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  • A Time for Truth

  • Reigniting the Miracle of America
  • By: Ted Cruz
  • Narrated by: Ted Cruz, Jason Culp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

Liberals love to hate Ted Cruz. The outspoken Texas Senator has a knack for getting under their skin. His quotable remarks - and even more, his principled stands on numerous national issues - have made him a political lightning rod and the most Googled man in Washington.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love this!

  • By Phelicia on 02-28-16

Will recommend to all my friends.

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Reviewed: 09-13-15

Ted Cruz’s book resonated with me on multiple levels. He has a passion for America and has done the research and has the experience to make him an expert in multiple domains important for a president. In this book he provides a persuasive argument for free market policies, honoring the constitution, helping the poor through economic freedom, creating policies to increase individual freedom, living Christian principles and how policies and less government can increase the production of new jobs. He has a track record of his principles dating back to giving speeches at rotary clubs at the age of 13. He makes common sense arguments and has a clarity of vision for how America can become great again. He speaks about and in my mind will be a great name such as Milton Friedmon, Friedrick Hayek, Ronald Reagan, William Rehnquist, and Margaret Thatcher.

In terms of the audio quality, I was able to listen to this audiobook at double speed due to the high quality of audio and clear writing. I listened to the whole book in 2 days because it fascinated me and kept me interested the whole time.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,354
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    5 out of 5 stars 33,103
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,177

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Must Listen

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Reviewed: 12-03-14

This book pulled me in and I finished it quickly. You will be connected to the characters and tears will pull through your eyes at times. This book shows pieces of history and engaged me. Hope the movie is just as good.

  • C. S. Lewis - A Life

  • Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet
  • By: Alister E. McGrath
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

In honor of the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis' death, celebrated Oxford don Dr. Alister McGrath presents us with a compelling and definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis, the author of the well-known Narnia series. For more than half a century, C. S. Lewis’ Narnia series has captured the imaginations of millions. In C. S. Lewis - A Life, Dr. Alister McGrath recounts the unlikely path of this Oxford don, who spent his days teaching English literature to the brightest students in the world and his spare time writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insights with the Benefit of Hindsight

  • By Seth H. Wilson on 01-03-14

Awakening my curiosity and desire to read more!

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Reviewed: 03-13-13

Alister McGrath paints a picture of the life of C. S. Lewis that ignites my curiosity and allows me to appreciate the writings of Lewis even more! I found that I was making excuses to do things that allowed me to finish this book over the last three days. I have loved Lewis's writings for years, but have never known the back story which makes me think I will have to re-read Lewis and once again enjoy the expansion of my logic, desire, curiosity, and imagination. McGrath, a well known theologian and academic, looks in depth at all available C. S. Lewis books, journals, letters and what others who knew Lewis wrote and comes away with his own cohesive understanding of Lewis and his writings. He also frequently makes note of the historical context and things that were going on in England which shaped the course of Lewis' life. Lewis' complicated relationship with his father (in which he at times deceived him), his conversion from Atheism to Christianity, his unexpected falling in love with a dying woman who seems to have orchestrated meeting Lewis and their subsequent common law marriage are documented with clarity and precision. Also each book that Lewis wrote is placed in the context of Lewis' journey through life. I think Lewis is able to articulate so clearly the human experience because he was: so honest with himself, a genius, and came to faith later in life. Just like someone who learns how to do something innately hard for them, later in life, will likely be a better teacher, Lewis learns about humility in the context of being a grown up self-focused man. In the context of his adult life, he learns to merge the critical analytical life which governs what he believes, with the inner workings of his powerful imagination which through the conquest of his desire culminates in finding the True Myth which all myths point at, namely Jesus Christ.

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  • The Science of Evil

  • On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty
  • By: Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
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    4 out of 5 stars 332
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    4 out of 5 stars 330

Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis, Asperger's: All of these syndromes have one thing in common---lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world. In The Science of Evil, Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology and autism for decades, develops a new brain-based theory of human cruelty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fine primer...

  • By Douglas on 02-16-12

The science of empathy...

