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Jamie Britton Blanck

A little left-leaning and very curious

Indianapolis, IN United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. J. Dionne
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
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    (21)
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    (22)

    Our Divided Political Heart will be the must-listen book of the 2012 election campaign. Offering an incisive analysis of how hyper-individualism is poisoning the nation's political atmosphere, E. J. Dionne Jr., argues that Americans can't agree on who we are because we can't agree on who we've been, or what it is, philosophically and spiritually, that makes us Americans.

    Jamie Britton Blanck says: "Good points and lots of good information"
    "Good points and lots of good information"
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    Where does Our Divided Political Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was full of information and insights which I found to be very interesting. That said, I am a huge early-American political thought nerd, and others might have found this level of detail and intricacy a bit difficult to grasp or at least be overwhelmed by all the little details that go into making what is a very nuanced argument. It might have been presented more concisely, but I like the book, I agree with the bulk of the author's insights and thought he explained it well and thoroughly and it was very well-thought-out.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Richard Stengel
    • Narrated By Richard Stengel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (56)
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    We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who recently celebrated his 91st birthday, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.

    A User says: "Loved it! Well Read and well written."
    "A synopsis"
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    If you could sum up Mandela's Way in three words, what would they be?

    A nice review of the major lessons to take from the life of Nelson Mandela.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
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    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "Very charming history of civilization"
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    What did you love best about Civilization?

    Great coverage of the major themes of Western Civilization. Delightful to listen to in the author's voice and accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
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    (746)
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    (754)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "It's a Jodi Picoult"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lone Wolf to be better than the print version?

    This book was fascinating and covered a riveting social issue in Jodi Picoult usual excellent writing. Not a happy camper with the ending though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different characters were fabulous with all their eccentricities and very human-ness.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator's did a wonderful job.


    If you could take any character from Lone Wolf out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Luke


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2522)
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    (1566)
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    (1547)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "This is your brain on exercise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spark to be better than the print version?

    I LOVED this book. I loved the broad scope of it and found the subject matter very interesting. Turns out, what's good for the body is also good for the brain. I hope these ideas spread far and wide throughout our education systems and invade our workplaces. Dr. Ratey, thanks for sharing!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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