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Lemart

chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Should Not - and Put Ourselves in Great Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Gardner
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (402)

    From terror attacks to the War on Terror, bursting real-estate bubbles to crystal meth epidemics, sexual predators to poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding. And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear is running amok, and often with tragic results. In the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly - believing they were avoiding risk - road deaths rose by 1,595. Those lives were lost to fear.

    Kristopher says: "A rational assessment of the world we live in"
    "Great Rational Read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A very interesting look at the world in which we live.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It really brought home a lot of the things I've thought about for years regarding fear marketing and the politics of fear. It doesn't matter which side of the political spectrum you lean towards. Very informative.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (882)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Eye Opening Book"
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    What did you love best about Inside Scientology?

    I really enjoyed the historical background provided on LRH and the early members.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inside Scientology?

    The idea of holding members against their will. Also, members that pretty much went broke trying to achieve all the levels.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen Hoye?

    He was kind of monotone but the subject matter was very interesting,.


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

    Just the stories of the people who left and how they were speaking out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Black

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Baratunde Thurston
    • Narrated By Baratunde Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (450)

    Beyond memoir, this guidebook offers practical advice on everything from "How to Be the Black Friend" to "How to Be the (Next) Black President" to "How to Celebrate Black History Month". This is a humorous, intelligent, and audacious guide that challenges and satirizes the so-called experts, purists, and racists who purport to speak for all black people. With honest storytelling and biting wit, Baratunde plots a path not just to blackness, but one open to anyone interested in simply "how to be".

    Teddy says: "Funny yet insightful!"
    "Very Good Read"
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    If you could sum up How to Be Black in three words, what would they be?

    It says all of those things you wanted to say but didn't quite know how to articulate it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (333)

    Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    William says: "Good book, bad narrator"
    "Great Book. Narrator So-So"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It has some great information that doesn't try to necessarily convince you that there isn't a god but delves more into the nature of how people have faith.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Faith?

    Comparing the different religions and showing that no religion is any better or worse based on their dogma.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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