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CHET YARBROUGH

Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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  • Economics: Making sense of the Modern Economy: The Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Saguao Datta (editor)
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
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    (68)
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    A radically revised new edition of this highly readable, popular guide aimed at everyone from students to statesmen who want to make sense of the modern economy and grasp how economic theory works in practice. It starts with the basics, and from the underlying theory it moves to the specifics of the world economy, including an analysis of the recent recession. The closing part puts the usefulness and the failings of economics under the spotlight, and looks at the innovative approaches being developed to address these failings.

    Mark York says: "A smorgasbord of old Economist articles."
    "SPELLBINDING?"
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    This may not be a spellbinding subject but it offers insight to the “dismal science” based on improved big data collection and better data analysis. This book of essays contains information that may be used to argue with or against Keynesian' or Hayekian' economic theory. Keynes' followers argue for government intervention in economic crises while Hayek’ s argue for market-force corrections (reorganization, or bankruptcy).

    Many things have happened since the 2010 economic information offered in this book. One comes away from listening to "Economics" with previously held biases mostly intact. A nagging feeling remains that rational economic theory makes sense on paper but skitters out of control when acted upon in real life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jim Holt
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
    Overall
    (67)
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    (58)
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    Author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This runaway best seller, which has captured the imagination of critics and the public alike, traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers.

    Gary says: "Excellent survey of philosophy book"
    "WHY DOES THE WORLD EXIST?"
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    With a smile and a pair of tennis shoes, Jim Holt tries to sell the idea that there is an answer to the question, “Why Does the World Exist?” Like Willy Loman, in “Death of a Salesman”, Holt has a gift for gab but neither he nor anyone else is able to close the sale.

    It is certainly not that Holt is not a good salesman but he tries to sell a thing impossible to define. No known person has enough theoretical or experimental proof to convince one there is an answer to “Why Does the World Exist?” All that remains is faith, either in science, religion, or philosophy. Holt’s “…Existential Detective Story” is a terrific synthesis of physics, religion, and philosophy but the mystery remains, “Why Does the World Exist?”

    Like Don Quixote, Holt puts a pan back on his head, grabs his lance, swings his leg over Rocinante, and tilts at Descartes’ “cogito ergo sum” to answer the question of why the world exists. It is simply a matter of what you think. Of course, Holt does not believe this is an answer either. He is a very smart guy, a good writer, and an interesting philosopher.

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  • John Quincy Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
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    (115)
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    He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of La Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president. John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Adams as a towering figure in the nation’s formative years.

    Gotta Tellya says: "Informative and well written."
    "IN A FATHER'S SHADOW"
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    In the shadow of highly successful fathers, the only light for sons and daughters seems to come from mothers. Harlow Unger’s biography of John Quincy Adams reflects on the great accomplishments of a son who endeavors to equal or eclipse the success of his history-making father. Rarely does one find a son that has accomplishments equal to or greater than a famous father.

    It appears that John Quincy is being perfectly groomed to be a future President of the United States. One senses, from Unger’s review of letters between J. Q. and his father and mother, that his mother instills confidence in her son that is often criticized by a loving father. Without a mother’s instilled confidence, John Quincy may never have shined through his father’s towering shadow.

    John Quincy Adams is at Bunker Hill in Boston as a child, at the beginning of America’s revolution. His father is the second President of the United States. He became a United States Minister to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, the Court of Saint James, a U. S. Senator, a U. S. Representative, a Constitutional lawyer, and a President. John Quincy Adams appears to be the most well prepared human in the world to become leader of his country but he fails to get enough public support to be popularly elected. John Quincy Adams seems to have been a very great and good man. If Abigail Adams had lived to see it all, she would have wondered, what is a mother to do?

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  • The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
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    Our agent, a man named Mr Verloc, minds his own business while he keeps his shop in London's Soho, alongside his wife, who attends to her aged mother and disabled brother. Their lives are turned upside down when Verloc is reluctantly employed to plant a bomb and destroy an observatory in London. What was once the perfect bomb plot inevitably turns awry and Verloc, his family and his associates are forced to face the consequences.

    John says: "Worthwhile"
    "CODA FOR MURDER"
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    The uni-bomber, Ted Kaczynski is said to have read "The Secret Agent" as a coda for his decision to murder and maim innocents. Kaczynski’s craziness and the atrocity of 9/11 are most often referred to in modern reviews of The Secret Agent.

    "The Secret Agent" is about a middle-aged, over weight secret service agent named Adolph Verloc. Verloc lives in England and is a spy for an unnamed country. Verloc is called into his employer country’s Embassy to tell him that he is going to be fired unless he provides some actionable service for his pay. Verloc is upset with the news because he is dependent on the income received from the foreign country.

