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David

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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
    (700)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (590)

    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!"
    "Very well written, truly insightful. A must."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Righteous Mind the most enjoyable?

    Jonathan has a real gift of writing. Until this book, his earlier book The Happiness Hypothesis was a firm favourite of mine but this is equally as insightful. I got interested in moral philosophy a few years back and read everything I could find on the subject. It was only when I read this book did everything make sense. A fabulous performance.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The ideas are compelling and excellently explained. I think Jonathan finds the perfect balance between intuitive examples, the scientific case studies and the overarching story. It's clear the writer took a lot of the principals he describes to increase the persuasion.


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

    All of JH's books are awesome. This is no exception. The only criticism I have about his books is their titles. Recommending Happiness Hypothesis makes you look like a self-help hippy and recommending The Righteous Mind also turns people off. I'd offer the title: Human Nature: A Scientific Basis For Why We Are The Way We Are. I truly believe the book delivers on this title.


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

    Definitely. I'm now reading a second time.


    Any additional comments?

    Masterpiece. Crappy title. Although somehow I think it was the publishers choice. JH - next time go with your gut.

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  • Remote: Office Not Required

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    The "work-from-home" phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new audiobook from best-selling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits. Most important, they show why - with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo - more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

    Matthew D. Styers says: "Fantastic, Futuristic, Frustrating"
    "Unconvincing and poorly written"
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    What would have made Remote better?

    I am a big fan of Rework and some of 37 signals other books. This one just doesn't live up to the standard. The arguments are very shallow, the kinds of arguments anyone that wants to invent reasons to support working remotely would claim. However, there is no attempt to validate any of these claims. A good book has to have a story and a good story is like a good joke - it needs to have a punchline. Remote has no punchline


    Has Remote turned you off from other books in this genre?

    There are always good and bad books. The old ones tend to be better.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Lowman?

    One of the authors. Always. It makes all the difference hearing from the horse's mouth.


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

    Disappointment. No value add.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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