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  • How Toddlers Thrive

  • What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success
  • By: Tovah P. Klein PhD
  • Narrated by: Tovah P. Klein PhD, Sarah Jessica Parker - foreword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Why do some children thrive and others struggle? The answers may surprise you. New research indicates that the seeds for adult success are actually planted in the toddler years. Dr. Tovah Klein's research and firsthand work with thousands of toddlers explains why the toddler brain is best suited to laying the foundation for success. Dr. Klein reveals the new science behind drivers such as resilience, self-reliance, self-regulation, and empathy that are more critical to success than simple intelligence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, hard to listen to

  • By Raena on 01-31-18

Incredible insight and practical advise for raising toddlers

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-19

This is an incredible book. I read it twice. It has instantly changed my understand and approach to my 2-year-old sun. It will be the guiding principle for the next 3 years with him. The book starts with a very insightful description of the psychology of a toddler. How they think about the world. How they develop. Etc. Once these concepts are in place, the book dives into many common practical issues every parent will encounter with their toddler. Putting the general philosophy first, and practical application next is the perfect way to work through the book. I highly recommend this book. I’ve been telling every parent I know about it. The narration is also quite good.

  • What to Do When You're Having Two

  • By: Natalie Diaz
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
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    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In What to Do When You're Having Two, national twins guru and founder of Twiniversity, and mother of twins herself, Natalie Diaz provides a no-holds-barred resource about life with twins, from pregnancy and birth all the way through your duo's first year of life. Funny, reassuring, full of stories and advice, and packed with tried-and-true tips from the trenches, this is the must-have survival guide for parents of twins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most informative easy read

  • By Danielle Bolden on 04-15-19

Great Primer for Twins

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-19

If you are having twins, I’d highly recommend reading this to help get prepared. It’s fairly comprehensive. It addresses several questions I had. It’s also quite useful as a reminder of all the key things you need to have ready or be prepared to do once the bubs arrive. It’s not entirely scientific and in some places amounts to hearing the authors opinion. However her contact with many many twin parents probably means this is a very well informed opinion. The narrator does a very good job.

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  • The Quartet

  • Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

From Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis, the unexpected story of why the 13 colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Gem

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-20-15

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-18

This is a brilliant book covering the process that led to the ratification of the US Constitution in 1787. I’ve already read many books on this period and I still learned a tremendous amount. The analysis is careful and avoids over emphasizing any one interpretation of events. The narrator does a great job. I really think this is an essential read for anyone interested in this period of US history.

  • Revolutionary Summer

  • The Birth of American Independence
  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them. In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis meticulously examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain’s Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other.

Revolutionary Summer tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Andrew on 12-18-18

Excellent

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Reviewed: 12-18-18

I have read many books on the revolutionary war era. Of all those books, this provides the most succinct and insightful analysis of the military and political forces surrounding the pivotal year of 1776. I highly recommend this book. Many history books spend too much detail on recording what happened and not enough on connecting different events and giving a broader perspective and interpretation. This book avoids that pitfall. The narrator is also excellent.

  • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

  • By: The Great Courses, Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, and others
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 43 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980

This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had its Ups and Downs

  • By Tommy D'Angelo on 10-01-16

First lecturer great, second good, third awful

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

The history of the founding of America (first 1/3 of the course) is excellent and well worth the cost. The second part (civil war) is a decent summary of the civil war although i really don't understand why most people want to hear so many battle details. The third part of the book (reconstruction onwards) is awful. I gave up because i just could not persist with the low-content classes (long dull descriptions of how we once didn't have street lights and then we did - no kidding). The wheels just totally fell off this course...such a pity after such an incredible start. I suspect TGC just bolted three separate products together to make this. That is a pity.

  • Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

  • By: Allen C. Guelzo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Five days after Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield, Illinois, John Locke Scripps, who had convinced Lincoln to write his first campaign autobiography, asserted that the 16th president had become "the Great American Man-the grand central figure in American (perhaps the World's) History." Historians still find it hard to quibble with Scripps's opinion."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cool overview.

