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D. Spencer

Greater NYC

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  • The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (359)

    How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year.

    André says: "Great teachers+ Raise kids' bar+ Don't exaggerate"
    "Excellent overview on US education"
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    This book presents a US-centric view of how and why we are trending steadily downward in education, creating young adults who don't think as well as they would like. It made me realize this trend is not the fault of the teachers nor the students, but there is a lot we can do to affect positive change if we get involved in the right way. The book shows us the possibilities by looking closely at some other countries. I learned a lot. This book was journalistic and broad minded, as opposed to being heavy handed and forcing you to conclusions, and it is easy to stay focused with the audio version.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21021)
    Performance
    (18851)
    Story
    (18918)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Clever, creative and interesting"
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    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    I might give the author another listen. Not many authors do everything well, but I appreciate her considerable strengths. Julia Whelan was a perfect match for Amy, and I was very impressed with her portrayal. Kirby Heyborne did a nice job with Nick. It is reading like this that makes the audio format such a fun option.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Amy. Thanks for the great reading, Julia Whelan!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not unconditionally - it would need a very intelligent and gifted actress to play Amy, or I think it loses too much. I just checked and David Fincher is directing, so I will definitely see it in 2015!


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I listened and am impressed with the author - creative, clever, thoughtful. The author gives a good look at the current state of news and media, public opinion and the legal system. I confess I found it unpleasant and draining to spend some 20 hours primarily with a sociopath and a narcissist/borderline. However, that comes with the territory for this story, and it delivers some interesting rewards. In the final third, I needed more verisimilitude, and some of the twists were more capricious or convenient than earned. Finally, the ending, taken at face value, or as an opening for a sequel, was a disappointment, as I try to, but I do not, buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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