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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,760

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

The book is both heartwarming and heart warming,

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

The best thing about this thoughtful book is that it is hopeful. He believes in the power of love and the human spirit.

  • It's So Easy

  • And Other Lies
  • By: Duff McKagan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738

In 1984, at the age of 20, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle - partly to pursue music, but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then-decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In LA only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as "Slash." Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N' Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book just may save a life.

  • By Katrina Hamilton on 10-16-16

Duff: The King of Clean

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The man does everything to perfection. What a great example he is. And to top off all of his accomplishments, he's genuinely humble and loving.

  • Redefining Reality

  • The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
  • By: Steven Gimbel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Gimbel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439

No subject is bigger than reality itself, and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality is undergoing continual revision and has been for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory is both philosophical and scientific, a metaphysical search for ultimate reality that goes back to the ancient Greeks. For the last 400 years, this search has been increasingly guided by scientists, who create theories and test them in order to define and redefine reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mind = blown

  • By Bailey on 09-13-15

Top Notch

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Reviewed: 07-12-18

This is a great book. The professor is wonderfully knowledgeable and entertaining. I think I may be smarter than before listening.

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,585
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,949
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,901

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Excellence in research, pen, & print.

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Reviewed: 06-01-18

I wonder if MY parents dropped acid. They probably wouldn't be narcissists if they had.

  • Heart of Darkness

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 248

Although Heart of Darkness was one of the first literary texts to provide a critical view of European imperial activities, it was initially read by critics as anything but controversial. While the book was generally admired, it was typically seen either as a condemnation of a certain type of adventurer who could easily take advantage of imperialism’s opportunities, or else as a sentimental novel reinforcing domestic values: Kurtz’s Intended, who appears at the novella’s conclusion, was roundly praised by turn-of-the-century reviewers for her maturity and sentimental appeal. A classic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Poor Performance

  • By uclatico on 08-21-15

Superb!

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Reviewed: 01-30-18

What am amazing tale. The narrator melds into 19th century eyeses and hearts, escorting the reader deep into the jungle of Comrad's mind. What a time it must have been to be alive... to be English, anyway. I think I'd pass on being one of the enemies/criminals/rebels/poor bastards.

  • Why Evil Exists

  • By: Charles Mathewes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Charles Mathewes
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

Whether we view it in theological, philosophical, or psychological terms, evil remains both a deeply intriguing question and a crucially relevant global issue. Now, Professor Mathewes offers you a richly provocative and revealing encounter with the question of human evil - a dynamic inquiry into Western civilization's greatest thinking and insight on this critical subject.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • But What's Puzzling You is the Nature of My Game

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-28-15

Fascinating Tour Through Western Thought

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Reviewed: 01-12-18

I enjoyed this series of lectures very much. The breadth of Mathews's knowledge is astounding. I will read it again and again.

  • Spy the Lie

  • Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception
  • By: Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, with one disappointment

  • By Kim on 08-07-12

Very astute and useful.

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Reviewed: 10-24-17

This is a great book on understanding metacommunication. It's as heavy on method as it is on theory.

  • The Four Agreements

  • By: don Miguel Ruiz
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,595

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!!!

  • By R. Baker on 05-25-05

Materful

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Reviewed: 05-04-17

The narrator delivers the Four Agreements with the grace the book deserves. It is truly a work of art.

  • Avoidant

  • How to Love (or Leave) a Dismissive Partner
  • By: Jeb Kinnison
  • Narrated by: Joe Farinacci
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

People in relationships with avoidants struggle with their lack of responsiveness and inability to tolerate real intimacy. Relationships between an avoidant and a partner of another attachment type are the largest group of unhappy relationships, and people who love their partners and who may have started families and had children with an avoidant will work very hard to try to make their relationships work better, out of love for their partner and children as well as their own happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen!

  • By Jolene Monheim on 04-10-15

Author Holds No Quarter

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

There's no sugar coating here. Be prepared to take a good look at your ugly self.

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  • Exploring Metaphysics

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Examine your existence in an incredible journey!

  • By Grant on 09-21-14

A ROMPING TOUR THROUGH THE MIND OF MAN

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Reviewed: 04-23-17

From brain physiology, to the possibility that everything we know may be a co.puter sim.ulation, Johnson explores the metaphysics of consciousness with engaging clarity and wit.