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Philip Mayer

Odessa, FL United States
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  • The Good Earth

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Ryan on 05-08-10

captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-17

excellent reader, engaging story telling, good look into Asian culture. I enjoyed hearing the story of one man's life until it's completion.

  • The Myth of the Spoiled Child

  • Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting
  • By: Alfie Kohn
  • Narrated by: Alfie Kohn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Somehow, deeply conservative assumptions about how children behave and how parents raise them have become the conventional wisdom in our society. It's widely assumed that parents are both permissive and overprotective, unable to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail. We're told that young people receive trophies, praise, and A's too easily, and suffer from inflated self-esteem and insufficient self-discipline. However, complaints about pushover parents and entitled kids are actually decades old and driven, it turns out, by ideology more than evidence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good info, too wordy

  • By Philip Mayer on 06-27-16

Good info, too wordy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-16

author has good stuff to share, however much could be summarized. he has a tendency to drive his point a little too far home

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