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  • The Modern Scholar: Ideas that Shaped Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Ideas That Shaped Mankind flows from internationally respected historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto's views on the notion that man's capacity to produce ideas in itself brings about sweeping changes in the world. This ability, seen most profoundly in individual, startling moments of genius - or equally startling moments of chance - is what separates humans from the animals and allows humans to re-imagine the world in ever more complex designs.

    Ross Bennett says: "Brilliant survey of human thought"
    "change the Narrator"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO , the narrator was very annoying with his speech style


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    change the narrator

    improve the timeline of the book the author went back and forth with the time line in some chapters and that was hard to follow

    has some factual inaccuracies


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    speech style very difficult


    Did The Modern Scholar inspire you to do anything?

    no :(


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ken Albala
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (130)

    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    SamanthaG says: "Very interesting course"
    "do you know how resturants started ?"
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    If you could sum up Food: A Cultural Culinary History in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing entertaining enlightining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Food: A Cultural Culinary History?

    The origin of the word resturant


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    A product of love and passion

    0 of 0 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
    (1892)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1040)

    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"
    "understand your brain"
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    If you could sum up The Happiness Hypothesis in three words, what would they be?

    Know thy self know thy self


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable here


    Which character – as performed by George K. Wilson – was your favorite?

    Not applicalbe here


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The poor little rider on the elefant


    Any additional comments?

    Good read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1620)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1095)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "know they self on steroids"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Amazing scholarly work . Amazing insight into the human condition. Know they self on steroids


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sex at Dawn?

    So many aha moments must listen


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    N A


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

    Aha now i understand


    Any additional comments?

    Must listen may save families

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (345)

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Grady says: "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    "a diary not a road map"
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    What disappointed you about The First 20 Hours?

    Totally hogwash , this book has nothing to do with practical life. In my opinion a scam


    What was most disappointing about Josh Kaufman’s story?

    Not a road map rather a look what i did without an ounce of proof


    What didn’t you like about Josh Kaufman’s performance?

    Scam


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    First chapter


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (817)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "ok if you are a teen ager"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Unstuff Your Life? What did you like least?

    Very basic stuff good for a teenager not realy mature advice i was disappointed


    What was most disappointing about Andrew J. Mellen’s story?

    Thought it would be deeper


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Andrew J. Mellen?

    Na


    Could you see Unstuff Your Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Quest: The Historians' Search for Jesus and Muhammad

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By F. E. Peters
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    Esteemed professor emeritus F.E. Peters compares the similarities and differences in the dual searches for the historical Jesus and the historical Muhammad. These quests have been the focus of considerable effort since the lifetime of each of these venerated figures.

    melanie says: "what an interesting audiobook"
    "so superficial it should be called the stroll"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i was looking for a scientific in depth analysis for historical information about these 2 major historical figures , like it or not there principles , and lives have shaped man kind
    instead I was disappointing with a how to do a historical analysis thesis with very little substance about the two men

    not to mention that i think it was not very accurate


    Has The Modern Scholar turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    his speech pattern is not the best


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Damrosch
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    One day in 1872, self-taught Assyriologist George Smith was sifting through a pile of clay tablets when he realized he was reading about "a flood, storm, a ship caught on a mountain, and a bird sent out in search of dry land". This is the riveting story of the discovery of the world's first literary epic, the "Epic of Gilgamesh".

    James M says: "interesting- but not for everyone"
    "The Epic of Gilgamesh NOT"
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    Would you try another book from David Damrosch and/or William Hughes?

    you think this book is the epic of Gilgamesh , it is a historical account of how it was discovered and some description of the archaeologists lives , very little excerpt from the book it self


    What was most disappointing about David Damrosch’s story?

    it is not the epic


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Hughes’s performances?

    may be the narrator is ok


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    the audio excerpt should tell it is not the epic it self

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (4756)
    Performance
    (4018)
    Story
    (3988)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "starts strong , ends OK lost in the middle"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    maybe not as scientific of focused as i hoped


    Would you recommend The Power of Habit to your friends? Why or why not?

    maybe, not as scientific of focused as i hoped,


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

    yes


    Could you see The Power of Habit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    ok not great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Icahn: The Biography of a Renegade Capitalist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Stevens
    • Narrated By Mark Stevens
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    In this dramatic portrait of legendary and, until now, secretive financier Carl Icahn, best-selling business writer Mark Stevens takes us behind the scenes of some of the biggest deals in U.S. corporate history. A fascinating tale with a cast of characters that includes Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, T. Boone Pickens, Dennis Levine, and most of the other key players of the '70s and '80s takeover era, King Icahn is the first biography of the business buccaneer who changed the course of corporate America.

    Jonathan says: "Terrible Narrator"
    "OK not excellent"
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    Story
    What would have made King Icahn better?

    make it less repetitive
    and mor about the person


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    i guess u can skip some details make it more concise


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anything Goes!: What I've Learned from Pundits, Politicians, and Presidents

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Larry King
    • Narrated By Larry King
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    As host of Larry King Live, one of the most popular daily forums for political news and commentary, Larry King has asked probing questions of North America's movers and shakers: the major world leaders, politicians, pundits, spin doctors, and reporters who are directly involved with the North American scene. Now, in Anything Goes!, King takes an in-depth look at how North America, through the prism of the electronic and print media, has gotten to the point where it is today.

    manaf says: "Nothing to do with the Title"
    "Nothing to do with the Title"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    the title suggests that Larry is going to summarize the wisdom that he got from all the successful people he interviewed . which would have been an amazing book to listen to.instead i got a simple reciting of some historical incidences , some are totally useless others entertaining but definitely not educational . mix in some self grandiosity temper it with some self deprecation and u get a book ? this was a great disappointment


    What was most disappointing about Larry King’s story?

    so not represented in the title


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry King?

    he is a good narrator


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREDIT ON THIS

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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