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  • Future Home of the Living God

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backward, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum”

  • By Mel on 11-27-17

Whoa!

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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: 10-06-18

A gripping story and reading, and a warning of where current day trajectories could take humanity if there is not enough vigilance in the world.

  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school - we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, professor of international health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read not for Listening

  • By carlos gomez on 06-01-18

Good premise but rather slow.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I think Rosling is correct that per capita carbon emissions is the key metric for climate change responsibility. He stressed that and I was convinced. But his writing about climate does not reflect the way quantitative earth system scientists understand global human caused climate change. And it misses the fact that human plans and commitments to reduce emissions are enough to stop the rise of atmospheric greenhouse gases at any projected date in the future. Or the fact that species and ecosystems keep declining as they have since the start of the industrial revolution. I think Rosling tries to be clear eyed about the facts of the world and that he succeeds more than not. He is very well qualified to write on this important subject but I for one found it slow going with little new information. Since I have to quantify my rating I’m giving it a 3+.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On Grand Strategy

  • By: John Lewis Gaddis
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

For over 20 years, a select group of Yale undergraduates has been admitted into the year-long "Grand Strategy" seminar team-taught by John Lewis Gaddis and Paul Kennedy. Its purpose: to provide a grounding in strategic decision-making in the face of crisis to prepare future American leaders for important work. Now, John Lewis Gaddis has transposed the experience of that course into a wonderfully succinct, lucid and inspirational book, a view from the commanding heights of statesmanship across the landscape of world history from the ancient Greeks to Lincoln, and beyond.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but fails to offer real lessons.

  • By Zack on 07-04-18

4+

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This is a strong 4 for its convincing frame for recognizing greatness in history (and by extension in present day). Yet I found the material semi dry. It’s a worthwhile read but a bit closer to 4 than 5.

  • I Contain Multitudes

  • The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244

Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin - a "microbe's-eye view" of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undoes what you've learned from the headlines

  • By Tristan on 10-14-16

Lots of facts. Not much that grabbed me.

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-18

This book covers microbiology topics I am interested in, but I have found other books on biology topics to be much more engaging and informative. After a few chapters, I gave up. Lots of other people rate this book very high but for myself there isn't enough here to convince me that giving 8 hours to finish listening will be worth the time. If you read it, I hope your experience is better than mine.

  • Dawn of the New Everything

  • Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality
  • By: Jaron Lanier
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Bridging the gap between tech mania and the experience of being inside the human body, Dawn of the New Everything is a look at what it means to be human at a moment of unprecedented technological possibility. Through a fascinating look back over his life in technology, Jaron Lanier, an interdisciplinary scientist and father of the term virtual reality, exposes VR's ability to illuminate and amplify our understanding of our species and gives listeners a new perspective on how the brain and body connect to the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The future and how we will get there

  • By Daniel J. Matyola on 12-05-17

useful perspective and philosophy grounded in lived experience

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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: 08-22-18

Lanier opens the kimono on the history of virtual reality from a pro human and pro tech perspective with personal reflections that kick Silicon Valley’s ass. In a constructive way. This audio book starts slow. It takes you in many directions and ultimately goes deep. His suggestions for the future deserve to be heard, discussed and somehow integrated in people’s and society’s learning. I loved listening to this audiobook.

  • Law School for Everyone

  • By: The Great Courses, Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, and others
  • Narrated by: Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Molly Bishop Shadel, and others
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Over the span of 48 lectures, four experienced lawyers and teachers recreate key parts of the first-year law student experience, introducing you to main areas of law most every beginning student studies. Enriched with famous cases from the annals of American law and powerful arguments by some of history's most successful lawyers, these lectures offer access to an often intimidating, surprisingly accessible, and civically important field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opener

  • By Dustin Wilson on 04-15-18

A fine course

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

This course has given me a richer understanding and appreciation of how the legal system works and has evolved in the US.

  • The Learning Brain

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Thad A. Polk PhD Carnegie Mellon University
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

One of the most complicated and advanced computers on Earth can't be purchased in any store. This astonishing device, responsible for storing and retrieving vast quantities of information that can be accessed at a moment's notice, is the human brain. How does such a dynamic and powerful machine make memories, learn a language, and remember how to drive a car? What habits can we adopt in order to learn more effectively throughout our lives? The answers to these questions are merely the tip of the iceberg in The Learning Brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At least every teacher should listen to it

  • By Anonymous User on 06-29-18

Recommended!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Mind expanding. Moderately engaging. Very worthwhile survey of what is known about learning by humans.

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  • The Checklist Manifesto

  • How to Get Things Right
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,215

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Tad Davis on 01-11-10

Very Important Concept. Long for a Book

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I’m glad to have listened to the audiobook for the simple yet important understanding of what makes a great checklist, how they align teams and how they enable game changing results. This book cannot be distilled into a checklist but it could be better if it were shorter and if it included a few good checklists on checklists.

  • Measure What Matters

  • By: John Doerr, Larry Page - foreword
  • Narrated by: John Doerr, full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that the Objectives and Key Results system has spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational, inspirational, entertaining, ~dry..

  • By James S. on 05-08-18

The secret sauce that drives the worlds greatest innovators

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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: 07-15-18

Except that it’s not secret. A collection of practical first hand account of top tech and NGO leaders on how OKRs focus and align and motivate diverse organizations repeatedly to achieve the unachievable. Now I feel ready to develop my own experiences with OKRs. This is an outstanding listen from the preface to the end of the post scripts.

  • Leading Change

  • By: John P. Kotter
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

John Kotter, the world's foremost expert on business leadership, distills 25 years of experience into Leading Change. A must-have for any organization, this visionary and very personal audiobook is at once inspiring, clear-headed, and filled with important implications for the future. Kotter identifies an eight-step process that every company must go through to achieve its goal, and shows where and how people—good people—often derail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Key Resource for Any Change Leader

  • By Marty on 10-24-12

Transformative!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

This book provides an enriched sense of how change and transformations proceed and the points where it can derail. The last two thirds of the book is the best, imho