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  • The Art of Critical Decision Making

  • By: Michael A. Roberto, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Roberto
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

Learn to approach the critical decisions in your life with a more seasoned, educated eye with this fascinating 24-lecture series that explores how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective decisions. The heart of this accessible series is a thorough examination of decision making at three key levels. First, you'll look at decisions made at the individual level, where, among the many things you'll learn is that intuition is more than just a gut instinct and, in fact, represents a powerful pattern recognition capability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very rewarding, fulfilling its promise

  • By Philo on 09-15-13

Very Interesting and Cogent Lecture

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

The author presents a very clear journey through the history and pathways of decision making. I will be using this knowledge to better inform my own decisions

  • The Taking of K-129

  • How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History
  • By: Josh Dean
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii. Then it vanished. As the Soviet navy searched in vain for the lost vessel, a small, highly classified American operation using sophisticated deep-sea spy equipment found it - wrecked on the sea floor at a depth of 16,800 feet, far beyond the capabilities of any salvage that existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the great stories in history

  • By Ben Newman on 11-21-17

Very Interesting Read

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

This book takes a deep dive into the most audacious intelligence operation of the Cold War. The detail is impressive and the writing keeps you wanting more. I really enjoyed this story.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,147

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By MaeC on 01-31-18

Very Interesting Read

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I'm going to purchase the hardback book to use as a resource for further research on the subject.

  • The Operator

  • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
  • By: Robert O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,372
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,332

Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complete inside look into the teams and the life story of a great American patriot

  • By RenegadeTM3 on 04-28-17

Takes You to the Shots

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-17

Well done and well read. Very interesting and illuminating exploration of what it takes to be a SEAL.

  • Magelord

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 3
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,502
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,464

How can Sire Minalan fight goblins, plots, poverty, and politics, all from his remote and rustic vale, while keeping the peasants in line and the Warbird of West Fleria at bay? With wit, courage, determination, and a healthy dose of magic. And when the new king tasks him to find a way to slay a dragon, an ordinary knight might shy away from the quest. For Sire Minalan, it's just another day on the job as a magelord!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, superb performance.

  • By R. K. on 07-28-17

Another Great Addition

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-17

I enjoyed this book greatly and can't wait to read the next book in the series. Very well written and performed by the narrator.

  • Warmage

  • Spellmonger, Book 2
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,743
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,105

After facing a hopeless siege, an implacable foe and an impossible escape, you would think that Minalan the Spellmonger would be able to rest - but the armies of the undead goblin shaman Shereul (known as the Dead God to his human victims) are rolling over the western reaches of the rustic Duchy of Alshar and is headed toward the heart of the Duchy of Castal. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as hordes of goblins pour out of Boval Vale and devastate the rugged fiefs of the Alshari Wilderlands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story, written in a frustrating format

  • By Jared on 07-11-17

Epic Second Book!!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

I couldn't stop listening and finished much faster than I planned. The narration was epic. Now on to book three.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,473

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good, best book in years

  • By Zer0Sum on 05-11-17

Very Enjoyable Read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-17

I'm definitely going to be purchasing the other books in this series. The world created is interesting and the writing is well paced.

  • Serial Killers

  • The Method and Madness of Monsters
  • By: Peter Vronsky
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in ancient Rome, through 15th-century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as "the serial rampage killer" such as Andrew Cunanan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By brooke browning on 01-26-17

Interesting Reading

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Very interesting exploration of the world of serial killers. Some of the chapters are repetitive but not to a great extent. Overall, an illuminating book.

  • The Art of Invisibility

  • The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
  • By: Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773

Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumers' identities are being stolen, and a person's every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge - and he teaches you "the art of invisibility".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Limited value for the average person

  • By James C on 10-14-17

Very Interesting Read

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

The details are in depth but not overwhelming. Implementation of just some of the suggestions will go a long way to securing one's tracks on the Internet.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful