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K. Hemstreet

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  • The Modern Scholar: Wars That Made the Western World: The Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Shutt
    • Narrated By Timothy Shutt
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    This course addresses three wars fought in antiquity, each of which had - even 2,000 years and more later - a decisive effect in shaping our communal sense of who we are, not only in Europe, but throughout the European cultural diaspora, in the Americas, in Oceania, and to some degree, at least, in Asia and Africa as well - wherever, in short, Western values hold.

    D. Littman says: "a good overview of 3 ancient wars"
    "Very Interesting and Entertaining"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite periods of history, and this audio book was excellent. The pacing was good, the delivery was good, and the material was very interesting. I highly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3704)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1225)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Very good book!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This category of book is overcrowded. Some are good, many are mediocre. I was very impressed with one. It was entertaining, interesting, and useful. I highly recommend it.


    What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

    Very good performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (587)

    Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

    Frank J. Reda says: "On the precipice of genius (not quite)..."
    "Interesting at times"
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    What did you take away from A Whole New Mind that you can apply to your work?

    The most interesting hypothesis is that functions that depend on one side of the brain can influence other functions that depend on that side of the brain. For example, the author says or strongly implies that because reading is done left to right in the West, and moving the eyes from left to right is a left brain function, people in the West are more left brain focused. And by doing things that work the right side of the brain, we can build our strength for other right brain functions. It is interesting to think that learning to catch, throw, or write with our non-dominant hand could change the way our brains work.

    This was all paraphrased by me, but that is the gist of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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