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valerie

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  • Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts: Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frederick Luis Aldama (editor)
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (7)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts brings together in one volume cutting-edge research that turns to recent findings in cognitive and neurobiological sciences, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and evolutionary biology, among other disciplines, to explore and understand more deeply various cultural phenomena, including art, music, literature, and film. The essays fulfilling this task for the general listener as well as the specialist are written by renowned authors.

    Stanley Lippman says: "The Narrative isn't interpreting the Prose"
    "The reader is not appropriate for this collection"
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    This is a collection of essays on cognitive science intersecting with the arts and literature. The narrator or reader must have been told this was a romance novel because she speaks about brain synapses and firing neurons in such a way that I envision some dainty maids bust bursting from her bodice while Fabio steals her away behind a barn.

    However, oddly, the recording sounded like a robot with pitches jumping and falling between words as though the words or sounds had been strung together after a pre-recording of individual monemes.

    Frankly, I couldn't follow the papers and had to give up entirely on this book.

    I'm sure the reader does a fine job with literature but this ain't literature.
    I am very used to listening to people who write these sorts of articles, chapters, or papers read their work aloud. It is normal practice to read and listen to such things. I don't have problems when I'm at conferences but could not understand a lot of what was being said here.

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  • It's the Middle Class, Stupid!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Carville, Stan Greenberg
    • Narrated By James Carville, Stan Greenberg
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! confirms what we have all suspected: Washington and Wall Street have really screwed things up for the average American. Work has been devalued. Education costs are out of sight. Effort and ambition have never been so scantily rewarded. Political guru James Carville and pollster extraordinaire Stan Greenberg argue that our political parties must admit their failures and the electorate must reclaim its voice, because taking on the wealthy and the privileged is not class warfare—it is a matter of survival.

    Pamela says: "Good listen and informative"
    "Carville and Greenberg in your car"
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    I love to hear James Carville talk whether it be clipped insights or impassioned calls to action. I don't think I would have ever read this book but wanted to know what it said. This made it the perfect book to read for a long drive.

    It is a type of text I'm not familiar with.
    To me it was like listening to a long interview with Greenberg and Carville. While they usually have to glide over stats the book length allows those to be included. While Carville & Greenberg's lives are profoundly important to their message, during interviews where we hear them for a minute here or there everyone assumes we know who they are. We get to hear them tell their story in this book.
    I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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