    Conrad offers some insight to a terrorist’s demented beliefs. The consequence of a terrorist event is the devastation of those left behind. However, the tale is too long; mystery, revelation, insight too meager, and characters too stereotypical. "The Secret Agent" is only marginally interesting because of Horovitch’s narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar: Life of a Colossus

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (129)
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    (117)
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    Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

    Steven says: ""Via Mea""
    "JULIUS CAESAR"
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    Adrian Goldsworthy’s "Caesar: Life of a Colossus" surprisingly reveals that Gaius Julius Caesar is a methodical builder of power and prestige. Caesar is shown to be a giant of history after years of work as a self-confident manager of people and events. Caesar is pictured as a consummate leader that manages those in high and low positions in Roman society.

    Caesar’s rise to power reminds one of Lincoln or Churchill rather than Alexander or Napoleon. Lincoln and Churchill are in their middle years of life as they rise to fame as influential orators and mature men of action. Alexander and Napoleon, though certainly men of action are young shooting stars. Alexander and Napoleon are world conquerors in their 30s, while Caesar is in his 40s when fighting the Gallic wars; wars that only begin his steep climb to immortality and fame.

    The Civil War and WWII solidify reputations for Lincoln and Churchill. The Gallic wars frame Caesar’s historic stature. Caesar, like Lincoln and Churchill, are seasoned by life before they become colossuses. Of course, Lincoln and Churchill are not entirely apt comparisons because Caesar created military and political loyalty at the front of combat while Lincoln and Churchill created loyalty from behind the lines.

    Goldsworthy suggests that Caesar is one of the greatest leaders of all time. Driven by belief in his ability to understand the public, his soldiers, his competitors, and his enemies Caesar forged an empire. Through luck, skill, indefatigable energy, and intelligence, Caesar grasped power and used it to change the course of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By Adam Lazarre-White
    Overall
    (101)
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    (91)
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    James Baldwin’s stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. Moving through time from the rural South to the northern ghetto, Baldwin chronicles a 14-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935.

    LMW says: "Literary brilliance"
    "GOD IS NOT THERE"
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    "Go Tell It on the Mountain" because God is not there. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" because no one listens. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" because no one cares. James Baldwin rages against culture that makes one, what one is not. Baldwin wins fame from a book that defines the chains of discrimination. He explains why and how culture is a curse. Baldwin tells a story that explains why being different denies equal opportunity.

    Being smart or being religious is not enough; particularly if you are a minority or a woman because cultures stultify individuality and restrict opportunity. Women, in Baldwin’s novel, are at once the saviors of black men and unwitting perpetuators of an unjust culture; i.e. women support their mates while accepting the delusion of a vengeful God that will punish evil; if not now, in an afterlife. The consequence in this earthly life is the perpetuation of inequality.

    Individuality and opportunity are hindered by poor education and biases that are eternally engendered (institutionalized) by discrimination. Blacks have shown they are more than criminals, preachers, sports stars, and entertainers. And women have shown they are more than child bearers and housewives but America continues to struggle with equal opportunity for all. Baldwin exemplifies America’s struggle in "Go Tell It on the Mountain".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Life, No Instructions: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gail Caldwell
    • Narrated By Gail Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (18)
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    (17)
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    What do you do when the story changes in midlife? When a tale you have told yourself turns out to be a little untrue, just enough to throw the world off-kilter? It’s like leaving the train at the wrong stop: You are still you, but in a new place, there by accident or grace, and you will need your wits about you to proceed.

    CHET YARBROUGH says: "A KIND OF COURAGE"
    "A KIND OF COURAGE"
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    Living life takes a kind of courage. Gail Caldwell’s memoir, "New Life", is a glimpse of her courage. Challenged by early life polio, Caldwell fashions a universal story. Most children learn how to walk before they are two. Caldwell took a little longer, but her experience resonates with every person’s success in mastering a new skill. All feel a sense of being a captain of their soul and master of events when they learn to walk or stand alone.

    Courage is most clearly evidenced in Caldwell’s memoir when she advances into middle age. Unlike being late to walk, Caldwell is early to immobility at 61. Through chance, Caldwell is seen by a doctor who properly diagnoses premature hip damage. (Previous doctors failed to x-ray Caldwell’s hip.) The damage can be corrected with a surgically implanted titanium hip-joint. Caldwell chooses to have the operation. That choice means six months of excruciating rehabilitation.

