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  • Business Law: Contracts

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Frank B. Cross
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    What is a contract? How can you make one binding? How can you avoid being prematurely bound by one? What remedies are available if someone breaches your contract? These questions and the other important issues of legally enforceable promises are covered in these eight lectures. As you'll learn in these eight lectures, contractual agreements are one of the principal mechanisms for ordering life in society. Professor Cross lays a comprehensive foundation in the practical and intricate body of law that governs contracts.

    Nothing really matters says: "Excellent with two quibbles"
    "Excellent introduction to contract law"
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    What did you love best about Business Law: Contracts?

    This series of lectures provided an interesting, well-organized introduction to the law of contracts. The lecturer was clear, articulate, and witty. I especially enjoyed the many case studies that he discussed.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon in the Freezer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (151)
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    (148)

    "This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.

    colleen says: "Interesting and eye opening"
    "Very engaging...a bit sensationalist"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Demon in the Freezer?

    An autopsy of an inhalation anthrax victim.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader gave accents to different characters, which was very distracting. The Australian accent was particularly egregious, and the CDC scientist from the South sounded a bit like Gomer Pyle.


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

    It made me concerned about the availability of the smallpox genome sequence in public databases!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3516)
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    (1265)
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    (1262)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Interesting story, but superficial analysis"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish that the author had more critically evaluated whether "organic" food is better for consumers and the environment and whether growing all food according to organic principles would be economically feasible. While citing a few (unconvincing) studies to suggest that organically grown fruits and vegetables have more nutrients than non-organically grown ones, he didn't critically examine the notion that organic farming is eco-friendly. Arguments can be made to the contrary, for example that organic farming requires more space per unit of output and that production of organic fertilizer is inefficient and unsustainable. (For a good presentation of this argument, listen to "Abundance" by Steven Kotler.) The author also seemed to accept at face value the claim that locally-sourced food has a lower carbon footprint and is better for the environment, which is not likely to be true in general (locally sourced bananas in Sweden, anyone?).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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