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Julia

Corinth, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patricia Evans
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In Controlling People, best-selling author Patricia Evans tackles the "controlling personality" and reveals how and why these people try to run other people's lives. She also explains the compulsion that makes them continue this behavior - even as they alienate others and often lose those they love. Should you ever find yourself in the thrall of someone close to you, Controlling People is here to give you the wisdom, power, and comfort you need to be a stronger, happier, and more independent person.

    Thomasine says: "Wow, Wow, Wow!! Powerful Healing Insights!"
    "When you are tired of being the teddy bear"
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    What made the experience of listening to Controlling People the most enjoyable?

    The Internet has made contact with other people who now can talk about this issue with each other much easier, this book has been like a book club -- community and a good read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gradually in a relationship one person can stop being somebody and become something -- a comforting constant. When this happens -- well, teddy bears don't have needs of their own, they are tools for solving problems, transitional objects, beloved parts of the people that love them.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    Xe Sands had the perfect voice for this book.


    What did you learn from Controlling People that you would use in your daily life?

    It's easier to not become a comfort object to another person in the first place, but it's not that hard to stop the dynamics from continuing to progress, and the simple understanding of the dynamics stopped a lot of pain for me right away, and the changed stayed with me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book to listen to either playing into the room so that everyone can hear, or, for a controlling person to read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ben Foss
    • Narrated By Ben Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    While other books tell you what dyslexia is, this book tells you what to do. Dyslexics' innate skills, which may include verbal, social, spatial, kinesthetic, visual, mathematical, or musical abilities, are their unique key to acquiring knowledge. Figuring out where their individual strengths lie, and then harnessing these skills, offers an entrée into learning and excelling. And by keeping the focus on learning, not on standard reading the same way everyone else does, a child with dyslexia can and will develop the self-confidence to flourish in the classroom and beyond.

    Benjamin N. Powers says: "First book on dyslexia of its kind"
    "Nothing Like it -- and there should be!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan the most enjoyable?

    There are too few books out there from the insider's experience. I know I could have used this myself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan?

    Out of pure good fortune I had a blind friend and my parents got me signed up for books on tape as a child -- back fifty years ago. I got chills thinking about just how far ahead I've gotten because I can "ear read" well and at high speeds.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan?

    Ramps did not end architecture and accommodations will not end education. I will be suggesting more to people whose children have these traits that they don't have to "fail into" learning the way that they learn easiest.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that in a future edition Ben Foss covers the homeschoolers like my parents -- and like me -- who found that childhood was important, made sure of plenty of social life outside of school, and tailored education to fit their child. My son, who has nearly the same developmental timeline as I had was diagnosed Autistic rather than ADHD like I was. I raised him based on how I was raised (it worked after all) and he is now a successful adult who will raise more children to this world with their own gifts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
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    From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

    Megan says: "You'll never look at public shaming the same way"
    "Sneaks up on you"
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    What made the experience of listening to So You've Been Publicly Shamed the most enjoyable?

    I have read other books by Jon Ronson, and had expectations. This is not an expose sort of book. The second listen gave me time to see how he came to a very surprising (to me, anyway) conclusion.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    People like to be looked at. It's a pretty simple idea. Being the parent who stays looking into the play place makes you a very great parent by kid standards, and if you are willing to go up with them -- ever -- it's as if you hung the moon. We never outgrow wanting to be seen and included.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Amanda Palmer, Brené Brown (foreword)
    • Narrated By Amanda Palmer
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    In The Art of Asking, Palmer expands upon her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, can use her principles in our own lives to "let people help".

    Mark Mulvey says: "Worth it."
    "Amanda lives in the world I live in"
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    Would you listen to The Art of Asking again? Why?

    This is a book best listened to in a group of people and then hearing the book as heard by all the people.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Asking to and why?

    The book most like this is one I found in my grandmother's collection, the Art of Writing by Dorothea Brande because of the courage of their voices. That book is now on Audible; check it out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When her husband proposed -- over and over again.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Art of Asking?

    Now I know someone famous does stuff I've done all along.


    Any additional comments?

    Like Dorothea, Amanda is way ahead of her time. I plan on living in a world with many of her kind if I live long enough -- and humanity will be better for it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Carl Hart
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction. As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist - Columbia University's first tenured African American professor in the sciences.

    Thug4life says: "Outstanding!"
    "A reality that makes sense"
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    What did you love best about High Price?

    I loved the book that was not written, Without going out and saying so explicitly every time Carl Hart made a choice that changed the direction of his life at least one other "how this could have gone down" was clearly available. It was like an origami book, folding in on itself every which way.


    What other book might you compare High Price to and why?

