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Douglas

College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Auburn, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Ivanhoe

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
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    (48)
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    (47)

    During the reign of Richard I, Wilfred of Ivanhoe earns his father's disapproval by falling in love with Rowena, his father's ward. His father had planned to wed her himself, and reestablish the Saxon line.

    Tobin says: "A great classic romance/adventure"
    "Rambling classic"
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    weaving history and fiction around Ivanhoe, who finally shows up--after barely appearing at all throughout the long volume--to save the day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stanley N. Alpert
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (16)
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    (9)
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    On January 21, 1998, the night before his 38th birthday, federal prosecutor Stanley Alpert was kidnapped by a car full of gun-toting thugs. Hoping to make a large withdrawal with his ATM card, they took him, blindfolded, to a Brooklyn apartment, and improvised. All night, his captors alternately held guns to his head, threatened his family, engaged him in discussions of "gangsta" philosophy, sought his legal advice, and even offered him sexual favors from their prostitute girlfriends as a "birthday present."

    Douglas says: "Since there haven't been any SERIOUS..."
    "Since there haven't been any SERIOUS..."
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    Audible reviews on this audiobook yet, I get to be the first to give one. First, forget the narrator--okay, you don't always get Charlton Heston, but hey, someone is reading you a book, all right?... Now... I first encountered Stanley Alpert's story on 48 Hours Live To Tell. I instantly went looking for the book. This thing is great! It's terrifying, hilarious, engaging and so wacky and off the wall that when Stanley first told the tale to police, they thought he had to be making it up. Movie-style thugs with guns, drugs, sex, compassionate prostitutes who offer hostages freebies, fancy cars, wild rides--all after a simple ATM robbery goes awry. Unless you are obsessed with voice intonations, you can't help but love this audiobook. If you ARE obsessed with voice intonations, get it in print. Great story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal
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    What's your most importan goal? Why does it matter so deeply? How will you overcome the obstacles? Answer these questions with sincerity, proceed with mindfulness and compassion, and you have just set in motion a revolutionary method for personal change that is supported by both the latest science and traditional wisdom.

    T says: "It really is powerful and can lead to change"
    "Love McGonigal!"
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    I first became acquainted with Kelly McGonigal through her talks published on youtube, and her work on compassion and social change is the best. YES! she does use brain science to back up her ideas (one reviewer below denies it). Yes, her methods are practical, though they must be steadily and regularly implemented. Read her book on willpower along with this one. They dovetail nicely, and the book on willpower will help you understand and apply the principles in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2550)
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    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Best Book On This Subject..."
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    since Tom Miller's 1986 classic The Unfair Advantage. McGonigal combines knowledge from behavioral psychology and the newer brain science to show how willpower is not just an abrupt act of decision but rather a long training--or retraining--of the brain in the positive ways that you want your life to go. Like Miller, McGonigal shows that willpower is not so much an instantly claimed virtue as it is steady, plodding day-to-day programming of the self, taking small but regular steps toward your personal goals of development. Miller's great line was "No one has willpower except guys named Will." This is the great message of both books: willpower is not an abstraction that can be seized at a moment's notice when temptation arises, but a cultivated personal power, an individual course that can only be constructed a day at a time by any given individual.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sally

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (9)
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    (5)
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    The arrival of a golf ball on the green at the eighteenth hole at Bingley-on-Sea sets in motion a train of events to cast men everywhere into despondency. For the striker of the ball is not only a woman doctor but beautiful into the bargain. The disease of love in its most virulent strain attacks Bill Bannister; confusion sets in everywhere, and only a prescription of Wodehousian wit and humor can save the situation.

    Douglas says: "Wodehouse Charm And Social Commentary"
    "Wodehouse Charm And Social Commentary"
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    I first encountered Wodehouse like most do--through the Jeeves stories, and since those years ago, he has never failed to delight me with the fine British wit and charm that come across in every well-crafted line of his stories and short novels. The real grace of Wodehouse is that his fiction feels light, with its airy little jokes and puns, but there is, in the end, real depth in the social commentary and criticism that is always present, even in the most light-hearted tale. Doctor Sally comes highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jack Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (115)
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    (101)
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    (102)

    For twenty-five years, the trusted family doctor in a small Wyoming town had been raping and molesting the women and children who most relied on him. Mostly Mormons, the naive victims sometimes realized on their wedding nights the truth about what had happened in Dr. Story's office.

    Douglas says: "Just Beginning To Read Jack Olsen..."
    "Just Beginning To Read Jack Olsen..."
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    and listened to Doc after listening to the twenty one hours of Son: A Psychopath And His Victims nearly nonstop. Olsen does in Doc exactly what he accomplishes in Son: in a terse, tight, Hemingway style, he paints a vivid, living background and then peoples it with living, breathing individuals, good, bad, ugly, letting the story come to life of its own, teasing out each fact, each personality, each vital detail. The stories are purely factual, but they are nothing like police reports; they are even less like tabloid stories. They are crime stories, Capote-style, just as they should be. Doc comes highly recommended from this reader.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Son

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jack Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (114)
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    (102)
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    (99)

    Recounts the tragic events that followed the arrest of Fred Coe, a conservative, clean-cut young man, for a series of rapes committed in the city of Spokane and led to revenge and murder.

