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  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1113)
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    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Well researched w/ very LARGE jumps to conclusions"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was amazing. He happened to be the only thing that was fully credible and delivered on promises in this book though. The main issue with the book was that it wasn't what it said it was. It wasn't an exploration on why the world has gotten less violent, per se. Sure there were great pieces of information strewn about. But mostly, it was PEDESTRIAN and served as the author's soapbox for pushing political viewpoints.


    Would you recommend The Better Angels of Our Nature to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. If the author had stuck to writing the first section and the last section (promises; conclusions) the reader would have saved 28 hours of their lives and gotten the gist of the book. Unfortunately, just as you thought Pinker was going to change your mind and have you thinking with his vision, he smacks you in the face with some one sentence "definitive proof" statement that was a lightly veiled progressive talking point.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    N/A


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book had real potential. Mr. Pinker researched it well, but it could have been done in a third of the pages/time and it was difficult to share his "logical" conclusions, because they were ANYTHING BUT LOGICAL.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best narrators, well researched, but if you don't already subscribe to blanket progressive views of the world, it's more of the same cliche one liners and lecturing on how we need to be like the author (tolerant?). As a final note: this book, regardless of political content, IS an excellent resource guide to many interesting psychology based experiments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Will You Measure Your Life?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    In 2010 world-renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen gave a powerful speech to the Harvard Business School's graduating class. Drawing upon his business research, he offered a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life. He used examples from his own experiences to explain how high achievers can all too often fall into traps that lead to unhappiness. Full of inspiration and wisdom, this book will help students, midcareer professionals, and parents alike forge their own paths to fulfillment.

    Jessica says: "Must Read!"
    "Common Sense, yet inspiring and eye-opening"
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    Clayton Christensen is THE guy when it comes to innovative thinking. He was the most influential management expert in 2011. THIS is the book that perhaps has defined his path. The nuggets of gold within this text are both earth-shatteringly simplistic and amazingly insightful. You will not leave this book without at least ten excellent ways to improve what you're doing on a daily basis. It's not a self help book, it's an introspective tome with huge insight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Jason Culp, Mark R. Levin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
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    Mark R. Levin has made the case, in numerous New York Times best-selling books - Men in Black, Liberty and Tyranny, and Ameritopia - that the principles undergirding our society and governmental system are unravelling. In The Liberty Amendments, he turns to the founding fathers and the constitution itself for guidance in restoring the American republic.

    Herb says: "We need to enhance the Constitution"
    "Mark Levin explores the Article Five Convention"
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    Mark Levin might lean heavily to the right; most on the left won't even listen but we should all be listening. Mark Levin has compiled the most incredible resource for understanding the Article Five process and how to change the Government Factory for the better, without the Congress. It's clear, concise and informative. If you don't read this, you can't say you understand the powers protected for the People and the States as fully as you should. Libertarians, Conservatives, Moderates and Liberals and Progressives, This book is about your rights and how you can protect them. This is not Right wing Propaganda. Mark Levin's writing in general is above the reproach of the standard political warfare because he backs a majority of his commentary with factual information and iron-clad research.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (362)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "Another reason to like Jake Tapper"
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    If you could sum up The Outpost in three words, what would they be?

    Exceptional War Book


    What other book might you compare The Outpost to and why?

    This book ranks alongside the best war books of all time. The kind that treats you to an insight only being there, could surpass and then rips your heart out with the realities of war. You leave with a profound feeling of respect for those who would fight to protect your freedoms, even though they will never know you.


    What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

    Professional, nearly flawless and without a "performance".


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

    Say what you will about Jake Tapper, he can write one hell of a book. This book will put a lump in your throat and a fire in your heart.


    Any additional comments?

    You know going into this book that the outcome is bad. You know you won't enjoy hearing about it, but you cannot help but listen to it. I Think I listened over the course of two days...I just couldn't stop. Without a doubt, it's among the best, most detailed and interesting accounts of a wartime conflict.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2111)
    Performance
    (1968)
    Story
    (1976)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "Incredible Story, Almost Forced Narration"
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    Would you listen to Lone Survivor again? Why?

    This story is one I had heard of for some time; never having dived into the specifics. It takes a lot of courage to write a book so focused on the incredible bravery and selflessness of those who Sacrificed everything. One of the Best books written by an Ex SPECWAR guy.


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

    It's at times almost comical to hear Kevin Collins Speaking with the "accent", but as you listen to the words, you can't help but be brought into this world of Marcus Luttrell, who, one could imagine, is the guy telling the story with his own voice. It's Texas style, through and through.


    Any additional comments?

    The movie is incredible, believable and keeps you on the edge of your seat with a lump in your throat. The movie cannot hold a candle to this book. The long and short: I was surprised by how little about the Battle of the Hill was in the book in one compact space, but I feel like I know these men, and THAT is more than worth the time and the money and the emotional investment required for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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