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John

Nashville, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Anne Curzan
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (488)

    Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. But like it or not, it's one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.In just six lectures, Professor Curzan teaches you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors.

    Anne T. Løvstuhagen says: "An truly entertaining introduction"
    "Plodding long statement of the obvious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Probably okay for 5th graders learning basic social skills.


    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    It did not contain any information that didnt seem like the teachers random observations.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better subject matter.


    6 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth about Caffeine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Marina Kushner
    • Narrated By Timothy McKean
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The Truth about Caffeine exposes caffeine's darker side that scientists know but that the beverage, confectionery and pharmaceutical industries have tried to suppress. Caffeine is a highly addictive drug, does not offer any nutritional value and has not been proven safe. Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link caffeine to heart disease, pancreas cancer, bladder cancer, hypoglycemia and central nervous system disorders. New and updated third edition.

    Moongie says: "Is Your Cup of Coffee Dangerous?"
    "Near total BS"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Marina Kushner and/or Timothy McKean?

    Almost nothing. Its very poorly reasoned and the research if thing The author makes very specious leaps from conjecture to fact.


    What was most disappointing about Marina Kushner’s story?

    Poor logic and thin research.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Timothy McKean’s performances?

    Maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Truth about Caffeine?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Very poorly reasoned and anything but objective.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richie Norton, Natalie Norton
    • Narrated By Richie Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    What if the smartest people in the world understand something that the rest of us don't? (They do.) What if they know that in order to achieve success, they will sometimes have to do things that others may initially perceive as stupid? The fact of the matter is that the smartest people in the world don't run from stupid, they lean into it (in a smart way). In The Power of Starting Something Stupid, Richie Norton redefines stupid as we know it, demonstrating that life-changing ideas are often tragically mislabeled stupid.

    Edward says: "Powerful"
    "Surprisingly not stupid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Power of Starting Something Stupid?

    I was able to relate to the authors central idea.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the investment for anyone starting a business.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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