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J. L.

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  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    (370)
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    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "Very interesting read"
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    My hubby and I listened to this on a few short road trips. Very enjoyable. Book is very interesting and pertinent to our times. Definitely very thought-provoking. One problem - the volume fluctuates pretty badly - very loud sometimes then very soft - had to keep adjusting volume in the car, which gets a bit annoying after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Introductory Guide to Systems Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By David Kerr
    • Narrated By David Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (6)
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    The world around us is comprised of systems - organisational systems, business systems, political systems, family systems, inter-personal systems, biological systems, economic systems - the list goes on. This audiobook, written by an experienced systems thinker and consultant, helps the reader develop an appreciation of the nature of systems - what they comprise of, how they function, how they sustain and organize themselves and what they influence and are influenced by.

    PHIL says: "Few surprises to anyone loosely familiar with this"
    "Just couldn't pay attention"
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    I'm sure the concepts are great, but between the speaker's unengaging voice and the dryness with which content was presented, I couldn't stay awake. Tried twice. Turned it off. Preferred silence...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Grossman
    • Narrated By Dave Grossman
    Overall
    (448)
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    (294)
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    The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating.

    g says: "Adam G"
    "Every LEO or Military Servicemember should read!"
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    There is nothing I can say about Lt Col Grossman that hasn't been said - he is amazing, knowledgeable, and insightful. He gets the Warrior mind like few ever have or will. He is a mentor and a hero. This book, as with his others, is enlightening and helpful in understanding the effects of killing on the human psyche. Everyone who wears a badge, a flag patch on their shoulder, or is married to someone who does, should read this book. I cannot recommend it enough and will probably listen again (which I NEVER do).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rabbit Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte, James Jenner
    Overall
    (118)
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    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Marshall Karp is an acclaimed playwright known for his witty sense of humor and crackling dialogue. His debut novel The Rabbit Factory stars the irreverent LAPD detective duo of Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. Dean Lamaar is the architect of an entertainment empire and the creator of iconic characters like Rambunctious Rabbit and McGreedy the Moose.

    MidwestGeek says: "Bizarre but engaging mystery.1st-rate performance."
    "Really enjoyable, glad I found Marshall Karp's boo"
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    The second in the Lomax/Biggs detective series by Karp. I really enjoy all of these and the performance is excellent. I listen to them while running on my long distance days - they make the miles pass so much easier!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Recalculating: An eShort Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
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    (36)

    On the surface, Maureen’s life appears no different from any other stereotypical 54-year-old housewife's: a suburban home in a small Pennsylvania town, two loving kids, grandchildren, and a husband to dote on at the end of the day with a home-cooked meal and a crisp martini. But fat bitch, dumb bunny, slut, tramp: these are just a few of the cruel words that echo in Maureen’s ears every day and define the harsh reality she actually lives in.

    Talia says: "Great narrator, okay plot"
    "Good story, nothing life changing"
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    Enjoyable short story. Nothing earth shattering, but an interesting spin on an old problem. Enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Gavin de Becker
    • Narrated By Gavin de Becker
    Overall
    (393)
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    (205)
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    Seattle Customer says: "Try Unabridged Version"
    "Captivating from the first minute to the very end"
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    Gavin de Becker presents important information in a way that is absolutely captivating. I highly encourage everyone to read it - women especially, but everyone can use this. It really helped me to consider how much I do or do not listen to my gut instincts and helps to understand exactly what gut instincts are. I have listened to this audiobook repetitively and encouraged many people in my life to do the same. Worth every dime and more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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