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At last, the great Indian neurologist Ramachandran comes to Audible! I have enjoyed his lectures on youtube for years, and it is great to see him in audible book form. The Tell-Tale Brain is in the same cannon as medical tales told by Sachs and Selzer, though Ramachandran does not quite have the literary turn of either of these two writers. He does present his material for both expert and layman (both will readily understand if proper attention is given the work), and there is humor and cultural references to move things along and make the material easier to relate to, though again, he doesn't quite have the nearly stand-up style of say a Pinker. Nonetheless, there is simply no one who can render the oddities and complexities of the brain and perception like the great Ramachandran, perhaps the best medical genius of our time, our Einstein of the neuron. This book is worth every bit you pay for it and more, and I certainly hope to see more works by this explorer of the mind and brain on Audible soon.
I came to the one I had been avoiding. Given the nature of his crimes, I find Gacy to be the most disgusting of the disgusting, and even thinking about what he did is not easy. This book is not easy. But it is professional, reportorial, direct. There are, mercifully, no attempts at sensationalism or inflating the importance of the unspeakable evil that was Gacy.
If you were entranced by the style of Robert Graysmith's Zodiac or Bugliosi's Helter Skelter, you will similarly appreciate the hypnotic writing of Charles Graeber (yes, it means "gravedigger" in German) in The Good Nurse... It is easy enough to (falsely) assure yourself about most dangers in life, but what if your caregiver, outwardly diligent and trustworthy, were a cold-blooded killer, a psychopath murdering those whose bodies are made vulnerable to his supposedly healing hands? And these events were recent. Cullen was only caught in 2003. This book will do for the hospital bed what Psycho did for the shower...
exploration of the physiological elements of the deepest mystery of our existence: consciousness. This book becomes increasing interesting after reading such authors as V. Ramachandran (The Tell-Tale Brain), Jeffery Schwarz (The Mind And The Brain) and Patricia Churchland (Touching A Nerve), all of which are available on Audible as well, and which I can also highly recommend. Bor has studied deeply in philosophy and neurology and thus can bring both perspectives to this very complicated but fascinating investigation of ourselves.
for decades, and I have found her to be the most enlightening linguistic on the topic of gender and language. The wonderful thing about Tannen is that she transcends the usual feminist approach that asserts "women must learn to talk like men to succeed" because "men are verbal bullies"--and at the same time she does not go the other way and denigrate women as passive or weak in the ways they communicate. She simply demonstrates that men and women, due to both biology and culture, approach language and social interaction differently and shows the strengths and weaknesses of both.
was one of the first voices (appropriately, that of a woman) to speak up against the feminist insisience that there are no innate differences between men and women. (Neuroscience has since proven Tannen and the early van guard correct in their assessment, as men's and women's brain themselves are, indeed, different.) Tannen is a linguist and has accented on how men and women communicate, and I have taught her for nearly two decades in my English classes. It is important to note that, though there clearly are differences in how men and women think, emote, and talk, there is much overlap, some exceptions to the rule (I always say I am a heterosexual man who thinks like a woman), and that seeing the reality of difference in no way implies a surperiority or "better way" on either side. I read this on the heels of Gurian's Boys and Girls Learn Differently, which I also highly recommend.
you will love the book! A touching and well told tale from the horse's point of view, a la Black Beauty. A classic!
of Mark Rashid's Whole Heart, Whole Horse, a stunningly impressive and even poetic book about horsemanship--and how it enriches living. Often, one will read such an inspirational book and go immediately to another work by the same author and be disappointed, finding him to be a one-hit wonder. This was not the case here. If anything, Horsemanship Through Life is an even deeper and more enjoyable work. Rashid not only gets to the very heart of horsemanship and everything I have always believed and practiced in working with my own horse, Sassy, he is a very skilled and patient storyteller in the balance. I cannot wait to get to more of Mark's books and read even more of the horsemanship and philosophy of a kindred spirit.
of the brutality of Anderson, the commercialization and fakeries of Parelli and Roberts, and the ever inflating ego of Hempfling (who used to be the absolute best horse trainer anywhere, and maybe still is, despite his growing pompousness in age), Mark Rashid comes like a breath of fresh air. A true natural-horseman who manages to transcend the snake-oil instant cure mentality seen in so many clinics and workshops, Rashid gives an holistic approach that can be--and must be--shaped to each individual horse by each individual human. Rashid understands the most important truth: horse time is timeless, and anything with a horse takes as long as it takes--with gentle but firm leadership, care and compassion, and a deep understanding of the horse. A book well worth your time!
A finely rendered story about a horse abused in the performance arena who, by no fault of his own, falls into even more dire straits--and is then rescued and rehabilitated by two good women who see horses as something more than means to an end... I am a horse owner and thus see the attitude far too many people have toward horses (Miskeen's tale, amazingly, takes place in 1993), and I am sad to say that this type of tale is not uncommon. Horses are trained without care, ridden and put up without praise, used until they no longer earn blue ribbons and trophies, and then are sold off, gotten rid of, many times ending up in slaughter as thanks for their many years of service. Like the old tale Black Beauty, the story of Miskeen reminds us once again that horses are living, feeling, sentient beings with more to give to us than we know--if only we will give first to them.
of the German youth who served or rebelled against their insane Fuehrer. A very important and long overdue addition to Nazi era commentary.
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