'Very, very similar to Inside Scientology. Both books cover the formation and history of Lafayette Ron Hubbard's Dianetics book success. But Hubbard did not have control over the groups that formed around the philosophy and the profits. Thus came a group with tax free status: a church, which charges you for advancing within it.
Of the two books, I preferred this one more, tho' both are great and fascinating listens. Both are well narrated too.
If you have wondered what Scientology is all about, this is a very entertaining and factual way to find out.
If you like forensic shows I think you will like this real life audiobook. It's an autobiography of a doctor who changed to autopsy in NYC. 'Kept my interest!
I thought my playback speed was set at 1.5x because the narration is so fast. Too fast.
For fans of Ehrman, "Ehrheads", this book covers themes from his lectures and earlier books: contextual criticism, versions the bible etc. with emphasis on the myth and culture at the time Jesus changed from man to a god. 'Compares Roman gods and the continuum from human to divinity and how this process compares to Jesus' ascension.
It can be tedious at times because of its academic nature and detail but if you want to get down to it, this is the real thing explained in his unbiased manner. Stunning thing: Jesus probably wasn't buried.
I love human evolution books. This one didn't get started for me until well into the 2nd chapter because it is basic knowledge. The rest of the book goes into length and specifics discussing hominid development from a physiological perspective. I am familiar with most of the material from other audiobooks but enjoyed the overview. It is easy to follow and discusses how pre-humans and early humans compare. 4 stars because much of the info is standard fair.
This is a good science book for audio.
It may be too familiar for some listeners [nerds] who are familiar with the topic.
A light read. I found this book a nice tonic to some of my Heavy books. This book laughs at stuff in pop-culture from the past decades. You probably know about many already like New Coke. The book is written in two voices: the pop-culture part and the sports part. It's fun to hear about other people messing up. 'Makes ya feel not so dumb after all.
This is not the book I was looking for. The first two chapters describe the importance of eating together and how we eat more processed (not cooked) food. The next three chapters cover barbequing and the authors adventure barbequing with a master. At this point I stopped. I wanted a scientific listen and find it in: "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human." This book is referenced a couple of times in "Cooked". While I am a Pollan fan, and it is unfair to review a book without finishing it, I wanted something more thought provoking.
Therapists learn from their patients. Surprise.
If you are looking for a behind-the-curtain look into therapy, keep looking. The narration goes on an on about what you will do as a therapist. Schools of thought are mentioned but not discussed. I wanted to hear true life stories of success and failure in the field.
I should be higher minded, but I also wanted to hear crazy stuff people reveal in therapy.
But it wasn't there.
It is mostly a guy going on and on about what a therapist is, not an in-depth look at what therapists do. I made it half way through.
Well written and spoken. 'Love the narrator. The bad reviews are those who passionately disagree with the conclusion that semi-automatic guns should be banned.
The round up of incidents where a guy goes out and kills people =seemingly randomly= is pretty shocking even though I know all of them. The writing is very witty and in the moment. Well worth the listen.
I didn't find the first half of the book interesting and stopped listening. Randomly, one day I started listening to the second part. (The book downloads in two parts.) I enjoyed the second half quite a bit and was glad I got it.
My brother once said, "Did you ever notice how everything is more interesting when you have homework looming? Even bad TV?" Well this short book discusses why that is. It will get you thinking about your procrastinating and when you are likely to do it.
You know better. Still you persist.
I found this discussion of putting-things-off humorous, honest and real. It does not make lists of helpful tools so you can cure your bad habit. Instead the author just assumes that you procrastinate and will continue to do so. And the discussion goes from there. For some reason that works for changing my habits more than those hokey "you should" books. This book is as long as a movie. Once started, I didn't procrastinate. I listened to the entire book in one evening. It was fun and thought provoking and I think helpful.
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