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  • The Aging Brain

  • Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind
  • By: Timothy R. Jennings MD
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Filled with simple, everyday actions we can take to avoid disease, promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late onset Alzheimer's, The Aging Brain is an easy-to-use guide to maintaining brain and body health throughout our lives. Based on solid, up-to-date scientific research, the interventions explained in this book not only prevent progression toward dementia even in those who have already shown mild cognitive impairment, they also reduce disability and depression and keep people living independently longer than those who do not practice these methods. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dementia Prevention in 2018

  • By Rashelle on 08-11-18

RIDICULOUSLY RELIGIOUS!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Although this book does a fantastic job with giving guidelines on living a healthy life, designed to avoid dementia and aging, with a wonderful narrator that makes it a pleasure to listen to and makes me excited to try his suggestions- it is SO religious! The author literally argues that it is unhealthy to be atheist and spends several chapters on why you should believe in New testament God and afterlife. What this is doing in a book on dementia is beyond me. I appreciate the advice on having a spiritual grounding and finding ways to relax, but I do not like the Christianity-centric prescriptions. He even cites Dawkins book, The God Delusion, but clearly doesn't see that the underlying point is not about Old Testament God but all religion.

If you are an ardent atheist you will find this difficult to listen to at times. If you're a mainstream Christian you'll probably really like it.

And if this book actually convinces you it is unhealthy to be secular or that all atheists must be existentially depressed, it's not true! Atheists are just as happy and depressed as everyone else. The author cites no research for his arguments to the contrary.

  • The Professor Is In

  • The Essential Guide to Turning Your PhD into a Job
  • By: Karen Kelsky
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Each year tens of thousands of students will, after years of hard work and enormous amounts of money, earn their PhDs. And each year only a small percentage of them will land jobs that justify and reward their investments. For every comfortably tenured professor or well-paid former academic, there are countless underpaid and overworked adjuncts and many more who simply give up in frustration. Karen Kelsky has made it her mission to help job seekers join the select few who get the most out of their PhDs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen early

  • By Mallory Whiteduck on 04-13-18

Vital advice for any PhD, great for humanities

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Highly recommend for anyone getting a PhD and considering a career in academia. However, the book is rather focused on humanities. lots of advice is not relevant to Computer Science, so you have to be vigilant about what applies to your field. If you are considering a career as a professor but havent taken any steps other than what's required by your PhD, you won't be ready. this book shows you why. Covers how to properly do a 5-year plan, how to be marketable in academia, how to interview and negotiate, and more. I was not considering a career in academia and viewed it as a "back up". Now I see the true rigor and complexities of applying to academic work and how you must mold your PhD for it.

  • The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • By: Genevieve Howland
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross, Genevieve Howland, Cynthia Mason, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

A groundswell of women are taking back their pregnancies and childbirth and embracing a natural way. Genevieve Howland, the woman behind the enormously popular Mama Natural blog and YouTube channel, has created an inspiring, fun, and informative guide that demystifies natural pregnancy and walks Mom through the process one week at a time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating but misleading

  • By skiing on 02-16-19

comprehensive natural childbirth manual

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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: 05-15-18

this really is the perfect overview to natural childbirth. it gives plenty of references and ideas that you can do more research into yourself. the readers and performance was also very high quality, enjoyable and very entertaining. there were some anecdotal examples, but most premises were based on science and statistics. highly recommend!

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  • Origins

  • How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives
  • By: Annie Murphy Paul
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

What makes us the way we are? Some say its the genes we inherit at conception. Others are sure it's the environment we experience in childhood. But could it be that many of our individual characteristicsour health, our intelligence, our temperamentsare influenced by the conditions we encountered before birth? That's the claim of an exciting and provocative field known as fetal origins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book

  • By Melissa on 01-02-11

Interesting but not actionable

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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: 11-18-17

Really interesting and scientifically based book that also follows the personal pregnancy of the author. I was just interested in the subject so this was perfect for me, but if you are interested in epigenetics and how to actually influence your fetus you'll need to reference some other books. Highly recommend this for anyone interested in fetal development.

  • The Last Rhinos

  • My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 524

When Lawrence Anthony learned that the northern white rhino, living in the war-ravaged Congo, was on the very brink of extinction, he knew he had to act. If the world lost the sub-species, it would be the largest land mammal since the woolly mammoth to go extinct. In The Last Rhinos, Anthony recounts his attempts to save these remarkable animals. The demand for rhino horns in the Far East has turned poaching into a dangerous black market that threatens the lives of not just these rare beasts, but also the rangers who protect them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a tribute

  • By Elizabeth on 02-26-14

amazing book

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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: 10-11-17

Incredible and final story by Lawrence Anthony. Highly recommend, along with the Elephant Whisperer (which I recommend is read first).

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  • Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)

  • How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608

In Brain Rules for Baby, Dr. John Medina shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control. Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Only Baby Book I'd Recommend

  • By Erik on 08-14-15

succinct, informative, and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

I've listened to several research-based baby books here on Audible and have enjoyed this one the most! It is very short, but extremely informative and gets right to the point. I'd certainly recommend this if youre looking for a straightforward set of easy to follow, scientifically valid rules for brain development. The author also drops in many anecdotal memories, stories, and quotes which makes the book heartwarming and engaging.

  • Nutrition Made Clear

  • By: Roberta H. Anding, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roberta H. Anding
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255

Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Me ... The missing PDF guidebook is there!

  • By annette e on 09-25-16

High-level overview on obesity and vitamins

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

Large part is dedicated to vitamins and minerals but the takeaway points are a little obscure. Very large part is on obesity, diabetes, etc. This lecture series seems better for those with poor nutrition and lifestyle trying to understand and ease into good nutrition. If you're looking for a deep scientific review of nutrition, thats not here. Many different studies are mentioned, but almost all seem inconclusive.

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  • 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 30,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,161

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

decent book

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

To sum it up: exceptional people are largely a result from environmental factors. If you find this intriguing, read the book. Otherwise, it may not be groundbreaking to you. He does address several pretty interesting specific examples though, like the heritage of Bill Gates.

  • The Baby Book

  • Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
  • By: William Sears M.D., Martha Sears R.N., Robert W. Sears M.D., and others
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster, Sherry Adams Foster
  • Length: 41 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

The million-copy best seller by "the man who remade motherhood" ( Time) has now been revised, expanded, and brought thoroughly up-to-date—with the latest information on everything from diapering to day care, from midwifery to hospital birthing rooms, from postpartum nutrition to infant development. The Searses draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as parents to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and....LONG!!

  • By Brent on 08-15-13

Great overview of everything you wondered about!

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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: 11-19-16

Wonderful book that touches on just about everything you need to know about having a baby and how to take care of your baby for the first couple years, especially from a physical health perspective. The book is really practical with many interesting and scientifically validated takeaways. Highly recommend for anyone!

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  • The Gardener and the Carpenter

  • What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children
  • By: Alison Gopnik
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

In The Gardener and the Carpenter, pioneering developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar 21st-century picture of parents and children is profoundly wrong - it's not just based on bad science, it's bad for kids and parents, too. Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own cutting-edge scientific research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that although caring for children is profoundly important, it is not a matter of shaping them to turn out a particular way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stop Parenting and Be a Parent

  • By See Reverse on 01-18-17

Great book about modern parenting misconceptions

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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: 11-19-16

Really great book that takes you through historical and traditional child rearing ideals to modern day misunderstandings. It was an enlightening read on how childrens' brains develop and how wrong our traditional ideas of this are. It's a very short book but touches on many examples and interesting view points. It had a good flow but not many action points to take away, except that I feel I need to read more about the subject!

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