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CEDAR FALLS, IOWA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014

  • Life Lessons from the Great Myths

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears

    Change the way you think about some of the greatest stories ever told with this examination of the most important myths from more than 3,000 years of history. The ways in which the human imagination can transform historical events, people, and themes into powerful myths that endure through the ages is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

    Coral says: "Fundamentalist sermonizing"
    "Fundamentalist sermonizing"

    This could have-- SHOULD have-- been a fascinating discussion on how mythology is still relevant in much the same way Aesop's fables are. The first few segments did well enough, but when you listen carefully, you start to hear nuanced terms being used which hint at a certain (faith-based) bias.

    Sure enough, once he gets to discussing Genesis and Exodus, it becomes apparent that he takes Judeo-Christian myths more or less literally, which removes this from an academic discussion and renders it basically a Sunday school lesson. I don't mind that he has a personal preference; I do mind when he dismisses science in favor of bronze-age fables.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "Incredibly interesting and entertaining"

    This "book" is everything most history books are not; fascinating, entertaining, and (oddly, given the subject matter) fun. Sarah's voice is perfect for conveying her material, and she does as well as any professional reader.

    Hint: The first anecdote will confuse you at first, but all becomes clear-- even hilarious-- after just a couple minutes.

    I've listened to it several times and enjoy it every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    Would you listen to The Willpower Instinct again? Why?

    Need to listen to really GET the concepts and action items ingrained. Not that it's hard to follow, because it's well-written and performed. But while it is very enjoyable to listen to, one has to apply effort over time to implement the concepts and see improvement. But the process is enjoyable!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Willpower Instinct?

    Can't think of just one; there were a great many AHA! moments when I gained some insight into something I'd struggled with for a long time.

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

    No, but his voice is a good one for audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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