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Gregory

interested in medicine, fitness, and economics.

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  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
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    (382)
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    (381)

    The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

    Gregory says: "Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data"
    "Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am not sure it was worth my time, to be honest. While there were some interesting tidbits and I generally agree with the book's premise, I think there are better books on a similar topic. I enjoyed Brain Rules for Baby more. This book is written by a journalist rather than a scientist or doctor and it shows. He clearly put a lot of time and effort in the book and it is loaded with interesting anecdotes, but I would have rather heard a book based in more science and data.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More studies and research and less personal stories.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the narration was certainly adequate.


    Did How Children Succeed inspire you to do anything?

    I think it reminded me that I should emphasize perseverance more to my children as they grow up.


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert H. Lustig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Robert Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation.

    ashley d kasper says: "Changed the Way I Eat"
    "Great medical content, questionable politics"
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    Dr. Lustig writes a compelling case against sugar. Fructose, a component of table sugar, is added to almost all processed food - and it's killing us. I agree with the author that sugar (and carbs) are the real dangers in our diet rather than fat. And his book is full of evidence.

    Where I think the book falls a little short is in his disavowal of personal responsibility. I believe that we can all choose to eat less sugar, exercise more, and consume more fiber. The author, on the other hand, seems to think our poor health is out of our control.


    Moreover, the author's politics are difficult to understand. He correctly points out the dangers of government: politicians being owned by big food, governmental misguidance, and ineffective government programs. Yet, he concludes that the only solution to the problem is more government - the very government he criticized.

    The narration is FANTASTIC!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Senior
    • Narrated By Jennifer Senior
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (139)
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    Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

    Oswaldo J. Asprino says: "A must read for people with children"
    "Interesting book but marred by political ideology"
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    As a parent, I was drawn to this book to learn about the experiences of other parents. Unfortunately, the author nearly lost me at the beginning when she allowed her politics to intrude in the book. The author believes that the key to happiness when raising a toddler is to have the government do it. If only the government would do a parent's job, she reasons, parents would be free to enjoy themselves and follow their own pursuits.

    I did enjoy the ending of the book, as she concludes with a touching and poignant story which I don't want to spoil with this review.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Howard Jacobson
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (433)
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    (425)

    In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

    Sara says: "Not what you think it is"
    "The benefits of healthy veganism"
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    The author is an acclaimed researcher and he exposes the danger of eating animals and animal products. He also takes a somewhat more controversial position by arguing that we should significantly limit our dietary protein intake. I would consider this book a must read for anyone interested in nutrition and healthy eating. It also provides an interesting counterpoint to Grain Brain.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Krauthammer
    • Narrated By Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (600)

    A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

    Alan says: "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
    "Fantastic!"
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    I know I can't add much to what has been already said, but this book is a must read. Entertaining, thoughtful, philosophical, and accessible. People from all walks of life and political backgrounds should enjoy this book. Great narration as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Golinkoff
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    Overall
    (14)
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    (10)
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    (11)

    Reassuring to parents and educators, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards shows why - and how - to step away from the cult of achievement and toward a more nurturing home life full of imaginative play and love of learning. Here's the message that stressed-out parents are craving to hear: It's okay to play! In fact, it's more than just okay - it's better than drilling academics. After decades of research, scientists and child development experts have come to a clear conclusion: Play is the best way for children to learn.

    Gregory says: "Important premise but way too long"
    "Important premise but way too long"
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    I've listened to a lot of parenting books for young children. And while I completely agree with the premise of this book, I found that it was way too long and filled with self-promotion. And while they certainly made an effort to mention studies, I still felt that more of the book was pontification rather than a presentation of research.

    The narration was great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eating Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (328)

    Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

    Natalie says: "Surprisingly Even-Handed"
    "Totally changed how I think about eating"
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    I highly recommend this book. The author shares his journey from carnivore to vegetarian. The book is well researched, engaging, thought provoking and philosophical. He considers the issues associated with eating animals from both a cultural, ethical, and nutritious standpoint. His in depth exploration of the horrors of factory farming, both for the animals as well as for people, make the book a must read. I've always cared about animals, but this book was an eye opener for me. I didn't realize how badly we're treating food animals, nor did I fully understand the consequences to me and my family. My only complaint is that he didn't explore milk and egg production in more detail...
    The narration is great and the book is a must listen! It will give you a lot to chew on

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1667)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (956)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "I love John Medina"
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    The book and narration are fantastic! This is a well-researched and interesting book which gives numerous insights into how the mind works, the differences between men and women, how to study and how to make presentations. While a wide variety of topics are covered, I feel that he did each topic justice.

    Dr. Melina's narration was fantastic. He is enthusiastic, playful, and clear. He's able to take a subject that might otherwise appear dry and make it fun and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tali Sharot
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
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    (11)

    One of the most innovative neuroscientists at work today investigates the bias toward optimism that exists on a neural level in our brains and plays a major part in determining how we live our lives.

    Joshua Kim says: "In Support of 'The Optimism Bias'"
    "Great narration and thought-provoking book"
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    Yes, the book was filled with insights into how the mind works, and why it works the way it does. It also provides some useful tips about how to influence people including the idea that by giving someone a choice, they'll become committed to whatever they end up choosing.
    And the narrator was great! She had the perfect British teacher tone that was perfect for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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