  • By Collin on 12-02-17

Great quick summary of Lincoln's life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

In my opinion this lecturer is amazingly good. He always has rich content and delivers it in a compelling (almost spellbinding) way. I can't imagine a better quick 6 hour insight into Lincoln. It makes me want to dig into a much deeper history of the man (although I think I now have a good sense of the key aspects of his life). The lecturer's passion and admiration for Lincoln help make the course very engaging.

  • America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

  • By: Edward T. O'Donnell, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edward T. O'Donnell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

America stands at a dramatic crossroads: Massive corporations wield disturbing power. The huge income gap between the one percent and the other 99 percent grows wider. Astounding new technologies are changing American lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great course by Professor O'Donnell

  • By Quaker on 06-17-15

Odd Choice of Topics

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I listened to all 24 lectures. I liked them and learned many things. But I found the choice of topics frustrating. There are many lectures devoted to saying things like "hey there used to be a lot of horses in new york and it was a big mess". To my mind, this is not the kind of material I buy a history lecture/book to learn. That material is more like what you would expect to hear from a grandparent talking about "life in the old days". In the background, we have reconstruction then Jim Crowe segregation. There are presidential elections - most of which are just mentioned in passing.

The lecturer also repeats material. This is true WITHIN this lecture series and across other courses he offers. It doesn't pay to listen to many of his courses.

I am not saying the lectures were bad, but I don't walk away having much more than a vague sense of the history of this period.

  • The Secret River

  • By: Kate Grenville
  • Narrated by: Paul Blackwell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

In 1806 William Thornhill, a man of quick temper and deep feelings, is transported from the slums of London to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife, Sal, and their children he arrives in a harsh land he cannot understand. But the colony can turn a convict into a free man. Eight years later Thornhill sails up the Hawkesbury to claim 100 acres for himself. Aboriginal people already live on that river. And other recent arrivals - Thomas Blackwood, Smasher Sullivan, and Mrs Herring - are finding their own ways to respond to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful yet heartbreaking. An absolute must for every Australian

  • By henhao on 03-01-16

Fantastic book

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Reviewed: 05-07-18

The book is fantastic. A great yarn in the Tradition of Dickens collides with the ugly reality of colonialism. The writing is superb.

The narrator is simply brilliant. The best narrators add so much life and heart to a book. I can’t recommend this reading highly enough.

To the indigenous people of Australia. You were robbed and murdered and called uncivilized criminals. It is impossible to imagine what could ever undo this injustice. It is heartbreaking to see how little has been done.

  • Gould's Book of Fish

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 49
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all the living things on the land and the fishes in the sea were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a convict in Van Dieman's Land who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer, forger, fantasist, was condemned to live in the most brutal penal colony in the British Empire, and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Once upon a time, miraculous things happened....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Funny & Oh So Well Written!

  • By cowgirl877 on 06-23-17

Fantastic Narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-18

The book is great. Written with great wit and poetry. The story gets a little perplexing by the end.

The narrator does a fantastic job. I can’t recommend his performance enough. To have such a quality performance on a lesser known book is a rare treat. Thank you.

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: David Atlas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,309

>In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite

  • By Lee Chemel on 10-25-14

Give it time

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Amazingly good book. If you are not sure, please go ahead and read this beautiful book. Two things to know. First, in my opinion it requires a lot of patience. Even 40% of the way in, I was not yet convinced. You need to really give it time and have faith. The book will get you. Second, the narrator isn’t great. He reads in a fairly dry and robotic way. There are many sentences where it seems like he anticipates the words incorrectly and pauses and places emphasis in odds ways as a result. He does better when reading dialogue. His tone is also uniformly grave throughout the entire book which misses the richness of the book. However he was clear and by the half way point I had grown accustomed to his style. This is the only audio version of this book and the book itself makes it worth it. If you are on the fence between written and audio I might lean slightly towards written as a result. All in all, I’m so glad I read this. I can see why it won the booker prize.