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  • Brainwashed

  • How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth
  • By: Ben Shapiro, David Limbaugh - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

When parents send their children off to college, Mom and Dad hope they'll return more cultivated, knowledgeable, and astute - able to see issues from all points of view. But, according to Ben Shapiro, there's only one view allowed on most college campuses: a rabid brand of liberalism that must be swallowed hook, line, and sinker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • From 2010, but still current

  • By Katarina on 02-25-18

Some valid concerns, lacking in substance

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Shapiros Brainwoshed is too anecdotal for my taste. It reads as one long opinion column. Based on his public speaking I expected a more in depth analysis of the root causes behind extreme left, or postmodern ideology as described in the work. As an outsider to American politics this does not give me much insight. I might not be the audience he's writing for.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,574

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

Severely lacking in substance.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

Personal struggles and opinions of the author delivered with passion. Unfortunately the text falls short in delivering meaning, and often tends towards self pitty and sentimentalism. Research seems anecdotal at best and mostly dated, at least for the part of the world outside the USA.

29 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,546

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Cyberpunk at its best

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Steaming cyberpunk action from beginning to end.

Stepenson sketches a frenchised distopia that is read as a fast passed movie script. The narator is instrumental in bringing characters to life and the tone of the work is captured spot on. Overall a fun and exciting listening experience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Inevitable

  • Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
  • By: Kevin Kelly
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,229

Much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives - from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture - can be understood as the result of a few long-term accelerating forces.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predicting is hard, especially about the future

  • By Michael on 02-20-17

Useful overview of current emergent technology

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

Interesting and well written overview of current and furure technology, with some plausible arguments for future scenarios. Although at times somewhat overly optimistic, glossing over serious issues concerning wealth distribution, population growth and resource management, overall its a good read especially in combination with more critical works on topics mentioned.