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  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1048)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "Don't waste your time. Don't waste your $."
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    I just learned that the selection of zero stars is not permitted on Audible.com. I wonder why.

    For page after page the authors gripe about people, human behaviors, and other authors. But they never lay out any credible thesis nor provide actual evidence to support it. They do inform us that we should EAT MORE BUGS. Seriously. I'm not making this up. Many many remarkable books are available on audible.com, so don't waste your time and money on this one.

    One good thing about the book: it has SEX in the title. Woo Hoo! Don't fall for it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (220)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    Blake says: "Explains the clash between Islam and the West"
    "Yes. I really liked the book."
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    Destiny (for short) tells great stories. And it is read by the author, so you get all of the pronunciations, and inflections, and emotional meanings that he intends.

    He was born in “the mid-east”, so he knows that religion, that culture, and that history. But he’s lived in The States for decades so he knows American and European history, culture, and religion too. As he tells the history, the reader realizes that tragedy, cruelty, and stupidity happen in both cultures. Genius, compassion, and triumph, too.

    Destiny is easily accessible to me as an American white guy. His humor, his language, and his writing, are all easy for me to understand. If we can understand one another then, hopefully, with understanding, will come peace.

    I loaned Destiny to my neighbor, an older guy who had Catholic school all the way. He would not give the book back to me until he had listened to it three times. So either the book is really interesting, or my neighbor’s Alzheimers’ is getting worse -- and he just listens again and again without remembering.

    I guess I mostly liked the book because I feel better equipped to make peace and prosperity with the Billion people who hail from these traditions. I still feel proud of the remarkable things that America has done, since its founding, to create human liberty. I think that the author would agree. But, reading Destiny we get to walk in the shoes of some people from the Mid-east, and consider what Americans would do differently, if we could do it over again. And maybe know better what we should do today and tomorrow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (753)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "Yes. I surely recommend it."
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    Two things I love about this book:

    First, the author tells a story very very well. Clear prose. Dramatic flow of each chapter. He was trained as a journalist and it shows.

    Second, as he tells each tale about how Google developed from obscurity to success, and his part in that development, he describes the enlightened wisdom that he tried to bring to each challenge that Google faced. Then, as each story unfolds, he confesses how he was often wrong and what he really learned from each episode. (Hence the subtitle "Confessions of Google employee number 59"). Everyone should approach life in this way: share your wisdom with others, but be open to their wisdom too. Remembering that you might be wrong is the only path to enlightenment.

    This book is the story of human endeavor: the creation of Google. And it is the author's personal story of his quest for wisdom, economic survival, and enlightenment.

    Four stars from me is not faint praise. I reserve the highest rating for just the few books that come along rarely in one's lifetime. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conquests and Cultures: An International History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (132)
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    (132)

    This book is the culmination of fifteen years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over the centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.

    Mark says: "Time very well spent"
    "Wow!"
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    The author has put together facts and observations from so many times and places in human history. He has discerned fascinating patterns and painted an enlightening picture to share with us, listeners. If you like to learn about the history of the human race then do not miss this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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