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Michael Suess

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  • Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Shaun Nichols
    • Narrated By Professor Shaun Nichols Ph.D. Rutgers University
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    Do you make your own choices or have circumstances beyond your control already decided your destiny? For thousands of years, this question has intrigued and perplexed philosophers, scientists, and everyone who thinks deliberately about how they choose to live and act. For if free will makes us accountable for our choices, does the opposite hold true, that determinism absolves us of responsibility?

    A Texan 2 says: "This will challenge how you think!"
    "Great analysis and definitions of topics"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism to be better than the print version?

    Can't comment - I don't have the print copy, but I will say that the audio version is excellent!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism?

    The author does a great job on all aspects of Free Will, Determinism, and provides the various philosophers definitions of what these two topics. Not all the philosophers define these two topics the same, this set of lectures provides the listener gives these various definitions for their pondering.


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

    This is a great resource to listen to to get a good understanding of what others define free will and determinism.. This series of lectures FAR exceeded my expectations. This is must have if you are interested in philosophy and spurs on contemplation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bryan Cranston: Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview

    • ORIGINAL (17 mins)
    • By Robin Morgan
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
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    Bryan Cranston joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios for an exclusive interview on the release of his autobiography, A Life in Parts. Bryan discusses the writing process, the experience of recording the audiobook, and of course his role as Walter White in Breaking Bad.

    Michael Suess says: "eh... a vague interview"
    "eh... a vague interview"
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    it really didn't answer my questions, should I purchase the book "life in parts" or not... I voted "not" at this time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asperger Syndrome Explained: How to Understand and Communicate When Someone You Love Has Asperger's Syndrome

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Sara Elliott Price
    • Narrated By Charissa Clark Howe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This book is full of tips, techniques, and stories that will give you an inside look at what it means to have Asperger's. You will come away inspired and with a new understanding of how to communicate more effectively with those you love! Understanding Asperger's is the key to a happier and healthier relationship between you and your loved one. If you're concerned about someone you care about, or possibly even yourself, you owe it yourself to listen to this book!

    DianaH says: "Clearer Understanding"
    "Not very informative... Very high level, absract "
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    Very high level, abstract thoughts and concepts... Kept saying that everyone is diffrent and that asperegers can not be defined to any one symtpom. Granted that the syndrome is psychological and most psychologist are afraid to putting the stick inhe sand, due to being exposed to ability, but... certainly wish that the author could give back the hour plus of time I just wasted.

    Not wortht the time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard J. Miller
    • Narrated By Roger Clark
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    In Drugged, Miller takes listeners on an eye-opening tour of psychotropic drugs, describing the various kinds, how they were discovered and developed, and how they have played multiple roles in virtually every culture. Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the fact that antidepressant drugs evolved from rocket fuel, highlighting the role of hallucinogens in the history of religion, and asking whether Prozac can help depressed cats. Entertaining and authoritative, Drugged is a truly fascinating book.

    David Steinsaltz says: "A good review; not very competent reader"
    "Very in-depth in the beginning, fast at the end"
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    Extremely interesting, mostly the history of pharmaceuticals for the first nine chapters, then the last three, it turns into a race, by running through the drugs seen today, with a brief mention of the drug mechanics... I wanted more! I wish that they would have rushed through the history a bit more, and discussed the subject of the last three chapters more in depth. I purchased this book hoping it was more scientific and more in depth of the drug mechanics, but only was teased... Good if you want to know about how drugs came into being, but not too helpful when you're seeking to understand the biology of why they do what they do... I wish there was a title that was more biochemistry of drugs and really went deep into how the various drugs are metabolized and the chemical reactions that produce the results the drug.

    Oh well, not a bad title, and the narrator is great, just still seeking for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Matthew Desmond
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut.

    Charla says: "Former Property Manager"
    "Good, until the end..."
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    Would you try another book from Matthew Desmond and/or Dion Graham?

    That is a good question... Probably not, since the author seems to be neutral to the subject matter, until the last chapters, where his liberal (non-experience [I really dislike people that talk about subjects {or worse commission over eviction cases}, without experience.])


    If you’ve listened to books by Matthew Desmond before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first book from the author.


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a GREAT job - I have NOTHING against the narrator.


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

    Well, the stories are good in reveling the thought patterns of tenants... Since I am a landlord of several properties in Milwaukee, I recognized several landlords, associations and businesses - heck I probably have experience with most if not all of the references. If you are considering becoming a landlord in ANY location, this would be a good listen as tenants are the same every where.


    Any additional comments?

