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Jonathan

Independent Education Headmaster

Member Since 2009

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  • Herd: How to Change Mass Behaviour by Harnessing Our True Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Earls
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Since the Enlightenment, there has been a very simple but widely held assumption that we are a species of thinking individuals and human behaviour is best understood by examining the psychology of individuals. It appears, however, that this insight is plain wrong. The evidence from a number of leading scientists suggests that our species is designed as a herd or group animal. Mark Earls applies this evidence to the traditional mechanisms of marketing and consumer behavior.

    Jonathan says: "Herd is a winner"
    "Herd is a winner"
    Overall

    Incredibly insightful and practical, Herd draws one's focus to the principles at play in group behaviour. From educators to marketers this book is an investment in common sense and canny thinking. It drives home the point that groups of people look for authenticity and want to belong. The modern trend of marketing on superficial values has disillusioned these groups and they are now less trusting of the "message" (skeptics) and are more inclined to follow the herd- rightly or wrongly. Mark Earls has done a terrific job of putting these issues in perspective.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1666)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Patrick says: "Mandatory read before trying any self-help books"
    "Honest, authentic and entertaining"
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    Where does 10% Happier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. It was so refreshing and is one of my all time favourites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author, who reads the book, is brutally honest and consequently vulnerable and insightful through what happened to him. It has much humour, some sarcastic and usually dry, and this keeps it from being a shallow academic pursuit. It is entertaining and engaging.


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

    His honesty rings true throughout the book and because he is reading his own book, his expression is appropriate and very effective.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    There are many theories about enlightenment, spirituality and religion. It is all difficult and if it wasn't then the world would be a different place.


    Any additional comments?

    For me the book was down-to-earth and authentic. I felt I had met the author and got to know him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summary: How Children Succeed...in 30 Minutes - A Concise Summary of Paul Tough's Best-Selling Book: 30-Minute Expert Summaries

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By 30 Minute Expert Summaries
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    How Children Succeed...in 30 minutes is the essential guide to quickly understanding the integral role character plays in determining a child's success as outlined in Paul Tough's best-selling book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. In How Children Succeed, best-selling author Paul Tough examines the research of neuroscientists, medical doctors, psychologists, educators, and economists to discover the qualities that lead to successful children.

    Jonathan says: "Superb concise summary of Paul Tough's Book"
    "Superb concise summary of Paul Tough's Book"
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    Where does Summary: How Children Succeed...in 30 Minutes - A Concise Summary of Paul Tough's Best-Selling Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great little summary of a book that every educator and policymaker should read. If you don't know what is succeeding in the world of learning, then you should start here.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Summary: How Children Succeed...in 30 Minutes - A Concise Summary of Paul Tough's Best-Selling Book?

    Hearing how character education fits into the overall academic learning continuum is profound and inspirational.


    What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

    His calm clear voice is easy to follow and allows for contemplation.


    What did you learn from Summary: How Children Succeed...in 30 Minutes - A Concise Summary of Paul Tough's Best-Selling Book that you would use in your daily life?

    Schools need to evaluate their performance in light of what research is showing to be apparent: knowledge is only part of the equation. Character is what counts and an individual's values matter enormously. Are schools "teaching" or creating environments for thinking and learning? It is time to choose a better path. Are we looking after our teachers and developing them or are we allowing the system to burn them out? Are we helping parents know what matters most in their child's early years of learning? Unless we nurture our young children, they will not develop into the adults our communities need.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reimagining Reading: A Literacy Institute

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Janet Allen
    • Narrated By Janet Allen
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Be our guest at one of Janet Allen's popular Literacy Institutes, recorded live in Jacksonville, Florida. Thoughtful, amusing, and ever practical, Janet discusses and explores many of difficulties every literacy educator faces daily.

    M. Tyner says: "We need more titles like this."
    "Practical strategies that work"
    Overall

    This is a very practical book for teachers of all grades who value reading. The production quality is not brilliant because it comes from a live workshop, but there is a lot to be gained from listening to her talk more than once whilst taking notes. Her experience and insights can only help teachers develop their repertoire of teaching strategies. The most important aspects of her talk for me, came in the second half of the talk and touched on how thinking and reading are linked. Her tactics for empowering students to communicate their thoughts are useful in all subject areas. If this had been transcribed and re-read by another person, it would get 5 stars from this audio-reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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