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Hal

Huntsville, AL, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • How We Decide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (1708)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (486)

    Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need to figure out how we decide, drawing on cutting-edge research by Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer, and others, as well as the real-world experiences of a wide range of "deciders" - from airplane pilots and hedge fund investors to serial killers and poker players. Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence.

    Sarah says: "Summarizes information from several superior books"
    "Made Me Re-Think the Role of Emotions in Decisions"
    Overall

    I recently finished the popular book, Outliers, and then listened to "How We Decide". I found the topics pleasantly related and the two books to be of comparable high quality. After spending years convincing myself that emotions are detrimental to decisions, this book made me re-think that conclusion by offering interesting and compelling evidence on how emotions can be valuable. The conclusions of this book are also interesting in regards to human-machine interfaces. These nerdy topics are wrapped in some very interesting true stories that made the book overall a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (687)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Covers a lot of old territory"
    "Enjoyed Listening Even to the Stuff I Knew Already"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was hesitant to purchase due to the other reviews that claimed the book to be a rehash of old material. As a fan of books on decision making and the brain, I found plenty of new material. I even enjoyed listening to the material that I heard heard before because of the way this book is organized. Each chapter is a brief discussion of a common misconception. I found the splashes of humor to be effective. Some may find the grand conclusion of the book depressing - we behave more like self absorbed pack animals than high order spiritual beings. I found it liberating. I am no so smart...but neither are most of the people around me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5618)
    Performance
    (2246)
    Story
    (2274)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "A Book for Grown Ups"
    Overall

    While the story is one of hopelessness and despair, the author's gift of telling it makes this book a five star on my list. I have never been a reader who has a keen appreciation of fine writing (give me a cheesy, fast moving, made for TV story), but this book brought out the literary critic in me. I was anxious to get to the gym just so I could turn this book back on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Aron Ralston
    • Narrated By Aron Ralston
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told, Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.

    Tim says: "Stunning and Emotional"
    "One of My Top Ten Audiobooks Ever"
    Overall

    This is an engaging personal account of the strength of the will to live written in the context of a very interesting survival story. I was so focused that the listening time seemed much shorter than the actual run time. I sensed that the males in my family found this story to be more interesting than the females, but I believe it is a good message for all genders and ages.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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