    The proposed "solutions" the author suggests at the end of the book will ONLY cost taxpayers more, and solves nothing. Having a home is NOT a right, nor should there be legislation to make it so. Why should the lazy be carried on the backs of the ones that fight to achieve enough to survive?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Seal Survival Guide: A Navy Seal's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Cade Courtley
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Former Navy SEAL and preeminent American survivalist Cade Courtley delivers step-by-step instructions anyone can master in this user-friendly guide. From random shootings to deadly wildfires to terrorist attacks, the reality is that modern life is unpredictable and dangerous. Don't live in fear or rely on luck. Learn the SEAL mindset: Be prepared, feel confident, step up, and know exactly how to survive any life-threatening situation.

    Just_a_guy says: "Buy it now. It just might save yours or a loved ones life!"
    "If you have ANY common sense."
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    If you have ANY common sense, you will know 98% of the contents. The other 2% are for those that live in the artic, where you might encounter a polar bear. I purchased this book, in hopes to understand some of the techniques of SERE, but none was given.

    First the author tells you to expand your physical endurance and train your mental endurance - so that you have what it takes to have the physical strength to escape the situation and the ability to control mental state (so you don't freeze or panic in harmful situations,) but never really gives exercises to how. Granted, getting locked into a tight box for a few hours does wonders to mental state, and unless you trust someone, I wouldn't recommend trying.

    I guess, he could have gone through things, like drown-proofing, and other exercises... Add a disclaimer - since generally training your mental state involves dangerous "tests" - you don't know what you will do, until you are put in the situation - but just running situations through your mind will not have the same effect than "living it."

    Again, if you have ANY common sense, you know the contents of the book. Darn - I was hoping for techniques (even if disclaimed AGRESSIVELY) to help the readers to prepare for mental states.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Class 11: Inside the CIA's First Post-9/11 Spy Class

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T.J. Waters
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Written by one of its own graduates, Class 11: Inside the CIA's First Post-9/11 Spy Class is an insider's view of the first CIA training class after September 11, 2001 - a look at the most elite and secretive espionage training program in the country.

    Girlbos says: "Interesting story but..."
    "Who, interesting if you like biographies."
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    if you like biographies, this is right up your alley... If you're looking for some insight in how the CIA operates, what's expected if you're interested in becoming one, not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case Against Sugar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever. Obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical, society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup.

    ChumlyDad says: "A Revelation"
    "very informative about sugar"
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    I'd say the first half of the book was extremely interesting and informative, opening my eyes to places I'd never suspect Thai sugar was used. it honestly is used in everything, like cigarettes?

    I've been looking into the impact of sugar for many years, and have actively avoided eating it during this time. What is presented makes sense and I've done research by looking through biochemistry books, concentrating on metabolism, and what is presented follows the theories of biochemistry as well.

    People will believe what they wish to believe, this book presents strong materials but if you really wish to find his material false I am sure you can find that. I have several families and friend members that I have told details of possible sugar detriments to, yet they continue to eat sugar and not heed the warnings

    I can say is this book does a great job in presenting its case and I wish people would listen thank you

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How to Be a Counterintelligence Officer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William R. Johnson
    • Narrated By Gary L. Willprecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Originally published in 1987, Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad is a unique primer that teaches the principles, strategy, and tradecraft of counterintelligence (CI). CI is often misunderstood and narrowly equated with security and catching spies, which are only part of the picture. As William R. Johnson explains, CI is the art of actively protecting secrets but also aggressively thwarting, penetrating, and deceiving hostile intelligence organizations to neutralize or even manipulate their operations.

    Purchaser says: "A great CI book"
    "Good insight in CI"
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    Will help you understand the key concepts of CI, though the material is a little outdated, but what should you expect for a book written in the 80s? Many useful techniques discussed and should be considered when dealing with intelligence and CI in practice. Would like to get more current techniques in play these days, but again the subject matter discussed still is relevant in today's intelligence gathering and compiling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alan Schwarz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A groundbreaking and definitive account of the widespread misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its serious effects on children, adults, and society. More than one in seven American children are getting diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - three times what experts have said is appropriate, making it one of the most mishandled and debated conditions in medicine.

    S. Yates says: "Adroitly written and expertly narrated"
    "meh...okay, but not very informative"
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    The story goes into the history of ADHD, and how the drugs came to be, then hours into how badly the misdiagnosis is... I don't know. Maybe it's my ADD getting in the way, but not very full of any worthwhile content. In the end, I learned nothing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 21 Ecclesiastes: What's the Point?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Skip Heitzig
    • Narrated By Skip Heitzig
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    In Ecclesiastes, Solomon delves into the hard issues of life, and attempts to find satisfactory answers that avert despair. Pastor Skip Heitzig examines Solomon’s search for meaning.

    Michael Suess says: "A great walk through Ecclesiastes"
    "A great walk through Ecclesiastes"
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    if you've never heard Skip before, your in for a good treat. I am going through several sermons from him... a great teacher, good applications to real life, and some humor from time to time. You can't really go wrong if you want to know more about the subject or any other of the bible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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