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Brent Smith

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  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1701)
    Performance
    (1250)
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    (1230)

    In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

    Carolyn says: "Excellent, as expected"
    "for me a painful slog"
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    unaware of the apparently continuing battle over the belief in a 'blank slate,' this book was lost on me. I side with the author's point of view - so listening to him argue it over and over was tiresome. I couldn't go finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15375)
    Performance
    (13232)
    Story
    (13153)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    A. Yoshida says: "Inspire to find why you do what you do"
    "Very business oriented."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are interested in non-business leadership this book is not great. Too focused on Steve Jobs.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Bloom
    • Narrated By Jeremy Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (208)

    Yale psychologist Paul Bloom presents a striking new vision of the pleasures of everyday life. The thought of sex with a virgin is intensely arousing for many men. The average American spends over four hours a day watching television. Abstract art can sell for millions of dollars. Young children enjoy playing with imaginary friends and can be comforted by security blankets. People slow their cars to look at gory accidents, and go to movies that make them cry.

    Roy says: "Everything You Ever Would Want to Know"
    "Probably better read than listened to."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not great. Narration was bland. Info was at times repetitive. I agree with the reviewers that note the topic is more about essentialism than pleasure.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ok. I definitely left the book more informed than I was before reading.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    bland


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16044)
    Performance
    (10970)
    Story
    (10934)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Sean says: "Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD"
    "educational and entertaining"
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    awesome narration and story. fyi only history of science. I didn't realize that until I bought it. granted, I didn't do any research first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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