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Kim Drnec

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  • No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert C. Solomon
    Overall
    (135)
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    (115)
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    What is life? What is my place in it? What choices do these questions obligate me to make? More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene - with roots that extend to the mid-19th century - Existentialism's quest to answer these most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom, life has continued to exert a profound attraction.

    Madeleine says: "Wonderful Survey of the Evolution of a Philosophy"
    "Brilliant Life changing"
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    Where does No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For non-fiction it is one of the best I've listened to. Clear, interesting.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It explains a complicated subject surrounded by much colloquial mystery simply. It also gives philosophical reasons why we really don't have excuses and why doing what we need to do just is...so get on with it!


    What does Professor Robert C. Solomon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Intonation and some personal comments that give thoughtful support


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    A clear explanation of what this philosophy actual is and how it really applies to normal modern life


    Any additional comments?

    It changed my life and when I start over thinking things, wondering why something is, I listen to parts of it and feel much better about what choices I have and that I just need to get on with it. Being human isn't as complicated as we make out sometimes!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Slave Girl of Gor: Gorean Saga, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Norman
    • Narrated By Joy Learner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
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    (25)
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    (26)

    Long ago in their intraspecific conflicts a violent, technologically sophisticated life form, the Kurii, destroyed their native world. They now seek another. Between Earth and Gor, or the Counterearth, and the power of the imperialistic, predatory Kurii, now ensconced in the “Steel Worlds,” a number of satellite colonies concealed amongst the debris of the asteroid belt, stands only the defensive might of the Priest-Kings of Gor.

    Bradley says: "26 hours of constantly repeating dialog, and rape!"
    "Another great story"
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    Another awesome saga for gorean fans
    A story told from the earth girl slave falling in love with her master

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (557)

    The Introvert Advantage dispels common myths about introverts - they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial - and explains how they are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation such as chitchat, phone calls, parties, or office meetings can easily become "too much". Most importantly, it thoroughly refutes many introverts’ belief that something is wrong with them. Instead, it helps them recognize their inner strengths - their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration.

    Robert says: "Read the book Quiet instead"
    "Could be interesting...but isn't"
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    What did you like best about The Introvert Advantage? What did you like least?

    The title, but it didn't really deliver


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It Is a little simple


    Could you see The Introvert Advantage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's not really that kind of book


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Predictioneer's Game: Using the Logic of Brazen Self-Interest to See and Shape the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Revealing the origins of game theory and the advances made by John Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist perhaps best known from A Beautiful Mind, Bueno de Mesquita details the controversial and cold-eyed system of calculation that he has since created, one that allows individuals to think strategically about what their opponents want, how much they want it, and how they might react to every move.

    Eric says: "Disappointed"
    "Eye-opening"
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    If you could sum up The Predictioneer's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Eye-opening to the power of math


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Predictioneer's Game?

    When I realized human nature is not really bad, it just is, and it can largely be predicted if we remember that we are all out to make the best decision for ourselves without necessarily wanting to badly affect others.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    It's a non-fiction with no characters


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Mathematics explains human nature


    Any additional comments?

    If you know anything, really even just a little, about game theory and if you like math this is a fascinating proof that our behavior isn't as mysterious as we might think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Student: The Story of a Professor's Erotic Seduction of a Student Into a BDSM Affair, Spanking, Bondage, and Passionate Sex Lead to Enduring Love.

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elliot Mabeuse
    • Narrated By Peter Klein, Alicia Roberts
    Overall
    (350)
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    (293)
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    (291)

    When passionate professor Conner Devlin meets oversexed student Emma Fiore, the sparks ignite: he’ll train her to be his classroom sex slave, carrying out his every desire, while she gets to experience the forbidden pleasure of submissive love before her marriage to a dull and unfeeling man. But Emma’s sizzling and insatiable desires soon overwhelm Conner and he finds himself hopelessly in love with his young submissive. Emma accepts him as her sexual Master, but will she have him as her real-life lover? You’ll never look at the dynamics of D/s and a man’s sexuality the same way again.

