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Robert Ruggiero

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  • How We Learn

  • The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
  • By: Benedict Carey
  • Narrated by: Steve Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness, distraction, and ignorance are the enemies of success. We’re told that learning is all self-discipline, that we must confine ourselves to designated study areas, turn off the music, and maintain a strict ritual if we want to ace that test, memorize that presentation, or nail that piano recital. But what if almost everything we were told about learning is wrong?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly how we "remember", not how we "learn"

  • By NH Mama on 05-05-16

What a great book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-17

Loved the narrator and how well the book was laid out on how we learn

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,619

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Levar Burton channelling Captain Kirk

  • By DM on 09-11-17

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-17

The fisrt part was a bit advanced. But, once through that section I enjoyed the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Growing a Revolution

  • Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
  • By: David R. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 184

The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population. But there is reason for hope. David R. Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity's ailing soil back to life remarkably fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An ecological educational treasure!

  • By Elan Sun Star on 05-10-17

Very informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-17

Loved the book! The narrator was excellent. A read\listen to any and every one. A good perspective on history and farming

  • Creating Innovators

  • The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World
  • By: Tony Wagner
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

In this groundbreaking book, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous information!

  • By RafikiPaka on 04-16-15

Too Drawn out.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-17

Did not like the narrator. The book became repetitive with example of the elite. Exceptions, not the rule