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Seth F.

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  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2752)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1734)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "fascinating, though polemic...."
    Overall

    This book is well written and compelling. Its combination of anecdotal experience and summaries of research gives meaningful insight into what a sociopath may be. On the other hand the central 'factoid', that 4% of society are sociopathic, is misleading and relatively unsupported. The APA estimates that around 1% of people score above 30 on the Hare test. Obviously a lot more people score in the above average for sociopathic tendencies, and it is not a hard and fast number. Nonetheless, even at one percent that is staggeringly high. This books is a wonderful primer to become more paranoid, and also to be aware of a real and unpleasant factor in the people around you. definitely worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2718)
    Performance
    (2121)
    Story
    (2113)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "A book of well grounded practical science"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i still find the ideas and concepts presented in this book useful, influential and informative months after reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clear explication of interesting, transformative theories without hyperbolic claims.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the principle of regression to the mean I am confident that this book will be better than the last hard science book you read. Unless that last book was the Fabric of the Cosmos.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5255)
    Performance
    (4977)
    Story
    (4959)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Harry Dresden Blows Stuff Up!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, & do reccomend the Dresden files series to people regularly. Butcher creates engaging, emotionally true characters. This book is not the peak of the series, but it is a good example of what they have grown into.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skin Game?

    SPOILER WARNING : Harry finally actually talks to his daughter. You can feel the authenticity of the moment.


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

    If James Marsters reads anything besides the Butcher novels I would listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as Changes or Cold Days but still excellent and better than storm front.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6911)
    Performance
    (5277)
    Story
    (5359)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Unusually, a clever concept that is ALSO well exec"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter again? Why?

    I would listen again. The story is compelling, and the central metaphor (vampirism=slavery) is well structured. The characters are engaging, but this book does not pretend to be anything but what it was intended to be: a lot of fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    His meetings with Edgar Allen Poe were a delightful element.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Holst???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not overly familiar with the narrator.


    If you could take any character from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Edgar Allen Poe. I just imagine that, as long as you could pay the bar tab, that man would tell some durn cool stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen/read the book before the movie spoils it for you!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (130)

    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Alex says: "Network theory for beginners"
    "Fantastically interwined"
    Overall

    I cannot recommend this boook highly enough. It chaanged the way I see many aspects of modern society.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pure Drivel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (142)

    In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of the New Yorker already know: that Martin is also a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these pieces feature Martin at his finest.

    Beth says: "Really? Only 2 hours and 14 minutes?"
    "May be dangerous to people with stitches"
    Overall

    This book is ths funniest thing written since Woody Allen's Without Feathers. It can make a good claim to be slightly funnier (though not as subtle) as The Hitchiker's Guide. Brilliant timing, inspired wordplay, new inventive comedic concepts, are all utilized to make this an unparalleled lethal combination of humourous innovations. BEWARE: Sid effects may include, laugh generated hernias, rapid humour induced tear expulsion, and peeing yourself. Do not stand on high tension power lines while listening to this audiobook.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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