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  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    blah says: "Best Summary of Political History I've Read"
    Where does The Origins of Political Order from Pre-human Times to the French Revolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top, for its informed analysis.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It contextualizes our present political problems

    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Its harmony to the narrative.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Eye Opening"
    Would you listen to Thinking, Fast and Slow again? Why?

    Still listening. Sometimes the chapters have to be rewound. Brimming with insights. As the argument progresses, one sometimes needs to stop, slow-think in system 2, and then restart. The work cannot be praised enough. At every other turn one is reminded of Socrates, whose premise was that the ideas exist in us. They just need to be drawn out by proper application of the mind. This book is brimming with ideas so well presented that once understood, they very easily become system 1 (with some practice of course). Amazing.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinking, Fast and Slow?

    Learning the tools by which to understand and apply the book. This would be the first two hours. One moment is hard to pinpoint in such non-fiction as this.

    What three words best describe Patrick Egan’s voice?

    The narrator could be better. But its ok. The work is very powerful, and the narrator is good enough. This could be something subjective as well so I don't want to judge harshly. I am enjoying the audio book very much. Thank you.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Several sittings.

    Any additional comments?

    Very refreshing, original work. Excellent. A tour de force.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Essays of Sir Francis Bacon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sir Francis Bacon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes

    Francis Bacon, the great English philosopher, lawyer, scientist, and statesman, is also remembered as a formidable writer of prose. These 58 essays are his greatest literary legacy. Rather than merely summarizing popular philosophy, Bacon attempted to change the shape of other men's minds, and there is little doubt that many minds have been persuaded by these eloquent essays.

    Doug says: "Great possibilities"
    "Interesting content, poor recording."
    What would have made The Essays of Sir Francis Bacon better?

    Have them recorded by a better recording.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Bill Bryson's At Home.

    What didn’t you like about Bernard Mayes’s performance?

    The narrator is fine, the recording is poor.

    What character would you cut from The Essays of Sir Francis Bacon?

    Observant and inventive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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