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Kristopher

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Should Not - and Put Ourselves in Great Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Gardner
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (410)

    From terror attacks to the War on Terror, bursting real-estate bubbles to crystal meth epidemics, sexual predators to poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding. And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear is running amok, and often with tragic results. In the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly - believing they were avoiding risk - road deaths rose by 1,595. Those lives were lost to fear.

    Kristopher says: "A rational assessment of the world we live in"
    "A rational assessment of the world we live in"
    Overall

    Dan Gardner is a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper with a different take on analyzing the risks that we face in the world today.

    He does a phenomenal job of breaking down various risks from toxic chemicals, terrorism, disease, kidnapping, ect.

    Mr. Gardner also does a great job outlining why we don't response to risk rationally and how this, in combination with media, politicians and other interest groups, makes people focus on the little obscure risks instead of the important ones that kill and injure people every day. This book is useful for anyone living in the Western world but should be required living for anyone who spends their time listening to American media.

    The narrator, Scott Peterson also delivers an excellent reading of the story.

    All-in-all a great use of my credits.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Homeland: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1258)

    This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

    Pi says: "Among the drow, all trust is foolish."
    "Amazing narration"
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    When you look forward to your commute each day, you know you've picked up a great audiobook. I listened to this trilogy over the span of two weeks and found the characters interesting and the story engaging.

    The writing is a bit simplistic at times but the narration by Victor Bevine is great.

    Thoroughly enjoyable and I've moved on to the next series of Drizzt books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (381)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Robert says: "A stats audio that I could finish"
    "Solid and digestable summary of statistics"
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    Very well written - engaging and interesting. It's a stats class that woudl have been fun to take in school. Covers basic stats from mean and median up to regression analysis and things to watch for when interpreting these statistics.

    Due to the content, it's sometimes difficult to follow in the audio version and a visual would have been helpful but otherwise, a useful and worthwhile discussion of important understandings of the use of statistics in the real world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4211)
    Performance
    (3722)
    Story
    (3737)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Good but not the best"
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    Gladwell is a gifted writer and an exceptional narrator. He brings these talents to bear on his newest book and deliveres a great performance as usual. Unfortunately, the content isn't as strong as a couple of his previous books. The connections between the stories and his overall premise is a bit stretched at times and occasionally difficult to see how they relate.

    Still a good buy however with some solid takeaways and as usual, a new perspective on the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sandel
    • Narrated By Michael J. Sandel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities? Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

    Kristopher says: "Great introduction to the world of ethics"
    "Great introduction to the world of ethics"
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    Well written and read by one of Harvard's most engaging professors, this book is a great introduction to ethical ideas and their application to everyday questions. Sandel is well known for his Harvard lecture series 'Justice' which is freely available on the web. He has a knack for using examples, both common and obscure, to illustrate ethical principles and decision-making processes that help learners better understand how ethical decisions can be reached.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book and it made me stop and think about ideas that had never occured to me in relation to commercialism, insurance, advertising and inequality.

    Strongly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (506)

    The first new collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell.

    David says: "Grab it"
    "Written with skill and style"
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    This was my first exposure to Hitchens' writing and I was blown away. I have never come across another author whose skill with the English language left me shaking my head in wonder. His knowledge of literature is astounding and the ability to pull apart books and essays in reviews and then combine the contents with information from various sources and his personal experience is breathtaking.

    Some of the content is heavy, reviewing authors from the 1920s and 30s while other essays focus on contemporary issues. You will likely need ready access to a dictionary and wikipedia to thoroughly understand some of the topics but several essays inspired me to go back and pick up some of the classic books of literature.

    Some people may argue with his conclusions or disagree with his political views but I don't think anyone could argue with the incredible wordsmith power.

    Simon Prebble, the narrator deserved extra credit as well. Phenomenal job. You'd think it was Hitchens reading his own book. Prebble delivers the difficult text with emotion and confidence - a pleasure to listen to.

    It was definetly worth the credit and I've already picked up another Hitchens' tilte on Audible.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (559)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "One of the best books on Audible"
    Overall

    I've been a member of Audible for several years, listening to a small library of books and this is one of the best by far. An inspiring and mesmerizing true story, the author recounts his time as a humanitarian volunteer in many of the worst spots on earth and his eight years with the US Navy SEALS. Greitens makes his philosophy of humanitarian compasion, backed up with force to ensure protection of those who need it, clear and relevant.
    This book is a great example of what America could be if it didn't spend so much time wrapped up in partisan infighting.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Walter Kiechel
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Imagine running a business without a strategy. It would be akin to driving blindfolded, to building a house without a blueprint. The concept of strategy changed all that, paving the way for the creation of the modern corporate world. The Lords of Strategy provides listeners with a deeper understanding of the world they compete in, and a sharper eye for what works — and what doesn’t — when forging strategy.

    Roy says: "Super Book of Narrow Interest"
    "Great Overview of the history of corp strategy"
    Overall

    The author has done a wonderful job of outlining the development and evolution of corporate strategy firms and how they influenced the businesses they worked with. The book is engaging and very well written, moving quickly through 50 years of history.
    In addition, Robertson Dean does a wonderful job of narrating the book.
    Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it "the surge". "Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences," he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic Army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers.

    Candy says: "This book is amazing, but brutal"
    "Heart Breaking"
    Overall

    Very well written by a journalist embedded with a battalion of US soldiers participating in the Surge in Iraq.
    There is very little analysis in the book - it is primarily a third-person perspective of what the soldiers went through during their tour.
    The effects of the war on the soldiers is heart-breakingly difficult to listen to at times. It's a wonder how anyone could go through these experiences without long-term mental stress.
    A solid book for those both in favour of and against the war in Iraq.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1360)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (580)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "Another Strong addition to Dawkins's works"
    Overall

    This book, unlike the God Delusion, his last book, focuses exclusively on Dawkins's passion, evolution. There are no tirades here against religion although his does make his beliefs clear on this subject.
    Dawkins covers all aspects of evolutionary questions, such as the evidence for the age of the Earth, the fossil record, modern demonstrations of evolution, molecular genetics, embryology as well an several aspects of unintelligent design in human as well as other animals.
    With the sheer weight of the evidence and the clear and rationale manner in which it is presented, it is hard to understand how anyone can cling to the flat-earth idea that evolution is a myth. However, as Dawkins points out, 44% of Americans don't believe in evolution.
    It is unfortunate that these are the people who are most likely to take them time to listen to this book.
    The world would be a more rationale place.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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