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United States | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 58 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014

  • Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Diane M. Kennedy, Rebecca S. Banks, Temple Grandin
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The future of our society depends on our gifted children - the population in which we’ll find our next Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Virginia Woolf. Yet the gifts and talents of some of our most brilliant kids may never be recognized because these children fall into a group known as twice exceptional, or "2e". Twice exceptional kids are both gifted and diagnosed with a disability - often ADHD or an Autism Spectrum Disorder - leading teachers and parents to overlook the child’s talents and focus solely on his weaknesses. Too often, these children get lost in a cycle of chasing diagnostic labels and are never given the tools to fully realize their potential.

    JD Hewitt says: "Relevance"
    "Didn't learn much from this book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Parents of kids with high functioning autism (aspergers) seeking public support.

    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    This book is an intersection of scientific research and mostly legalities related to classification of autism and advocating for government/public support for high functioning autism.The language and the way it's written makes it a very boring read/listen even for a parent who has autistic child. It seems the only goal of this book is to advocate for more public support which is a good goal. However the book feels dry and not engaging enough. I couldn't finish it.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Vanessa Hart?

    No comments.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    confusion and slight disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neonazis & Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stanislav Byshok
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian

    The audiobook describes the development of Ukraine's nationalist groups since 1991 until present day. It focuses on the history of the parliamentary right-wing radical Svoboda party and the nonparliamentary Right Sector movement. The authors study the ideology, psychology, and methods of political struggle of these structures. The experts seek to answer the question: How did the radical neo-Nazi groups manage to become the key driving force behind the Ukrainian revolution?

    Eugene says: "Explanation of events which led to Euromaidan"
    "Explanation of events which led to Euromaidan"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook who wants to understands the history of political movements in Ukraine and underlying reasons which led to Euromaidan revolution and an ongoing civil war in Ukraine.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is History book with many characters.

    What does Jack Chekijian bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jack Chekijian clear voice and perfect diction makes it easy to follow storyline in this audiobook. In just over 7 hours listener receives a volume of information and gains understanding of events available to very few analysts.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found history of Right Sector partuculary interesting.
    Also when you listen to Manifesto in appendix chapter - you will find many parallels to ideas once expressed by Adolf Hitler about super race and clearing Europe from all inferior races.
    And then you realize the danger of such ideas taking hold even in modern day and age.

    Any additional comments?

    The book “Neonazis & Euromaidan” was presented in many major cities in Europe – Brussel, Berlin, Paris, Moscow, Warsaw, Athens. And in some cities the book was presented twice. The book was also (presented) announced in both European and Russian parliaments. 
Since its first presentation, the authors never faced a single instance of criticizm on the subject and content of this book. However, almost all book presentations were accompanied/confronted by provocations of some EU residents supporting new Ukrainian government. Sometimes circumstances led to us to change time and places of the meetings with readers. On the contrary, the other group of people, who originally came from Eastern Ukraine, and now live in EU, visited our presentations and thanked us for informing the public about the tragic events that are taking place in their homeland.

    Public interest to this book by Europeans, who want to know an alternative to the one-sided view of the events presented by the mainstream media, have been great resulting in the second edition of “Neonazis & Euromaidan” being sold out in just one month.

    The latest, or the third, edition of the book practically presents the same material, as in its previous edition, but it is updated with more reference materials to the sources of information found in the book. This references should help any interested reader, or a researcher, to expend further on the information found in the book through their own research on this topic.

    We dedicate this last edition of the book to the memory of all those who died in imposed civil war in Ukraine that started shortly after “Euromaidan”.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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