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John Bergandino

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  • Flash Boys

  • A Wall Street Revolt
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,876
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,892

Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely A Worthwhile Learning Experience

  • By T Spencer on 07-14-15

Well written book about an interesting modern day swindle

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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: 02-17-19

Well researched intel wrapped up in a book that explains the inner workings of a complex industry. Displays capitalism at work, author writes from a slighted viewpoint but doesn't really offer any solutions to the underlying issues he's mad about. I'm also not sold on the narrative's "good guys" being all that good in the long term. Bottom line, the industry needs forced transparency in the dark pools.

  • Thinking in Systems

  • A Primer
  • By: Donella H. Meadows
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Sorensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

In the years following her role as the lead author of the international best seller, Limits to Growth - the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet - Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem-solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • systems allow us to better understand the world

  • By Dan Gottesman on 12-14-18

Makes you analyze everything from a different perspective

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Reviewed: 02-17-19

Very thought provoking read, provides real world and hypothetical examples of how you can look at something from a whole new perspective than how you already do. Concepts can be applied to any domain.

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  • Plato's Republic

  • By: The Great Courses, David Roochnik
  • Narrated by: Professor David Roochnik Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

More than 2,000 years later, Plato's Republic remains astonishingly relevant to our everyday lives. It poses one question after another that might well have been drawn from the headlines and debates of our nation's recent history: What sort of person should rule the state? Are all citizens equal before the law? Should everyone have equal access to health care? Plato's greater inquiry, however, was into the question of defining justice itself and the reasons why a person would choose a life aligned with that virtue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Excellent

  • By Ronald on 03-14-14

Great Overview of Plato's Republic

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Reviewed: 09-05-17

Easy to follow synopsis (broad synopsis) of Plato's Republic. I enjoyed how David challenged listeners to think for themselves in regards to the meaning of certain key aspects. Very well elaborated how certain parts of the dialogue tie into post-Republic era mindsets.

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  • The Critical Thinker's Dictionary

  • Biases, Fallacies, and Illusions and What You Can Do About Them
  • By: Robert Carroll
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
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    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

The Critical Thinker's Dictionary explores the insights of ancient and modern philosophers along with the latest findings in such fields as neuroscience and behavioral economics to lay out the many obstacles and snares that await anyone committed to a rational life. The Critical Thinker's Dictionary isn't a collection of dry definitions, but a colorful, three-dimensional portrait of the major obstacles to critical thinking and what we can do to overcome them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book on rational thought

  • By dman555 on 11-27-16

Good collection of work but biased framing of examples

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-17

This is a good collection and overview of other people's research in the field of human behavior and common cognitive fallacies. I just wish the author didn't frame most of the examples around his personal political beliefs and therefore potentially expose listeners/readers to his own cognitive fallacies.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful