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Philip

Ann Arbor, MI, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Virtue of Selfishness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By C.M. Hernert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (230)

    Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.

    Scott says: "Rand Lovers Only"
    "One of the best from Ayn Rand."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you've ever questioned dogmas, then you would appreciate Ayn Rand's fresh metaphysical outlook.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    If you've ever questioned dogmas, then you would appreciate Ayn Rand's fresh metaphysical outlook.


    What does C.M. Hernert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If you've ever questioned dogmas, then you would appreciate Ayn Rand's fresh metaphysical outlook.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    If you've ever questioned dogmas, then you would appreciate Ayn Rand's fresh metaphysical outlook.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've ever questioned dogmas, then you would appreciate Ayn Rand's fresh metaphysical outlook.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Intermittent Fasting 101: A Simple Guide to Losing Fat, Building Muscle and Becoming an Alpha Male

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Peter Paulson
    • Narrated By Stephen Reichert
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Want a simple and sustainable way to lose fat, build muscle, increase your energy, and feel like a new man? And do you want an approach that delivers the results at an accelerated rate and doesn't involve dieting? Well, let me introduce intermittent fasting - the most sustainable and easy to adopt fitness approach that will get you in the best shape of your life.

    Justin says: "Good Concept - Poor Execution"
    "The author is not a credible authority"
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    The presentation is a watered down info one can easily find on an auto generated website. It is then read out loud for your consumption. I am asking for my money back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Epstein
    • Narrated By Alex Epstein
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    For decades environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better. How can this be? The explanation is that we usually hear only one side of the story. We're taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, their risks and side effects, but not their positives.

    Philip says: "BRILLIANT!!!"
    "BRILLIANT!!!"
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    The point is extremely well and extensively presented. Great narration. I thought I heard everything by the middle of the book, but the author kept coming up with more and even stronger arguments to support his valid point.

    The stories and examples are vivid and relevant. This is a great listen. The greenhouse effect is perhaps is real, but the irreversible climate change is definitely a hoax.

    This book is a devastating blow to the anti-human Green movement. It exposes it as having non-human values, which are detrimental to the human welfare, prosperity and survival.

    The book portrays the Greens' fight against the oil industry as a smear campaign, just like to the one described against Hank Rearden in Atlas Shrugged. An outstanding and very accurately observed parallel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Harriman
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Beginning with a detailed discussion of the role of mathematics and experimentation in validating generalizations in physics-looking closely at the reasoning of scientists such as Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Lavoisier, and Maxwell-Harriman skillfully argues that the inductive method used in philosophy is in principle indistinguishable from the method used in physics.

    David says: "Wonderful journey through scientific history"
    "Interesting stuff, requires a patient listner"
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    Story

    I do understand why the narrator found it necessary to imitate the Ayn Rand's Russian accent. I found this annoying and distracting.

    The story is dry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Get the Guy: Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Matthew Hussey
    • Narrated By Matthew Hussey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (255)

    Most dating books tell you what not to do. Here's a book dedicated to telling you what you can do. In his book, Get the Guy, Matthew Hussey - relationship expert, matchmaker, and star of the reality show Ready for Love - reveals the secrets of the male mind and the fundamentals of dating and mating for a proven, revolutionary approach to help women to find lasting love. Matthew Hussey has coached thousands of high-powered CEOs, showing them how to develop confidence and build relationships.

    Philip says: "An outstanding insight"
    "An outstanding insight"
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    I am a guy, and I still loved this book. This guy gets how us guys operate. j especially loved the 3rd section where he gives tips on keeping a happy relationship. I learned a few things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
    • Narrated By Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (251)

    He's Just Not That Into You, based on the popular episode of Sex and the City, educates otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn't like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship.

    Jenny says: "A good basic message."
    "This book is a lot of fun!"
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    I am a guy, and I bought this book and enjoyed it for its entertainment value. I couldn't stop listening, it was so funny and engaging. I keep giggling, LOL!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hardness Factor: How to Achieve Your Best Health and Sexual Fitness at Any Age

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Steven Lamm
    • Narrated By Steven Lamm
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Hard is good, harder is better: for your health, your libido, your life. Such is the provocative premise behind Dr. Steven Lamm's The Hardness Factor, a groundbreaking book that will change the way men live and love. The Hardness Factor asks, Can men be hard and in shape for sex their entire lives? The answer is, absolutely.

    Christopher says: "Do not be misled by the synopsis."
    "Three stars for writing a book on the topic."
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    The story is extremely repetitive. There are some good ideas, but they generally apply to fat and out of shape people with a high cholesterol. Not much use for everyone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (794)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Nauseating."
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    What disappointed you about Strangers?

    I've been listening to Ayn Rand's books. They are clear, intellectually brilliant, novel and eventually inspiring. Dean Koontz represents everything what Ayn Rand despises. He is a mystic. He promotes fear, the impotence or the human mild, the inability of man to control or direct his live, the superiority of the supernatural, relying on luck, the magical appearances of extraordinary abilities in ordinary people, unexplainable intuition, faith in the unknowable, self-sacrifice, death.


    Has Strangers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Comparing Koontz to Stephen King would be a compliment to Koontz. But both are better digested in 1.5-2 hour long sci-fi movies rather than by reading through thousand page books or 30-hour audio tapes. It cuts the crap and makes the visual part more appealing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Definitely not Dick Hill as a narrator. His dry timbre and bursting intonations are tiresome and hard to hear clearly in a car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Performance: Getting What's Inside Out

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alan Fine
    • Narrated By Alan Fine
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    There is greatness in all of us. The power to reach our full potential, regardless of our position or profession, is waiting to be unlocked. It just takes a clear path."The biggest obstacle - and opportunity, in performance isn’t knowing what to do; it’s about doing what we know.” says best-selling author and performance expert Alan Fine. “And what keeps us from doing what we know is interference. Identifying and reducing interference is necessary in order to capitalize on the skills, talents, and knowledge that already exist in each of us.”

    morton says: "Unlock Your Greatness"
    "I want several hours of my life back"
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    Any additional comments?

    Luckily I didn't spend hours. Even when listening at 2x the speed it was a dull listen. All the monologue and examples are from an old man talking about golf, tennis, and some child upbringing. If you can relate to that then perhaps you won't totally blank out as I did. Else, skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Businessmen Need Philosophy and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Susan O’Malley
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    "Ideas are the greatest and most crucially practical power on earth," wrote Ayn Rand. In the title essay of this collection, Leonard Peikoff applies this principle to the world of business. He shows that certain philosophic ideas, such as reason, egoism, and individualism, are needed to defend and protect the freedom of businessmen, while the opposite ideas, such as mysticism, altruism, and collectivism (which dominate our universities), destroy that freedom.

    Philip says: "There are some gems in this read."
    "There are some gems in this read."
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    Where does Why Businessmen Need Philosophy and Other Essays rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks at about 65% level, which is good.


    What about Susan O’Malley’s performance did you like?

    Vicious and zealous defense of the businessman, free enterprise and free markets.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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