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  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (3784)
    Performance
    (3352)
    Story
    (3362)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Okay but not his best"
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    This is the first of Malcolm Gladwell's books that I haven't loved. I didn't think the arguments he made in this one were as well supported as those in previous books. And though some of the stories were interesting, the theme that tied them together felt forced in places. I'll still look forward to his next one, but when I feel like re-listening to one of his I'll go with Outliers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joel Best
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Does the number of children gunned down double each year? Does anorexia kill 150,000 young women annually? Do white males account for only a sixth of new workers? Startling statistics shape our thinking about social issues. But all too often, these numbers are wrong. This book is a lively guide to spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers. Damned Lies and Statistics is essential listening for everyone who reads or listens to the news....

    Robbie says: "No Lie, I Loved It"
    "Loved it"
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    Joel Best's book puts language around statistics to give readers a basic vocabulary of statistical analysis and an awareness that statistics are not sacrosanct. I wish it were longer and jam-packed with additional examples that would really take you by surprise. But then it would be Freakonomics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (207)

    For decades, the Left has been putting on a play with themselves as heroes in an ongoing civil rights move­ment - which they were mostly absent from at the time. Long after pervasive racial discrimination ended, they kept pretending America was being run by the Klan and that liberals were black America’s only protectors. It took the O. J. Simpson verdict - the race-based acquittal of a spectacularly guilty black celebrity as blacks across America erupted in cheers - to shut down the white guilt bank.

    Philip Busch says: "Ann knows how to deliver"
    "Interesting and scathing"
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    Well, it's Ann Coulter. Her voice is strident, her tone scathing, and this book becomes an endurance test to see if you can get to the end before you gouge out your ears. The overall theme is that liberal politicians have used racial issues to bolster their political positions without regard to actual social outcomes of their policies. She cites multiple historical examples as well as statistical evidence in her argumentation, some of which is interesting and some of which is hard to sit through (for example, she breaks out which "Goldwater states" supported which presidential candidates over the last 40 years). This book is interesting if you're conservative and probably intolerable if you're liberal.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5272)
    Performance
    (3536)
    Story
    (3547)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Should be unabridged"
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    This is a great book even for non zombie-lit enthusiasts. It takes a single word and dissects it into social, political, military, and biological elements--each of which is interesting on its own and fascinating when considered as a part of the greater whole. The performance is great in concept. The oral history format of the book lends itself to the performance format of the audiobook, with each section narrated by the character who experienced it. My only objection was that some of the accents are heavy and fake sounding enough that it distracts from the material. Still, this is a great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9401)
    Performance
    (8533)
    Story
    (8598)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Typically enjoyable Dan Brown"
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    This book is very much like every other Dan Brown novel. Lots of art and history references with a twist. If you like Dan Brown, you'll probably enjoy this book because of rather than in spite of its formula. It's not earth-shattering, but is entertaining and the performance is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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