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Steve

LAS VEGAS, NV, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (354)

    In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

    C. J. Hamilton says: "Instant classic"
    "One of the most important books our time !"
    Overall

    I give this audio book my HIGHEST recommendation! The material is erudite and intellectually difficult at times, but I challenge you to listen to this book (possibly over-and-over again) and see if it doesn't open your mind to a whole new way of observing and UNDERSTANDING yourself and the world (people) around you.

    I read "The Blank Slate" several years ago when it was first published and I was ELATED to now be able to enjoy it again in an unabridged audio format. This book is exceedingly important, as it gives one a very deep, new, understanding of human nature. Pinker is an amazing and rare intellectual power-house and is able to bring together the works of various scholars in myriad scientific disciplines and weave all this information together into a logical, cohesive and comprehensive perspective on human nature.

    Pinker's book is made even more engaging and enjoyable by Audible's production quality and most notably, by their choice of Victor Bevine as this book's narrator. Bevine is simply the perfect narrator for this material! The timbre of his voice, along with his cadence, diction and pronunciations are nearly flawless!
    I now only wish Bevine had also narrated Pinker's other book on Audible - "The Stuff of Thoughts" :-(

    My only tiny complaint with this book has always been that its title is completely inappropriate and misleading. This book is not defending the theory of the "blank slate" nor is it a "modern denial of human nature"; Its subject and goal are EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE!

    To me, giving the book such a misleading title is at the least, a matter of very poor judgment and at its worst, is under-handed and a bit smarmy. Even so; forget this book's misleading title, and just dive into and thoroughly enjoy one of the most important scientific books of our time!

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • A Man's Feelings: Finding Closure After Divorce

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael L. Eads
    • Narrated By Michael L. Eads
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A unique book, which addresses a calamity many men face, was written by the Northwest Author, Michael Louis Eads: A Man's Feelings, Finding Closure After Divorce.

    Divorce, a word synonymous with failure, disappointment and heartache; any man who loved his wife and went through divorce feels the stigma and loss. The courts use these words: dissolution, irretrievable and broken. These heartless terms create turmoil to a man going through divorce.

    Steve says: "Very little useful information in this audio book"
    "Very little useful information in this audio book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is predominantly filled with anecdotes from the author's own life that to me, seem to have very little to do with how one can find closure after a divorce.

    The author spends a lot of time talking about such things as, his relationship with his parents, how he and his first wife met, and some of his experiences with dating, but in all these tales, there is almost no advice or information that resembles general advice on how to heal and move-on after a divorce.

    Also, though this is a very short audio title, I found it difficult to listen to the book all the way through; especially when the author (who is also the narrator), decided to use different voices for the other characters in his story (imagine a male voice doing a whiny, high-pitched take on his ex-wife's way of speaking).

    I can almost always learn something of value from listening to someone else's perspective on a topic (and I'm sure I encountered at least one or two new/helpful ideas in this book), but in this case, there was just too little return on my investment of listening-time, for me to recommend this title to anyone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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