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  • Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter M. Vishton
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (135)

    Parenting advice isn't hard to find. There are thousands of books on the subject, as well as a multitude of websites. Much has also been written on the science of child development. What's been lacking, however, are sources of reliable advice that bring together the scientific research and its real-world applications.

    Jacobus says: "A helpful and enlightning overview of parenting"
    "Useful practical information"
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    I found this series of lectures to be loaded with practical information and general guidance. I wouldn't characterize it as a "how to" manual, but more of a synopsis of what studies have to say about what works with children.

    There was a good amount of time spent on the Montessori methods, how they were developed and what science (very recently) has to say about what this brilliant lady came up with a long time ago. Also gives some general guidance on how to verify that a school really practices that way or if it just has the Montessori sign out front.

    It also does a good job balancing all of this concern for optimizing learning and development in children with the common sense observation (again, backed up by science, and again, only very recently) that kids need a certain amount of time for just plain old play.

    Lots of other tips that may seem small but could turn out to be significant and not the kind of thing I would have ever thought of. For example, when kids do well at something, it's apparently better to praise their efforts than to praise their smarts or other innate abilities (i.e., "you worked hard on that, it worked out great, and I'm proud of you" is apparently much better vs. "Look at how well you did on that - I'm so proud of what a smart fellow you are"). Lots of little tips like that caused me to make adjustments to my approach/style on certain things. Has to do with what they call attribution style. Interesting stuff.

    These are some of the elements that stood out in my mind. As a parent I'm glad I listened to it, and would recommend it to other parents.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Michael says: "Wonderful"
    "Satisfied a lot of my curiosities about things"
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    I'd say this is the most helpful book I've found on the question of how our civilization has come to be the way it is. The book itself is magnificent, the author is, well, authoritative, and the narrator seemed to me to be exceptionally well suited to this material.

    Durant is quick to point out that much of history is guessing, and the rest is prejudice, and attempts at several points throughout the book to delineate when he is venturing into what he sometimes calls the "mists of history" whose factual basis may be further solidified under further archeological progress or other research, or may not ever be further solidified. Some of what is dealt with in this book goes back to what little information we have and what we may or may not infer about the civilization (or at least the beginnings of it) that Cro-Magnon Man had. Yes we are well into the mists of history there, but there is some precious little that we do know, and some extrapolation from the available data makes for a very compelling picture.

    It took me a very long time to finish this one, but I wanted to take my time with it. Also very early on in the listening I decided to purchase a paper copy of the 11 volume set (of which this book is volume 1).

    If you ever wonder how our civilization came to be the way it is, and what forces drove that, this is a book well worth the (50 hour!) time investment. I will insist that my son read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Critical Decision Making

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Michael A. Roberto
    • Narrated By Professor Michael A. Roberto
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (162)

    Learn to approach the critical decisions in your life with a more seasoned, educated eye with this fascinating 24-lecture series that explores how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective decisions. The heart of this accessible series is a thorough examination of decision making at three key levels. First, you'll look at decisions made at the individual level, where, among the many things you'll learn is that intuition is more than just a gut instinct and, in fact, represents a powerful pattern recognition capability.

    PHIL says: "Very rewarding, fulfilling its promise"
    "Really useful food for thought"
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    There is much to say here but I'll limit myself to a brief review. First off, the discussion on cognitive bias alone was worth the price of admission in my opinion. Much more to this series than that though. I intend to listen again. Very interesting from a professional perspective but also I believe these concepts apply to the decisions we make in our personal lives as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (154)

    Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

    W. Morgan says: "Great overview with some degree of detail"
    "Knowledge, Conduct, Governance --> Philosophy!"
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    It's a significant time commitment, but do not be deterred by this.

