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  • Batman and Psychology

  • A Dark and Stormy Knight
  • By: Travis Langley, Michael Uslan, Dennis O’Neil
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024

Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say about us? Batman and Psychology explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD? Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Informative and Highly Recommended

  • By WCCC on 02-02-15

excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

excellent review of psychology, using Batman and the villains as examples of various conditions, I highly recommend

  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

  • By: John Perkins
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,908
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379

"Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story for people have traveled

  • By Robert P. on 06-24-09

socialist propaganda

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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-17

The author demonstrates that he knows nothing about economics. This book is interesting only because it gives insight into to twisted socialist world view.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Arctic Rising

  • By: Tobias S. Buckell
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Michelle Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 84

Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean. Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plausible & interesting first 1/3; then falters

  • By K Cornwinkle on 03-24-12

socialist book promoted as libertarian book

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-13

I am absolutely shocked that this book is a contender for an award from the Libertarian Futurist Society. The book has strong socialist undertones. And, anyway, the story isn't very good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Decision

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,311

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Daemon/Freedom, but still good Thriller

  • By T. Menefee on 07-21-12

top quality sci-fi

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-13

This novel was lots of fun because it explores some interesting, and realistic, technology that could change the world over the next decade. Of course, the plot also has action and romance. Excellent.

  • The Tehran Initiative

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533

The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!

  • By Susan on 10-21-11

excellent quality, but with one flaw

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

Reviewed: 04-20-13

"The Tehran Initiative" lives up to the high quality standards set by Joel C. Rosenberg in his earlier novels. The characters, action, and plot kept me gripped throughout.

The viewpoint that people are correct to defend themselves against aggressors is very important to promote today, particularly since most Americans have shifted to a pro-appeasement outlook. The novel is therefore controversial as it goes against mainstream opinion.

The only weakness I see in Rosenberg's work is his effort to make this into a religious question. In fact, this is a matter of pure scientific rationality. If you don't defend yourself, you will die.

The quality of the narration was excellent. There was a bit of dramatization, but not too much.

John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"

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  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,536

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

refreshing look at villains

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

Reviewed: 04-06-13

Neal Stephenson is at his best in techno-thriller Reamde.

A particular reason why I like Stephenson's humorous characterizations is because the villains are depicted as idiots.

This is correct because a person must be an idiot in order to be a villain.

John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"

  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love

  • By: Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 781

Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Very illustrative.

  • By Grace on 02-18-13

myth that therapy will make people happy

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-13

The theme of this book seems to be that everyone has a possibility to find a happy relationship. I guess this is a myth that makes some people feel good. However, it isn't reality because everyone has faults and therefore must make compromises. The suggestion that it is normal for people to pay therapists for 3 or 4 years makes me wonder if the objective of the authors is to gain customers for the therapist industry.

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • By: Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,043
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,057

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introibo Ad Altare

  • By richard on 03-20-13

sci-fi classic mocks religion

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

Far in the future, most humans continue to shun rationality and science and devote themselves to dogmatic religion. However, there is always hope. Science gets rediscovered no matter how hard the zealots try to stamp it out. Well written, brilliantly insightful, and funny at times.

John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"

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  • The Capitol Game

  • By: Brian Haig
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

It was the deal of the decade, if not the century. A small, insignificant company on the edge of bankruptcy had discovered an alchemist's dream; a miraculous polymer, that when coated on any vehicle, was the equivalent of 30 inches of steel. With bloody conflicts surging in Iraq and Afghanistan, the polymer promises to save thousands of lives and change the course of both wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Coming Soon To A Theater Near You!

  • By Anthony on 01-17-11

bad guys in the Capitol get what they deserve

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

This is the perfect novel for people fed up with sleaze in Washington. Enjoyable and meaningful.

John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"

  • Lucifer's Hammer

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,155

The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very solid book

  • By A book reader on 08-26-09

interesting post-apocalyptic novel

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

The story is interesting throughout and the narrator is perfect for the part.

I like the themes in the struggle between Hamner, Randall, and Jellison on one side (Stronghold) and Armitage (New Brotherhood Army) on the other side.

The Stronghold group adheres to rationality and science and wants to preserve civilization. The New Brotherhood Army adheres to mysticism and fights civilization. Good stuff for fans of Ayn Rand.

John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"