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Must read for anyone discussing sensitive topics

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Reviewed: 19-02-2020

This book talks about strategies and the mindset that help people with opposing views dialogue together. It seeks to fight polarisation, which is on the increase due to our modern lives, and create respectful discussion even with those diametrically opposed. The author uses his own example of being a gay Christian. I liked this book because even though I don't agree with the author's personal views, I never felt he tried to push those views onto me, nor felt belittled for my own views. In fact, it was a breath of fresh air that someone like him might want to understand my view. The book hopes to teach you how to do the same for others. The book really is neutral territory that teaches us practical ways to really listen to each other. The strategies are simple, yes, but sometimes simple is best. A must read for those in the Gay-Christian debate, yes, but also just as general principle for any discussion.

Simple and effective method - highly recommend!!!

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Reviewed: 23-10-2019

I've been meaning to learn Tagalog for years. Been putting it off because it just seemed too complicated and other books didn't explain the grammar structure but rather seemed to just teach vocabulary. I really like this Pimsleur method. You start to understand the grammar structure by gradual changes in the sentence. I like how they repeat phrases at certain intermissions to ensure you retain the phrase in your memory. They explain the method at the beginning and it makes a lot of sense. Most of all, it actually works for me. It's a simple and effective method. Now after just a short week, I can say a few useful phrases. I'm excited to go back to the Philippines and practise with my relatives.

if you're looking for science,I wouldn't recommend

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-05-2019

Many interesting points but too many anecdotes and personal political views coming through. Assumed the reader agreed with all his political views. Personal views are fine in a biographical or even self help book but not in one purporting a scientific breakthrough. Treated doctors as if they didn't consider lifestyle or other options such as counselling and meditation, as if the author is the first person to discover other options than drugs. also suggested that lack of parental attention was a cause of ADHD, an offensive and unscientific suggestion.

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it made me feel uneasy but I liked it

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Reviewed: 16-08-2018

I liked that this story made me feel uneasy. it's not a feel-good read and the characters actions make you feel uncomfortable. however, I liked that. because it was set in a culture very different from my own and the characters acted within that culture. it feels like it should be a redemption story but it wasn't in my opinion and maybe the author intended it that way. it was about justice and what that means, how that is achieved, when is it enough to say justice has been fulfilled.

A must read for all Australians

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Reviewed: 29-05-2018

this book will make you appreciate the freedoms in Australia, the plight of refugees, the issue of self-identity, the greed of human beings, and how nothing can be taken for granted

an unforgettable story

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Reviewed: 17-04-2018

Wow this has to be the best book I've read in the last year. The characters are compelling, the subjects so complex. I felt it was a very "mature" book in that the issues were grappled with for a long time before the book was written. I don't know much about this history of Zaire or any African nation, but it seemed very well researched. Just took me into a world that I knew nothing about. I loved the words, so many arresting phrases, phrases that I want to remember. It's tricky with the audio version because you can't underline them. the ones that come to mind are the palendrome "Eros eyesore" and "there are more words in the world than yes or no".

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Wow eye-opening view into American history

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Reviewed: 15-03-2018

This book opened my eyes to the nature of America's dark history. It made the atrocity of the slave trade real, the universal atrocity and the devastation on individuals. The story took many unexpected turns following Cora, the heroine. I liked how it showed the humanity and hardness of different characters, both slave and white, to show blurry lines between good and bad and complexity of people who all believe they're doing the right thing. Narrator's various voices made it hard to believe the same person was reading the different characters. an amazing performance.

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Highly recommend, funny characters, serious issue

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Reviewed: 04-03-2018

An easy, fun read that is (mostly) not too heavy to read after a long day yet with a serious underlying issue of loneliness. I really likes the characters who were funny and distinct. I found it similar to "The Rosie Project" in writing style and characters but with more realism.

Insightful

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Reviewed: 22-02-2018

First part about his experience was fascinating. Lots of insight into how different people react, overcome or don't overcome their sufferings. Second part about his theory of logotheraphy needed some concentrating.

A quick, fun read.

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Reviewed: 22-02-2018

Lots of fun. I liked the logic and deductions of Poirot. Glad to have listened to this classic story. Performances of each character voice was spot on!

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