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Rick

Eugene, OR, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 50 Psychology Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tom Butler-Bowdon
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (79)

    Spanning hundreds of ideas developed over the past century, 50 Psychology Classics also explores important contemporary writings, such as Gladwell's Blink and Seligman's Authentic Happiness. Listeners will gain insight into the scientific research of leading contemporary psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists. And they'll discover why we think and act the way we do from the landmark best-sellers of psychology.

    Rick says: "50 Success Classics"
    "50 Success Classics"
    Overall

    The 50 Success Classics as well as the 50 Self-Help Classics and the 50 Psychology Classics are all worthwhile for the reader who wants a quality overview of the subjects. I personally found that Tom Butler-Bowden included a good balance of personal observations along with the core details and excerpts from the individual books covered without injecting an overt personal bias.

    These books have increased my reading list, but with a clarity and focus to read the books that most interest me most. These books are not just a collection of excerpts from others' writings. They include background information on the authors and the times and circumstances surrounding the writings. These books are entertaining and informative by themselves; but I think anyone who truly has an interest in their subject matter will find them to be useful resources as well are shortcuts to a greater understanding of the subjects.

    I highly recommend these books in both their printed and audio forms. The audio versions are read by professional narrators with engaging voices that add to the pleasure of the listening experience. I can't recommend these books enough for anyone interested in learning more of the human experience through the insight from some of the greatest minds to ever put pen to paper.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (705)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Covers a lot of old territory"
    "Makes psychology fun to learn"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a well done book that makes you think of how you think. I recommend it to anyone that wants to learn and understand human nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (745)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Great intro, overview or refresher for all ages"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for listening to with your children to start conversation about the subjects covered. The book is not just for kids and it is not dumbed-down for a young audience but it does a great job of making the subject understandable. The science that is covered is explained in simple terms so that you can just jump right in without doing other research before. I enjoyed the narration. Those that are looking to refresh there understanding of the basics of the science of our universe will find this book thought provoking and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1158)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Thank you Tom may I have another"
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    If you could sum up A History of the World in 6 Glasses in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting perspective on the development of civilization. I was thoroughly intrigued with the knowledge and writing style of the author. The author makes history come alive by teleporting the listener back to the times when what was drank was limited and reveals the effects of the dominant beverages of the times.

    sorry I guess that's more than 3 words but I refuse to be put in the box by the audible man


    What other book might you compare A History of the World in 6 Glasses to and why?

    This book is very similar to Botany of Desire and The Fruit Hunters by depicting the interaction of human beings with their food choices and what causes us to eat and drink what we do.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr g: A Novel about the Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alan Lightman
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    “As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe.” So begins Alan Lightman’s playful and profound new novel, Mr. g, the story of Creation as narrated by God. Bored with living in the shimmering Void with his bickering Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope, Mr. g creates time, space, and matter - then moves on to stars, planets, consciousness, and finally intelligent beings with moral dilemmas.

    Diane says: "The Universe: A Fable"
    "Fun for a entertaining look at god and creation"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Sometimes the details are too much for a casual listen


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Lightman? Why or why not?

    Sure, loved his creative perspective


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter is often a big reason I will take a chance on an author that I don't know. Ray is one of the best narrators in the business in my opinion. Ray brings the text to a colorful life.


    Do you think Mr g needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't know about a follow-up to Mr g but I will gladly purchase Alan Lightman's next book if it is a creative concept.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is mind expanding for those that are not going to get to hung up on the poetic license that the author had to use to tackel this subject. This is worth a listen and can make you ask even better questions about how this whole univers got started and what does it all mean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Success Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Butler-Bowden
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Discover the books that have already enriched millions. This unabridged guide to the literature of prosperity and motivation surveys 50 of the all-time classics, giving you their key ideas, insights, and applications, everything you need to know to start benefiting from these legendary works.

    jbgirl says: "Best Valued Audiobook I've Bought"
    "worth the money"
    Overall

    The 50 success classics as well as the 50 self-help classics and the 50 psychology classics are all worthwhile for the reader who wants a quality overview of the subjects. I have all 3 in audio and later bought the 50 self-help classics in print for a refferance in my book collection.

    I found that Tom Butler-Bowden included a good balance of personal observations along with the core details and excerpts from the individual books covered without injecting an overt personal bias. These books have increased my reading list, but with a clarity and focus to read the books that most interest me. These books are not just a collection of excerpts from others' writings. They include background information on the authors and the times and circumstances surrounding the writings. These books are entertaining and informative by themselves; but I think anyone who truly has an interest in their subject matter will find them to be useful resources as well as shortcuts to a greater understanding of the subjects.

    I highly recommend these books in both their printed and audio forms. The audio versions are read by professional narrators with engaging voices that add to the pleasure of the listening experience. I can't recommend these books enough for anyone interested in learning more of the human experience through the insight from some of the greatest minds.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Self-Help Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tom Butler-Bowdon
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Discover the books that have already changed the lives of millions. This award-winning, unabridged guide to the "literature of possibility" surveys 50 of the all-time classics, giving you their key ideas, insights, and applications, everything you need to know to start benefiting from these legendary works.

    Catherine says: "Surprisingly Interesting"
    "A great resource"
    Overall

    The 50 success classics as well as the 50 self-help classics and the 50 psychology classics are all worthwhile for the reader who wants a quality overview of the subjects.

    I found that Tom Butler-Bowden included a good balance of personal observations along with the core details and excerpts from the individual books covered without injecting an overt personal bias. These books have increased my reading list, but with a clarity and focus to read the books that most interest me. These books are not just a collection of excerpts from others' writings. They include background information on the authors and the times and circumstances surrounding the writings. These books are entertaining and informative by themselves; but I think anyone who truly has an interest in their subject matter will find them to be useful resources as well as shortcuts to a greater understanding of the subjects.

    I highly recommend these books in both their printed and audio forms. The audio versions are read by professional narrators with engaging voices that add to the pleasure of the listening experience. I can't recommend these books enough for anyone interested in learning more of the human experience through the insight from some of the greatest minds.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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