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Whistling Vivaldi Audiobook
Whistling Vivaldi
Written by: 
Claude M. Steele
Narrated by: 
DeMario Clarke
Whistling Vivaldi Audiobook

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

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Publisher's Summary

The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.

Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.

©2010 Claude M. Steele (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer SAN CLEMENTE, CA, United States 08-08-14
    Amazon Customer SAN CLEMENTE, CA, United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my recent favorites"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Whistling Vivaldi to be better than the print version?

    Some books in this genre are not easily adapted to the audio format because of the need to look at charts/graphs or other visual information, but this book works well as an audio book!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This book is incredibly well–written and compelling. The author effectively communicates his ideas/the results of his research (macro) by providing explanations at the individual (micro) level.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miranda Legg 06-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful!"

    I'm a sophomore psychology major, doing undergraduate research on stereotype threat and this book really helped introduce the topic to me!

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    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 06-02-16
    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 06-02-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A must-read about the roll of stereotypes"

    I read this book, hoping to find suggestions and scientific results about the role of stereotypes in our society (in the US), and this book was a great place to start. The author doesn't just voice his opinion, but describes and gives results from painstakingly planned-out experiments that separate out how different groups of people do better and worse in academics, due to often subtle environmental cues that severely affect that performance.
    Although I found listening to detailed scientific experiments a little heavy at times, it is so important to read and understand the conclusions that Steele found. As a parent of a girl, navigating her way through science and math, and an African American boy, navigating his way through academics in general, I am so glad I found this important book and educated myself on the effects of stereotypes on all of us.
    I was impressed that the author didn't just discuss the effects of stereotypes on people of color, but also discussed testing on the effects of gender on female students' math performance, and why they might struggle in math classes when they are very intelligent and successful in non-math subjects.
    Highly recommended. If the experiments weigh you down in listening, at least fast forward to the results so you can learn what they ultimately found.

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    Amazon Prime Customer 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great listen"

    many examples in this book regarding how stereotypes effect us. I have a better understanding now through this book.

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    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 03-27-16
    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 03-27-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting topic, hate the narrator's voice"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Topic is interesting but writing is pedantic and the narrator has the most irritating voice in memory. I had to stop listening to the book because of it. Particularly the way he says "experiment" which is repeated over and over again.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Claude M. Steele? Why or why not?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of DeMario Clarke’s performances?

    Absolutely not


    Could you see Whistling Vivaldi being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No too pedantic


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    Silly Lilli Pa 08-03-15
    Silly Lilli Pa 08-03-15

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    "Great book weak ending"

    As I read the entire book I kept finding myself saying "OH WOW!" I really connected with this book but the ending left me wanting. I'm sure it's thru no fault of the author he fully delivers on the subject however after realizing how I'm affected by his findings I can't help but feel a need to know where do we go from here. Overall I would definitely recommend this book to everyone and already have to so many.

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    Darian United States 05-10-15
    Darian United States 05-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not sold..."

    ....I've just never bought the stereotype threat theory and think Dr. Steele"s treatise is the proverbial self-fulfilling prophecy. It sounds good but I think the layers around performance and identity formation are so much deeper than his subscription.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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