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Eran Gal

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  • A. Lincoln: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ronald C. White, Jr.
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity - what today's commentators are calling "authenticity" - whose internal moral compass is the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research, utilizing recently discovered Lincoln letters, legal papers, and photographs, White depicts Lincoln as a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, and capable of changing his mind.

    Julieann says: "Insight into Lincoln"
    "Great Man - Very Interesting"
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    Great biography of a great man.
    Inspiring book.
    Though it is very long and VERY detailed, at times too detailed, it is likely that Lincoln, the man of facts and details would have liked it. It starts very slowly and takes time to get into the story, but again, it was probably very typical of Lincoln to be this way.
    Recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (297)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    Ernest says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Read and believe"
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    I was always a bit scheptical about the theory of evolution.
    This book goes methodically through the different aspects of the theory and the different claims against it, melting one by one.
    Coyne does a great job explaining evolution and brings a lot of evidence from various sciences.

    The only thing it does not explain in a sufficient way is the mathematical aspect which is only touched upon lightly.

    The narration is generally very good, however, the narrator treats the creationists with contemps which does not fit the empathic writing of Coyle.


    All in all - a very interesting book, well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Italian Phase 3, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (3)

    Italian Phase 3 includes another 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction, and is designed to be used after completion of Phases 1 and 2. The beginning lessons of Phase 3 offer you the chance to expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level. You’ll gain experience participating in many informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and semi-professional topics.

    D. Will says: "Love This"
    "Amazing way to learn a language"
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    Pimsleur have got it down to pure science.
    The method works.
    Just keep going and you will improve!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1622)

    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 says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Excellent, Clear and Beautifully Narrated"
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    Kahneman explains the leading edge research in simple and beautiful language.
    The narration is simply excellent and the feeling is that Kahneman himself reads the book (and enjoys every moment).
    I had a lot of fund and learned a lot and it is comforting to see that psychology is finally getting in touch with reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Management Challenges for the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter F. Drucker
    • Narrated By Mark Blum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In this major new work, Peter F. Drucker discusses how the new paradigms of management will change our basic assumptions about the practices and principles of management. Drucker explains "The New Information Revolution", discussing the information an executive needs and the information an executive owes.

    Roger Smith says: "Drucker for the Next Century"
    "Important for any manager (= anyone)"
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    Drucker zooms out of the day to day management challenges to review where this world is going. Very broad. Not centralizing just on business management.
    Important information and points of view for any manager and any individual living at this historic time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Muhammad Yunus
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his world-changing efforts, here develops his revolutionary new concept that promises to redeem the failed promise of free enterprise: social business.

    Jim says: "Delivers less than I had hoped"
    "A hope for our collapsing ecomony"
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    Yunus' theory bridges the gap between old capitalism, based on 19th century view of man as a rational profit making machine, to what science now knows about how we really work and about the damages of the old approach.
    Yunus offers a real hope to establish a different type of economy with better fulfillment and joy to all, without getting carried to socialistic dreams, but rather in a very practical way.

    Many questions still remain open, but this is the beginning of the road.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership: Inspiration and Wisdom for Challenging Times

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Donald T. Phillips
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The best-selling author of The Founding Fathers on Leadership takes an inspiring look at what it takes to lead in challenging times. Using lessons culled from Dr. King's written words and speeches, Phillips gives practical advice for leading in life, family matters, and business.

    Eran Gal says: "Too much interpretation for me"
    "Too much interpretation for me"
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    When Gandhi was asked what is his message to men he said: "my life is my message". The same applies to M.L. King. His story is so extraordinary that it tells itself. the message is in King's words and actions and trying to deduce rules from it is somewhat lacking.
    The way this book is constructed is not as a sequential biography, but rather as separate episodes with a lot of interpretation (some good) in the middle.
    I did not like the format. It is emphasized as it is an audiobook and it makes it more difficult and wearying to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    In this monumental work of moral and political philosophy, Plato sought to answer some of the world's most formidable questions: What does it mean to be good? What enables us to distinguish between right and wrong? How should human virtues be translated into a just society? Perhaps the greatest single treatise written on political philosophy, The Republic has strongly influenced Western thought concerning questions of justice, rule, obedience, and the good life.

    Alnia Perpoz says: "Jowett's 1894 translation"
    "Beatiful and true after thousands of years"
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    It is amazing how little humanity has changes in all this time. A must reading to understand our nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3375)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (943)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Dan Ariely, in his very direct and honest and amusing way presents his findings, all based on experiments. It is so simple clear and convincing that it is time people understand that the "Science of Economics" has to make a big shift.
    Marketers know this for a long time, they just didn't tell the academic world...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur Goldschmidt, Lawrence Davidson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (178)

    The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment.

    Magnus Odeen says: "An honest, detailed and well written history"
    "Good overview, not free of mistakes"
    Overall

    Very good overview of the region and part of its history (mainly since the time of Muhammad). As I approached the modern time and the Arab-Israeli conflict (which makes up a big part of the second half), I noticed a lot of inaccuracies, things that were omitted and things that are misrepresented (like taking a most extreme event and preceding it with "for example"). I think the authors wishful thinking got mixed too much with the attempt to describe reality as they approached modern times. Still, it is worth reading, never as the only book on the subject, and with a critical approach.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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