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Carlos

Arlington, VA | Member Since 2007

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  • Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Frank Partnoy
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    A passionate polemic in favor of pausing to think, not blink. What do these scenarios have in common: a professional tennis player returning a serve, a woman evaluating a first date across the table, a naval officer assessing a threat to his ship, and a comedian about to reveal a punch line? In this counterintuitive and insightful work, author Frank Partnoy weaves together findings from hundreds of scientific studies and interviews with wide-ranging experts to craft a picture of effective decision making that runs contrary to our brutally fast-paced world.

    Ray says: "Interesting"
    "Don't wait...read it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wait the most enjoyable?

    From the world of milliseconds to the time in years and centuries, the author makes very good arguments of why it is often better to allow the right amount of time we have before we make a decision, especially for decisions that are not in our field of expertise. I think this book balances well with Gladwell's "Blink" which makes the argument that for an experienced experts a blink maybe all it takes.
    At times repetitive but overall very interesting read. Very good narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Can be very helpful in live's decision-making

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (736)

    In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

    George K. says: "A Walk through the Valley of the Shadow"
    "Read this if you plan to someday age and die"
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    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I have read all of Atul Gawande's books and must say this is a true masterpiece that should be required reading for all Americans who accept that someday they or someone close to them will age and die.
    It is an eloquent and clearly written treatise not only honestly discussing the limitations of modern medicine, but providing a roadmap on helping love ones to navigate the end of life with self determination, joy and dignity.


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