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Reviewed: 03-09-13

Although the title of this book is the science of evil, I believe it speaks more to the science of empathy. Empathy is conveyed as a bell shaped phenomena that we experience everyone around us, and he goes into details on those in the lowest levels of empathy. Some critical thoughts I had where that I have found in clinical experience people with Borderline Personality Disorder do not have zero empathy as he states, but perhaps a misguided empathy. I have found that many people with BPD do go on to become therapists or psychiatrist by the very nature that they are capable of feeling what others experience more vividly then normal people. However this is perhaps something that only occurs through good therapy or religious experience as those with BPD heal. I do however believe that those with BPD who are in an episode, often do to perceived abandonment, of stripping of the social veneer that holds them together, do in fact have zero empathy for a short time. The other thing I would have appreciated more was how the author thinks such evil as defined by lack of empathy can be overcome. Overall I found the book very helpful in a way of understanding empathy and it has sparked my interest in reading more on the topic. I do highly recommend this listening to this book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Brain on Fire

  • My Month of Madness
  • By: Susannah Cahalan
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those interested in neurology & psychology

  • By Brian Quaranta on 01-07-14

Enter into a psychotic episode...

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Reviewed: 03-09-13

I will not seek to give away things that would make listening to this less suspenseful, but rather focus on reasons for listening to this book. Susannah Cahalan tells the very personal and insightful story of her flight into psychosis. Her authorship allows the reader to contemplate what it might be like to become mad, and I believe increase ones compassion for those who also suffer from mental illness. Her investigation into the aftermath also details the emotions that her family felt- something that rounds out her story and at times brought tears to my eyes. The love extended around her I believe brought her through the journey with the ability to write this narrative. The stigma of being mentally ill is overcome by her writing a very detailed account of her journey, which I salute her for! The book also reflects upon the physiological basis of psychosis. Critically, I think that she still stigmatizes the mental hospital although rightly it was not the place that would have been most healing for her. I found her episode similar to what many manic patients I have known experience, as afterwards their episode is shrouded in partial memory which she overcomes by video that was taken and accounts of her loved ones. Her story should challenge doctors to continue investigating when a combination of symptoms don't make complete sense. Her story should allow one more empathy when we encounter those who are suffering with such a mind bending illness.

73 of 75 people found this review helpful

  • A First-Rate Madness

  • Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness
  • By: Nassir Ghaemi
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Here, Nassir Ghaemi draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, and others from the past two centuries to build an argument at once controversial and compelling: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders—realism, empathy, resilience, and creativity—also make for the best leaders in times of crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A First Rate Journey Into Resilience

  • By Pearl Glacier on 02-19-13

A First Rate Journey Into Resilience

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Reviewed: 02-19-13

I first heard of Nassir Ghaemi from a lecture on ADHD and Bipolar and then found several friends who recommended this book. It journeys into the lives of key leaders who changed the world, and tells the story which at the time the world was not yet open to hear. With public stigma and misunderstanding, if Kennedy was known to have mental issues and take drugs would the world so widely have accepted him? What about Abraham Lincoln? Why was Hitler so cruel (could drugs have made him worse?)? As a psychiatry resident I work with hundreds of patients who look for hope, meaning in the midst of their mental illness. This book can decrease your stigma of mental illness and also open up your mind to the possibility of mental illness being a positive thing in some situations.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Center Cannot Hold

  • By: Elyn R. Saks
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness. In The Center Cannot Hold, Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health-care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Schizophrenia Inside Out

  • By Pamela Harvey on 07-23-09

About Mental Illness and Resilience

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Reviewed: 02-19-13

I first heard about Elyn Saks in a news story. Then after googling her I found a TED talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6CILJA110Y
As a psychiatry resident I have been trying to improve my empathy and reduce any countertransference so that I might connect more with those patients I care for. I loved this book, as it has helped me immeasurably towards those goals. I loved how real she was in this book about her life, about some of her most personal and controversial details. I really think this book gives me hope to spread to my patients with schizophrenia. This book also talks in a persuasive way against the use of restraints. In my generation, they are no longer used to the extent she detailed in her experience. I believe that her work as a lawyer and academic has possibly changed that standard. This book also made me realize that connection, seeking to understand, even with someone in the midst of psychosis or between psychotic events is a pivotal part of the healing process. I appreciate her critique on psychiatry and will be recommending this book to medical students, residents and attendings I interact with!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Neurosis and Human Growth