    Sea says: "An Erotic Eye-Opener!"
    "Jumps right into the BDSM livestyle!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Good Student the most enjoyable?

    Hot!


    What other book might you compare A Good Student to and why?

    Brie learns the art of submission
    Fifty Shades of Grey


    What does Peter Klein and Alicia Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Human passion


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her first 'discipline' at work


    Any additional comments?

    As usual the situation is absurd and probably would never occur- but if you don't care about that and like these types of stories it wastes no time in jumping right in to the hot scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brie Learns the Art of Submission: Submissive Training Center (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Red Phoenix
    • Narrated By Pippa Jayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
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    (271)
    Story
    (276)

    Brie's life changes the day Sir comes to her tiny tobacco shop. His invitation to the Submissive Training Center is about to rock this young woman's world. The renowned school is famous for its elite submissive instruction. She has no idea what will be asked of her or the boundaries that will be pushed. One thing is certain: Brie is about to learn more about herself in six weeks than she has over the previous 22 years.

    Ducky says: "There is a new submissive in town!"
    "Hot!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brie Learns the Art of Submission: Submissive Training Center (Volume 1) the most enjoyable?

    Suspended belief and constant BDSM excitement without being too much


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brie Learns the Art of Submission: Submissive Training Center (Volume 1)?

    When she meets 'Sir'


    What about Pippa Jayne’s performance did you like?

    good accents for various characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's not really that kind of book...if you want to laugh or cry you're probably in the wrong topic area!


    Any additional comments?

    As with most of these novels it is totally preposterous, but really hot, fast moving and not too bad a story for once!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (521)
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    (521)

    You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality - except we’re not. But that's okay, because our delusions keep us sane. Expanding on this premise, McRaney provides eye-opening analyses of 15 more ways we fool ourselves every day. This smart and highly entertaining audiobook will be wowing listeners for years to come.

    PHIL says: "Much like "You Are Not So Smart""
    "You really will be less dumb!"
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    If you could sum up You Are Now Less Dumb in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling. Eye-opening. Science-based.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It takes fairly complicated findings from neuroscience and cognitive science and evolution and puts a fun, simple spin on it without dumbing it down so people of all backgrounds can enjoy it.


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

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    stop being a sheep...become less dumb


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a neuroscientist and his facts and summations are scientifically accurate, but he doesn't make it heavy going. He explains things clearly and with a sense of humor!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Explaining Social Deviance

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Paul Root Wolpe
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (36)
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    (36)

    How do deviants reconcile their behavior with society's norms? This set of 10 lectures examines the complex topic of deviance and how major sociological theories have attempted to define it and understand its role in both historical and modern society. Professor Wolpe introduces deviance as "a complex, often ambiguous, social phenomenon that raises numerous questions about how a varied and often arbitrary set of characteristics can be used to name the same idea."

    Tom says: "Great grounding for social deviance"
    "Deviance is not as deviant as you might think!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Explaining Social Deviance to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Explaining Social Deviance?

    When it becomes clear that deviance is not necessarily a bad, or unusual thing


    What about Professor Paul Root Wolpe’s performance did you like?

    His intonation and narrative is interesting. If you enjoy learning about a somewhat dry topic he makes it interesting. I never was bored.


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

    No, it's got too much information in it. Need to digest slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    I never thought about deviance as he presents it. I listened to it to try and understand why some people are so evil. He doesn't really discuss this but presents theories of deviance from a social science perspective which I was unaware of.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3124)
    Performance
    (1441)
    Story
    (1456)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Fascinating"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of SuperFreakonomics to be better than the print version?

    Don't know- didn't read the book


    What other book might you compare SuperFreakonomics to and why?

    You are now less Dumb
    The predictioner's game


    Which character – as performed by Stephen J. Dubner – was your favorite?

    This is non-fiction


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hold on to your seats- you're not going to believe some of these things!


    Any additional comments?

    It is very interesting. Fast moving. Thought provoking and somehow vastly different topics are seamlessly joined together!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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