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thinblu7

Newark, DE United States | Member Since 2013

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  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (281)
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    (219)
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    (216)

    Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine). Now, this best-selling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

    jill says: "Great Story but leaves me wanting to jot notes"
    "Good but too long..."
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    What made the experience of listening to How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk the most enjoyable?

    The book provided some excellent techniques for appreciating the perspective of a child and respecting them.


    Any additional comments?

    While definitely useful, it seemed as though the suggestions were overly redundant and could have been delivered in a more efficient, less repetitive manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    Today, nine out of 10 Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Will our upbringing, our gender, our personality - anything we've ever learned, thought, or dreamed of - ultimately matter?

    Sara says: "fascinating"
    "Intriguing"
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    What did you love best about The Unthinkable?

    It was an interesting study, albeit inconclusive, on why people react the way they do in emergency situations.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The case studies and personal viewpoints from the disasters were unfortunately far more valuable than, it seems, those who study behavior. As a first responder and one who has seen far more than their fair share of emergencies, I strongly disagree with some of the experts on why people behave the way they do, particularly the "expert opinion" on heroes. They are obviously operating from a circumspect hypothesis, limited to their own personal experiences.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    All were very well done except for the male voices- I would have preferred if she did not adjust her tone to unsuccessfully emulate a man's voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (359)

    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"
    "Why aren't we paying attention to this??!!"
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    As a relative newcomer to the U.S. high school instruction "business," I am shocked by the way our system operates. I am even more dismayed having read this book and coming to the realization that the information is out there on how to deliver an effective education. There is a way to deliver excellence in education and it begins by treating both students and educators with respect but we as a country are choosing not to utilize this information. Instead, we are wasting millions of taxpayer dollars chasing outmoded techniques... Why??!!


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18424)
    Performance
    (8571)
    Story
    (8613)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Sorry it had to end..."
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    Where does The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I usually read nonfiction so it's difficult to compare but wow, great book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest?

    I don't want to give it away.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought Simon Vance did an excellent job narrating the story. I read the first two books of the trilogy in paperback format.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's a very moving series or books in a sneaky way.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this series. I admit to having a lot of concern when I read the violent sex scene in the first book but the reader should have no fear. The author more than makes up for it in the messages he seems to subliminally impart throughout the remaining aspects of the story. The delivery is masterful, sneaking his point in on the back of espionage, crime and intrigue. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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