself might be more appropriately "A survey of programs instilling character traits in children for success"
The book goes into great, specific detail on different children that have over-come obstacles in order to succeed. In some case, possibly too much detail that is not really relevant to the central theme of the book - "How".
The book was read clearly and understandably - with one very annoying exception: accents. The use of "character" voices was distracting. Ethnic accents did not add to the listening value of the text and was, in some cases, almost isolating to the stories being told.
Yes. I did enjoy listening to it while commuting and it was worth the time (at double-speed)
I think that I should have paid more attention to the subtitle. This book is great and was a very worthwhile listen. The scope was, as advertised, from the late 1400's to the early 1500's. So the "Age" is really a bit narrow in focus.
That said, I fully intend to seek out other books by this author and narrator - it was great in every sense. Exciting, intriguing - a wonderful book.
As part of my catching-up on history, I decided to listen to books on ... well.. history.
I have long been wanting to read/listen to the classic Decline and Fall books, but thought I better start with something closer to the beginning - which I am glad that I did.
This book is a great introduction to the formation of the Roman Republic and proved a very interesting listen. At some points it required a rewind - as the names of people and places can become slightly overwhelming in an audio format, but that was hardly a problem.
Worth the listen.
All - it is a historical recount
This book was really good - I bought both the Kindle and Paperback version. It does not really work as an audiobook though. It's well-read, has a great story, etc. The challenge is the density of information. You just want to keep stopping and take notes.
So I ended-up abandoning this listening and moved to the paper/kindle delivery
This is a solid book and fits into my "worthwhile listens" section
Um....the author? It's non-fiction, so no real characters.
Convenience of listening while I commute
Good willpower hunting
This is another good "brain" book that provides insight into why we do the things we do. It's nice to think of having understanding that can help you improve
I might listen again in a few months or a year - to refresh my knowledge.
The use of neuroscience to explain habits.
Well...I just listen to books when commuting to work - and I also read a paper copy of the book at home. So...convenience?
The act of thinking about why I do something before I do it.
This is a great book that is well-read and useful. Some of the stories get a little too much attention, but I'm more interested in the techniques and science personally.
It's like having a friend tell you an awesome story while commenting to and from work.
Just a great story and a great listen. I'm a comic book fan - so it was in my area of interest, but I think it would appeal to anyone. While the business takes place in a comic creator world, it's really about the human drama. Loved it.
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