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Robin

West Melbourne, FL, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Letter to a Christian Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Jordan Bridges
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (354)

    "Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

    Keith Howarth says: "Audiobook version - Excellent reader"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is a great book, but should not have been necessary. The End of Faith should have been sufficient and I recommend starting there. If you are not prepared to put in the extra time, then this is the one for you.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    Ronald says: "Compelling and important – highly recommend"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Of all the authors I read who have addressed this topic, none have done so as well as Sam, and he is in very good company. Richard, Dan, and Christopher are "must reads" as well, but I find Sam to be my favorite. When asked to express my position on religion and faith, I find myself deferring to Sam, as I don't think I can express it any better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Alan Greenspan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    "This book is in part a detective story. After 9/11 I knew, if I needed further reinforcement, that we are living in a new world - the world of a global capitalist economy that is vastly more flexible, resilient, open, self-correcting, and fast-changing than it was even a quarter century earlier. It's a world that presents us with enormous new possibilities but also enormous new challenges. The Age of Turbulence is my attempt to understand the nature of this new world." (Alan Greenspan)

    Terry says: "Tripled my understanding of our economy"
    "Very good"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (2052)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (911)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This book was wonderful. I listened to Fooled by Randomness (twice) before getting this one. I thought Fooled by Randomness was great, but found this one to be even better. I've listened to this one twice as well, and will buy the book so I can more easily reference the individual sections. I found the second listening was necessary to cement the concepts. I don't often listen/read books twice (in succession), but in this case I was not prepared to let the concepts get away, as can easily happen on a first pass. I was ready for this book as it crystallized a number of ideas that I had floating around in my mind. I hope you find it as useful as I did.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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