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Julie Stanley


Australia | Member Since 2007

  • 6 reviews
  • 91 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Would You Kill the Fat Man?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Edmonds
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A train is racing toward five men, tied to the track. Unless the train is stopped, it will inevitably kill all five men. If a fat man is pushed onto the line, although he will die, his body will stop the train, saving five lives. Would you kill the fat man? As David Edmonds shows, answering the question is far more complex, and important, than it first appears. In fact, how we answer it tells us a great deal about right and wrong.

    Douglas says: "Wonderfully Rendered Book..."
    "Stick with it."
    What did you love best about Would You Kill the Fat Man??

    I liked exploring the idea of morality and how varied that can be, even within one culture. Though, I don't feel the book came to any concrete conclusions, nor should it. Morality is both social and personally dictated and hard to predict.

    Would you recommend Would You Kill the Fat Man? to your friends? Why or why not?

    While I enjoyed Would You Kill The Fat Man, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to others unless, I knew they had a tolerance and understanding of academia. There were times when I felt all the theories were getting just too ridiculous and too convoluted and almost felt like turning it off. But, I stuck with it and, it does end up pulling together a lot of the various aspects and theories.

    What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

    Gareth's performance was expressive and interesting, highlighting the humour.

    Any additional comments?

    About half to, three quaters through, it was all starting to seem very nonsensical. Like wading through a quagmire. However, if you stick with it, it does get better again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Don't buy this if your wanting excitement"
    What disappointed you about What Every BODY Is Saying?

    The narration was incredibly boring.

    What was most disappointing about Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins ’s story?

    The information wasn't new, most of the 'tips' have been around along time and can be found in many books/articles. Also, a lot of the info. was, putting into words what a lot of us do unconsciously anyway,stuff you don't really need to be told.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Costanzo’s performances?

    Probably not

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What Every BODY Is Saying?

    Too much to list

    Any additional comments?

    If you really believe you are not a good judge of character, you may pick up some tips. Otherwise, I don't think you will learn very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life and Laughing: My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael McIntyre
    • Narrated By Michael McIntyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

    Ann says: "Entertaining and engaging"
    "If you like Michael McIntyre you'll love this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who likes Michael McIntyre will enjoy his wry view of growing up and the starting of his career. It's told with with warmth, truth and humour.

    What about Michael McIntyre’s performance did you like?

    He told the story with humour and the same sort of observations which make his shows so funny.

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

    You'll leave laughing and uplifted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer

    In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

    Leigh says: "Great material. Not-so-great narration."
    "A great listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Believing Brain the most enjoyable?

    Michael gave logical explanations for some of the most fanciful beliefs. Anyone who considers themselves to be superstitious or, knowingly believes in fanciful ideas should listen to this.

    Has The Believing Brain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, if anything it has encouraged me to listen to more.

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

    I think it was just nice to hear it read by the person who wrote it. He read it well, stressing points where HE wanted to emphasise.

    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

    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 am currently studying for a degree in psychology. I found this book very relevant. It's entertaining and relates scientific principles to everyday events making the information easy to digest and remember. The info. on the complimentary web page an extra bonus. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the mind at any level.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Briefing: The Power of Persuasion

    • Abridged/Unabridged (54 mins)
    • By Dr. Robert Cialdini

    Cialdini provides fascinating insight into how people avoid the work of making decisions and why they comply with requests in business settings. He has identified six principles which are so powerful that they generate desirable change in the widest range of circumstances.

    Kathleen says: "Top EXPERT on Persuasion"
    "Factual and highly entertaining"

    I have read many of R. Cialdini's academic papers and find them extremely interesting. This speech is lively, interesting and highly entertaining. The information is very relevant to anyone at any age. Even if you do not want to persuade others, it will make you aware of when others are trying to persuade or manipulate you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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