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Washington, DC, USA | Member Since 2012

  • 19 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 361 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

    April says: "Leadership"
    "Tribes make us special in our own minds..."

    Tribalism has evolved from the genetic, to the regional, to the religious, to the the brand. A good book, but he should have hired a better narrator.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • What Your Childhood Memories Say About You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Leman
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What are your earliest childhood memories? Were you afraid of the dark? Can you remember a particularly embarrassing moment? Those memories - along with the words and emotions you use to describe them - hold the key to understanding the person you are today! Drawing on examples from his own life, the lives of celebrities, as well as case studies from his private practice, renowned psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman helps you apply these same techniques to uncover why you are the way you are.

    Gare says: "Fun and thought provoking..."
    "Fun and thought provoking..."

    Why do you remember what you do from childhood? This is a question that I had never thought to ask, but according to this author is important in determining who I am today. Theories abound...but many of his insights do make you think.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "Informative but not insightul"

    An excellent summary of recently released secret documents...but not much more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Authoritarians

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bob Altemeyer
    • Narrated By Bob Altemeyer

    The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer, whose professional career has focused on the study of the Authoritarian Personality, and development of the Right-Wing Authoritarian (RWA) personality and ideological variable widely studied in political, social, and personality psychology.

    Douglas says: "A Most Important Study"
    "Good information but too political"

    A confirmation and deepening of my understanding of why people accept the drivel which is the currency of American politics. However, in my opinion the author would have better served my needs, and his own, if he had omitted the political analysis. One other comment is that the treatment of the research results was too narrowly applied to American politics, and greater contrasts with international actors would have been very welcome.

    14 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael D. C. Drout

    Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

    Jade says: "A Very Unique Read...(J/K)"
    "Delightfully informative.."

    This unpretentious overview of the rules of rhetoric, although tedious at times, has been a true delight. I strongly recommend it for anyone interested in more effective writing and conversation. I have used some of the techniques to improve my more animated discussions, especially with my over-educated family.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Be careful what you wish for..."

    A commercial phobic's nightmare. We think we know what we want, and don't appreciate being hustled. Unfortunately we are very limited by our perceptions, and our willingness and ability to quantify. One man's rational choice, is the end result of the limits of his rationality, and the skill of the hustler.

    Gare Henderson

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "An interesting hypothesis sans convincing proof"

    As a Gladwell fan I took away a lot of interesting perspectives about success. The context of a person's life versus the content of his genetics...seems to be his central theme. His examples demonstrated the myriad failures of arbitrary distinctions. But his central hypothesis was not satisfactorily proved, at least from my perspective.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anxious Souls Will Ask: The Christ Centered Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Matthews
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Illuminating the context and content of Bonhoeffer's life and thought, Anxious Souls Will Ask... uses writings of the famous Christian martyr to critique the spirit of the age and to encourage in contemporary Christians the depth of commitment required to stand firm against the contemptuous winds of postmodern culture.

    Adam Shields says: "Attempt at pastoral take on Bonhoeffer"
    "Jesus would most likely approve..."

    The easy lives, and the easy choices that draw people to Jesus...salvation, hope, and righteous seem hollow, when you view the message of Jesus through the tragically heroic eyes of Bonfather. His hope was goodness as our debt for salvation. No simple priest, a German who helps to remove the demonization of an entire people and their church.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Ecological Planet: An Introduction to Earth's Major Ecosystems

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Kricher

    Renowned ornithologist John Kricher presents an absorbing analysis of the diverse ecosystems that exist on Planet Earth. He provides a factual study of the many fragile and threatened portions of our biosphere while describing the interaction between each system and the effect of man's presence in these ecosystems. Professor Kricher also explains the amazing variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the individual ecosystems and addresses current ecological issues facing mankind.

    Kimberly says: "Author is a True Ecologist"
    "A crash course in ecology for the very smart..."

    Easy and affably aimed at the autodidact...but not the dilettante. A good thinly comprehensive overview for the undergrad majors.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • William James, Charles Peirce, and American Pragmatism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By James Campbell
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave

    C.S. Peirce was an authentic American genius who developed a tough minded pragmatism and a sweeping philosophy of evolutionary love. William James, a trained physician, carefully studied human experience, including the highest reaches of consciousness. Peirce and James established a rich, sensible, and pragmatic American approach to philosophy's traditional problems.

    Dennis says: "A nice little introduction"
    "The source for anti-idealism..."

    A painless introduction to the primarily American philosophy of "the smell test". In brief "ideas must stand the practical scrutiny of rational people...despite historic dogma.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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