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  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Fun Introduction to a Neglected Corner of History"
    Where does Lost in Shangri-La rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lost in Shangri-La is and entertaining view into an untold portion of World War II history. I didn't know of the Philipino Troops that were training to fight the Japanese or the tangential activities partaken for moral and entertainment during a war for nothing less than the future of the free world. This book portrays a time when the world was young and there were unexplored places and virgin stone age aboriginal tribes. It is and entertaining book and loaded with information that provides insight into 20th century exposure of a naive primative culture, the kindness and compassion of the Phillipino people, aviation history with ground to air recovery using glider pick up with a B-25, and humanity in general.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost in Shangri-La?

    Pickup of a transport glider with a B-25 bomber.

    Which character – as performed by Mitchell Zuckoff – was your favorite?

    The Philiipino medics and of course the Obvious 'Queen of Shangri-La

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Last Stone Age Tribe. or
    Accidental Modernization - The 20th Century meets The Last Stone Age Tribe or
    Sight Seeing Gone Wrong. or
    Fooling Around Off Task is Dangerous.

    1 of 1 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

    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"
    "Solid ground in the qagmire of human behavior."
    What made the experience of listening to Predictably Irrational the most enjoyable?

    This book details the authors research into human behavior with special regards to marketing and investing. Studies ellucidating the predicatability of human irrationality are reviewed. Just the results are listed and scientific rigor is not detailed, but presumably this is for wider appeal. The populations described are usually college students and not generally applicable to other populations. But the insights are interesting and would be benificial to anyone in marketing, business, or for personal insight into their own behavior. It is worth the time.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The counterintuitive, illogical behavior of us.

    What does Simon Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ease of assimilation of this information, this book is written perfectly for an audio book.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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