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  • American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Dan Savage
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (478)

    Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

    Anya says: "Some great essays, but a bit repetitive"
    "No focus. Two many unrelated topics."
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    The first few chapters are good, where he enlightens us to social issues about sex from a gay man's perspective. But in later chapters, he diverges to unrelated topics where his highly-opinionated rants would annoy anybody who doesn't totally agree with him. On the topic of euthanasia, he bored me with endless details about his mother's death. Just because his mother's death was important to him doesn't make it important to strangers like me who never knew his mother. At times, the author rambles on with nonessential discussion, as if he has nothing to say but needs to write more, anyway, so as to have enough to complete a book.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stephen S. Ilardi
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    In the past decade, depression rates have skyrocketed, and one in four Americans will suffer from major depression at some point in their lives. Where have we gone wrong? Dr. Stephen S. Ilardi sheds light on our current predicament and reminds us that our bodies were never designed for the sleep-deprived, poorly nourished, frenzied pace of 21st-century life.

    Carol says: "Thank God for an answer that doesn't involve Rx!!!"
    "Best self-help book on depression"
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    Of all the self-help books on depression that I have read, this is by far the best. It identifies proven steps an individual can take to elevate their mood, and the author speaks with authority because he is an expert.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Erasing Hell: What God Said about Eternity, and the Things We Made Up

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Francis Chan, Preston Sprinkle
    • Narrated By Preston Sprinkle
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    How could a loving God send people to Hell? Will people have a chance after they die to believe in Jesus and go to heaven? With a humble respect for God’s Word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. They’ve asked the same questions. Like you, sometimes they just don’t want to believe in Hell. But, as they write, “We cannot afford to be wrong on this issue.” This is not a book about who is saying what. It’s a book about what God says.

    Nate says: "Fantastic Response to Universalism"
    "Disappointing - sermon rather than scholarly"
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    Too much anecdotal content of a personal nature that makes the narrative twice as long as it needs to be. The author's subjective, personal feelings are also irrelevant to the topic. For example, I couldn't care less about how the author grieved, when his grandmother died; and yet, he discusses it at length.

    Too much emphasis on the Christian bible without reference to non-Christian sources. Would prefer a more scholarly discussion of Hell from the perspective of how the subject might be taught by a college professor. This author, instead, sounds too much like a preacher in a pulpit, relying solely upon the Christian bible as his authority.

    If a Christian sermon is what you want, then you will love it. But if a scholarly discussion is what you expected, then you will want a refund.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Greta Christina
    • Narrated By Greta Christina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    Why are atheists angry? Is it because they're selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God? Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry - and are ready to do something about it? Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it. This accessible, personal, down-to-earth book speaks not only to atheists, but also to believers who want to understand the so-called new atheism.

    Erik says: "I didn't need to listen to this book"
    "Englightening. Excellent."
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    Usually I hate books where the author chooses to be narrator, rather than hiring a professional narrator. But in this instance, the author narrates well; probably because she is also a public speaker.

    The book sets forth a persuasive case for atheism by using logic and reason and does so without being inflammatory or contentious. It is a book that teaches.

    9 of 15 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
    (835)
    Performance
    (724)
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    (724)

    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"
    "Enlightening, entertaining, easy listening"
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    The only bad reviews that I have read about this book are from expert psychologists, who say that its author discusses nothing original but instead rehashes other researcher's ideas.

    But so what? I enjoy the audio book, anyway. It is easy listening that entertains while providing an overview of cognitive psychology. It sustained my interest for enough hours that I got my money's worth.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (561)

    In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

    Leigh says: "Great material. Not-so-great narration."
    "Goes way off topic and rambles"
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    This book is suppose to be about the "believing brain", but less than half the book has anything to do with such topic. Perhaps that is because publishers force authors to use catchy titles, so the book will sell.

    For example, the author delves into the Big Bang theory of the universe and multiverses; and he rambles on and on about other irrelevant topics, as if to ensure his text is long enough to be a book. Otherwise, had the author only discussed "believing brain", the audio book could have been one hour instead of several hours.

    Audio books also sound better when read professionally, instead of being read by their author. This is another one of those that is read by the author. One annoyances is its inappropriate use of music at the beginning and end of each chapter. It makes spoken words difficult to understand for a few minutes, until the music stops.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Spontaneous Awakening

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Adyashanti
    • Narrated By Adyashanti
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    For those who are seeking a path of simplicity, not bound by the trappings of spiritual practice, Adyashanti brings a fresh and humble approach to Zen wisdom. "Don't think that awakening is the end," teaches Adyashanti. "Awakening is the end of seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life lived from your true nature."

    TeresaD says: "Satsang w/ Adyashanti"
    "Worst audio book that I have bought so far."
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    Narrator rambles in a conversational style, interjecting laughs and sometimes mumbling as if he were stoned. Narrator repeats and rephrases everything he says for emphasis, as if we didn't hear him the first time. Probably because he really has nothing of substance to say. Very annoying.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (638)

    Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

    Dennis says: "If you are new to the subject, listen to it!"
    "Catchy title and introduction - but nothing more"
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    The book's title and introduction are unrelated to the book's content, which itself is just a rehash of biographical and historical facts about cosmology as a science. Except for the book's title and introduction, the question of "a universe from nothing" or "something from nothing" is a question that is not even addressed, much less answered.

    Call if fraud because fraud is what it is, whenever the title and introduction of any book intentionally use marketing deception to induce a person to buy a book that they would otherwise find useless.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mystery A.K.A. Erik Von Markovik, Lovedrop A.K.A. Chris Odom
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (210)

    For every man who always wondered why some guys have all the luck, Mystery, considered by many to be the world's greatest pickup artist, finally reveals his secrets for finding and forming relationships with some of the world's most beautiful women. Mystery gained mainstream attention for his role in Neil Strauss' New York Times best-selling expose The Game. Now he has written the definitive handbook on the art of the pickup.

    SpaceFuzz says: "Extract the elements you need. Ignore the rest."
    "Major waste of time and money"
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    Book fails into deliver what it promises. Period. Author boasts about his pickup skills with beautiful women, promising to teach his methods in the book's introduction. But then, he quickly diverges into a variety of random topics that are unrelated to his stated topic; and he never refocuses. He just rambles on and on. I wish I could get a refund. I feel cheated. The irrelevance of the book's content to the book's title constitute consumer fraud.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (411)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "Too much biographical info; not enough science."
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    This book could be one fifth its size if insignificant endless details about personal lives of astronomers were omitted. It is annoying.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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