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Mustafa

STANFORD, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (385)

    In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

    C. J. Hamilton says: "Instant classic"
    "An outstanding unbiased view into the human nature"
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    Where does The Blank Slate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best audiobook I've heard and probably the best book I've heard or read in a long time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Detailed, insightful, quirky, fun, informative. It tackles a very science-heavy subject in such a nice manner that you're never bored. The writer and the narrator engage you throughout the content.


    What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration was engaging, fun. He emphasized the right points correctly. His tone of narration set the tone for the book.


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

    The last chapter of the book was excellent - an apt summary to all the significant ideas conveyed in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Every once in a while you read a book that causes a paradigm shift inside you. It gives you a new clearer view about the world. This is one such book, and it does the job in such a convincing manner, that even though it presents views which might be contrary to your long-held beliefs, at the end it will leave you with a smile on your face and a sense of satisfaction rather than in a moral dilemma.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4099)
    Performance
    (2643)
    Story
    (2666)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Completely changed my perspective of Gengis Khan"
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    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    One of the most well-written books I have ever read on Gengis Khan and the Golden Age of Mongolia. It completely changed my perspective of Gengis Khan and the Mongolian civilization. The facts are presented in a very factual manner, but the narrative never gets boring. Each and every aspect of Gengis Khan's life and the lives of his successors is awe-inspiring and intriguing, and the book does justice to that through its account of their lives.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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