There are no useful real-world coping mechanisms in this book. The book isn't much about dealing with imperfections in the world. Rather its a meandering stroll through an academic's insecurities about being a scholar, public speaker, writer, and parent.
After DIG deep hours and hours of fluff, some of which tangentially had to do with DIG deep.
Frame the content of the book in an outline rather than what appeared to be stream of conscious writing
This is a great 'alternative' ending to the Civil War. It reads so true with historically correct personalities, some who survived the actual war don't survive the book. The book is also breathtaking in its geographic accuracy. I happen to be in the area while listening to the book and was able to drive around some of the battle sites....and they are in real life as described in the book.
John Medina does a WONDERFUL job of taking the detailed and complex subject of brain science and makes it readily accessible.
The discussion of gender differences
Why it's a beautiful mind
The alternate ending (that I never knew existed) was a real treat
Believe it or not.....The Firm
Pip finally taking responsibility for his life near the end of the book, but not too late to make something of his life.
Pip finding out his true love would marry another man
There is a lot to digest in this book. I suspect listening to it multiple times is like peeling the onion of understanding
Very expressive reading, which helps because some parts can be a bit dry
The metaphor of requiring dark to appreciate light in terms of why evil must exist was worth the entire listening.
The narration of this book is fantastic. I was captivated by the story for about 90% of the book.
The reference to "spinning trees" every time someone was disoriented got a bit tired. However, the great disappointment was the storyline cop-out at the end. I won't spoil the ending, but the writing seemed to weaken dramatically in the last few chapters. It was almost as if Ms Collins was racing against a deadline and was justo trying to finish a book rather than complete the story.
My first experience with Carolyn, but looking forward to more of her readings.
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