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  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,037

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A world controlled by cognitive dissonance

  • By Philomath on 09-05-18

Deep, Wise, Important

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I am surprised to say I think this is the best of his three books because I liked the other two so much. So much food for thought! I listened through, and then bought the book to study a bit more carefully.

This actually may be my favorite of the 60 + I've heard recently. It's well written, well read, compelling, instructive, and -- to be honest -- more than a little unsettling. You probably want to also read Enlightenment by Pinker, to balance out your view of the future..

Highly highly recommend this one.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,522

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Important story about data, thanks

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

It's mostly about weather data but touches on related political B.S. It's too short, I want more! Nice argument for public data collection, modeling, analytics, and psychology.

  • Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

  • By: Robert Sapolsky, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: The Great Courses
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Understanding our humanity - the essence of who we are - is one of the deepest mysteries and biggest challenges in modern science. Why do we have bad moods? Why are we capable of having such strange dreams? How can metaphors in our language hold such sway on our actions? As we learn more about the mechanisms of human behavior through evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, and other related fields, we're discovering just how intriguing the human species is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Human And Loving It!

  • By Gillian on 07-28-15

Great, but skip a couple chapters

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I love Robert Sopolski. I loved this course. There were a few chapters, like the one on cultural views of the dead, which I skipped. But that's ok. There were quite a few I'll listen to again.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,938

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Depressing...

  • By Sena on 09-11-18

Watch bad sausage being made

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

How did Woodward get this information? Well I guess the sources are anonymous and from what he describes I imagine quite a few people needed to vent. In fact many -- including the President -- did and do so frequently, and publicly. Mainly through candid-sounding dialogue we get more background and clarity on so many issues -- N. Korea, China, tariffs and trade, immigration, race relations, taxes, the Russian investigation, and more. It's pathetic ... and unstable ... and worse, it's dangerous. I've just watched USA Sausage being made out of the very worst parts. What a steaming mess.

And yet ... it's a uniquely American privilege to read a book like this -- that's how we learn.

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  • Rejection Proof

  • How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection
  • By: Jia Jiang
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462

Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. Despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed and spiraled into a period of deep self-doubt. But he realized that his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be, and he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Waste A Rejection!

  • By Gillian on 05-30-16

useful for sure

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

A personal journey, am interesting story and valuable lessons. It's light, sometimes too personal I felt, and some of the stories were a bit of a stretch for this theme, and there was repetition but an interesting exploration with valuable lessons. It reminded me of So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.

  • The Road to Character

  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, David Brooks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,835

With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous best sellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich, textured stories

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-25-15

nice biographies, but loosely related

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I thought it started out with a good premise, the inner and outer character, Adam 1 and Adam 2... followed by biographies, some of which were impressive, others sort of common. The book is very well written, easy just to enjoy the telling. It's really well read too, it took me some time realize I didn't know where I was going.

Early on he says skip to the last chapter if you want to hear the summary, and about half way through, I did. I think it was about 8 minutes, and the intro, I thought, had said it better.

I didn't dislike the book, it's a loose collection of biographies though and I was looking for something else. Interesting that audible suggests similar books: Better Angels, of our Nature and Enlightenment Now, both by Pinker and in my view very focused in ways I felt this wasn't.

  • Fascism

  • A Warning
  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952

At the end of the 1980s, when the Cold War ended, many, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, believed that democracy had triumphed politically once and for all. Yet nearly 30 years later, the direction of history no longer seems certain. A repressive and destructive force has begun to re-emerge on the global stage - sweeping across Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States - that to Albright, looks very much like fascism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jean on 07-04-18

Important, well told

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Interesting analysis of fascism illustrating how easy it is for a nation to fall into. Very relevant and important today; learn from the mistakes of the past. Well written, well organized, it's very informed of course, considering her background. It's nice to hear her read it, although she's not a professional narrator... But I quibble, I've been recommending this widely.

  • You Are Not So Smart

  • Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
  • By: David McRaney
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,795

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's official, I'm an idiot

  • By Christopher on 07-04-12

Great compilation, excellent delivery

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I've read Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow, Brain Bugs by Buonomano, Denialism: Specter, Pinker's How the Mind Works, and The Stuff of Thought, How we Decide by Lehrer, Mindwise, Signal and the Noise, and others so I thought I might find this repetitive. However, it's an excellent summary of themes delved into more deeply in some of these other books. It's a great review (with some new material for me) and would be a great introduction to the fallibility of our minds. Great food for thought! The narration was excellent, as was the writing, highly recommend. I'll probably buy this one in paper too, to flip through and mark up.

  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • By: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,164

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful but repetitive

  • By Belle Ho on 11-16-17

A personal Memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

This will be a good Memoir for this investment banker and his family, he comes across as a good person, and smart, and I have no reason to believe it's not true. Ther book wasn't as interesting or as useful as I had expected. I returned it about half way through.

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  • Rise of the Robots

  • Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
  • By: Martin Ford
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,427

In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Though all these nifty devices and programs might make our lives easier, they're also well on their way to making "good" jobs obsolete. A computer winning Jeopardy might seem like a trivial, if impressive, feat, but the same technology is making paralegals redundant as it undertakes electronic discovery, and is soon to do the same for radiologists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content and this mechanization IS coming!

  • By Mike on 06-30-15

Nicely done

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I found it to be a nice update on AI in many walks of life, thoughtful speculation, and more economic analysis than I expected. I'd recommend this one. Narration is great -- quick and transparent.