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John

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  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2617)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1615)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Helped me understand troublemakers in my life."
    Overall

    A May 15, 2009 listener review says, "her tome quickly degenerates into a not-too-subtly veiled commentary on conservatism, Bush and the War on Terror (all quite sociopathic, apparently)."
    .
    Don't let this stop you from buying this book. I was still listening for this "not-too-subtle" commentary when the book was ending. The best guess I can come up with to explain where this slant was heard by the reviewer is the part of the book where Dr. Stout explains the usefulness of a sociopathic mind in a soldier in combat. This is true whether the battle is lead under a conservative or liberal government.
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    Don't read too much into your friends, family, co-workers, or acquaintances after finishing this book. After a second time through the book, I have a better understanding of what the Doctor writes and have removed some people from my mental list of possibles, but still have a former co-worker and (sadly) and sibling who still fit the bill.

    I hope I'm wrong about one.

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Reich in Power

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (210)

    The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A catalog of horrors"
    "A view point not often shown"
    Overall

    Many books have been written that describe how the Third Reich affected the rest of the world. This is one of the rare books that describes how the Third Reich affected Germany.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Who Can't Forget: Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jill Price, Bart Davis
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    What is it like to never forget - to be able to retrieve not only every positive moment of every day of your life, but also every painful episode as if it were happening again? Imagine a permanent record of every event of your life constantly running through your brain, making you both master of your past and the prisoner of your relentless memory. Jill Price's memory is so powerful and so detailed that she can remember what she had for breakfast on any given day, going back into the 1970s.

    Vishruth says: "Boring Listen"
    "Dry?"
    Overall

    There are some reviews that complain about how this book goes into too much detail about the writer's memory. I can't think of a way she can explain her memory without this kind of detail. Do remember, please, that this book is not meant to be an exiting thriller. It is meant to be a book about an unusual memory that science had not seen before. This lends itself to be a dry story if you don't find this kind of thing interesting in an intellectual way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jim Fraser
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Due to its connections to violent crime and ingenious detective work, forensic science is a subject of endless fascination to the general public. A criminal case can often hinge on a piece of evidence such as a hair, a blood trace, a bit of saliva on a cigarette butt, or the telltale mark of a tire tread. This Very Short Introduction looks at the nature of forensic science, examining what forensic science is and how it is used in the investigation of crime.

    John says: "Why the high reviews?"
    "Why the high reviews?"
    Overall

    One of the first things you heard when beginning this book is a promise that a PDF of the figures, diagrams, and illustrations that are CONSTANTLY referred to is available for download where the book was purchased. If you can't see what image the writer is talking about, how can you learn from this book? More importantly than that, how can you rate it with more than one star?

    Don't download this book until the PDF is made available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3432)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1393)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Surprisingly Good!"
    Overall

    Since it was made into a Movie (three times), I figured this would be a good book. What I didn't expect was just how much this story held my attention. All three movies based on this book do not follow the original very well, so you really need get this book to get the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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