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  • When the Adults Change, Everything Changes

  • Seismic Shifts in School Behaviour
  • By: Paul Dix
  • Narrated by: Paul Dix
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In this abridged audiobook version of his best-selling title, Paul Dix talks you through the book’s hugely influential behavior management approach - an approach whereby expectations and boundaries are exemplified by people, not by a thousand rules that nobody can recall. The testing, watch out for and nuggets sections have been removed for this audiobook, but the indispensable advice on how to involve all staff in developing a whole school ethos built on kindness, empathy, and understanding remains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely inspirational

  • By ShellyW78 on 02-07-19
  • When the Adults Change, Everything Changes
  • Seismic Shifts in School Behaviour
  • By: Paul Dix
  • Narrated by: Paul Dix

The first thing I did on finishing...

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Reviewed: 10-07-19

... this book, was to listen to it again ... and then a third time.

It's especially good when authors read their own books and Paul Dix's voice gives perfect emphasis to his key messages and anecdotes.

The challenge of all leaders in schools and colleges is to free teachers from the burden of pointless data tasks so that they have the time and space to show the empathy and interest, and give the pastoral care that are essential to turn troubled minds to learning.

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  • Blueprint

  • How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
  • By: Robert Plomin
  • Narrated by: Robert Plomin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Blueprint, written and read by Robert Plomin. The blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1 percent of DNA that differs between people. Our intellectual capacity, our introversion or extraversion, our vulnerability to mental illness, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences. In Blueprint, Robert Plomin, a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Naive and reductionist scientism

  • By Tim on 07-08-19

Very challenging (as a topic and a medium)

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

It's taken me three attempts to start and finish this audio book. Audio is a very challenging medium for this content, because of the large amount of numerical data that is being presented to support the arguments in the book. I'm highly numerate, statistically literate and have a pretty good working memory; but I have really struggled to follow some threads completely.

That said, it's a very compelling narrative and I shall be getting a paper copy; first time that's happened with an audio book.

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  • The Salt Path

  • By: Raynor Winn
  • Narrated by: Anne Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong narrator

  • By sally ellus on 02-02-19

Moving, challenging and uplifting

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Reviewed: 06-03-19

Place and togetherness trump possessions in this very 21st century tale. There but for the grace go many of us.

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  • The Templars

  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful - and most secretive - of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. Their story - encompassing as it does the greatest international conflict of the Middle Ages, a network of international finance, a swift rise in wealth and influence followed by a bloody and humiliating fall - has left a comet's tail of mystery that continues to fascinate and inspire historians, novelists and conspiracy theorists. Unabridged edition read by Dan Jones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very engaging account of the Templar's history.

  • By Simon B on 20-12-17

Rather different from "Our Island Story"!

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 23-11-18

A fascinating roller-coaster of two hundred years in which the foundations of numerous banking crises were laid.

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  • Outnumbered

  • Exploring the Algorithms That Control Our Lives
  • By: David Sumpter
  • Narrated by: David West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Our increasing reliance on technology and the Internet has opened a window for mathematicians and data researchers to gaze through into our lives. Using the data they are constantly collecting about where we travel, where we shop, what we buy, what interests us, they can begin to predict our daily habits, and increasingly we are relinquishing our decision making to algorithms - are we giving up this up too easily?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening for a complex subject

  • By Henry on 09-05-19

Rigourous but exceedingly readable analysis

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Reviewed: 14-08-18

A thoroughly absorbing read, with rather different conclusions from what most will be expecting. His examples are very mathematically accessible. Highly recommended to: any mathematician or teacher; any politics student; anyone whose work is potentially impacted by bots or algorithms.