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J. C.

I live in Thailand, and love to listen to audible.

Thailand | Member Since 2012

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  • The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Oren Harman
    • Narrated By Andi Ackerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Survival of the fittest or survival of the nicest? Since the dawn of time man has contemplated the mystery of altruism, but it was Darwin who posed the question most starkly. From the selfless ant to the stinging bee to the man laying down his life for a stranger, evolution has yielded a goodness that in theory should never be. Set against the sweeping tale of 150 years of scientific attempts to explain kindness, The Price of Altruism tells for the first time the moving story of the eccentric American genius George Price (1922-1975), as he strives to answer evolution's greatest riddle.

    J. C. says: "Wonderful audio book well worth listening to"
    "Wonderful audio book well worth listening to"
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    It's a riveting story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The narration is excellent. I highly recommend it! This book will really change your outlook on how life evolved to be a cooperative race, with an element of scientific design built into the process. Not only that, but scientists were figuring this out mathematically in the 1930's. I highly recommend this book because not only the ideas are explained, but the lives of all the people connected in any way with the concepts, are told about in an interesting way so you can see really what the idea meant in that time and place. It's so exciting! The author takes you step by step through some new and exciting concepts, that scientists knew a hundred years ago or more. Theories such as group evolution went out of style but are back. It is truly mind boggling. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Wonderful insightful imaginative book"
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    I loved this audio book, it takes you back into the world of scientists in the 1600's and immerses the reader in their triumphs, rages, selfish behavior and how they regarded everything as directly done by God. But yet Isaac Newton figured out gravity, and he and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz created calculus - but separately and unbeknownst to the other. The book is so interesting, telling about facts these scientists figured out, such as if gravity went away the moon would fly off in a straight line. It would actually fly off on a tangent. Facts like these are interwoven with interesting personalities and lives. The narration is perfect. I highly recommend it. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Yochai Benkler
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    What do Wikipedia, Zip Car’s business model, Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and a small group of lobster fishermen have in common? They all show the power and promise of human cooperation in transforming our businesses, our government, and our society at large. Because today, when the costs of collaborating are lower than ever before, there are no limits to what we can achieve by working together.

    J. C. says: "Wonderful exciting book"
    "Wonderful exciting book"
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    I really liked this audio book. The narration is fantastic. The author explains how humans have evolved a culture of cooperation. Growing up myself in the 'me generation', this book overturns my long held beliefs. The author tells some interesting anecdotes and explains some great scientific experiments. What does it all point to? Groups! The author looks at facebook, twitter, the economy, genes, animal behavior and more. Now I see why face to face contact is necessary in business meetings, why wikipedia has unpaid contributors, and how picking something at random can be seen to be fair. I highly recommend this book for some wonderful listening that will really make you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David J. Hand
    • Narrated By Paul Hodgson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
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    In The Improbability Principle, the renowned statistician David J. Hand argues that extraordinarily rare events are anything but. In fact, they’re commonplace. Not only that, we should all expect to experience a miracle roughly once every month.

    But Hand is no believer in superstitions, prophecies, or the paranormal. His definition of "miracle" is thoroughly rational. No mystical or supernatural explanation is necessary to understand why someone is lucky enough to win the lottery twice, or is destined to be hit by lightning three times and still survive.

    J. C. says: "Really interesting and fun"
    "Really interesting and fun"
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    This is an exciting book and a wonderful listen. There is a history of how people think about probability. The oldest known records are tables of outcomes in an ancient gambling game. You will love this book if you like being challenged and finding out why things are the way they are in science, math and the human mind. I didn't want it to end. I now have much more insight into probability than I did before. I definitely recommend this book. You will love it! The narration is excellent. This book is exciting and fun, I highly recommend it, especially if you like math, science, and psychology and want to know the reasons why things are the way they are in the universe. The author explains why miracles absolutely DO happen. Listen to find out why.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Powell
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (253)
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    (199)
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    Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry? Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don’t break it first), and more.

    C. Beaton says: "Great book - wrong narrator"
    "Very good"
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    Actually I liked it read by an American with intermittent blurbs read by the British author. It was really neat. I learned a lot and had fun listening. Highly recommended! The narration is wonderful. Add a little multi media with some music thrown in, and you have a winner! Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Richard Wrangham
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
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    (184)
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    Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.

    KHarrang says: "Fascinating book about early human development..."
    "So interesting, it will change your perspective"
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    I loved this book! It will change everything you ever knew about cooking, men and women, evolution, nutrition, and life for us humans here on earth, compared to animals. It is shocking. A definite must read, great narration too! If you ever wanted to know why we are different from animals, this answers it. Listen and find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spelling It Like It Is

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tori Spelling
    • Narrated By Tori Spelling
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    Overall
    (82)
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    (79)
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    Tori Spelling is the first to admit that the "reality" behind her popular television show, Tori & Dean, isn't always real. Not even Star magazine could invent the true chaos that happens behind the scenes. Luckily, Tori is famously honest and self-deprecatingly funny when it comes to her personal life - she's always "Spelling it like it is". Tori here shares her stories, her biggest challenges, and more with the usual humor, candor, and down-to-earth charm that her fans love.

    kathleen says: "Disappointed"
    "Wonderful book"
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    I love all of Tori's books and this one lives up to expectations. She is a great story teller, like her father. And she is witty and funny. Loved the part about the pet pig sleeping in bed with them. I was really laughing. She is leading an extraordinary life. The book held my interest and is a fun listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Purpose of Parenting: The Book You Wish Your Parents Read

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dr. Phillip B Dembo
    • Narrated By Dr. Phillip B Dembo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
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    (91)
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    The Real Purpose of Parenting is a series of stories and life lessons from the world of a therapist, known as The Parent Coach. Very well-intentioned, well meaning parents are at the point of crisis with their kids because their own best parenting efforts are NOT producing the children they want them to be. And there, according to Dr. Phil Dembo, lies the problem. Dr. Dembo shows simple family “turn around” strategies that reframe the real purpose of parenting and gives each family, and child, their own salvation.

    Morgan says: "Good listen for parents"
    "Loved it"
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    This book will change your life. It explains how parents want children to be the same as them, held up to their standards. But it's much more than that. It's a whole different way of looking at the world. It changed my world view. This book is a must read. Not only that, the author is entertaining and tells about case studies which really livens up the book. It's excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (671)
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    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "We are listening now!"
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    Excellent book. I can't believe all the clues that Harry Markopolos, the author, uncovered on the trail of Bernie Madoff. And the great thing is there are interviews with key players, which is a great thing about an audio book. The narration is excellent but the interviews add something extra which I thought made it fun. The book takes you inside the financial world in Boston and New York City, inside the government namely the SEC and how it just failed!!! The author reveals names - those who failed to stop Bernie Madoff, we know now what happened and it is shocking. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin Dutton
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
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    (98)
    Story
    (101)

    In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of “madness” along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.

    Jason W. Miller says: "Interesting Study"
    "Shocking!"
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    This was an excellent book, held my interest, revealed shocking things! The author takes you inside a mental institution, way to the very far reaches and he talks with psychopaths. He takes you inside elite military training. He talks with scientists who study psychopaths. This is all just so amazing and revealing. I never could have imagined that the traits of psychopaths could be positive such as "live in the moment" and not caring what others think. I read several books lately that changed my world view and this is one of them. Another one is The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. The narration is excellent. Thanks to the author Kevin Dutton for getting these ideas out there, and to all the scientists who did the studies, and even to the psychopaths in this book! Some of it reads like science fiction yet it is true. It is just mind blowing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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