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  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (573)

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    Douglas says: "A Brilliant And Insightful Book!"
    "Interesting, but not illuminating"
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    I'll save you the time: liberals like diversity and naturally respond less to threat-based spin and conservatives like uniformity and naturally respond more to threat-based spin. We already know that. The book basically broke that down. What I wanted was to understand how other people form their views to be able to have a conversation with them without thinking they are mindless fools. I didn't get that from this book. I listened to this book to get a better understanding of my neighbors, but after listening attentively, I still don't have the tools to understand them.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (368)

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "Meh, Despite My Best Wishes"
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    My friend introduced me to Laurie R. King when The Beekeeper's Apprentice was first released, so I feel a particular investment in this storyline. When I read each book (this is the first of the series I've listened to), I feel more and more like if I was the intellectual I want to be I'd enjoy them more. There's a lot of detail and research to the stories, but they seem dry. Maybe it's an artistic choice to represent the time of the story? I enjoy the details of each book, but find each a chore to get through. The audio version made Garment of Shadows a much more pleasant journey, but I still had to take frequent breaks so that I could stay engaged while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (773)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Waiting... Waiting..."
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    The short description of the book includes "Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet." As the end of the story approached I was distracted and in anticipation of what the "happiest discovery yet" would be. Spoiler alert: that was oversell. There is no "happiest discovery yet," but it is still a very nice story. It would have been better if the blerb wasn't misleading because it changed how I listened to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (236)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

    meg says: "Great new series"
    "Quaint Village Caper"
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    This is a story of a police inspector investigating a death in a small Canadian town. It reminds me of the Mrs. Pollifax and Cat Who series in that regard, but instead of a citizen investigator there is a police presence. The book is easy to follow when multitasking, but layered enough to be interesting. The investigators have varying dynamics and capabilities that are more developed than the personalities of the townsfolk. I think the series would be great for entertainment during travel.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (58 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (425)

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes"
    "Classic Stories Well Narrated"
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    58 hours of unsearchable material is too much. I am a lifetime fan of Sherlock Holmes short stories, but find the novels dull. I would like to be able to readily skip or locate specific stories. A pdf index of the stories would help tremendously. Simon Vance provides an engaging narration.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. But it's complicated... Taylor agreed to a camping trip in the High Sierras - despite the fact that he hates camping - because Will wants a chance to save their partnership.

    KC says: "Great story, great narration"
    "Good story, Too Short"
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    I like Josh Lanyon's mix of relationship and caper. The Adrien English series was adequately solid and I'm working my way through his stand-alone stories. The Dangerous Ground series is a collection of novellas with Dangerous Ground about 90 pages. It's $4.99 as an ebook, which is the max of the value of this standard story. I'd happily spend a few dollars more for a novel-length audiobook by him, but I'd stick with ebooks for these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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