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  • Learning About Liberty: The Cato University Home Study Course

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Cato University
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    (106)
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    (37)
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    (36)

    You can deepen your perspectives, knowledge, and insight through exposure to some of the world's most compelling thinkers. The growth of human freedom, and with it science, culture, and capitalistic prosperity, are explained through the works and ideas of some of our civilization's most brilliant thinkers.

    Roy says: "Terrific!"
    "Outstanding!"
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    If you could sum up Learning About Liberty in three words, what would they be?

    Comprehensive, hopeful, a must-read for anyone interested in the philosophy of liberty and freedom!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thoroughness of the overview is excellent.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, this narrator is consistently solid and enjoyable.


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

    I found the entire presentation and content excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2281)
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    (1907)
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    (1883)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Useful"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Willpower Instinct the most enjoyable?

    It actually had tips that you can incorporate into your life for any goals/objectives in your sights.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciated the explanation regarding the counter-intuitive nature of some of the beliefs we have about self-control. Knowledge of these counter-intuitive effects is particularly useful to avoid goal sabotage.


    What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I actually think reading the book could be beneficial.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's humorous at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1885)
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    (1557)
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    (1572)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Another Great One from Lewis!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Boomerang the most enjoyable?

    Unexpectedly humorous! The book is fun and entertaining, and it provides great insight regarding the motivational contrasts of peoples in the regions visited.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    People are so irrational and so very deluded.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed it all, so it's hard to choose. I thought the time discussing the Monks was interesting, Iceland was fascinating, and the take on the Germans was a pretty unique offering as well.


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

    I wouldn't call the book moving per se. It's a fun trip through some of the PIIGS with side trips into California, New York & Germany.


    Any additional comments?

    You will enjoy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Revolution: A Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ron Paul
    • Narrated By Bob Craig
    Overall
    (422)
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    (168)
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    (169)

    In The Revolution, Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has exposed the core truths behind everything threatening America, from the real reasons behind the collapse of the dollar and the looming financial crisis, to terrorism and the loss of our precious civil liberties. In this book, Ron Paul provides answers to questions that few even dare to ask.

    Sierra Bravo says: "Worth your time"
    "Plain Explanation of Government's Shell Game"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Revolution the most enjoyable?

    This book grapples with the real issues facing America. It is straightforward, concise and lays out in a very easy to understand way how government has duped the American people for decades. Anyone can understand it, and they can breeze through it in a couple of hours.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Revolution?

    I was unaware of the proposed legislation to require mental health screenings for all school age children. Just when you think this government can't further exceed its authority, you realize it can. And it will. If such a law passes, government required psychotropic meds for youngsters can't be far behind. And child abuse charges levied against parents by the state for their refusal to comply will shortly follow that. The American people have to find a way to reign in this government beast before every liberty we have is stripped away from us.


    Have you listened to any of Bob Craig’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but the narrator did a good job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Systematic Fleecing of America


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reagan I Knew

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By William F. Buckley
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
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    (15)
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    (15)

    In The Reagan I Knew, the late William F. Buckley Jr. offers a reminiscence of 30 years of friendship with the man who brought the American conservative movement out of the political wilderness and into the White House. Reagan and Buckley were political allies and close friends throughout Reagan's political career. They went on vacations together and shared inside jokes.

    Charlotte says: "Great!"
    "So Charming"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Reagan I Knew to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The people in the book are so charming and gracious.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    He's a good narrator. The voice is pleasant and harmonious with this set of characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2581)
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    (2009)
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    (1995)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Buy the Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow to be better than the print version?

    I recommend against the audio version. The book is great. But the narrator is grating on the nerves. I couldn't even listen to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2186)
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    (740)
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    (745)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Some Concrete Ideas to Drive your Message Home"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's a quick, light read. It's worthwhile in that it gives you ideas to use in communicating effectively.


    Did Made to Stick inspire you to do anything?

    Use tools that insure my communications can be remembered by my audience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3624)
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    (1150)
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    (1154)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Interesting!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Predictably Irrational to be better than the print version?

    I like both versions. I like having the book. But the narration and nature of the book lends itself well to listening also. Ariely is a fascinating man who conducts really fun and interesting research into human behavior. I don't agree with all of the ideas he brings forward as solutions to specific problems. But he just brings them forward for consideration, and they have merit and definitely provide food for thought.


    What other book might you compare Predictably Irrational to and why?

    It's a nice companion book for the Upside of Irrationality, which I believe the author intended.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent, each one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Surprise! Well, not so much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonah Goldberg
    • Narrated By Jonah Goldberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
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    (231)
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    (228)

    According to Goldberg, if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick liberals ever pulled was convincing themselves they’re not ideological. Today “objective” journalists and academics and “moderate” politicians peddle some of the most radical arguments by hiding them in homespun aphorisms.

    Christopher says: "Thought provoking and funny"
    "If you think PC is out of Control, Give a Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Tyranny of Clichés the most enjoyable?

    It's a fun book. It provides good examples and highlights the ridiculous nature of much of today's political rhetoric.


    Which character – as performed by Jonah Goldberg – was your favorite?

    Jonah is my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the book is quite entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dinesh D’Souza
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (152)
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    (155)

    In his controversial New York Times best seller, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, Dinesh D’Souza answered the question on everyone’s mind: why is President Obama hell-bent on seeing America fail? The reason, D’Souza explained, is Obama’s fervent anticolonial ideology. Here, in his blockbuster follow-up, Obama’s America, D’Souza shows how President Obama is applying his anticolonial ideology to unmake America and turn it into a country our founders would hardly recognize.

    STORK says: "Obama was not ready for Prime Time"
    "Wish the 53% had listened to this before Nov 2012"
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    If you could sum up Obama’s America in three words, what would they be?

    We were warned


    What did you like best about this story?

    He does a good job. I know many didn't take him seriously when the book was released. I thought he was right then. And I still do.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    It's old news now, water under the bridge, which is collapsing like most everything else. It's just as D'Souza predicted.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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