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Maria T.

New Haven, CT | Member Since 2011

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  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (708)

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    K. Cunningham says: "Why Good People Are Divided - Good for whom?"
    "Insightful and thought-provoking book!"
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    Where does The Righteous Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book! Haidt has a wonderful ability to make research ideas and results gripping and easy to understand. And when it comes to how the human mind works, there are quite a few surprises in this book even for a seasoned psychologist :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Righteous Mind?

    Haidt's ideas on why religions are useful and existed in every society throughout the human evolution are riveting!


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

    For anybody who enjoyed Haidt's The Happiness Hypothesis, you will love this book as well.


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

    I found the first half of the book much more fast-paced and engaging than the second half but I still couldn't stop listening to it until the very end and it was well worth it. By "couldn't stop listening to it", I meant that I didn't switch to some other book or podcast like I normally do when the pace gets slower. I do not listen to anything in one sitting - I only listen to books when driving, doing chores around the house, cooking, etc. But then, with this book, it really pays off to have some time between ideas to absorb and process them.


    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elijah Anderson
    • Narrated By Vince Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Inner-city black America is often stereotyped as a place of random violence; in fact, violence in the inner city is regulated through an informal but well-known code of the street. How you dress, talk, and behave can have life-or-death consequences, with young people particularly at risk. The most powerful force counteracting this code and its reign of terror is the strong, loving, decent family, and we meet many heroic figures in the course of this narrative.

    Ricardo says: "Awesome research"
    "Listen on double speed!"
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    Not sure if this option is available on non-Apple devices but if you are a lucky user of iPhone or iPod, listen to this book on double speed (click on a little red "speed" line in the bottom right corner of your screen). Then it's perfect!!! The book is absolutely riveting, deep, and thought-provoking. Changes your views by adding new perspectives. Totally worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burglar in the Rye

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    Winner of multiple Edgar and Shamus Awards, Lawrence Block keeps fans guessing to the end with his rollicking Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries. In this diverting caper, full-time bookstore owner and part-time burglar Bernie tries to do the right thing for a new friend, only to find himself accused of some terrible wrongs.

    F. Hayek says: "Outstanding"
    "Exquisite!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What an exquisite combination of wonderful writing, a neat plotline, literary erudition, and sarcastic humor! It was my first exposure to this writer and I absolutely fell in love (despite being very picky when it comes to fiction -- to the point that I choose non-fiction about 9 out of 10 times whenever I am looking for a new book to listen to).


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot twists kept me listening way past my bedtime :)


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    And the performance by Richard Ferrone is absolutely captivating! Now I hope that any other books featuring this lovable character Bernie are voiced over by Ferrone!


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot wait to hear another book in this series! (And I very rarely get into series, I'd say the only exception is Lawrence Sanders and his "deadly sin" short series).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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