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Joshua

34 Year old artist and game designer currently working in film. Married, and a dog owner in sunny Venice, CA

VENICE, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (168)
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    (167)

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "The most important work of US history available"
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    What made the experience of listening to American Nations the most enjoyable?

    This book is simply outstanding from cover to cover. As someone is a rabid consumer of US history I'm left feeling like a sports fan who just realized he has been watching a game playing out his entire life and only now is recognizing who is on what team. This book is incredibly well researched and provides a deeply contextualized history of the US's many regional states and cultural paradigms. I really cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone interested in politics or American history.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The well researched and written histories of the states and their ethnic origins creates a much more interesting narrative than the generic right/left debate we all believe we live in.


    If you could give American Nations a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A political primer that isnt 20th century revisionist nonsense


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Undisputed Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Joshua Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior.

    Brock says: "Fascinating story about a train wreck of a life"
    "Love him or hate him you will love this book"
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    Where does Undisputed Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite biographical books in my collection. From an insanely dysfunctional household, to the greatest boxer of all time, to jail and hehab, this book is like the ghetto Forest Gump. You will laugh out loud, only to be shocked and appalled two minutes later, and finally transported to a time when hair was big, coke was everywhere and a 19 year old kid made boxing the most exciting sport on earth for a short time.


    What about Joshua Henry’s performance did you like?

    His accent and voice at times are very much like Tyson and he does a great job approximating the champ telling his own tale.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Iron Mike Unchained


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Bloom
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    From John Locke to Sigmund Freud, philosophers and psychologists have long believed that we begin life as blank moral slates. Many of us take for granted that babies are born selfish and that it is the role of society - and especially parents - to transform them from little sociopaths into civilized beings. In Just Babies, Paul Bloom argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality.

    Joshua says: "Interesting but short"
    "Interesting but short"
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    Where does Just Babies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great book for someone who can't stomach lets say a 30+ hour book by other notable authors on the same subject matter. Its very much a Malcom Gladwell like attempt to ad short story narrative to much larger subjects.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an overall interesting but somewhat short and incomplete look at human behavioral psychology. It begins with a novel hook that fades somewhat early in the book and gives way to more classical information on the subject matter. A great read as a primer on the subject but dwarfed by the likes of Pinker etc.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (777)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Franics says: "Violence is decreasing everywhere. Who knew?"
    "A short history of everything you wanted to know"
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    Would you listen to The Better Angels of Our Nature again? Why?

    Yes, this book is so in depth and well researched that reading it once simply wouldn't do it justice. To understand the author's thesis you must understand the evolutionary and modern influences on violence, and that is exactly what Pinker explains in this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Better Angels of Our Nature?

    The chapter on the uptick in violence caused by the cultural revolution of the 1960's was told in a way that painted a vivid and nuanced vision of the author's thesis on the subject and was my favorite single moment of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    If I had to pick another "scene" it would be the chapter on the neuroscience of violence and the picture it painted of the brains wiring for violence.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Your Brain in 36 Hours....


    Any additional comments?

    This is simply put my new favorite book on evolutionary psychology and human anthropology. If you are on chapter three or four and disagree with something or feel something is not explained, just keep reading because nothing is left out of this book. I'm going to listen to all of Pinker's other books just to see what else could possibly be left to learn and am fully expecting to be pleasantly surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tom Bissell
    • Narrated By Tom Bissell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of 34. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles, playing titles such as Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, BioShock, and Oblivion for, literally, days. If you are reading this copy, the same thing can probably be said of you, or of someone you know.

    Roy says: "Ever Wonder about Video Games?"
    "A gaming autobiography"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the book is too esoteric for the people I know who aren't gamers and honestly a little "noob" for the people I do know as gamers(I being one of them). The author does a great job enumerating the point by point play of the games he does talk about, but sometimes it feels like that's all he is doing.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The book ends as it starts, someone flat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably doing coke playing GTA. This is also my least favorite since it introduces his drug problem into the narrative. I understand this is personal to him but its way off topic.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The author is talented, a good writer and some might enjoy this book. As a gamer and former game industry employee I just didn't find that his personal story stirred anything in my soul the way books like "Of Dice and Men" did and thats not even about video games. The book is well written but simply not that interesting unless you have a history with the games he likes and nothing else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Graeber
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems - to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash.

    E. J. Ford says: "Stands Economics on Its Head"
    "A must read for the already well informed"
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    What made the experience of listening to Debt the most enjoyable?

    The author takes the reader on a trip around the world and throughout history to examine the roll of debt in human society. From the Sumeria to Ming Dynasty China and Adam Smith this book looks at how debt shapes human relationships and how the commoditization of those contracts has broken the very human bonds we form with one another.


    What other book might you compare Debt to and why?

    The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the WorldNiall Ferguson (Author)


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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