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auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 208 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Baptized Atheist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Smalley, David Eller
    • Narrated By David C. Smalley

    "As a firm believer, I began having doubts. Doubts about faith, and doubts about believers not asking questions. I embarked on a journey to get closer to God. Perhaps I became too close. What I saw changed my life forever."

    Cora Judd says: "A book for when the question is fresh..."
    "Easy read, with compelling content."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Baptized Atheist to be better than the print version?

    I have read a lot of books like this, as I have been on the same journey as the author, and gone through the same difficulties and challenges, and found the same light at the end of the tunnel, so reviewing it is somewhat biased as I found myself nodding and agreeing all the way.

    It's an easy read, and delivered in a less aggressive and less frmal way that many others, and I enjoyed that. Sometimes these books are too apologetic (e.g. Why I believed) and sometimes to critical to put people off (e.g. God is Not Great or The God Delusion) and I found this had a good balance between both sides.

    Thanks for writing this and getting it off your chest in a compelling and real way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to How the Mind Works again? Why?

    Yes, there's. Lot in here, some 25 hours worth of listening, and I want to come ack and listen to some things again!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of How the Mind Works?

    The development of the sexual brain the differences in the sexual mind was very interesting indeed. It's easy to forget out behaviour and preferences were actually established during our extended hunter gatherer lifestyle, and how this fashioned our behaviour from an evolutionary perspective

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

    Easy to listen to. Always run at 1.5x

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

    Certainly made me think.

    Any additional comments?

    Love Steven Pinker, and would like to just read more. It's so refreshing to hear all the concepts related back to actual studies! I enjoyed this as much as the Blank Slate, possibly more.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Suprisingly good read."
    Would you listen to The Willpower Instinct again? Why?

    I'm not a big one for self help type books anymore, so started this with some apprehension, but I couldn't find anything else, and I needed to download it quick to start a car journey. I was surprised and pleased! The book takes a much more scientific approach with frequent reference back to results of studies. I enjoyed the format which repeated each chapter, and found out something new (and somewhat surprising) in nearly every chapter.

    This triggered several conversaions with other people afterwards, and healthy discussion - that's always a good sign. It makes you think.

    Well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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