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We live in a time of vast changes that include accelerating globalization, mounting quantities of information, the growing hegemony of science and technology, and the clash of civilizations. Those changes call for new ways of learning and thinking in school, business, and the professions. Listen as psychologist Howard Gardner defines the cognitive abilities that will command a premium in the years ahead:

  • The disciplinary mind: mastery of major schools of thought
  • The synthesizing mind: ability to integrate ideas
  • The creating mind: capacity to uncover and clarify problems, questions, and phenomena
  • The respectful mind: awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings
  • The ethical mind: fulfillment of one's responsibilities

Armed with these well-honed capacities, a person will be equipped to deal with what is expected in the future, as well as what cannot be anticipated. Without these "minds", individuals will be at the mercy of forces they can't understand: overwhelmed by information, unable to succeed in the workplace, and incapable of making judicious decisions about personal and professional matters.

Renowned worldwide for his theory of multiple intelligences, Gardner takes that thinking to the next level. Concise and engaging, this audiobook will inspire lifelong learning and provide valuable insights for those charged with training and developing organizational leaders - today and tomorrow.
©2007 Howard Gardner (P)2007 Gildan Media Corp

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Great book but very verbose

I enjoyed this book but found myself many times having to pause it to look up words the author used that would not exist in normal conversation. Gardner clearly has an excellent grasp of the English language but this does limit the appeal of the book to non academics like myself.

Good book though, really gives you much to think about

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I expected more from this book. A few gems scatterrd among a lot of boring.

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  • David
  • 30-07-2009

Helpful book, very poor reader

As someone who is in the midst of wrestling with what general education in 21st century higher education is all about, I found the concepts embedded in the five minds very familiar. In fact, everything from the disciplined mind with its "non-intuitive" ways of thinking to respectful and ethical minds is being emphasized and expanded in a number of institutions across the country, as well as my own. Gardner's organization of these complex ideas into five categories not only validated much of current thinking, but added clarity as well. Anyone with an interest in what our students should be taught and what it will mean to the future of our society if they are not will find this book of interest.

Unlike a previous reviewer I did not expect more about multiple intelligences, so I was not disappointed in that respect--I read reviews elsewhere before buying the book, so I was prepared for what was there.

Having expressed a positive opinion of the content I must express a strong negative opinion of the reader. I have not heard as many mispronunciations in all the audible books I have listened to over the years as there are in this one book. It is especially disappointing because this is the work of a well-known scholar. There are no pauses between sections--all the section headers (recognizable only as incomplete sentences)are read in the same run-on manner as the paragraphs. Not good. Do not let this reader near another book until he knows the difference between patios (as in dialect) and patios (as in those hard surfaced things in your back yards).

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  • Don McGowan
  • 05-07-2009

Complete disappointment, misleading description

I am a great fan of Howard Gardner's other work, most specifically his work on multiple intelligences. This book is not related to those books. Gardner is a psychologist and does best when describing, then drawing conclusions from empirical data. This book is normative - Gardner states that he is acting as an advisor to policymakers and not as a psychologist or researcher. The editorial review on this site doesn't call that out, and so if you're looking for a continuation of the themes Gardner has developed in his other work you will be disappointed here. Instead he talks about the five types of personality that he thinks will be important for future societies. Nothing new or inventive about this.

I perhaps shouldn't review the book because I didn't finish it. After about an hour I realized there were better things I could do with my time. But the fact that it caused me not to want to finish, that seems to be worth sharing. The portions that I did hear were exhortations on how to develop educational policy to promote certain ideas. I am not a policymaker so perhaps I'm not the right audience. But I didn't find anything he said to be particularly insightful in this regard either.

The narration style adds to the problems. It is annoyingly nasal. I was quite surprised to see that the narrator is not the author - author-narration would at least forgive choosing someone whose voice detracts from the material. But the fact that they paid someone money for this? Astonishing.

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  • Sharon Seidman
  • 01-12-2009

Buy it on paper

Gardner has great ideas but it not a great writer and the narrator makes it worse, not better. The prose is hard to parse on paper and becomes even harder in this audio format. However, the book's ideas are worth the read.

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  • Thomas
  • 24-12-2011

Excellent book marred by mispronunciations

If you could sum up Five Minds for the Future in three words, what would they be?

Tools for tomorrow

Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a. This is nonfiction.

What didn’t you like about Mark Adam’s performance?

He mispronounced too many words. Specifically, he mispronounced the names of the composers Bach, Mozart and Wagner, the philosopher Kant, Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du Printemps, and, worst of all, he pronounced Keynesian (as in John Maynard Keynes) as Kuh-NEE-shun. There were others, but these were the ones that come to mind.

This is a quality control problem, as these errors should have be caught before the recording went out the door. Dr. Gardner would be mortified if he knew about this.

I'm a tolerant fellow, but all these mispronounciations marred an otherwise competent reading of an excellent text.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book is an excellent book. The character traits that Gardner names clearly are essential to human progress.

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  • Thomas
  • 20-02-2011

This is a classic, must-read for all our students.

The author, well-narrated, has a view on civilization that, if read and studied by all, may well be the deciding factor in whether we find ourselves in total global war, or not.

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  • Shadract
  • 10-08-2019

Very Useful

I love Howard Gardner's work. I think he does a great job overviewing the five minds for the future and ways to nurture and encourage them. I would have loved more specific exercises to do as an individual, and within an organization.

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  • BrinaBoo
  • 30-03-2017

very difficult to listen to and maintain focus

This is very hard to listen to. The reader is very monotone and it just makes it easy to accidentally tune it out. I listened to less than half of the first chapter and had to stop. I had no idea what was going on and had to make myself focus on the reading so much that it was hard to do anything else. I could have just read the book with the amount of effort it took to just maintain focus on what he was saying. Wish I could get a refund.

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  • macross9321
  • 14-12-2016

Awesom insightful informations

I learned a lot from this audiobook. I know that I will listen to it again.

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  • Abhijit
  • 02-01-2016

Bad editing of a good book.

This was a good book from the content. The chapters were grouped in about 1 hours duration. This is contrary to the actual chapters by the original author. If you are planning to listen to this audiobook with planning it is very uncomfortable.

The contents are rather good. The concept although not totally revolutionary, is a new and interesting.

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  • Fabio
  • 23-02-2018

A creative way to deliver the left-wing agenda

It’s sad how original ideas are constantly used to deliver the left-wing, politically correct agenda.

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