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David

East Palo Alto, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Clay Shirky
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    For decades, technology encouraged people to squander their time and intellect as passive consumers. Today, technology has finally caught up with human potential. In Cognitive Surplus, Internet guru Clay Shirky forecasts the thrilling changes we will all enjoy as new digital technology puts our untapped resources of talent and goodwill to use at last.

    Roy says: "Many Helpful Insights"
    "A Social Entrepreneur's Handbook"
    Overall

    Great read for entrepreneurs trying to figure out social enterprise in our shifting technology environment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Emerald

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2356)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (829)

    A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

    M. D. Baines says: "Listen Well"
    "Sherlock Holmes crossover with a dash of Cthulhu"
    Overall

    Sherlock Holmes mystery with a dash of Cthulhu and a twist of lime- I mean plot. As ever, Neil Gaiman adds further dimension and character to his stories by providing his own narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1111)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Gain a little wisdom"
    Overall

    Great listen! Haidt contextualizes the sometimes obscure ancient ideologies behind pervasive societal tendencies using contemporary Psychology. Mostly on target, occasionally disappointing when jumping too far to reach his conclusions, but ultimately worth it for the build up and presentation of the final chapters on religion and spiritual elevation as components of a fulfilled life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    Overall
    (2137)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (959)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Journalistic integrity in an intimate retelling"
    Overall

    Gripping personal perspective on enduring uniquely extreme hardship, both physical and emotional. Additionally, hearing the author read the tale in his own words makes the audiobook version feel very intimate.

    Jon brings his journalistic experience to bear in sorting through the chaos of the disaster and in recounting Everest lore, but he thankfully makes no attempt to temper his deeply personal journey, a style that makes this book a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Stroke of Insight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Narrated By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (344)

    In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

    Lisa says: "very, very illuminating!"
    "Fascinating account of stroke and recovery"
    Overall

    Though Jill doesn't have the voice of a professional reader, hearing her personal experience in her own words really helps clarify the nature and affect of the competing minds within her brain.

    The later parts of the book read like a how-to for meditation in neuro-anatomical metaphor, which may or may be interesting to you. Nevertheless, well worth hearing the personal account of a luckily-prepared stroke victim.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 36 Arguments for the Existence of God

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
    • Narrated By Steven Pinker, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    After Cass Seltzers book becomes a surprise best seller, hes dubbed the atheist with a soul and becomes a celebrity. He wins over the stunning Lucinda Mandelbaum, the goddess of game theory, and loses himself in a spiritually expansive infatuation. A former girlfriend appears: an anthropologist who invites him to join in her quest for immortality through biochemistry.

    David says: "Subtly Codifying Your Atheist Suspicions"
    "Subtly Codifying Your Atheist Suspicions"
    Overall

    Oliver Wyman reads perfectly, doing justice to the varied characters and the sometimes lofty or esoteric tone of the book. Hearing the Jewish phrasing (and other less vernacular words) aloud was a great treat and wonderful learning experience that I could not create when reading the book.

    The book is a fascinating look at some of the "Varieties of Religious Illusion" through an engaging character story. Full of allegory that I'm sure I'm not fully grasping, but I very much enjoyed the presentation of what I did grasp. The plot and setting will be familiar to those in grad school, but only a few things in the book require much extrinsic knowledge for comprehension, thanks to the aside thinking of the main character(s).

    Rather thorough in its assessment of faith, the ways in which we believe, and human nature. Not always an easy listen, but well worth the time and thought.

    This narration from Oliver (and later the author) makes a stellar companion to the physical book.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • How We Decide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (1741)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (510)

    Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need to figure out how we decide, drawing on cutting-edge research by Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer, and others, as well as the real-world experiences of a wide range of "deciders" - from airplane pilots and hedge fund investors to serial killers and poker players. Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence.

    Sarah says: "Summarizes information from several superior books"
    "A Critique of Pure Reason"
    Overall

    What we consider "thinking hard" about a decision isn't really a conscious deliberation of the facts in the way most of us imagine. At least not according to the neuro-imaging we're now able to study.

    The emotional parts of our brains handle the hardest stuff. Consciousness arbitrates.

    Choice book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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