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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,084

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Already Purchased Two Copies for Friends

  • By Anthony A. on 07-13-13

Terrible Narrative, Good Narrative

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Struggled to finish because the narrator sounded like a smug condescending ass. The narrator is an appalling choice, because one of the many themes in this book is how presentation dramatically affects our ability to understand something. The author clearly had nothing to do with the choice of narrator, because if he did he clearly learned nothing from his own book. Good story, bad narrator.

  • Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius

  • By: Robert André LaFleur
  • Narrated by: Robert André LaFleur
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

With these 24 accessible lectures, enjoy an adventurous exploration of one of the world's most important philosophical texts. Filled with rich historical context, detailed close readings of key passages, expert interpretations of larger cultural trends, and stories of Confucius and his most notable students (and critics), these lectures are required learning for anyone who wants a solid understanding of Eastern philosophy - and the ways a single book can cross cultures and go on to inspire an entire world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Weak content

  • By dean on 03-23-17

A Great Intro to Confucian Thought

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-17

The lecturer has a great voice, a string command of metaphors and really knows his shit. One of the best lectures I've gotten from the great books series and I've gone through almost over ten now. Highly recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Emerson

  • The Mind on Fire
  • By: Robert D. Richardson
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie
  • Length: 26 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most important figures in the history of American thought, religion, and literature. The vitality of his writings and the unsettling power of his example continue to influence us more than a hundred years after his death. Now Robert D. Richardson Jr. brings to life an Emerson very different from the old stereotype of the passionless Sage of Concord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, erudite, engaging

  • By John on 12-11-12

Great but...

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-16

The middle was only a summary of whatever Emerson read and thought. The beginning and ending were less concerned with summarizing and more interested in explaining. There the book shined. I wanted factual information and a narrative around the facts. There was narrative in places at the start and end. But the middle, or most of Emerson's life, washed together as a series of readings and lectures. I learned a lot about Emerson, too much even. I wanted the author to share his opinion more rather than recede behind yet another diary entry of Emerson. Don't get my wrong I like Emerson on Emerson. This is a good biography. But I value a biographers voice as much as their subject. So I can't give it a 5/5 though the sheer density of research worn with ease warrants that. Check it out if you want to learn about Emerson. Be prepared for a camouflaged biographer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ethics of Aristotle

  • By: The Great Courses, Father Joseph Koterski S.J.
  • Narrated by: Father Joseph Koterski S.J.
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

In this 12-lecture meditation on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, you'll uncover the clarity and ethical wisdom of one of humanity's greatest minds. Father Koterski shows how and why this great philosopher can help you deepen and improve your own thinking on questions of morality and leading the best life. The aim of these lectures is to provide you with a clear and thoughtful introduction to Aristotle as a moral philosopher.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard class

  • By Russell Granby on 10-27-16

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-16

Great lecturer who knows his content. Clearly delights in sharing what he has learned, and does so with ease and flair.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The King Within

  • Accessing the King in the Male Psyche
  • By: Robert Moore, Douglas Gillette
  • Narrated by: David Dukes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

In this contribution to the emerging men's movement, Robert Moore, a Jungian psychoanalyst and Douglas Gillette, a mythologist, examine the inner King - one of the four archetypes on the male psyche. The inner King integrates power and nurturing, firmness and caring, courage and creativity, self-affirmation and self-sacrifice. From his central position between the world of imagination and the world of action, the King within challenges every man to take up his own scepter, to dream and to make them come true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Psychology

  • By John on 10-12-11

Good

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-16

The narrator was kind of bad but ok. He was constantly undercut by cheesy audio cues. Good content aside from that though.

  • Do the Work

  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706

Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by best-selling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work. Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerhouse of Motivation

  • By Sara on 08-02-14

Inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-16

I listen to it whenever I'm getting stuck on my writing and it always helps.

  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,184

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consciousness Altering

  • By Darius on 02-13-04

Ok

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Not amazing if you've read other stuff like this. A good primer if spiritual crap is new, but it comes off heavy-handed in its treatment of different religious traditions.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,548

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

Good Stuff

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Stories sometimes ran on a little long, but its provided actionable principles for habit change.