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James

West Lafayette, IN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (397)

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "Awful"
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    The worst book I've ever read. If you want to be bored to death, this one's for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Eagleman
    • Narrated By David Eagleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (522)

    In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

    Laura says: "Changed the way I think about how I think..."
    "Mostly interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like brain trivia, you'll enjoy this one. The last third kind of drags though

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (213)

    For decades, the Left has been putting on a play with themselves as heroes in an ongoing civil rights move­ment - which they were mostly absent from at the time. Long after pervasive racial discrimination ended, they kept pretending America was being run by the Klan and that liberals were black America’s only protectors. It took the O. J. Simpson verdict - the race-based acquittal of a spectacularly guilty black celebrity as blacks across America erupted in cheers - to shut down the white guilt bank.

    Philip Busch says: "Ann knows how to deliver"
    "Right on the mark"
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    Great read. Well-written and well-documented. Another gem by Ann Coulter. Definitely worth a listen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17823)
    Performance
    (15849)
    Story
    (15805)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Absolutely terrific"
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    Story

    The best of the best. A fascinating story. I wanted to listen tot he whole thing at one sitting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (209)

    The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

    Daniel says: "Good book, painful narration"
    "Don't bother"
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    Performance
    Story

    As usual, Krakauer has a political axe to grind and he gives it his all in this one. I found it mostly boring but dripping with political sarcasm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (391)

    In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

    Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

    CAT says: "Text book"
    "Terrific read"
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    Great book about the secrets of brain function. Interesting and informative. Worth the read.
    If you like books about the brain this is for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (1001)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Terrific read"
    Overall
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    Interesting book about a bizarre brain condition. Worth a listen. Moves a little slowly but it finally comes together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert DeMott (Edited by)
    • Narrated By Brian Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, Ted Leeson, Nick Lyons, Thomas McGuane, and more, share stories of fly fishing and life on the river. This marvelous collection features stories from some of America’s finest and most respected writers about one of the world’s most solitary and satisfying sports: fly fishing. For the first time, the stories of thirty-one acclaimed writers including Kim Barnes, Walter Bennett, Russell Chatham, Guy de la Valdne, Robert DeMott, Chris Dombrowski, Ron Ellis, Jim Fergus, Kate Fox, Charles Gaines, Bruce Guernsey, Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, Michael Keaton, Greg Keeler, Sydney Lea, Ted Leeson, Nick Lyons, Craig Mathews, Thomas McGuane, Joseph Monninger, Howard Frank Mosher, Jake Mosher, Craig Nova, Margot Page, Datus Proper, Le Anne Schreiber, Paul Schullery, W. D. Wetherell, and Robert Wrigley come together in one collection. Fly fishers and non-fly fishers alike will recognize in these poignant tales the universal aspects of the appreciation of nature, the necessity of conservation, and the joy and knowledge that come from time spent on fresh and salt water. This is a delightful, handsome volume that captures the allure and spirit of fly fishing and those that love it.

    James says: "Flowery nonsense"
    "Flowery nonsense"
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    A slobbering tribute to the publisher. If you like flowery stories about fluttering dragonflies, and east coast pond fishing this is your book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11460)
    Performance
    (9922)
    Story
    (9895)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "awful book about a pretentious jerk"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no one


    Has Steve Jobs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    absolutely


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dylan Baker’s performances?

    never, awful voice, sounded like he was trying to sell apple products


    What character would you cut from Steve Jobs?

    pretentious jerk


    Any additional comments?

    hated every minute of it

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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