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Christine

ISSAQUAH, WA, United States

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  • Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Bryce
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The promise of green jobs and a clean energy future has roused the masses. But as Robert Bryce makes clear in this provocative book, that vision needs a major re-vision. We cannotand will notquit using carbon-based fuels at any time in the near future for a simple reason: they provide the horsepower that we crave. The hard reality is that oil, coal, and natural gas are here to stay.

    Michael says: "Important but Imperfect"
    "Enlightening, but Dense"
    Overall

    Yes, there are a LOT of numbers, however this does not take away from the enlightening facts presented. I was completely ignorant to the fact that wind generators required a backup form of energy, making them far less efficient than everyone claims.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3482)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1032)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Insightful with Business Applications"
    Overall

    As someone that works for a retailer I find behavioral economics fascinating. Why do consumers, and all people for that matter, act the way they do? While not ever case study has a direct link to business, anyone capable of finding some (dark) humor in the way that people behave and want to know the 'why' behind it, will find this book as entertaining as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Syed
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

    Joao Coelho says: "Very eye opening"
    "Not Recommeded Unless You Really Like Ping Pong"
    Overall

    Most of this book is autobiographical accounts from the author's past as a ping pong champion. He was so moved by his own accomplishments as a ping pong champion (I can assure you I'm not kidding), that he wanted to examine what set the greats apart from the rest of the population. Aside from a few interesting studies I found this book unoriginal, especially since the author quoted the book "Outliers" several times. I found myself wishing I would've purchased Gladwell's book instead.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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