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  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (486)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    PHIL says: "Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks"
    "Maybe not so original"
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    Three general thoughts about this book:

    1. It was generally interesting (although not concise), and made me think about investments in new ways.

    2. He claims that his "antifragile" idea is so original, there is no word for it in any of the major languages. The problem with this claim is that any serious student of the Bible will recognize his "new" idea as the old "refiner's fire." Difficulties and hardships help us to grow and improve.

    3. It would be better to read this book. LIstening when driving in traffic makes it difficult to give it the level of concentration it deserves.

    Finally, he must have been dropped on his head by an academic when he was a baby. He has a level of animosity towards them that makes me grin, but seems unjustified.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6504)
    Performance
    (2899)
    Story
    (2896)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "This book is terrible!"
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    I have listened to hundreds of Audible books. Before that I listened to hundreds of tapes from the public library and Books on Tape. This is one of the worst. Scott Brick was great, as usual. The first part of the book is reasonably interesting, but the rest is disjointed and increasingly boring. It is like the author had two or three partially written vampire books, and he just jammed them together with minimal connections. I'm with the prior reviewer who wanted to scream with frustration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Daniel G. Amen
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Over the last 20 years at Amen Clinics, Dr. Amen has performed more than 70,000 brain scans on patients from 90 different countries. His brain imaging work has taught him that our brains typically become less active with age and we become more vulnerable to memory problems and depression. Yet, one of the most exciting lessons he has learned is that with a little forethought and a brain-smart plan, you can slow, or even reverse, the aging process in the brain.

    BRUCE says: "Needs to be abridged"
    "Needs to be abridged"
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    Dr. Amen has some good ideas that will help you live longer and better. The problem with this book is that he keeps repeating the same ideas. It became so repetitive that I performed my own abridgment and gave up listening. Generally I have great tolerance for dull books, but after a while this one was too much for me to tolerate.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jerusalem: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth.

    Ethan M. says: "In-depth and gripping history of 3,000 years"
    "An Uncertain History"
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    While this book increased my knowledge, and I am glad that I listened to it, I'm quite uncertain about the quality of the knowledge gained. When the author announced that his only historical basis for a section of his book was the Bible, I was alarmed by how badly he managed to misstate the facts. It made me wonder about the rest of his "facts" when drawn from sources where I was not an expert.

    Another cause for concern about his credibility arises from how he treats his relatives in the book. For example, he describes one elderly ancestor who (as I recall) raped a household servant. (I say "raped" because I understood the servant to be a 14 year-old.) Instead of treating this as a character flaw (to put it mildly), the author claims this event shows the vigor of his ancestor. It made me wonder about the accuracy of his conclusions where he did not recount the underlying facts.

    The narrator has a most unusual way of pronouncing names. Historical names familiar to most people are pronounced in such a bizaarre way that it takes a few moments to realize which historical figure is being discussed. Time yourself to see how long it takes you to realize that the person under discussion is, for example, Hercules or Nebuchadnezzar.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2233)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1835)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "I love George, but this narrator is just fine!"
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    Great and entertaining book, as is normal for Vince Flynn. I love to listen to George Guidall, but this narrator was just fine. I would almost believe that George's mother was writing all the nonsense about the terrible narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Full Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1235)

    Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.

    Sean says: "More More"
    "Thor has been better"
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    Most of the reviews seem to rate the book favorably or unfavorably based on the reader's political views. I'm with Thor on his political views, and I believe I've read all of his books, but I thought this book was average. The dialog is not particularly good. Some narrators, like George G, help weak dialog. This narrator seems to highlight the weak dialog. I'm tempted to skip Thor's next book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4947)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1857)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Weird"
    Overall

    The book is based on a novel idea, but it is just plain weird. I love this narrator, but I wish I had not taken the time to listen to the book. Wonder why almost all of the beginning reviews are very positive, and the ending reviews are negative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9992)
    Performance
    (6068)
    Story
    (6097)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Fabulous!"
    Overall

    This is an astonishing book! It takes you through all of the human emotions, and leaves you a better person. Plus, it is an interesting listen. After I downloaded it, I was uncertain whether I had made the right choice, because I've recently listened to a number of books set in WW! or WWII. At the end of the book I knew I made the right choice. This is a war book, but it is more of a human spirit book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Out: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben’s release: Find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben’s unit who has stolen 92 torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Great book, superb narration"
    "When do we get to the out?"
    Overall

    A pretty good half-book were it not for the left-wing claptrap. He needs to add the last half of the book and a right-wing (if he can find one).

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "Great book, as usual"
    Overall

    DeMille never writes a bad book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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