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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143765441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1437654417
  • ASIN: B002M3SPA0
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DAVID S. KIDDER is an entrepreneur with a wide range of technology and marketing expertise. Stories about Kidder and his companies have appeared in numerous publications, from the Wall Street Journal to the New York Times. He lives in Westchester, New York.
NOAH D. OPPENHEIM, a senior producer of NBC’s Today show, has extensive experience in television and print journalism. His writing has appeared in Esquire and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City.

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Using a framework borrowed from religion, the devotional, this collection of 365 short intellectual topics is intended to refresh the mind daily for a full year. Most listeners will enjoy multiple segments at a sitting because they become addictive once their richness becomes obvious. The authors draw from seven fields of knowledge--history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts, and music--and their choices are impressive for their range and depth. The two narrators, Helen Litchfield and Oliver Wyman, could not be better suited to this endeavor. As they mostly alternate entire segments, the contrast of tone and personality will keep listeners' attention stirred but not shaken. Their performances are so sturdy and appropriate that most people won't even be aware of the extraordinary talent and professionalism they embody. T.W. 2009 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I love listening to books in the car, and I was excited to get this one and learn some things in the process.
B. Cha
The replacement of this book is nearly EXACTLY the same as the the book, except it does not have damaged edges, but all the pages was cut uneven still.
Amy G.
The articles are short enough to quickly read, but still provide good information on a huge variety of topics.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By katalind on March 2, 2009
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I love this whole series of books, they give a overview on many topics and are very educational. I try to make it a point to read on at least one subject a night and it makes me feel good that I'm learning or refreshing my mind on things from the past that I learned in school. These books really do make you feel intellectual.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on October 23, 2008
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"The Intellectual Devotional" is designed on the same format as a religious devotional - a small bit of inspiration every day. In this case, it is designed to be a small bit of learning every day. It is not set up with specific dates (Such as Thursday, October 23), but it starts with Monday of Week 1 and works it way through the year. There are 16 CDs in this set, with an estimated length of a little more than 3 minutes for each day and a little more than 17 hours overall.

The topics vary widely. The first CD ranges from Sigmund Freud to Hal Roach (the man behind the Little Rascals). The topics are interesting and I found myself dispensing with the intended one-a-day format and listening to upwards of 20 of them as I putter around the kitchen.

The only complaint I have is that there is no index included to remind the listener of the location of interesting entries. Unlike the book version, I really can't easily go flipping through it until I find the entry I'm looking for.

Nonetheless, this one comes highly recommended by this reviewer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Cha on November 20, 2008
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I love listening to books in the car, and I was excited to get this one and learn some things in the process. I like the idea of learning something while I am driving myself and others around. I have to drive, so why waste time being mindless? And this book seemed promising. However, I think it would be better as a bedside book or bathroom book rather than on CD. The little devotionals were too short for a car ride and it was all scattered information that didn't link. I need something in the car that flows and is easy to follow. There are too many distractions on the road to really concentrate on short snippets of information. Maybe I would feel different about it if the information linked to itself and flowed. It would be better to listen to it while you are doing some short kind of mindless activity around the house.
I appreciate the information, but it would be better in book form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie C. Nelson VINE VOICE on February 17, 2009
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The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because it was a little more difficult to enjoy this as an audio book. The years of everyone and everything are listed after they are said and it gets a bit tedious to listen to because of that. I'm not sure how else that could have been handled, but I do think it wouldn't bother me so much in printed form. That said, I really enjoyed listening to this and got through it rather quickly as I drove around doing my errands over a few weeks time. I feel like I learned a lot!

I like the format of the book where a different subject is "studied" each day. This is a good way to get a well-rounded cultural education and I plan to listen to it with my kids on our next long car trip. We will probably skip through a few of the entries but I bet they will really enjoy it. This is a great resource for homeschoolers! (we love to carschool)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Holly K. Lee VINE VOICE on February 27, 2009
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If you frequent dinner parties or social situations that call for cultural conversations, this is the book for you. The book is dated, and you read a page a day. It will give you a brief history or description of something you may or may not have already known about. It will make you more knowledgeable in many aspects of modern culture.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maria L. Bagneschi on November 23, 2008
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This is the 3rd installment in the Intellectual Devotional series and I recommend the series. There are 365 entries and I keep the book on beside my bed and read an entry every night. I even photocopy pages when I go on vacation so I don't get behind!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorna Stuart on May 13, 2010
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Did you ever wonder about who the Marx brothers were? Did you know that four of Sigmund Freud's sisters died in concentration camps? This book gives you 365 gifts....one (or more??) for each day of the year. Tales of the author, tales of the actor, ideology, why did Zionism start??
A fabulous book, with 365 different articles on things you know about, but not ENOUGH about!
This book will help any conversation, and if you are shy at cocktail parties, you'll have enough info here to make you a hit!
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I have a couple of books in this series and they are in the form of one-page "devotions" to be read each day on a given subject. This transfers nicely to the form of an audio book in that a year's worth of "devotions" covers 16 CDs with about 22 readings per CD. each on a separate track.

I have enjoyed listening to these on my commute to work (1/2 hour or so) and find that the specific subjects generally are of interest, though it is somewhat jarring to hear a reading about Sigmund Freud one minute, flagpole sitting the next, then anarchism, followed by Ted Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, and Winston Churchill, Cole Porter, etc. (I am making up the particular order but each of these subjects have been covered).

The topics are well chosen and presented in an interesting way, with a male and female reader alternating across each reading (which is 3 minutes or so long). Voices are pleasant enough, though a thing I would have dropped the endless giving of people's dates that carry from the book (e.g., Albert Einstein, 1879 to 1955) when the person is cited. The material is necessarily brief but does help to make you more familiar with the topic, at least enough to inspire you to learn more on your own.

This obviously is meant as an introduction to a lot of specific topics, so can easily be criticized for a lack of depth. Buyer beware. Having said that, it is a great way to pick up solid information on a very wide range of subjects in an enjoyable way. It certainly has improved my commuter experience and gotten me interested in some new things.

One part of the reading I like is that you get the main devotion, followed by additional facts -- one or two sentence "fun facts" about the subject of the reading that are usually a bit offbeat.
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