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Peter

Fleming Island, FL, United States

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  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
    • Narrated By Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (342)

    Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

    Andrew says: "Insightful study of human behavior"
    "Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)"
    Overall

    Good book if you want to be defrauded of a credit. It's advertised as a study of a peculiar human psychological phenomena, but is actually nothing but a tendentious screed.

    15 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • A Concise History of the Arabs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John McHugo
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The key to understanding the Arab world today - and in the future - is unlocking its past. John McHugo takes the reader on a journey through the political, social and intellectual history of the Arabs from the Roman Empire right up to the present day. He covers the mission of the Prophet Muhammad, the expansion of Islam, medieval and modern conflicts, the interaction with Western ideas, the struggle to escape foreign domination, the rise of Islamism, and the end of the era of dictators.

    Peter says: "Starts with the Life of Mohammed: you do the math"
    "Starts with the Life of Mohammed: you do the math"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about A Concise History of the Arabs?

    Might have well been "A Concise History of the Trayvon Martin Case" by Rev. Al Sharpton.


    What could John McHugo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I found his sanctimonious preface particularly noteworthy.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bo Bennett
    • Narrated By Bo Bennett
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This book is a crash course in effective reasoning, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things as they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this book is on logical fallacies, which, loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. By listening to this book, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions.

    Aaron says: "Don't bother"
    "An audio version of a soup can label."
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    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies?

    I was most disappointed to find this book was more of a catalog than something that works well in the audio format. A series of quasi-connected bullet-points does NOT make for a good listen.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bo Bennett again?

    Not a chance. It quickly becomes apparent Mr. Bennett is a student of the subject, not a master. He has studied logic as a means to an end, not an end in itself.

    Case in point: while describing the


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found the affected accents for the straw men Mr. Bennett used for a foil particularly offensive.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I felt cheated. There is nothing here I could not have found on my own for free on the Internet. There is neither a interesting presentation of the material, nor is there any compelling reason to favor Mr. Bennett's presentation of the material.


    Any additional comments?

    NEVER buy an audiobook before listening to the excerpt. Excitement over the subject has disappointed me more often than not.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott B. Williams
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Warning sirens are blaring. You have 15 minutes to evacuate. What will you do? Cataclysmic events strike sleepy towns and major cities every year. Residents face escaping quickly or perishing in rising waters, raging fires, or other life-threatening conditions. By the time the evacuation starts, it's already too late. Being prepared makes the difference between survival and disaster. Guiding you step by step, Bug Out tells you how to be ready at a second's notice.

    Just A says: "NOT FOR THE PREPPER...."
    "Preppers stay away!"
    Overall

    Total "not what the blurb described." This is actually a travelogue for places to bug out to, and not a particularly good one either.

    Not only is it useless, but further, it commits the unpardonable sin of being BORING!

    OMG do I wish I had my credit back.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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