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TaxSage

Atlanta | Member Since 2009

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  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (544)

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    Douglas says: "A Brilliant And Insightful Book!"
    "Genius mumbled"
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    The author chose to narrate his own material. His excitement for portions of the text constantly leaves him with mumbled, out of breath finishes to sentences. This is a remarkable problem in that it is so correctable. The author's material is brilliant, and he surely knows it so well that he doesn't notice the mumbled readings, but is there no editor to demand improved diction and retakes?

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brian Castner
    • Narrated By Brian Castner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. Days and nights he and his team - his brothers - would venture forth in heavily armed convoys from their Forward Operating Base to engage in the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating work of either disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices that had been discovered, or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late.

    J. Masters says: "Heart wrenching and a compelling read"
    "What Price Justice and Peace?"
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    It is so meaningful to listen to Brian directly rather than just read words on a page. The hockey goalie moment with his son cuts to the core and deepens my understanding of Brian's struggle. I gave the story portion 3 stars because the flash forward and back style was perhaps over-used and created confusion. Of course I'm left wanting more. The story really doesn't end; we wonder if Mrs. Castner's grandma is right after all and that the soldier husband really doesn't return. And we wonder how much is sacrificed by our soldiers in combat.

    I thank you for your service Brian, but I know what a woefully small token my appreciation is in comparison to what you and your comrades endure. I will add my prayers for you on many levels. I can't think of a more stunning member of the Body of Christ than the EOD soldier willing to absorb the explosive wickedness of other men in order to enhance the safety of civilians and fellow soldiers.

    The yearning for an original and eternal goodness remains, despite the monumental efforts of dark forces to reduce this world and this life to nihilistic senselessness. Brian's life carries such an enormous portion from each side of that struggle. I wonder if Brian's shadow (his "crazy") is so large and menacing because the depth of his sacrifice has been so large. Naming it is a good step forward. When my shadow pops in, I like to thank it for reminding me that I remain a work in progress. My experience has been that the more I recognize it in a non-judgmental, almost affectionate way, the less demanding it becomes.

    This book is a gripping experience, and it humbles the listener with the profound price paid by soldiers in their attempts to make peace in troubled parts of the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3556)
    Performance
    (3168)
    Story
    (3178)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "OK, I was stumped"
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    Great listen, but my audio has a line of gibberish at the beginning of each chapter. I thought it was reverse audio -- but reversing the clip with the tools in Audacity software did not help. Looking at the book visually on Amazon reveals a text message in code. Chapter 1 leads with: Yjcv ku vjg pcog qh vjg uauvgo wugf da jco qrgtctcvqtu vq ocmg htgg rjqpg ecnnu? Googling "Yjcv ku vjg pcog" points to others who have cracked a quite simple code. In audible, however, rest assured you are not hearing words spoken in any intelligible language -- in forward or in reverse; nor is any person or demon speaking in tongues. I'd love to know what Ray Porter said when he was told to narrate that stuff.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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