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G. W.

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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
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    (2661)
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    (2075)
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    (2065)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Very interesting!"
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    This book had an incredible amount of interesting material! There are so many interesting ways our minds are tricked by ourselves and the influences on us!

    The only downside was it started to feel kind of repetitive because there is a lot of discussion of studies done. There really isn't much progression to the "story" of this work -- at least coming from the perspective of someone fascinated by brain development but nowhere near working in that field of study. I had to take a break from it and listen to something a little more... gripping.

    I still highly recommend it for someone who is interested in this topic and the related books Daniel Kahneman is said to have influenced.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1624)
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    (532)
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    (543)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    John says: "Very Pleased"
    "A fascinating new perspective on a Bible story"
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    As a non-religious person myself, I see all Bible stories as interesting examples of historical literature. This book tells a Genesis story (see Genesis 34) from a new perspective--that of Dinah. It starts long before that, though, and goes on long after. It is about Dinah's mothers (yes, all four of Jacob's wives are her mothers, as far as she's concerned!) and how they change through their marriages to Jacob as well, and follows Dinah into her later life.

    This book is fascinating, with a tone somewhat removed like the Bible itself at times, despite the story being told by Dinah. A very unique book, and worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10919)
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    (6115)
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    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Fun and serious all at once."
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    This book doesn't shy away from dark, honest descriptions of shipwrecked life (there is talk of feces and of gutting fish, to name a few...), and also manages to capture the imagination in bright descriptions of marine life and ocean views, of what Pi thinks about. This would be a great book for older children, due to this balance. It could spark some great discussions about: What do you think about what just happened? What would you do in this situation?

    I down-graded from 5 stars to 4 on the story because I was very disappointed about the sort of "storyteller" part of the book. It has a framework that is told from the perspective of a writer learning Pi's story, and this is never concluded! Why did we spend time hearing from this person, and then not get his final thoughts, why he was researching this, or any kind of conclusion?? I felt like the last few minutes were missing for this reason.

    That being said, all of the parts told from Pi's perspective are great. A wonderful story, and I love that it did not shy away from the gritty details I mentioned above.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3541)
    Performance
    (1286)
    Story
    (1284)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Wonderfully written and very insightful!"
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    I just loved every moment of this book. It is read well in this audio version, and Michael Pollan is a descriptive, intelligent writer. He incorporates little jokes and makes his own vices and mistakes a delightful part of the story here.

    I appreciate what Pollan did to make this about the practical aspects of what and how we eat now, as much as the moral and historical ones.

    A MUST-read for anyone curious about how our food system became how it is today, and the questions we should be asking ourselves when we choose what to eat and "vote with our dollars" by purchasing different foods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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