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She also reveals the concrete things we can do to encourage our most heroic selves to step forward. It’s a common misconception that heroes are heroic just because they’re innately predisposed to be that way. Svoboda shows why it’s not simply a matter of biological hardwiring and how anyone can be a hero if they're committed to developing their heroic potential.
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By Douglas on 12-06-13
With The Passing Of Nelson Mandela...
we are reminded of what the heroic life really means. Svoboda not only challenges us to find our inner "hero" but demonstrates how evolution has programmed us toward altruism. This book is a fine overview of the theory, but it should be read with other more thorough books on the neo-Darwinian look at selflessness like Robert Wright's The Social Animal and Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature.
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By Nina Williams on 05-03-14
hard to listen
Is there anything you would change about this book?
Have someone else read it
Would you be willing to try another one of Rose Itzcovitz’s performances?
Not in the near future, though long term I don't see why she couldn't improve.
Any additional comments?
I'm having a hard time getting through the book, because I keep getting distracted by the narration.
The diction is largely good, though it falls through the cracks on a regular basis - this tells me the narrator is certainly capable of speaking clearly, but she collapses some words into an unintelligible mess when she'd rather just move on to the next sentence.
What drives me crazy is the cadence. Picture a 4th grader reading a poem - there's a strong rhythm (so not a painfully even tone which can also be maddening), but the rhythm is fixed and not very responsive to the nuances of the text. So there is often unneeded emphasis on non-essential words, or plowing straight over what should be a break in the sentence or a crucial point. There's no reason this should happen. All it takes is a careful reading of the text *before* narrating it. Try to think about the main points the author is making in each paragraph, and then render it accordingly. Maybe that will mean shorter takes, but it will make it soooo much easier to listen to the final recording. Argghh!!!
Anyway, maybe 2 stars is too harsh, but 3 would be too much. With a little more care, I think the narrator is easily capable of 4 or 5.
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