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  • How Emotions Are Made

  • The Secret Life of the Brain
  • By: Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

Emotions feel automatic to us; that's why scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology. This paradigm shift has far-reaching implications not only for psychology but also medicine, the legal system, airport security, child-rearing, and even meditation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-opening

  • By W. White on 05-29-17

Really good but,

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

may take a few go at itto really get everything and a bit of focus. i was okay without the visuals but as a stand alone audio book is very good.

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

  • By: Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,296

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio format still useful to get the gist of it

  • By Kazuhiko on 06-14-14

A bit dense, a bit heady, but definitely worth it

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Do not expect this book to be easy to listen to, unless you're already familiar with some basic conepts, of finance, economics, and accounting. It may require a few revisions for the you to get all of the concepts, especially if you're not familiar with French and European politics.
Givem that its content is really good at painting a broad understandable picture of political economy and how to approach debate and action in a more systematic way.

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,364

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is a PDF, Folks

  • By Cynthia on 06-27-17

Slightly repetitive otherwise Perfect book

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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: 01-30-19

the author does tend to repeat himself a bit I don't mind too much I figure some people might find issue with it.
Contentwise I'd like for him to elaborate more on the Stevia-Sucralose problem,
appendix is helpful,
narrator really good

  • The Short Drop

  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,785

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap

  • By Justin Messer on 12-27-15

Insanely Good,

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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: 01-05-19

a little slow at first but accelerates you from 0 - 900 mph in 6 seconds.
definitely worth it, though must pay careful attention to detail to fully capture.
audio really spot on

  • Breaking the Cycle

  • Free Yourself from Sex Addiction, Porn Obsession, and Shame
  • By: George Collins MA, Andrew Adleman MA
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Anyone who has struggled with sex addiction knows that living with constant sexual compulsions can be extremely difficult. But summoning the courage to find help for this condition can be even more of a challenge. If addictions to pornography, strip clubs, massage parlors, prostitutes, phone sex, or chat rooms have made you feel trapped, this book can help you find a way to break free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect book for this

  • By theoriginalsubguy on 11-18-15

Really Really good, but....

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

From start to finish I was engaged and taking notes. Practically a therapist on your phone, really good actionable tips and insights from someone who really understands being under the influence. However I wish there could be a new edition of this book with revisions as at times it felt a little dated.
Presumably at the time the book was written high-speed internet adult content was not as prevalent as it is today. Internet content was only occasionally mentioned in-passing and only remedy was to just "set up rules".
it referenced magazines, adult shops, adult movie theaters and topless bars (the latter of which I had to look up because I didn't believe such places existed).
While the principles are still the same and they still are effective such as practicing mindfulness and persistent self dialogue that helps with discipline.
I feel like it could really use an update, barring that its still worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,701

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intuition and reason are complementary

  • By Neuron on 12-11-15

Get Woke

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Shout out to Patrick Egan who did an amazing job w/ the book.
Kaneman's book the most enlighting book I've ever read or listened to.
It gets a little tough to get through when Kaneman gets deep in the weeds of statistics if you're unfamiliar with the subject, but it makes sense in latter chapters to understand.
Especially the end chapters when dealing with the happiness index.
Overall the book is really really good, filled with insight, practical application, and rules of thumb for how to structure a great society and a good Life.

  • How to Be Miserable

  • 40 Strategies You Already Use
  • By: Randy J. Paterson PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

There are stacks upon stacks of self-help books that will promise you love, happiness, and a fabulous life. But how can you pinpoint the exact behaviors that cause you to be miserable in the first place? Sometimes when we're depressed, or just sad or unhappy, our instincts tell us to do the opposite of what we should - such as focusing on the negative, dwelling on what we can't change, isolating ourselves from friends and loved ones, eating junk food, or overindulging in alcohol. Sound familiar?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightful Kick In The Rear

  • By R. T. Whitney on 06-13-17

Jesus Christ this book is too good...

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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: 07-16-17

The witty nature of the book as well as the stellar performance by the narrator made this super easy to finish and understand.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,614

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Very Insightful, just Beware the Buzzwords

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

Overall Manson's narrative is quite good, very insightful and well studied. However his articulation of what he means by "entitlement" "values" and "responsibility" which might throw off some people from what the broader point is.
Manson's vocabulary is intended to be provincial on purpose (hence the title), it's entertaining and interestingly humorous. However the book resorts to simplifying things using buzzwords like "entitlement" and "snowflake" which he often says is not intended to deride anyone however he makes it a habit regularly doing it to place judgement on people and adding the "take responsibility" as an antidote, even when he tries to re-define the word, it's difficult having to separate his defenition version it's pajorative connotations.
While well intended as a means to encourage action, for those of us who are familiar with the language (particularly used in the South Western US), it can sometimes come across like a priest lecturing about the protestant work ethic and how people should "lift themselves up by the bootstraps" narrative. Which can be counterproductive to the goal of introspection that the author wants to encourage.
I'd recommend to rephrase the concept with something with less baggage.
Other than that the concepts in the book are spot on, particularly on the subject of motivation, perspective, correction and incentives.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

Holy Mother of Christ!

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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: 10-28-16

Bravo! This book is by far the most provocative and insightful I have ever come across.
It draws & builds on all of the best of philosophy's contributor's from Plato's Republic up to John Rawls & Michael Foucault.
It makes sense of almost all human civil & commercial interaction from the Indus valley civilizations up to the minute the book was written in a beautifully simple theory.
It lays out the the absolute horror of the world's woes in graphic detail and absurdities that come with it. However it explains with amazing clarity how to correct these woes and cross the bridge to a more just world.
It is indeed definitely something any and all activists worldwide should read.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

FREE Recession Proof Graduate
    How to Land the Job You Want by Doing Free Work
    
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    Length: 42 mins
    966 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • FREE Recession Proof Graduate

  • How to Land the Job You Want by Doing Free Work
  • By: Charlie Hoehn
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 791

Recession-Proof Graduate is a wildly popular career guide that's been downloaded over 150,000 times. This audiobook is frequently shared among students, teachers, parents, counselors, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. It's been integrated in the coursework at a number of universities, given away as a graduation gift, and translated to Italian. When I changed my strategy, I landed a handful of dream gigs, got to work with amazing people like Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi, and found myself turning down multiple paid job offers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every college students guideline.

  • By ruben on 05-08-15
  • FREE Recession Proof Graduate
  • How to Land the Job You Want by Doing Free Work
  • By: Charlie Hoehn
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase

Snake oil with grains of truth

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-16

Trying as best as I can to be fair, the so called "recession-proof" graduate, seemed somewhat light on the details of the circumstances that led him to become "successful" which is the basis of his argument. Apparently a degree matters when you're in a highly technical field like computer engineering or chemistry where your expensive piece of paper actually matters.
Also there are millions of people who already do Photoshop, HTML, & PHP.
Seriously! that's the solution to being recession-proof like WTF!? I could program in Java, Python, SQL, and Work Adobe Premiere, and Photoshop before the end of my freshman year. And even then those were still mediocre skills compared to most of my peers.
Of course probability stats have nothing to do with the so called recession-proof formula there are apparently no other variables others than the authors own whit, really!?
This is practically advocating serfdom, because paying the god damn Chinese a few cents an hour is just too much for employers no, you got to undercut even them! Absolutely insane, this "one weird trick" click-batey Kool-Aid might go down well with the desperate and unfortunate cognitive-illiterate students of some sad for-profit college in some of the more backwards & regressive parts of this country but anyone with basic critical thinking skills, eyeballs and a pulse could see the BS that this is.
I'm sorry but this was certainly not worth my time nor yours.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful