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Washington, DC, USA
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  • What Your Childhood Memories Say About You

  • By: Kevin Leman
  • Narrated by: Chris Fabry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

What are your earliest childhood memories? Were you afraid of the dark? Can you remember a particularly embarrassing moment? Those memories - along with the words and emotions you use to describe them - hold the key to understanding the person you are today! Drawing on examples from his own life, the lives of celebrities, as well as case studies from his private practice, renowned psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman helps you apply these same techniques to uncover why you are the way you are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite

  • By JENNIFER WZ on 05-22-15

Fun and thought provoking...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-09

Why do you remember what you do from childhood? This is a question that I had never thought to ask, but according to this author is important in determining who I am today. Theories abound...but many of his insights do make you think.

gare.henderson@gmail.com

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Legacy of Ashes

  • The History of the CIA
  • By: Tim Weiner
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729

This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read/Listen

  • By Jim on 08-23-07

Informative but not insightul

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-09

An excellent summary of recently released secret documents...but not much more.

gare.henderson@gmail.com

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Authoritarians

  • By: Bob Altemeyer
  • Narrated by: Bob Altemeyer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer, whose professional career has focused on the study of the Authoritarian Personality, and development of the Right-Wing Authoritarian (RWA) personality and ideological variable widely studied in political, social, and personality psychology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Settle Down Authoritarian Readers.

  • By Andrew M. on 08-15-10

Good information but too political

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-09

A confirmation and deepening of my understanding of why people accept the drivel which is the currency of American politics. However, in my opinion the author would have better served my needs, and his own, if he had omitted the political analysis. One other comment is that the treatment of the research results was too narrowly applied to American politics, and greater contrasts with international actors would have been very welcome.

gare.henderson@gmail.com

14 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion
  • By: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
  • Narrated by: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Unique Read...(J/K)

  • By Jade on 06-10-09

Delightfully informative..

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-09

This unpretentious overview of the rules of rhetoric, although tedious at times, has been a true delight. I strongly recommend it for anyone interested in more effective writing and conversation. I have used some of the techniques to improve my more animated discussions, especially with my over-educated family.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Predictably Irrational

  • The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,223

In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched, well written, & well read

  • By Stephen on 03-18-08

Be careful what you wish for...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-09

A commercial phobic's nightmare. We think we know what we want, and don't appreciate being hustled. Unfortunately we are very limited by our perceptions, and our willingness and ability to quantify. One man's rational choice, is the end result of the limits of his rationality, and the skill of the hustler.

Gare Henderson

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,759

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

An interesting hypothesis sans convincing proof

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-09

As a Gladwell fan I took away a lot of interesting perspectives about success. The context of a person's life versus the content of his genetics...seems to be his central theme. His examples demonstrated the myriad failures of arbitrary distinctions. But his central hypothesis was not satisfactorily proved, at least from my perspective.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Tribes

  • We Need You to Lead Us
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,038

Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Gale S. on 11-02-09

Tribes make us special in our own minds...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-09

Tribalism has evolved from the genetic, to the regional, to the religious, to the national...to the brand. A good book, but he should have hired a better narrator.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Anxious Souls Will Ask

  • The Christ Centered Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • By: John Matthews
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Illuminating the context and content of Bonhoeffer's life and thought, Anxious Souls Will Ask... uses writings of the famous Christian martyr to critique the spirit of the age and to encourage in contemporary Christians the depth of commitment required to stand firm against the contemptuous winds of postmodern culture.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Attempt at pastoral take on Bonhoeffer

  • By Adam Shields on 05-31-11

Jesus would most likely approve...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-09

The easy lives, and the easy choices that draw people to Jesus...salvation, hope, and righteous seem hollow, when you view the message of Jesus through the tragically heroic eyes of Bonfather. His hope was goodness as our debt for salvation. No simple priest, a German who helps to remove the demonization of an entire people and their church.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ecological Planet - An Introduction to Earth's Major Ecosystems

  • The Modern Scholar
  • By: Professor John Kricher
  • Narrated by: John Kricher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Renowned ornithologist John Kricher presents an absorbing analysis of the diverse ecosystems that exist on Planet Earth. He provides a factual study of the many fragile and threatened portions of our biosphere while describing the interaction between each system and the effect of man's presence in these ecosystems. Professor Kricher also explains the amazing variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the individual ecosystems and addresses current ecological issues facing mankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author is a True Ecologist

  • By Kimberly on 06-12-09

A crash course in ecology for the very smart...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-09

Easy and affably aimed at the autodidact...but not the dilettante. A good thinly comprehensive overview for the undergrad majors.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • William James, Charles Peirce, and American Pragmatism

  • By: James Campbell
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

C.S. Peirce was an authentic American genius who developed a tough minded pragmatism and a sweeping philosophy of evolutionary love. William James, a trained physician, carefully studied human experience, including the highest reaches of consciousness. Peirce and James established a rich, sensible, and pragmatic American approach to philosophy's traditional problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice little introduction

  • By Dennis on 02-24-07

The source for anti-idealism...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-09

A painless introduction to the primarily American philosophy of "the smell test". In brief "ideas must stand the practical scrutiny of rational people...despite historic dogma.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful