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J. C.

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

Thailand | Member Since 2015

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  • Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sam Wasson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    (45)
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    Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Audrey - dainty, immaculate - is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961. The first complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. reveals little-known facts about the cinema classic: Truman Capote desperately wanted Marilyn Monroe for the leading role; director Blake Edwards filmed multiple endings....

    J. C. says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    The narration is great. The book is wonderful, a real inside look into the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's and other movies of the time, and what life was like back then. Tells about the producers, directors, and actors. Interesting insights into the lives of actress Audrey Hepburn and author Truman Capote, revealing how their lives and loves went, for better or worse. Really great listen! It is really amazing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Go Suck a Lemon: Strategies for Improving Your Emotional Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Cornwall
    • Narrated By Michael Cornwall
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    Many of your emotional responses, regardless of how much strength you've given them, can be brought down, deconstructed, and reshaped. You will just have to learn how to give your knee-jerk response to emotional stimuli less strength - less of a jerk. To do that you will have to commit to reinventing the way you think and behave. With Go Suck a Lemon, you will approach that task by accepting and then adapting to a no-nonsense style of emotional problem solving.

    Jerry I says: "Boston accent is tough to listen to"
    "Funny, wonderful book!"
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    The author makes a great case for how to outwit our illogical magical thinking in such feelings as "he made me mad!" when no one 'made' you mad. He tells of his own career path and how he discovered how emotion works, including what he learned from therapists as part of his training, all the way to what he learned from his own patients. The author has some good insights. The ideas in the book will turn your world around, for the better. Loved it. Narration is excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joshua Greene
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A pathbreaking neuroscientist reveals how our social instincts turn Me into Us, but turn Us against Them - and what we can do about it. The great dilemma of our shrinking world is simple: never before have those we disagree with been so present in our lives. The more globalization dissolves national borders, the more clearly we see that human beings are deeply divided on moral lines - about everything from tax codes to sexual practices to energy consumption - and that, when we really disagree, our emotions turn positively tribal.

    Douglas says: "An Exceedingly Interesting..."
    "Great narration and intriguing book"
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    I like the narration, he sounds natural and I could concentrate on the ideas. I thought the narration was excellent. As for the book, it is life changing. You will really get insight into life and it is amazing how the author went on his own journey, breaking the code of human behavior. It's a real breakthrough! A must read. I hope the author knows how many people appreciate his work. In Moral Tribes you will find out why people feel righteous indignation against others, why punishers have to be consistent, and how rights can be shortcuts to "I am right." It's all told with interesting stories and humor. Funny! Fun to listen to! I loved it! I am so glad he admires Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Read that first. Then in Moral Tribes you will go further into explanations of why we have liberals and conservatives. It's really amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
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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.

    1 of 1 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.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Calculus Ergo Modernity"
    "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
    Overall
    (20)
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    (15)
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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
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    (63)
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    (55)
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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.

    5 of 5 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
    (305)
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    (246)
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    (240)

    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
    (468)
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    (250)
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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
    Overall
    (101)
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    (96)
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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.

    LL says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "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
    (118)
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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.

    elena says: "This book changed my life and relationships!!"
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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