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Matthew

Highland Village, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2708)
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    (2113)
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    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Refers to hardcopy"
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    Overall this is a great piece because you will pick up something new each time you listen to it. But it makes reference to the PDF files attached. This isn't going to help while driving or doing chores.

    I had the same problem with Wiseman's "59 seconds" but I solved that with getting a hard copy.

    55 of 62 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Steam: The Discworld Series, Book 40

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (835)

    The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town. Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.

    Kara Coryell says: "little bit heartbreaking"
    "The last of the real Pratchett"
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    We saw a slight shift of vocabulary in that one about soccer, then we saw deeper shifts in the one about tobacco. This culminates what my bookish friends say is his change to spoken dictation. This might be regarded as the last proper Discworld story, the next will be co-written with Stephen Baxter. That man is the surest sign an author is about to perish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Can Make You Thin: 7 Day Solution

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Paul McKenna
    • Narrated By Paul McKenna
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    At last the classic CD audio programme is now available as a download. Do you want to lose weight? Would you like to feel happy with your body? Are you a late night snacker? Have you tried every kind of diet? Then let Paul McKenna help you. Welcome to a revolutionary new way to help you stop overeating, control cravings and feel totally motivated to take exercise. Everything that Paul McKenna would do in a personal session to help you lose weight is on this system.

    Jasmine says: "Great information. The hypnosis recording is bad."
    "Stuck before chapter 2"
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    Argh... Chapter 1 is fairly sensible, chew thoroughly and don't be afraid to leave some of our oversized portions on the plate. But the second part screws up the purpose of audiobooks. I use them to work, I cannot do an eyes closed portion.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1282)
    Story
    (1285)

    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Steve says: "Heard it all before"
    "Such a disappointment"
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    The radio show / podcast covered everything before, in greater depth and with higher production qualities. They even pad the audiobook with a sample of the podcast, which shouldn't count toward the audiobook length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Grady says: "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    "He wrote it to tax deduct a uke."
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    Go buy a hardcopy of 4 Hour Chef. That'll cover this material in 20 pages AND it's an interesting cookbook. I think this was about an hour of rehash you could pick up from Lifehacker followed by 6 hours of "How I did something that might be of relevance to you."

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (666)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    Liz says: "big fan but what is up with the bleeps?"
    "Don't confuse conspiracy for incompetence,"
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    What if, instead of adding things to compensate for the woes of the world, we subtract.

    Taleb makes a strong argument for... Well, makes several strong arguments. From via negativa to a bit of dietary advice that's more eloquently put here than in any fad diet book, there's all sorts of observations and arguments that can change your life once you embrace what they mean. Do you understand optionality, and the importance of shocks to systems? Do you benefit more from walking a mile or running a mile? What defining characteristic is missing from "paleo diet"? Why do bones strengthen from use but porcelain doesn't?

    And you might even get a feel for why humans will always pilot passenger airplanes from the flight deck, no matter how much the MBA's in the office want to do away with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4268)
    Performance
    (3730)
    Story
    (3699)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Slow, slow, slow."
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    Considering this story goes on for about 40 hours, very little happens. It meanders on and on. The pacing is poor, the plot is almost non existent, the milieu is so poorly developed it could have been set anywhere with carbon based life forms. The two main characters hardly went through any development.

    The deep and sad irony is that this had the subplot of a character rewriting a work to make it more enjoyable. This book needed that treatment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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