    There is much to say, but to borrow from Protagoras, given the "shortness of human life" I'll just say that for anyone interested in the story of who we are, and how we've come to be this way, this belongs in your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swallow The Happy Pill: Secrets To True Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    • Narrated By Craig Beck
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    "I just want to be happy," a simple goal expressed as though it were the very least we could expect of life. Some phrase it differently, and some attach requirement or specifics to the statement by pre-deciding how happiness must be packaged. Nonetheless it sounds so reasonable an expectation and yet for some reason so many people spend an entire lifetime unable to reach or even discover the first step on the path to this universal desire. Many believe that this illusive state would be possible if they could only win the lottery, inherit great wealth....

    Grant says: "Happy I listened."
    "Didn't like it"
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    I'd return this if I could... it seems that I waited too long on that one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael Sugrue
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    These 16 lectures bring the Socratic quest for truth alive and explore ideas that are as vital today as they were 25 centuries ago. Ideas about truth, justice, love, beauty, courage, and wisdom that can change lives and reveal the world in new ways. Here, you'll delve into the inner structure, action, and meaning of 17 of Plato's greatest dialogues, making these lectures an indispensable companion for anyone interested in philosophy in general or Platonic thought in particular.

    daniel hoffelder says: "This is a long summary with few actual quotes"
    "Informative and Inspiring"
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    I found these lectures to be both informative and inspiring. Professor Sugrue clearly has spent a lot of time and effort thinking about these Dialogues and acts as a tour guide through them, highlighting (as he says) not only the architecture of each dialogue, but the layout of all the dialogues and how the relationship between them forms a superstructure (or a campus) where the buildings are and are connected to each other in a way that is also meaningful.

    I learned a lot listening to the lectures, and I will definitely listen to them again. But I would say the main thing I got from this lecture series was the inspiration to go and read the Dialogues for myself. I doubt that I'm going to read all 1600 pages of them,but have already read a few. I've observed that with these lectures as background I pulled much more meaning out of the reading than I otherwise would have.

    I will definitely listen to this again, and would also be on the lookout for other lectures by Professor Sugrue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Testament

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Amy-Jill Levine
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    The Old Testament - written in ancient Israel by many different authors over the course of a thousand years - has had more meaning to more people than any other book the world has known. In a series of 24 lively lectures, Professor Levine explores selected passages from the texts known as the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Tanakh, revealing how fresh research and findings from scholars of archaeology, cross-cultural studies, and comparative religion can deepen your understanding.

    Jacobus says: "A critical but inspiring 'walk thru the' Bible"
    "Really glad I listened to this course"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd highly recommend this book. The Old Testament is one of those books that one really should seek to understand, whether or not it has anything to do with your own personal faith (or lack thereof).


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a very foundational book for a large portion of the earth's people. It is so intimately present in so much of western literature and thought that a person living in the west should really try to understand this work at some level.


    What about Professor Amy-Jill Levine’s performance did you like?

    The approach followed by the professor is very analytical, but not the least bit cold. She is trying to place the various stories along the historical timeline, and glean insight into the various authors and what the culture was going through at the various times and how this influenced the writing by various techniques. Very interesting parallels are revealed between for example the creation myth in the OT vs. the creation myths of other cultures at about the same time period.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No... nothing like that. This book was more of an intellectual thing than emotional. For me at least it was. I suppose it would be that way for most listeners.


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to it twice so far, and definitely plan to go back to listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (297)

    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    Sam Motes says: "Insight from man on top"
    "Excellent Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I've read the paper version of this book a few times and have an old marked up and underlined copy on the bookshelf. Having it in audio version now is a great addition. It is one of those books you just go back to from time to time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Meditations?

    I don't know if I'd say that there was any particularly memorable moment. It's more of a steady stream of wisdom and perspective from a guy with more than his fair share of both.


    What about Duncan Steen’s performance did you like?

    The book did not call for a very dramatic reading or anything like that. I would say the reader's job here was not so much to bring some story to life as it was to not get in the way of the content, and this reader was very good.


    If you could give Meditations a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Thoughts for Daily Living, or maybe... A Manual for Bringing Order to One's Soul


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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