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Michael Shapiro

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  • The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

  • By: Stephen Greenblatt
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
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    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Bolder even than the ambitious books for which Stephen Greenblatt is already renowned, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve explores the enduring story of humanity's first parents. Comprising only a few ancient verses, the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole long history of our fears and desires, as both a hymn to human responsibility and a dark fable about human wretchedness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return

  • By Darwin8u on 02-11-18

superb treatment of Augustine & John Milton

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-01-18

excellent literary treatment of augustine and John Milton. ties together life and art brilliantly. the movement from pre biblical myth to biblical myth was also fluid and deep. exploring the rich trade offs in different systems of thought.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Case for the Psalms

  • Why They Are Essential
  • By: N. T. Wright
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Reading, studying, and praying the Psalms is God's means for teaching us what it means to be human: how to express our emotions and yearnings, how to reconcile our anger and our compassion, how to see our story in light of God's sweeping narrative of salvation. Wright provides the tools for understanding and incorporating these crucial verses into our own lives. His conclusion is simple: all Christians need to read, pray, sing, and live the Psalms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Psalms are an important part of historic worship

  • By Adam Shields on 04-26-14

accessible but scholarly, a fairly good read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

not as good as c.s. Lewis's work on the psalms but its probably better than anything else available on audible with regards_to_the_psalms.if_you_read_N.T._Wright_before_this_is_basically_his_same_ideas_but_focused_on_psalms. so read CS.Lewis & then this.

  • To Fight Against This Age

  • On Fascism and Humanism
  • By: Rob Riemen
  • Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
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    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In "The Eternal Return of Fascism", Rob Riemen explores the theoretical weakness of fascism, which depends on a politics of resentment, the incitement of anger and fear, xenophobia, the need for scapegoats, and its hatred of the life of the mind. He draws on history and philosophy as well as the essays and novels of Thomas Mann and Albert Camus to explain the global resurgence of fascism, often disguised by its false promises of ushering in freedom and greatness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not expected but needed

  • By Caroline Pufalt on 07-01-18

on the importance of "philosophy" for modernity

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-18

interesting reflection on the problem with group-think & instrumental-rationality. focusing largely on_the fact/value distinction. enjoy!

  • A Fine Mess

  • A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System
  • By: T.R. Reid
  • Narrated by: T.R. Reid
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

The US tax code is a total write-off. Overstuffed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one - except tax lawyers, accountants, and corporations, that is - certainly not me and you. Not for the first time, we have to tear it up and start over. That happened in 1922, and again in 1954, and again in 1986. There's a pattern here; we reach this point every 32 years. Which means the next complete re-write of the tax code is due in 2018. Can we write a new tax code that is fair and simple? In fact, we can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent summary for those looking to understand taxes

  • By Masha Freyvert on 04-18-17

the best book on US tax policy. period.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-18-17

not just the best in the US, but examines what works and what does not work all around the world. this book provides the deepest analysis and workable no nonsense solutions to our tax problems

  • Overcoming Dyslexia

  • By: Sally Shaywitz M.D.
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

From one of the world's leading experts on reading and dyslexia comes the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help one understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels, as well as for their parents, teachers, and tutors, this book can make a difference.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dyslexia Adults Don't Buy

  • By Brooke on 06-16-06

the ultimate book on Dyslexia

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-16

this book is completely comprehensive, expliring all aspects of dyslexia. if you only read one book on dyslexia this ought to be it. it contains everything you need to know or would want to know.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump

  • By: Aaron James
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

That Donald Trump is an asshole is a fact widely agreed upon - even by his supporters, who actually like that about him. But his startling political rise makes the question of just what sort of asshole he is, and how his assholedom may help to explain his success, one not just of philosophical interest but of almost existential urgency. Enter the philosopher Aaron James, author of the foundational text in the burgeoning field of Asshole Studies: the best-selling Assholes: A Theory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-16

Trump the assclown asshole

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Reviewed: 07-28-16

a good read. a very very very very very very very very very good read. u will enjoy this book

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Summary and Analysis of The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson

  • By: Summary Station
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

In the first chapter, Jeff Olson introduces his readers to the idea that every single person on this planet has the potential to turn either into a poor, unsuccessful beach bum or into a successful entrepreneur with a huge balance in his bank account. He tells his own story - about how he went from failure to success to another failure, how he slowly learned that failure and success both happen for the same reason, and that this one single reason can work either for or against you, depending on how you use it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Summary

  • By Con on 02-27-17

slight edge

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-16

living the work! loved listening to it!!! every word he speaks of is so on point and easy to understand I can listen to it over and over again!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Aristotle

  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: Jonathan Barnes
  • Narrated by: Phil Holland
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

The influence of Aristotle, the prince of philosophers, on the intellectual history of the West is second to none. In this audiobook, Jonathan Barnes examines Aristotle's scientific researches, his discoveries in logic and his metaphysical theories, his work in psychology and in ethics and politics, and his ideas about art and poetry, placing his teachings in their historical context.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For The Love of Knowledge

  • By Marcus on 06-14-15

Aristotle, explained and defended

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Reviewed: 06-22-16

Aristotle, explained and defended

a great listen, covers much and helps us know aristotle and his legacy

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How Game of Thrones Will End

  • The History, Politics, and Pop Culture Driving the Show to its Finish
  • By: Valerie Estelle Frankel
  • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 36
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    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 31

Pop culture and parody author Valerie Estelle Frankel examines the sources and predicts a Game of Thrones ending for each one. What will the Ragnarok ending look like? Or the Narnia ending? Who will live, who will die, and how goofy can the war of ice and fire possibly get?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • VE Frankel's best audible title on Game of Thrones

  • By Michael Shapiro on 05-16-16

VE Frankel's best audible title on Game of Thrones

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-16

no clear spoilers here. many potential plot paths explored, but none seem to capture the magic. some of them are very funny, but implausibe, many of them plausible but uninspired.

more importantly is being able to discover all the inspirations. G RR Martin is definitly derivative with his writing. always paying homage to something or someone. i personally love this about Martin. and i think having all these connections to history, myth, culture, and politics is refreshing and is the main reason the world of ice and fire is soo emersive

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,949
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,291
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,195

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good but repetitive content, awful narration

  • By Steve on 04-03-10

Fixed Mindset bad, Growth Mindset good. + details.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Carol Dweck develops a simple and straightforward methodology to help people with motivation problems. she argues that a fixed mindset hinders you. causes you to remain fixed in place. unable to confront fears and challanges. while a growth mindset, allows you to enjoy and appreciate challange. using challange to grow into stronger and better people.

a good book. but she has one.and only one point to make. if it helps to understand it in different contexts then read the whole book. there is never any part that is bad and uninformative. but she is just.driving home her one solution to all social problems.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful