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Janine

Cary, NC, USA

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  • 5 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 50 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (905)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Extremely Interesting and Engaging"
    Overall

    This is was an excellent read for someone who is not trained in brain science but interested in understanding how the brain works. If you have children and are interested in helping them learn, you will find this one interesting - that's why I chose it. It has changed how I am with my boys, trying to slow down and let them be explorers.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: 30 True Things You Need to Know Now

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gordon Livingston
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Full of things we may know but have not articulated to ourselves, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart is a gentle and generous alternative to the trial-and-error learning that makes wisdom such an expensive commodity. For everyone who feels a sense of urgency that the clock ticks and still we aren't the person we'd like to be, it offers solace, guidance, and hope.

    T.L. says: "Not for the"
    "No Nonsense, but a bit boring"
    Overall

    The other reviewers are accurate in that the author doesn't cut you any slack nor allow you to be a victim - I am all for that, but even I found the author to be a bit judgemental. If you are already hard core about being self accountable, then this book has some good ideas and things to consider. If you have your feelings easily hurt, I suggest something from the Oprah Book Club.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonder of Boys

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Michael Gurian
    • Narrated By Michael Gurian
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    What can parents, mentors, and educators do to shape boys into exceptional men? Michael Gurian, a respected therapist, storyteller, and recognized expert in family systems, explains the basic needs of every boy: a primary and extended family, a relationship with mother, father, and mentors, and support from his community.

    Janine says: "Great Book for Mothers and Fathers"
    "Great Book for Mothers and Fathers"
    Overall

    I see my boys struggling to be successful at school and have found this book to be very helpful by providing a framework for giving them what they need to feel good about themselves and feel good about life in general. Raising children isn't just having them, feeding them and making sure they get to school - it's a full time commitment if you want them to have rich lives and be happy with the expectations society and our Creator has for them and for the human race to thrive in general. If you believe this and are looking to understand what is needed to develop your son to fulfill his role in life, then this is a book for you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (10113)
    Performance
    (4588)
    Story
    (4605)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Could Change Your View of Success"
    Overall

    This is a very well written book that outlines how it's not just the individual who creates his/her own success, but how success is dependent on a number of factors that are completely outside of his/her control. He emphasizes the need for hard work - 10,000 hours - a message I believe we don't spend enough time advocating to our children today and he raises what I would consider some valid concerns about our public school system that seems to validate what is also advocated by Thomas Friedman in The World is Flat. What we need now is a book that provides some concrete recommendations that can balance the need to better educate ALL children while still allowing them to have "free time" to think, as is urged by professionals like Ned Hallowell, to avoid being "Crazy Busy". The narrator/author has a voice you want to listen to and his personal story at the end should make him more real to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CrazyBusy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Edward Hallowell
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Without intending for it to happen or knowing how, when, or why it got started, many people now find that they live in a rush they never wanted. If you feel busier than you've ever been and wonder how this happened and how you can keep up the pace much longer, you are hardly alone.

    Pamela says: "Crazy Busy-Nothing New"
    "Excellent except for the charts"
    Overall

    This is an excellent book and for those of us with Crazy Busy lifes, being able to listen on the go is extremely helpful. The narrator does an excellent job and the book has a number of good ideas that even the best of us may not have thought of yet. The only challenge, as it would be with any self help book, is when the book gives you charts or lists of activities to do. For those of us with such crazy busy lives, the time to go back and manually recreate the charts and lists of actvities may never come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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