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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,183

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

Self-help book with a strong religious tinge

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Having finished the book, it isn't easy to sum up my impressions of it. On the one hand, Mr. Peterson is undeniably an eloquent and intelligent thinker. For many, this book among many similar titles may be the one that drives the point home - take care of yourself first, approach problems with humility and courage and don't rock the boat too much in the process. If you're new to the self-help literature, then many of Peterson's points will sound profound and meaningful. However, once you look past the allure of truisms and common-sense-imperatives, what is left is a metaphysical foundation so deeply biased towards fundamentalist Christianity, that it takes away a lot of credibility from otherwise pretty sensible arguments. Jordan Peterson is on a crusade to save the world and will shower the reader with powerful metaphors borrowing heavily from the work of Nietzsche, Freud, Jung and biblical stories. In criticising progressive liberalism and what he considers fascist neo-Marxist policies, he strangely puts himself and his (attractive, but in many ways dated) philosophy at an equally ridiculous pedestal, just in a different colour. For those who are sensitive to bullshit, this reading will make you feel equal parts respect and amazement from Peterson's well-crafted arguments, as well as cringy embarrassment for an academic tossing around biblical literalism without any shame or concern for intellectual honesty. If you share Peterson's apocalyptic worldview, you will enjoy this book 100% and gain further confidence in your sense of self-righteousness. However, radical zealots bring no wisdom to the table no matter if you intuitively agree with them or not. Peterson's attempt to provide an antidote to chaos succeeds only for those who likely didn't need it in the first place. The rest will be left with more questions than answers.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,714

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

A mind-expanding experience

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

It took me a while to pick up Homo Deus after finishing Harari's brilliant Sapiens last year. I was originally afraid that it may delve too deep into fantastic predictions about the future, possibly dystopian, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that Homo Deus is very delicate, balanced and informative narrative of both the future and the past of humanity. Without sliding to grandiose descriptions of robots and spaceships, this book gives a sober reminder that the progress of science and technology might render the core concept of today's philosophy - humanism - obsolete in favor of large data processing algorithms, and by extension, humans, too. The narration is well paced, entertaining and pleasant to listen to. It's definitely one of the stronger recommendations I can make about any book.

  • Stories of Your Life and Others

  • By: Ted Chiang
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885

Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change-the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens-while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story (the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival), a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing collection of short stories

  • By Carolina on 09-15-14

A mesmerising display of talent

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

I picked up this book in anticipation of the movie Arrival. I was surprised that the original story was only one of several, but I couldn't be more satisfied. Healthy pace, original storytelling, beautiful descriptions and sharp wit is present throughout all the short stories and I loved it. Give it a try for sure.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105,617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97,848
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97,388

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • alright

  • By jeff lewis on 08-29-18

More than an autobiography

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

Trevor's performance is perfect. All the different accents and flawless pronouncing of different languages peppered through these compelling stories brought his narration to a level of perfection I honestly didn't expect at first. I can recommend this 100%, one of the few where an audiobook version might me even more enjoyable than a physical read.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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 17,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,759

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

A wild ride through the history of mankind.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

I enjoyed this book more than I expected. At first, I thought it would be a somewhat dry, strictly academic account of how first humans appeared from among the proto-humans, but it ended up being a captivating 'durchsnitt' of the whole journey, from cognitive and agricultural revolution through imperialism to ideologies and futuristic technologies. I can definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in anthropology and the 'big' history.

  • 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 3,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434

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

A refreshing view on morality

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

I've enjoyed Sam Harris' book Waking up: a guide to spirituality without religion and this title just strengthened my liking of this author. The Moral Landscape is a well written argumentative journey to the peculiarities of human well-being and how we often forget to put enough (scientific) attention to the most important question of our existence: how to increase human well-being and decrease human suffering. In an eloquent and well-sourced set of essays, Harris introduces his view that morality should by all means be a central point of scientific research and that religious apologetics need not hinder this process. I can definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,855

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

Another excellent installation of the epic saga

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Roy Dotrice is phenomenal as always in his performance. AFFC is arguably slower-paced than its predecessor, but the richness and depth of the story more than makes up for the lack of epic battles. Cercei's descent into paranoia and Jamie's reconciliation with his handicap are the strongest motifs of the book, together with Brienne's quest to find the Stark daughters. This book depicts vividly the aftermath of war as it takes its grim toll on the soldiers and smallfolk alike.

  • God Is Not Great

  • How Religion Poisons Everything
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,933

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Though Hitchens Is!

  • By Ben Capozzi on 11-13-11

An enlightened, sharp-tongued critique of religion

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

Christopher Hitchens provides an extraordinary tour through the many flaws and historical crimes of religions, both self-professed and organised. He shreds ancient beliefs to pieces and exposes the dreadful truth that the world would be far better off without religious superstitions and rituals.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,773

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD

  • By Sean on 05-13-04

A great overview of natural history.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

I read A Short History a few years ago and it was a pleasure to re-read it in audiobook format. Richard Matthews does a tremendous job keeping the pace of the narrative fresh and I can only recommended to anyone wishing to find out how we found out things about the Earth and its - and ours - history.

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,958

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, smart, and unpretentious

  • By Blake on 06-04-13

A fascinating and detailed lecture on religion

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Very well narrated (by the author himself and his wife) deconstruction of virtually all possible justifications for religion. Å delight for any curious mind. One of the most memorable ideas is the need for consciousness-raising among people to cringe in disgust whenever a child is labelled as 'Christian', 'Muslim', and so on. Highly recommended!