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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,829
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,780

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

One heck of an epic

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Reviewed: 04-04-17

Yuval covers a ton of information. The amount of research he must have engaged in must be staggering.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in how we evolved physically, socially, psychologically and politically.

  • Ethics in the Real World

  • 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
  • By: Peter Singer
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation and Practical Ethics, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting important current events in a few hundred words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful range of topics

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-16

Brilliant arguments.

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Reviewed: 02-14-17

Peter Singer's arguments are well constructed thought provoking and powerful. Recommend this book to anyone interested in developing a broader understanding of ethics in the real world.

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  • 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 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,248

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

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

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

Fascinating and important

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Reviewed: 05-25-16

Duhigg has composed an important piece of work. We may sense the importance of habits but this book gives you a glimpse beneath the hood. We can now see what they are, how they function and how incredibly important they are.

  • The Moral Landscape

  • How Science Can Determine Human Values
  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,446

In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it

  • By Paul on 11-23-10

Sam never disappoints

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Reviewed: 04-19-16

With an uncanny ability to make his case in clear powerful language and examples he again makes the case for universal morality on a continuum in this book. His work should stand the test of time.

  • Islam and the Future of Tolerance

  • A Dialogue
  • By: Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027

In this short book, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz invite you to join an urgently needed conversation: Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem drawn to extremism? What do words like Islamism, jihadism, and fundamentalism mean in today's world? Remarkable for the breadth and depth of its analysis, this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical is all the more startling for its decorum. Harris and Nawaz have produced something genuinely new: they engage one of the most polarizing issues of our time - fearlessly and fully - and actually make progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for an honest debate on the topics

  • By Andre Wallace Simonsen on 12-17-15

This is an important and useful book

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Reviewed: 12-23-15

It is an honest discussion about one of the most important topics of today. A very useful framework for the discussion results within the dialogue between these two brilliant minds.

  • It IS About Islam

  • Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate
  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, Glenn Beck - introduction
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379

Number-one best-selling author and radio host Glenn Beck exposes the real truth behind the roots of Islamic extremism in Muslim teaching in this sharply insightful audiobook that debunks commonly held assumptions about Islam and the dream of a renewed caliphate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Clear and Concise

  • By Mike Swims on 08-31-15

Surprising good.

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Reviewed: 12-17-15

I wasn't sure about Glenn Beck but I now understand why so many gave it 5 stars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 6 Months to 6 Figures

  • By: Peter J. Voogd
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Voogd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,196

Peter Voogd, who has been labeled the leading authority for Gen Y leadership, reveals the exact strategies he's used to go from dead broke to over six figures within six months. Peter has trained over 4,000 entrepreneurs, and built an eight-million-dollar sales organization by age 27. If you're one of the select few who are serious about success, this book will change the game for you, regardless of what industry you're in.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not much different from others like it...

  • By Martin on 05-04-15

Great summary of a lot of great content from a lot of great writers.

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Reviewed: 07-10-15

It's unfortunate that the audio recording makes it sound like the author is inside a tin can.

This is a useful book, I found it reminded me of other great content in other great books.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,205

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

An interesting bio of such an interesting guy

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Reviewed: 05-31-15

Elton musk is such a brilliant mind. This book does a wonderful job of telling the story of his life and keeps it interesting all along the way.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Life Driven Purpose

  • How an Atheist Finds Meaning
  • By: Dan Barker
  • Narrated by: Daniel C. Dennett, Dan Barker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

For thousands of years, holy books have told us that such a life is available only through obedience and submission to some higher power. Today, the faithful keep popular devotionals and tracts within easy reach on bedside tables and mobile devices, all communicating this common message: Life is meaningless without God. Former pastor Dan Barker eloquently, powerfully, and rationally upends this long-held belief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Purpose starts with us not outside of us

  • By Gary on 04-20-15

Some great stuff in here.

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Reviewed: 05-07-15

A little slow progressing at times but generally very well written. He uses stories to explain his ideas nicely. Enjoy!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful