This book has a very engaging style which alternates between stories and scientific information. The scientific information is relevant and understandable and very interesting for anyone who is interested in how the brain development effects the way a person thinks and responds to the world around him. The stories are riveting and even made me cry a couple times. I highly recommend this book for social workers, CPS workers, parole officers, those in the medical field, teachers, daycare workers, and anyone who works with children. It should be a must read for child development classes.
This might be a good book if half of it wasn't based on evolutionary imagination. I want science, what is, not speculation according to what evolutionary theory assumes. No one will ever convince me science can determine what the brain was like or how it developed millions of years ago. That's speculation, imagination, assumptions, and mythology. When I read a book about what science has discovered, I want to know just that, the facts, not a pile of unscientific, unproven ideas. Unfortunately, this author has taken the unscientific subject of evolution and threw in a smattering of true scientific discovery and lost all credibility in my mind, and my interest. I made it through the first 5 chapters and it never got any better.
Adrian Raine is a leading researcher in how the brain's development effects the way people think, respond to life's stressors, and process information. Research shows that people's ability to make good and right choices is not merely genetic, not is it all moral choice, but there are many factors that effect the development of a child's brain. Thought the narrator is not my favorite, the book is very well written and very engaging. I recommend this book for anyone in the fields of criminology, childhood development, medicine, and social welfare.
The author does an amazingly thorough research on the history of mercury use from ancient days to modern times, as well as the description and research of autism and other diseases. At times he goes into way more detail than I was interested in hearing. It is fascinating and heartbreaking to learn of the blunders of the medical field and the total lack of environmental concern that our government has for the safety of it's citizens. Worse, is the way science is politicized and controlled by the highest bidder. It is so important for people to make informed choices. Knowledge is power to enable one to make good health choices.
The author presents health choices based on proven research. She debunks both common myths and modern medicine's lack of understanding of the effects of good nutrition and appropriate supplement choices. The presentation style is very natural, easy to understand, not monotonous. However, she speaks very slowly so I had to increase the speed to 1.25 and 1.5 times. Otherwise it was excellent.
The author relays his life tale from the hardships and tragedy of childhood to the accomplishments he attained as a Navy Seal. For that I commend the author. What I didn't like was the course language and format, and performance. I was really turned off by the character of the author reflected in his story. Not necesarily something I would want to inspire my teenaged son who wants to go into the military. I enjoyed "The Heart and the Fist" by Eric Greitens, another story of a Navy Seal, much more than this book, though both had some similar redeeming qualities.
The Author, who is also the narrator, describes his life before being a Navy Seal, the process of becoming a Seal, some experiences as a Seal, and finally his inspiring work after retiring from military service. Everything in his life builds up to the next phase of his life. Certainly he leaves out the mundane and boring parts, but it is inspiring to see reason and purpose for the experiences in life. This is a great read for a teenager who needs direction or is thinking about military service (though there is a fair amount of foul language). The author highlights the need for character and responsibility: for perseverance, honesty, accepting responsibility for your own actions, humility, and living a life serving others.
Buyer beware, this is not an easy "read". The author uses a good deal of analogy to represent his subject matter, which I found helpful. He also uses a great deal of description, which added interest and humanness of the subject while at the same time added to the complexity of the book. But if you like science and medicine, as I do, this is an interesting read. The author provides insight and description on many medical problems which are affected by brain function, but from a neurological perspective only. As far as usefullness of the information in the book, to either my practice or personal life, the book leaves a lot to be desired. I've listened to it once, and am currently going through it again to try to get more understanding of the information. Morey does an amazing job making such a complex subject interesting, but his speed was too fast for me due to the complexity of the book.
I prefer books that make me think to books that make me wish and want, but I thought it time to expand my horizons, at least once. That being said, note I have no previous experience with romantic novels or with this author. The book kept my interest, in fact it was hard to turn off. The end was a surprise. The author's character descriptions were vivid, but not tedious. The fight scenes were minimal, but I assume people who read romance novels want romance, not blood and action. The book moves quickly but transitions from scene to scene smoothly. The author's concept of angels and heaven and spiritual aspects is an "interesting" combination of gnosticism and Christian theology. I found that whole depiction somewhat frustrating and dissappointing. But that's my analytical mind trying to make sense out of something that is supposed to be mere fantasy, so take that for whatever it's worth. Bellmore does a good job, though has only minimal voice inflection changes from voice to voice. I really did not have trouble following who was talking.
I didn't like the stupid choices the character made and the outcomes. It was a completely depressing book. I went on line and read the Cliff notes on the book to see what happened. Glad I did. Depressing. Would rather not listen to it. This was my first Hawthorne book and will probably be my last. I didn't care for the reader's voices either.
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