  • The Struggle toward Self-Realization
  • By: Karen Horney MD
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

One of the most original psychoanalysts after Freud, Karen Horney pioneered such now-familiar concepts as alienation, self-realization, and the idealized image, and she brought to psychoanalysis a new understanding of the importance of culture and environment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Common sense advice for life

  • By W. F. Rucker on 10-21-11

One psychoanalyst's conclusions

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Reviewed: 12-20-12

The depth of thought and ideas are mind expanding in this book. After listening to it two times I got the book because I needed to slow down and think through the ideas more slowly. As someone who does therapy I find the ideas she protrays very helpful. This is a book that charts a very different course then Freudian or more contemperary psychologist from the behavioral/cognitive perspective. Its contents are more based on the dynamic interplay between what you really are and what you or others wish you were in your mind. It will give some framework but not help you know how to help others other then being able to more fully understand and chart where they are coming from.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Liberty Defined

  • 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
  • By: Ron Paul
  • Narrated by: Bob Craig
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

In Liberty Defined, congressman and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ron Paul returns with his most provocative, comprehensive, and compelling arguments for personal freedom to date. The term "Liberty" is so commonly used in our country that it has become a mere cliché. But do we know what it means? What it promises? How it factors into our daily lives? And most importantly, can we recognize tyranny when it is sold to us disguised as a form of liberty? Dr. Paul writes that to believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ron Paul for President

  • By Armando on 07-27-11

Ideas that sparked my curiosity!

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Reviewed: 01-12-12

The book goes through some of the thoughts behind Ron Paul's views and provides the intellectual background and rhetoric for his long thought out views on how to change the world. More then a book that will close your doors of ideas, it is one that will make you more curious. I went into this book having some serious questions about Ron Paul, as often he throws out things like "gold standard" which confused me and seemed regressive. However he skillfully presents a common sense argument against Keynesian economics, which is the prevailing viewpoint which leads the government to go into further debt during recessions by spending money on more projects. He agrees with the "Austrian school" which states that creating a thriving economy comes from less restrictions, less government stimulus (for example what economic benefit is it for the government to create jobs which don't make anything that helps create meaningful products), less government price setting and more individual desire driving the economic engine. He also argues for liberty of personal freedom from the government, and the laws enacted in the fear culture of post 911 which continue to give the government far too much power. His foreign policies also make more sense, and try to empower freedom not only in our citizens but also in other countries... with the idea that free trade rather then war and torture creates bonds of peace. He shows strong historical support for how stopping trade with a country works to create hostility, which often leads to war. He also argues that intervening in other countries often has unforeseen consequences. I am going to listen to this book again in a week to further digest and contemplate all of his life changing ideas...

  • The Meaning of Marriage

  • Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
  • By: Timothy Keller
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James, Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,134

Few subjects are as compelling-or as endlessly variable-as love and marriage. The Bible is filled with references to husbands and wives, from the story of Adam and Eve to advice in the New Testament, each open to interpretation. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and bestselling author of The Reason for God, uses the scriptures as his guide to show readers what God's call to marriage is, and why this is such a powerful call.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gave Me New Hope for My Marriage

  • By Cindy on 01-09-12

Lots of wisdom...

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Reviewed: 01-12-12

Timothy Keller with experience, eminence, and evidence presents a dynamic and beautiful portrayal of marriage which not only is realistic but also the hope it provides. He spends time looking into common cultural conceptions of marriage or cohabitation and contrasts them with the Christian view of marriage. He reflects on the cultural, historical and contextual scriptures on marriage and blends them with his life long experience in counseling couples in various stages of marriage. After listening to this book I bought it for my groomsmen and bride to be as I felt it would help us better contemplate marriage together.