    I don't know if this counts as a book but my first reaction to finishing it was to go to people I had not talked to in years, make re connections, and collect their stories while they still could. This book reminds me of the best of what autobiographies can do and made me wish to collect my own.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hard looking


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that this book could be read by everyone, especially people who are at the social far ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Wiseman
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
    Overall
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    Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time in the dark can transform your waking life.

    Julia says: "One half of a very good book"
    "One half of a very good book"
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    Would you listen to Night School again? Why?

    I'm going to be listening to the back half of this book over and over again. The ongoing research and instructions for lucid dreaming will take time to learn but puts into words something that I have done myself since my teen years.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The idea that your dream life can be a video game of your waking life allowing you to create new paths to go on, to practice and rehearse, and to explore so that you have the opportunity to experience in your waking time a far richer and more confident "time when it counts".


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How to succeed in Dreamland without really trying


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning of the book covers the history of sleep research, which I think everyone knows. I enjoyed his retelling of Thomas Edison's flexibility with the truth as far as how much he in fact slept. Taking another look at The Wizard of Menlo Park's life as opposed to his legends is pretty common lately but both Peter Noble and author Richard Wiseman gave an especially funny "behind the curtain" look at a not so well known figure in history.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By S. Frederick Starr
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects.

    Julia says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "What a wonderful find!"
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    Would you listen to Lost Enlightenment again? Why?

    I've listened to it more than once and will be listening again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rich, personal and true to the moment exchanges between the people who created history. It's possible to have a dialog with a book and this is one of the best examples I've ever read on how someone can have as a mentor someone hundreds of years in the past.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The most gut wrenching moment for me was the author's candid, frank and short explanation of why this period produced no women who were great lights. This came early in the book and in it explained how so much learning never passed out of the courts and to the common people.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to find more of the source material and read it, then return and read this book again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By M. E. Thomas
    • Narrated By Bernadette Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    As M. E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent - even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence.... Who are we? We are highly successful, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that's 1 in 25 people!).

    Amazon Customer says: "Baloney"
    "If I could give my brain a long, hot shower"
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    What did you like best about Confessions of a Sociopath? What did you like least?

    I Loved the contradictions and internal disconnect -- I've rarely seen the concept of a person without empathy more clearly acted out. For someone to express that they are broken, abused and stunted while at the same time crowing that they are the apex and possibly an improved part of the human condition -- yes, that's these people at their most two dimensional. What I liked least was the lingering feeling of pity. The mood brought on by reading hung on after like a bad smell.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    The concepts were overexplained and the book could have gotten in and out in a much shorter time.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dale McGowan
    • Narrated By Milton Bagby
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    Its hard enough to live a secular life in a religious world. And bringing up children without religious influence can be even more daunting. Despite the difficulties, a large and growing number of parents are choosing to raise their kids without religion.In Parenting Beyond Belief, Dale McGowan celebrates the freedom that comes with raising kids without formal indoctrination and advises parents on the most effective way to raise freethinking children.

    Melissa says: "I'm so glad I found this book"
    "Good reading for religious vegans."
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    What made the experience of listening to Parenting Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the varieties of experience, many points of view within the nonbelieving community.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a book putting forward the virtues of the Freethinking experience, this is more of the reverse -- some of the strongest negative language is reserved for descriptions of groups of freethinkers. Interesting . . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam M. Grant, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Brian Keith Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

    Julia says: "A few real surprises"
    "A few real surprises"
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    Would you listen to Give and Take again? Why?

    I'll be listening to this book again, at least once. I will be putting time into some changes based on the compassion fatigue concept and the lek concept -- really new ideas for me.


    Any additional comments?

    The idea that people don't burn out due to overwork but instead underwin -- I'm going to be putting that into action right away.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Doe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alex Gillis
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
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    Obscure documents, Korean-language books, and in-depth interviews with tae kwon do pioneers tell the tale of the origin of the most popular martial art. In 1938, tae kwon do began at the end of a poker game in a tiny village in a remote corner of what is now North Korea by Choi Hong-Hi, who began the martial art, and his nemesis, Kim Un-Yong, who developed the Olympic style and became one of the most powerful, controversial men in sports. The story follows Choi from the 1938 poker game where he fought for his life, through high-class geisha houses where the art was named, and into the Vietnam War where the martial art evolved into a killing art. The techniques cut across all realms – from the late 1960s when tae kwon do trained Korean CIA agents kidnapped people in the United States and Europe to the 1970s when Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and other Hollywood stars mastered the art’s new kicks. Tae kwon do is also a martial art for the 21st century, one of merciless techniques, indomitable men, and justice pumped on steroids.

    Diana says: "An Ugly, Albeit honest, Look @ Taekwondo's history"
    "This book deserves a movie"
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There's all kinds of myth about the founding of Tae Kwon Do and the effect that ITF and WTF have now. If you want the underbelly, with lots of documentation, this is your book. You'll be going to resources again and again to supply some historical background for the events described, and you will read it again and again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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