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Paige

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  • Why Gender Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Are boys and girls really that different? Twenty years ago, doctors and researchers didn't think so. However, an avalanche of research has shown that sex differences are more significant than anybody guessed. Gender differences are real, biologically programmed, and important to how children are raised, disciplined, and educated.

    LeakyB says: "Presents studies that support his views"
    "A definite winner"
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    This book provides the physiological explanation for alot of the stereotypical gender differences. It is interesting for anyone generally, but particularly if you have kids, it helps to put certain behaviors into perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (916)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "You think you know the story, but you don't."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was well publicized at the time, but so much of what came out about this came out later and I did not see it at the time. It will make you angry (to see it as preventable) and make you sad (as you really get to know the individuals).


    What three words best describe Don Leslie’s performance?

    Good storyteller. The end of the book was a little weak in terms of the telling of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long to do that. I listened on multiple car rides. You need to be doing it in hour plus chunks--not 10-15 minutes--particularly in the beginning because there are so many facts and character details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work for You - at Work and in Life

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Spencer Johnson
    • Narrated By John Dossett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever. Eventually, he comes to understand how he can use the old man's remarkable principles and practical tools in good and bad times and becomes more calm and successful himself.

    Gary says: "Reminder of good common sense."
    "A good thing to read at a "peak""
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    What made the experience of listening to Peaks and Valleys the most enjoyable?

    It does weave it as a story to keep it interesting.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Peaks and Valleys?

    It is a reminder that, while the peaks can be crazy, you cannot forget to take the time (which is tough to do) to lay the groundwork to smooth out, or even avoid, the valleys.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (430)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Rebecca says: "not his best"
    "Great Book"
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    What did you love best about The Checklist Manifesto?

    Its simplicity of a solution makes it very doable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the look at two critical industries as the compelling basis for the theory.


    Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

    n/a


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

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Easy listen, but definitely worthwhile. You will definitely get your money's worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Year I Will: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By M. J. Ryan
    • Narrated By M. J. Ryan
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (287)

    Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don't know what theirs is. They think there is one way to lose five pounds, and another way to stay on top of their e-mail, but they don't realize that for all changes, there is one system that works best for each individual.

    Jim Koch says: "Great content. Poor audio"
    "Well Done in an Area that is Overdone"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Year I Will the most enjoyable?

    It was realistic and non-judgmental. It recognized that failure and the human condition are part of the process.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/a


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Again, that failure is part of the process and does not have to be the end of the process.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (505)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    neil says: "A Must Read If You Have A Son Under 30."
    "It will make you stop and think"
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    If you could sum up Boys Adrift in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, reasonable, realistic


    What did you like best about this story?

    It dealt with realistic issues in raising young men.


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

    N/A


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That one has to really consider the long term effects of addressing (non-dramatic) behavioral issues with drugs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (491)

    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
    "Great book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I have recommended this book to numerous people, and also insisted that the head of curriculum at my son's daycare/pre-school read it.


    What other book might you compare Brain Rules for Baby to and why?

    Why Gender Matters and Boys Adrift would be similar in that they are an empirical analysis of child/developmental issues.


    Have you listened to any of John Medina’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I have listened to Brain Rules. They are both great (and have independent material, so they are both a great read).


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

    Husbands---be nice to your wives!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (609)

    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
    "Awesome"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While having definite opinions on a touchy topic (child rearing), it does it in a non-pushy/non- judgmental way. Really enjoyed the book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The cooks at the Crevis (sp?). i.e. the cooks at the state daycare.


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

    The personalized sense--which is part of her ability to deliver the message in a non-judgmental way.


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

    I certainly laughed!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth it. I am making my husband listen to it as well.

    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
    (1618)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (916)

    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."
    "Excellent! One of my favorites"
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    Would you listen to Brain Rules again? Why?

    Yes. If was full of interesting and useful information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Technical and well supported without being dry or difficult to listen to.


    What about John J. Medina’s performance did you like?

    Very clear.


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

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this (and the related Brain Rules for Baby to numerous people).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10393)
    Performance
    (4828)
    Story
    (4845)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Good read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book has an interesting premise (that extreme success is not as random as it might first appear), and develops well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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