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Craig

Cape Town, South Africa | Member Since 2015

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  • Buddhism

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Malcolm David Eckel
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (68)

    Buddhism has captivated many millions of people around the world, its vitality and adaptability enabling it to transform the civilizations of India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan, and also become a lively component in the cultures of Europe, Australia, and the Americas. But have you ever wondered how a religion that doesn't even have a god could have accomplished this?

    Craig says: "Informative, entertaining and personal"
    "Informative, entertaining and personal"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very informative lectures. The balance between being high level and providing too much information is well maintained. The author is clearly an expert on the subject, he draws from personal experience and tells us many anecdotes about his personal experience with Buddhism.

    Informal and relaxed lecture style; very easy to listen to. I highly recommend this lecture series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddhism?

    He is very passionate about the subject.


    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3159)
    Performance
    (2893)
    Story
    (2902)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Excellent story and excellent reader"
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    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books where you hope to get stuck in traffic so you can continue listening in the car. By far the best produced audio book that I have ever read. Excellent story and excellent reader.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Undercover Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Ever wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why it's so difficult getting a foot on the property ladder, or how to outwit Starbucks? This audiobook offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford reveals how supermarkets, airlines, and coffee chains, to name just a few, are vacuuming money from our wallets.

    Neuron says: "Down to earth economics"
    "Good but dated"
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    Would you try another book from Tim Harford and/or Cameron Stewart?

    Yes


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book is pretty good, but since it is per the housing loan crisis a lot of the numbers are a little dated. The book is full of interesting stories and anecdotes explaining his principles, but sometimes the explanations are a little thin. What may be obvious to an economist is not always that obvious to me the layperson.

    In some cases I got the impression that the author felt that his economic views were right, and everybody else's was wrong without giving a balanced viewpoint.


    Was The Undercover Economist worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Very good reader, but he speaks fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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