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  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (430)

    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

    glamazon says: "Finally!"
    "A life story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Social Animal the most enjoyable?

    It follows the protagonist from birth to death, presenting many examples of our pains and joys throughout, and explains many psychological theories in easy to understand ways.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exploring Metaphysics

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David K. Johnson
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

    DaniDarko says: "Very dissapointing"
    "Pop culture, big questions & an excited professor"
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    Let me get the professor's voice and tone out of the way: Compared to more collected professors in the Great Courses, Professor David K. Johnson has a voice that could be considered annoying.

    The good: He is well versed in complex ideas as well as pop culture, so expect plenty of examples from pop culture when explaining big questions regarding personal identity, free will, time travel, quantum mechanics and God.

    I don't agree with many of his conclusions, but his enthusiasm kept me going to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Livermore
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

    Quaker says: "Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses"
    "Does what it can with the time it has"
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    This course as an exploration of ten cultural value dimensions:

    1. Identity—Individualist versus Collectivist
    2. Authority—Low versus High Power Distance
    3. Risk—Low versus High Uncertainty Avoidance
    4. Achievement—Cooperative versus Competitive
    5. Time—Punctuality versus Relationships
    6. Communication—Direct versus Indirect
    7. Lifestyle—Being versus Doing
    8. Rules—Particularist versus Universalist
    9. Expressiveness—Neutral versus Affective
    10. Social Norms—Tight versus Loose

    Followed by applying them to ten global culture clusters:

    1. Anglo Cultures
    2. Nordic European Cultures
    3. Germanic Cultures
    4. Eastern European/Central Asian Cultures
    5. Latin European Cultures
    6. Latin American Cultures
    7. Confucian Asian Cultures
    8. South Asian Cultures
    9. Sub-Saharan African Cultures
    10. Arab Cultures

    It's not a full guide of do's and don'ts, but it provides some key guidelines on each social clusters and how to learn more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark Berkson
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    According to polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Forum on Religion & Public Life, the majority of Americans fail basic tests about religion, including tests on their own faith. This is troublesome because religious literacy is about so much more than naming deities or knowing the stories of ancient history. For many of us, religion is a way to examine and understand ourselves. These 24 enlightening lectures offer you the chance to experience the world's religions from all angles – historical, theological, and cultural.

    George R. Murray says: "Could Not Have Been Better"
    "Enriching"
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    An excellent tour of many world religions, exploring origins, belief systems, social structures and various sects among other things. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: War, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching - and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.

    Jean says: "A good review of the global financial system"
    "Terrifyingly relevant"
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    I thought this was going to be another alarmist book warning of a financial Armageddon, but the tone is balanced and the arguments solid. Something is wrong with money, and this is the book that will keep you up at night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5310)
    Performance
    (4954)
    Story
    (4948)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Very meta"
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    This story starts slow, but picks up once the characters decide to take action. The third act of the story is very entertaining. The codas at the end are highly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James D. Watson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Roger Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (226)

    By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.

    A. Lai says: "Fabulous book!"
    "Not good, not bad"
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    This is a case where the story leading up to the scientific breakthrough and beyond that is exactly what you'd expect: skeptics, supporters, distractions and rivalries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Camouflage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (245)

    The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it.

    Deborah Thompson says: "Grows on you"
    "Fascinating characters"
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    This is a story of a shape changing creature which decides to integrate into human society, and has to deal with issues of war, love and another shape changer going around. I don't want to spoil the story, but the ending just seems too convenient and happy. There's also a bunch of sex scenes with the shape changer masquerading as both genders which seem a bit forced.

    For those two flaws, it gets 4 stars in overall and story.

    The narrator did an especially good job with different character accents without making them sound comical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Decisive Battles of World History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gregory S. Aldrete
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Throughout history, military engagements have altered the course of historical events. In these 36 dynamic lectures, Professor Aldrete leads you in discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world. Across 4,000 years of history, you'll explore nearly 40 key military engagements, from the milestone battles of Western civilization to their counterparts in the Middle East, India, and Asia.

    IRP says: "Excellent Course- Needs Battle Maps"
    "Amazing"
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    This is a very interesting collection of some of the most important battles in recorded history on land and sea. A tour de force.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    No understanding of human life, individual or collective, could be complete without factoring in the role and contribution of these history-shaping teachers. Now, this 36-lecture series takes you deep into the life stories and legacies of these four iconic figures, revealing the core teachings, and thoughts of each, and shedding light on the historical processes that underlie their phenomenal, enduring impact.

    cliff says: "Audible at its best"
    "Beautiful study of four great people"
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    This is a secular study of four very interesting great people from a secular perspective. I especially enjoyed the comparative part of the course, which comes in the final 3 lectures. While I have a problem with the whole "they didn't intend to start religions and made it up" part of the course, it must be remembered that it is a secular perspective and doesn't necessarily match reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time: Great Discoveries

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (353)

    A dazzling tour of the universe as Einstein saw it. How did Albert Einstein come up with the theories that changed the way we look at the world? By thinking in pictures. Michio Kaku, leading theoretical physicist (a cofounder of string theory) and best-selling science storyteller, shows how Einstein used seemingly simple images to lead a revolution in science. With originality and expertise, Kaku uncovers the surprising beauty that lies at the heart of Einstein's cosmos

    david says: "Relatively Wonderful"
    "Fascinating look at a brilliant mind"
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    This is a story of Einstein's greatest achievements and the personal, scientific and political environment revolving around it. I enjoyed Kaku's unique style of bringing Einstein to life as a human with human concerns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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