    One can draw different conclusions from Caldwell’s memoir. Every life has its challenges. No life is offered a list of instructions; either at birth, adolescence, maturity, or death. Every person has chances and choices. It takes a kind of courage to make choices. Caldwell’s choice is to never give up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
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    (586)
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    (589)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Michael says: "Starts well then becomes non-Audible"
    "TO PROVE A POINT"
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    As the title "Naked Statistics" implies, Charles Wheelan strips the clothes off social, economic, and scientific studies that use statistics to prove a point. Wheelan expresses confidence in probabilities, based on statistical analysis, while cautioning the public. Wheelan eschews blind acceptance of reported conclusions based on faulty statistical analysis. In choosing this audio book, prepare to learn the vocabulary of statistics.

    Wheelan’s book is spiked with interesting vignettes of statistical analysis gone astray. It is a good introduction to, and cautionary tale about, the science of statistics. Wheelan reinforces the fear of information accumulation and availability that can mislead the public as well as invade privacy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
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    (600)
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    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "HUMAN DELUSION"
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    George Eliot’s book, "Middlemarch", explores social complexity beginning with character development, middling through human delusion, and ending with social balance, a balance tinged with fragility.

    "Middlemarch" vivifies English society in the 1830s; i.e. a society in transition that resonates with discontents in 21st century American’ society. Women are seeking equality; living-wage jobs are scarce; wealth is held by a small minority; and a rumbling underclass demands reform through elections. In George Eliot’s classic, a small English community is transitioning from proprietary agricultural economics to tenant-driven industrial economics; just as today’s America is transitioning from industrial economics to technological economics. One may get bogged down in the historical moment of "Middlemarch" but Eliot’s insight to human nature is what drives its literary popularity.

    In the end, a listener is impressed by Eliot’s ability to reveal how happenstance, both good and bad, is a significant part of one’s life. Many inferences about education, inheritance, marriage, science, religion, and humanism are made by Eliot. All one can do, when the happenstance of life slaps you down or builds you up, is move on; i.e. happenstance is concretely revealed in Eliot’s examples of the misdirection of life caused by human’ delusion.

    In the 21st century, women are still seeking equality; living-wage jobs are still scarce; wealth is held by a small minority; and a rumbling underclass demands reform through elections. In the 19th century, Eliot is saying it is time to move on. Eliot infers people should live life as best they can; with as few delusions as they are capable of grasping. But in the end, even in the 21st century, all one can do is move on.

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  • Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas: How Jay Sarno Won a Casino Empire, Lost It, and Inspired Modern Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David G. Schwartz
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
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    (89)
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    (78)
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    (80)

    Sarno's casinos - and his ideas about how to build casinos - created the template for Las Vegas today. Before him, Las Vegas meant dealers in string ties and bland, functional architecture. He taught the city how to dress up its hotels in fantasy, putting toga dresses on cocktail waitresses and making sure that even the stationery carried through with the theme. He saw Las Vegas as a place where ordinary people could leave their ordinary lives and have extraordinary adventures.

    Andrew says: "Great Listen - Thanks to Dr. Dave"
    "HEART OF A GAMBLER"
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    David Schwartz captures the heart of a gambler in Grandissimo. Schwartz introduces Jay Sarno, a man willing to bet everything on an idea. Schwartz researches 1950’s history to recount Las Vegas’s transition from gambling mecca to bacchanalian resort. Schwartz suggests that Jay Sarno was the man with the plan.

    One concludes from Schwartz’s biography, despite unethical behavior, thrill-seeking habits, and a high-stakes’ gambling lifestyle, Sarno turned Las Vegas toward the idea of a resort community with adult entertainment and family appeal. Circus Circus, The Excalibur, and the Luxor offer entertainment for the whole family. From gambling, to circus acts, to bowling, to non-gaming video parlors, Las Vegas became the world’s playground. Much of that transition is attributed by Schwartz to Jay Jackson Sarno.

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  • Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
    Overall
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    (305)
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    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

    Kindle Customer says: "Enthralled!"
    "DIAGNOSIS"
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    Dr. Roy Benaroch offers physicians and the general public information on the diagnosis of medical conditions in lectures titled “Medical School for Everyone”. This may seem an odd selection for an audiobook enthusiast who is not a physician. However, a listener will find Benaroch’s lectures offer valuable tools for understanding what a competent doctor does when diagnosing patients.Equally, Benaroch offers practical and insightful information about 21st century medicine and actions that might be taken by a non-medical person in a medical emergency.

    Benaroch’s lectures explain the importance of systematic medical diagnosis, emergency medical procedures for non-medical bystanders, and common medical maladies of the 21st century. His lectures reinforce the importance of listening to patients.

    Benaroch recommends using medical tests to diagnose based on what a patient complains of, and treatment of those conditions that cause the symptom. For proper diagnosis, Benaroch suggests listening to the patient, physical exam, careful histories of patients’ health, records review of past medical conditions, medical tests based on systematic diagnostic procedure, and counseling for patients before and after prescribed treatments.

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