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Kim

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  • The World until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
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    (284)
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    (285)

    Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence.

    Barbara says: "A visit with our ancient ancestors"
    "Great idea, poorly executed"
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    Though an excellent concept, The World until Yesterday drones on, wallowing in poor analogies and disjointed stories. Not enough insight and "big picture" ideas, difficulty tying it all together.

    6 of 11 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
    (1145)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (929)

    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.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Brilliant, thorough, and uplifting"
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    Pinker's analysis of the state of violence in society is thorough. Every time I had a "but what about such-and-such!" moment, he would counter my protest at some point in the book, leaving me, for the most part, satisfied with the completeness of his analysis. His tone is convincing but not biased; often I felt as though I was not sure which "side" he was on as he earnestly tried to report the facts and flaws of each argument and analysis. He takes you on a journey through the history of human violence and leads you gracefully to some possible answers to a very important question (perhaps the most important question); why has violence declined and how can we keep it low or even lower? After reading the book, I was left with a feeling of hope and optimism that has stuck with me as well as a better understanding of what policies I can support to help reduce violence in my community.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
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    (1190)
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    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    Amazon Customer says: "So much truth, much of it scary."
    "Great wisdom even for atheists"
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    CS Lewis was way ahead of his time. If we take

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (1242)
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    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Very interesting material"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The content was very interesting. What a refreshing (no pun intended!) way of looking at history!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of the World in 6 Glasses?

    After reading this book, I was so fascinated that I watched a documentary on coffee and one on beer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1800)
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    (1139)
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    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor N. says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "NOT good advise for those who are fit"
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    I am already fit and eat a balanced diet which includes foods the author recommends against--fruits, tubers, and whole grain breads. I read this book because I was curious to hear his argument against carbohydrates. I came away with 3 major complaints: 1. The author makes no distinction between glucose and fructose, which are metabolized differently and have different effects on insulin production (a much higher % of fructose is metabolized to fat while a very small amount of glucose contributes to lipogenisis, glucose can be utilized directly by neurons and other cells of the body while fructose must be processed in the liver, fructose does not suppress the hunger hormone ghrelin while glucose does, glucose stimulates insulin production while fructose does not, fructose increases presence of uric acid contributing to high blood pressure, etc.). 2. The author goes overboard when arguing against the importance of exercise in weight loss. Yes, you can't loose weight by just working it off the calories, but exercise is not just about burning calories; it is essential to other aspects of regulating fat and insulin. Exercise increases insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle, helps mobilize fats, helps reduce the effects of chronic stress which contributes to metabolic syndrome, increases focus and cognitive health, and strengthens skeletal muscles. The author goes so far as to suggest that exercise is bad for you and may cause you to gain weight! Personally, I know that I gain weight when I do not exercise despite reducing carb consumption. The idea that exercise does not affect weight or fitness is absurd. 3. The author uses outdated examples and pick-and-chooses the rare studies that support his argument including observations from 19th century french men. What the heck? I tried the diet just because I was curious to see the effects (not for weight loss) and found that it had a negative effect on my energy level and ability to focus.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful

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