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Maurice

Layton, UT, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    How did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Will a visit to the tanning salon help bring down your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on or off? Survival of the Sickest reveals the answers to these and many other questions as it unravels the amazing connections between evolution, disease, and human health today.

    Maurice says: "An Eye Opener"
    "An Eye Opener"
    Overall

    Ah, evolution at its finest. If you don't like the theory of evolution, this book isn't for you. The author goes out on a limb on most of his theories, but then again, he isn't writing a scientific paper. He finds interesting connections that make the reader consider exactly what it means to be a human being. Eight percent of our genetic code comes from viruses, we all have epigenes that are influenced by our environment, did the 14th century plague affect our genetic heritage, what is the relationship between diabetes and climate change--these are only a few of the interesting things you will find in this book. This is such a good listen, and has so many interesting concepts, I think I will have to buy a hard copy of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle for the Soul of Capitalism

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John C. Bogle
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    There is no one better qualified to tell us about the failures of the American financial system and the grotesque abuses that have taken place in recent years than John C. Bogle, founder and former chief executive of the Vanguard mutual-fund group. This legendary mutual-fund pioneer has witnessed firsthand the innermost workings of the financial industry for more than 50 years and has set the standards for sound investment strategies and stewardship.

    Maurice says: "Do You Own a Mutual Fund?"
    "Do You Own a Mutual Fund?"
    Overall

    A very interesting book that shines light on Wall Street's dirty little secret. They are skimming off billions of dollars through small fees charged to investors in mutual funds. The reason they can get away with this is that fund ownership is so disperse, individual investors have no control. Ownership has been divorced from management. If you invest in a mutual fund, you ought to read this book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Drew Westen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    In politics, when reason and emotion collide, emotion invariably wins. In this landmark book, scientist and psychologist Drew Westen shows how electorates vote not with their heads but with their hearts, and how the marketplace that matters most is the marketplace of emotion - filled with values, images, analogies, moral sentiments, and moving oratory.

    Hayden says: "Revealing"
    "Hostage to Emotion"
    Overall

    Well, someone finally tells me why "W" managed to get elected. The theory is that Republicans have been connecting emotionally with the electorate and the Democrats have been talking issues. Emotions rule. Makes sense to me. Since I listened to this book, I've been watching the primary campaigns--looking for strategies mentioned in the book. If you are interested in politics and the coming campaigns, you ought to buy this book.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful

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