    Douglas says: "A Powerful Psychological Analysis.."
    "A Powerful Psychological Analysis.."
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    of the schizoid-type psychopath who terrorized an untold number of victims in the South Hill region of Spokane Washington back in the 1970's. The two negative reviews here on this book complain that it is "dry" or "lacking in detail." To begin, I don't know what book these reviewers read, because SON is actually quite riveting and rich in detail, but if one is looking for a story dripping in gore and body fluids, well, okay, one might look elsewhere; if one is looking for a true crime story that is penetrating, psychological, intelligent, and always seeking the truth of the situation, this is the one to get.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kant: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Roger Scruton
    • Narrated By Kyle Munley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
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    (27)
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    Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but also one of the most difficult. Roger Scruton tackles his exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to Kant's work and showing why the Critique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring.

    Mark Johnson says: "Excellent Kant summary but horrible narration"
    "Very Fine Introduction..."
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    to both Kant the man and his philosophical theories. Entertaining and enlightening stories from what little "personal life" Kant engaged in, and a thorough going-through of his ideas and how they developed. This would be particularly good for someone just beginning to study Kant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hardcore Self Help: F--k Anxiety

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Duff
    • Narrated By Robert Duff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
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    (16)
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    Hardcore Self Help: F--k Anxiety is for those of us who find the prospect of reading a traditional self-help book to be way too boring. How are you supposed to make positive changes in your life if the book itself feels like a chore? This audiobook is definitely not a chore.

    In Hardcore Self Help: F--k Anxiety, I talk to you like a friend. There is lots of swearing and humor but also loads of helpful and actionable information.

    Amazon Customer says: "amazing!"
    "I Am Not Offended By Offensive Language..."
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    when it is used with effect, but this is gratuitous and stupid. The author tries to make up for the very ordinary approach to anxiety treatment (nothing new here) with "talking like a normal person" ("normal" if you use empty vulgarity every other word) and trying to seem hip and cool and identifiable. (The tone pretty much runs like this: "You don't need some egghead telling you about those fancy neurotransmitters when I can make it seem much more relatable by referring to your brain as a "douche."--Please!) It's not so much anxiety as the reader here that ends up feeling....well,,,

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rick Santorum
    • Narrated By Rick Santorum
    Overall
    (19)
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    (15)
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    This audiobook addresses the current societal influences of the "Bigs" and relates the importance of the "Littles" in our communities in an incredibly interesting, conversational style. Packed with credibility and information and proven alternatives to our nation's problems, It Takes a Family is a must-listen for understanding and implementing the crucial elements of a successful society.

    Douglas says: "A Well-Written And Important..."
    "A Well-Written And Important..."
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    reminder of the vital need for traditional values in a culture drifting ever closer to moral relativism and suppression of traditional values... This book is about the reestablishment of the traditional family as the central element of American culture, but it is about a lot more than that: namely, the need for movement away from the Orwellean, 1984 reliance upon Big Brother government for the establishment of moral value and the common good. It is a call away from the morally relativistic "individualism" of postmodern America to the rugged individualism that put the burden of the common good and social stability upon "the people" rather than on a governing body that could then impose its own system of self-serving values upon the people. It is a call for a renewed sense of responsibility and a holding to the values that have made for a strong America in the past... And should you think there is not an active suppression of traditional values in this country, consider this: today, my wife was giving a taped interview for her workplace concerned with positive activity she was doing in the public sector. During the interview, she stated that she felt her public service was an expression of her Christian faith. At this point, the interviewer/camera person paused and turned to the person in charge of the project and asked sotto voice (but loud enough for my wife to hear): "can we use that?"--that is, "can she say that?" or, more rightly, "isn't anything having to do with traditional religion out of bounds outside of the musty walls of a church building?" Imagine such a question in regard to race, nationality or sexual orientation--the interviewer would have never worked again. But because religion is the current social kryptonite, he felt compelled to inquire as to whether or not its very mention should be censored. And totally without regard to whether or not my wife would be offended by such effrontery. Read this book while you are still allowed to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immanuel Kant: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By A. J. Mandt
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (63)
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    (25)
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    Immanuel Kant's "transcendental" philosophy transcends the question of "what" we know to ask "how" we know it. Before Kant, philosophers had debated for centuries whether knowledge is derived from experience or reason. Kant says that both views are partly right and partly wrong, that they share the same error; both believe that the mind and the world, reason and nature, are separated from one another.

    Douglas says: "A Fine Introduction..."
    "A Fine Introduction..."
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    to Kant and his line of reason. I have read Kant and can recommend this book as a good introduction to difficult work for someone who is less acquainted with philosophy. Kant is not at all easy, and reading this book first will make one familiar with the basic premises with which he will be dealing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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