How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

Benedict Carey, read by Steve Kramer. Random House Audio, , unabridged, 6 CDs, 7.5 hrs., $35 ISBN 978-0-449-80777-4
Carey provides a rich exploration into the theoretical underpinnings of the most recent research on learning. He unravels many myths, such as the benefits of studying in quiet, with clear prose supported by anecdotes, experiments, and examples. The main drawback is that several of Carey’s exercises for readers are not entirely conducive to the audio format. Reader Kramer has a deep, almost jovial voice that manages to convey the authority and expertise of Carey’s text. He is exceptionally adept at pacing and emphasis, making it easy to follow the denser parts of the text. When possible, he also adds enough emotion to his voice to connect with the reader. For instance, when Carey is relating some of his own success and failures, one can hear the hint of a smile in Kramer’s voice, which enhances the listening experience. A Random House hardcover. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 11/24/2014
Release date: 09/01/2014
Genre: Audio
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