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  • 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 3,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,951

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. Will definitely listen again

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Reviewed: 03-22-17

Examples of biases and experiments range from hilariously silly to profoundly serious, but all are very enlightening.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,649

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Amazing.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-17

Couldn't help thinking of Mark Twain's Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. Dude's trying to do amazing things for the betterment of mankind and people getting in the way! Nuts!

Really well compiled biography. Very enjoyable, entertaining, and informative. Not to mention inspiring. Highly recommend this one.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Magic of Thinking Big

  • By: David Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,193

Millions of people around the world have improved their lives through the timeless advice David Schwartz offers in The Magic of Thinking Big. In this best-selling audiobook, Schwartz proves you don't need innate talent to become successful, but you do need to understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously probably the most impactful book I have ever read!

  • By Peter on 02-20-16

Good stuff

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-17

Probably worth listening to more than once. I picked up the book 8 months ago and didn't get around to it until recently. I know my reaction to it would have been different back then and won't be surprised if it's different again 8 months from now.

Worth.

  • Joan of Arc

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Michael Anthony
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Very few people know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important, but also his best work. He spent 12 years in research and many months in France doing archival work, and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-07

New Favorite

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Reviewed: 01-19-17

Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa.
Sano Ichiro series by Laura Joh Rowland.

And now Mark Twain's Joan of Arc has made my list of favorites.

It was super fun. One cannot think poorly of the story of Joan of Arc. But that forces a person to be critical of her story's conveyance. I've read that others think Twain failed to convey the more stressful emotions. I think the writing was well constructed to allow oneself to feel as if one of her loving contemporaries.

Well enjoyed. Obviously I recommend it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doing Good Better

  • How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference
  • By: William MacAskill
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Most of us want to make a difference. We donate our time and money to charities and causes we deem worthy, choose careers we consider meaningful, and patronize businesses and buy products we believe make the world a better place. Unfortunately we often base these decisions on assumptions and emotions rather than facts. As a result even our best intentions often lead to ineffective - and sometimes downright harmful - outcomes. How can we do better?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Serious About Helping--

  • By Gillian on 08-30-16

So Good!

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Reviewed: 09-02-16

I absolutely loved the book! Very indepth and clear and broad details. The methods for engaging in altruistic activities are very sensible and I think transferable to other areas of life. It's very encouraging

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

  • A Novel
  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy's quest for wealth and love. His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world's pulse. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia meets that reputation - and exceeds it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The title is misleading, I loved this quick read.

  • By Brad Mills on 04-28-17

Easily My Favorite

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Reviewed: 07-15-16

This book shares the number one spot in my favorites list with Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa which I read 3 years and 100 books ago. I don't think I can recommend this vaguely emotionally stirring book enough. Check it out. You won't be dissatisfied.

  • A People's History of the United States

  • By: Howard Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
  • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,114

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Amateur hour in the production booth

  • By Thomas on 11-09-10

Probably the most important book I've listened to

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Reviewed: 06-30-16

Things don't change on their own. We awesome humans need to do something to create change. But what is our will if uninformed?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth

  • By: Brad Blanton
  • Narrated by: Brad Blanton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

In Radical Honesty, Dr. Blanton coaches us on how to have lives that work, how to have relationships that are alive and passionate, and how to create intimacy where none exists. As we have been taught by the philosophical and spiritual sources of our culture for thousands of years, from Plato to Nietzsche, from the Bible to Emerson, the truth shall set you free.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely embarrassing audiobook production

  • By Soergel on 02-10-16

The next step

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-16

This is probably the most complete book on personal and societal development I've experienced. I'll be starting it back from the beginning as soon as I post this review.

Thoughts like this book are a stepping stone for society to compete. Not compete in the usual sense as in Boston's "Peace of Mind," but the Seattle Seahawk's

Com- :together
-petere :seek

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Social Fluency

  • Genuine Social Habits to Work a Room, Own a Conversation, and be Instantly Likeable
  • By: Patrick King
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Reloj
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Do you DREAD networking events? Parties where you don’t know anyone? Work functions? Social situations where you need to be able to turn it on at a moment’s notice – they’re horrible aren’t they? Having to put a face on, perk up, and have the same conversation for hours? Draining. These situations can be terrible if you don’t have the genuine social habits to deal with them

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Shopper Di from SLC on 03-11-15

Love Patrick King's shit!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-16

Not much to say! He articulates social concepts really well! Narrator felt very fitting for the topic and delivered well!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth

  • By: Neil Strauss
  • Narrated by: Neil Strauss, Ione Skye, Jessica Sattelberger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315

From the author of the blockbuster best seller The Game: a shockingly personal, surprisingly relatable, brutally honest memoir in which the celebrated dating expert confronts the greatest challenge he has ever faced: monogamy and fidelity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not the whole truth

  • By Ville on 01-21-16

Thoroughly Enjoyed This

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Reviewed: 04-18-16

Hilarious, deep, and touching. I'd hate to over-hype it and inadvertently turn others off to it. Just pick it up. You'll enjoy it.