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Saud

Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3335)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1983)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Very Educational"
    Overall

    This is a very educational and interesting look into the life of one of the most influential characters in history. I have learned a lot about him from this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alexis Ohanian
    • Narrated By Alexis Ohanian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (46)

    As Alexis Ohanian learned when he helped to co-found the immensely popular reddit.com, the internet is the most powerful and democratic tool for disseminating information in human history. And when that power is harnessed to create new communities, technologies, businesses or charities, the results can be absolutely stunning. In this audiobook, Alexis will share his ideas, tips and even his own doodles about harnessing the power of the web for good, and along the way, he will share his philosophy with young entrepreneurs all over the globe.

    BonCarasso says: "Buy this audio book!"
    "Updated History of the Internet"
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    If you enjoyed previous books about the history of the Internet, but hate the fact that they cut off in the mid-2000's, this book picks up to discuss the trends and biggest phenomena since then to early 2014.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (128)

    Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

    VyTri says: "Sucess advice from a cartoonist!"
    "Interesting insight not to give up"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This audiobook is written by the writer of Dilbert. It explains how to move from wherever you are to your optimal self, and not to be discouraged by failure. Nothing new here, except for the first part of the book where he discusses his series of failures which lead to him authoring the successful Dilbert comic strips. You can stop when he starts giving advice on exercise and diet. There's better, more specialized books on them than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Peter says: "This book was one of the worst ideas every"
    "A list of bad ideas"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a list of random bad ideas in business, sports and politics with no overarching theme other than them being less than optimal ideas. This book has no point, and a Wikipedia article of the worst ideas ever would be a better, more comprehensive read for free.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Texts of the World

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant Hardy, Ph.D., Yale University
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    With few exceptions, the world's religions are anchored in their sacred texts-core writings that express the ideals and vision of the faiths, forming a basis for belief and action. Humanity's library of sacred writings is a huge canon that includes many of the most influential books ever written.

    Jacobus says: "An excellent introduction to various religions"
    "Easy to pick up, hard to put down"
    Overall
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    What about Professor Grant Hardy, Ph.D., Yale University’s performance did you like?

    He shows a deep understanding on all the religious texts he covers in this course, as well as what it means to the members of the religion it's a part of. I would definitely get any other course he gives.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several, including the verses he cites from each religious text.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've ever been curious to understand how religious teachings really are in one or more religion, this is the course you have to get.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

    Sarah says: "A good educational course on the British Empire"
    "A real history"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a course that explores the history of the British Empire without glorification or condemnation, giving a balanced look at both the good and the bad. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Classics of Russian Literature

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Irwin Weil
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Russian literature famously probes the depths of the human soul, and in this series of 36 insightful lectures prepared by a frequently honored teacher legendary among educators in both the United States and Russia-you probe just as deeply into the extraordinary legacy that is Russian Literature itself.Professor Weil introduces you to masterpieces such as Tolstoy's War and Peace, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Gogol's Dead Souls, Chekhov's The Seagull, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, and many other great novels, stories, plays, and poems.

    Cookie says: "This is really special!"
    "Should have read some Russian literature first"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the professor displays a solid grasp over the subject matter, I found my mind wandering off during some of the slower parts. There are interesting parts regarding how writers and literature affected communism and Russian society, and it does show a large diversity in themes and approaches to storytelling.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (415)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Russell says: "Makes Dexter look like a boy scout."
    "Evil?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a story I've been trying to get into for a while, and I'm glad it did. It's a disturbing journey through the mind of a successful psychopath as he describes his bloody murders in the same tone and attention to detail as he does describing what other characters are wearing. It can be slow at times (after all, he describes what everybody around him is wearing in detail), but it is a story that will haunt you. Not for queasy people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (218)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John B. Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "Starts weak, gets interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I first thought this was a weak audiobook I happened to get during a promotion a few weeks ago, but it has its moments and can be listened to in a single session for light listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    From the trenches of World War I to Nazi Germany to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, the 20th century was a time of unprecedented violence. Yet while such monumental violence seems senseless, it is not inexplicable. If we can understand the origins of violence, we may prevent even greater horrors in the century to come. These 24 necessary lectures trace the violent history of the 20th century, beginning with its early roots in the American and, especially, the French revolutions.

    MasterPsych says: "A Great Lecture Series"
    "The Last Stretch of Modern History"
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    This course explores the biggest global movers and shakers of the twentieth century, covering events leading to the World Wars up to the first Gulf War. While the Professor tries to present ideas in unbiased form, it is obvious that he is strongly biased against some of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World of Byzantium

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Byzantium is too-often considered merely the "eastern rump" of the old Roman Empire, a curious and even unsettling mix of the classical and medieval. Yet it was, according to Professor Harl, "without a doubt the greatest state in Christendom through much of the Middle Ages," and well worth our attention as a way to widen our perspective on everything from the decline of imperial Rome to the rise of the Renaissance.

    collin lau says: "Another piece of the puzzle"
    "Where two worlds collide"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Byzantium rarely receives the recognition and attention it deserves, especially when we realize the significance it had to the Muslim world and Christian Europe. This course explores the basic points of this rich empire without holding back.

    Worth listening to for any history buff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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