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  • The Machinery of Freedom - Guide to a Radical Capitalism

  • By: David D. Friedman
  • Narrated by: David Friedman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

This audiobook argues for a society organized by voluntary cooperation under institutions of private property and exchange with little, ultimately no, government. It describes how the most fundamental functions of government might be replaced by private institutions, with services such as protecting individual rights and settling disputes provided by private firms in a competitive market. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful and thought provoking

  • By Kyle and Dawn Christerson on 05-10-19

In my top 3 favorite books

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

Reviewed: 05-08-19

This book taught me to find spontaneous order in more places than I ever thought possible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence

  • By: Calum Chace
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Surviving AI is a concise, easy guide to what's coming, taking you through technological unemployment (the economic singularity) and the possible creation of a superintelligence (the technological singularity).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Overview

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-27-16

Very 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: 08-25-16

What did you like best about this story?

I now have a clearer understanding of a topic for which I was fairly ignorant. Thanks to the author!! Great read.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 1000 Spanish Verbs in Context

  • A Self-Study Guide for Spanish Language Learners
  • By: Alex Forero
  • Narrated by: Michelle León
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Learning a new language is never an easy task, but it doesn't have to be hard. By learning the 1,000 most-used verbs in a language, you give yourself a fantastic foundation to start building upon to your road to fluency.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • English phases should have been first.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-31-15

Great refresher

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

Any additional comments?

I am an advanced speaker of Spanish but a non-native. For me this audiobook served as a great refresher for the 1,000+ verbs it covers.

There are several ways to us most verbs, so this audiobook really was great practice. Although I did already know the majority of the verbs, there were many times that I caught myself thinking "Ah, I didn't know that I can also use that verb in that particular way." Or "Oh yeah, I know that verb. I need to use it more when I'm speaking Spanish in order to diversify my vocabulary." There were also many times that I clicked the "Go back 30 seconds" button in order to contemplate what I had just heard and try to commit the previous sentence(s) to memory. Repetition is important, so I recommend other listeners also do this.

All in all, this was an excellent audiobook. I am considering also buying the print edition of the book so that I can go through the material again for further practice.

Note:
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pimsleur Spanish Level 5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

The easiest and fastest way to learn Spanish. What’s included: thirty 30-minute audio lessons; 85 minutes of reading instruction in the form of a short story, allowing you to build your skills toward reading Spanish for pleasure; in total, over 17 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers; a reading booklet and user's guide. What you’ll learn: Building on skills taught in Spanish levels 1 to 4, Spanish Level 5 moves you closer to near fluency and adds a broad range of conversational skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I finished!!

  • By Allan on 10-26-15

EXCELLENT

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

If you could sum up Pimsleur Spanish Level 5 in three words, what would they be?

Challenging. Helpful.

Any additional comments?

The product couldn't have squeezed any better material for the number of hours that the course lasted. I took advanced Spanish courses at university years ago and needed a refresher since I do not speak as frequently as I used to. Pimsleur Spanish level 5 was the first Pimsleur course I've ever used, and I was particularly impressed with quality of content and the pace. Audio courses from other companies I've used in the past were dreadfully slow. Pimsleur's Spanish level 5 progressed perfectly. Lastly, the reading exercises at the end were also nice. I printed the PDF available on Audible.com along with the audio program and studied it at my own pace. It was a great refresher of the audio course.

Request: I would personally like to see Pimsleur develop Spanish level 6 and Brazilian Portuguese levels 4, 5 & 6. I understand that Pimsleur expects to release Brazilian Portuguese level 4 on November 8, 2016, and I have already setup a reminder on my digital calendar for that time. I hope that it will become immediately available at Audible.com so I won't have to wait.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Culture Map

  • Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business
  • By: Erin Meyer
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

In Culture Map, renowned expert Erin Meyer offers highly practical and timely perspective on one of today's most pressing business issues: How do different cultures influence the way to do business when working globally. And she explains how to dramatically increase business success by improving one's ability to understand the cultural drivers of colleagues, clients, and suppliers from different countries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please Re-record This Without Accents

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-20-15

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Any additional comments?

The book:
As for The Culture Map as a book, I found it to be well-written and very useful. Erin Meyer is very knowledgeable and experienced, and her analysis matched much of what I have learned from other respected sources. She not only draws from much of the cultural research, but she also uses a lot of examples either from her own experiences or from experiences of others.

My only minor criticism is that at a few points she presents the visual figures in the book admitting that she based the data for them off of research collected from respected sources (Hofstede model of cultural dimensions, for example) and tweaked them a bit based her on own experiences and her own surveys. It is important that she uses research of others - so good so far. I'm also glad that she tweaked the data to match her own findings - still good. But she doesn't explain just exactly how her own findings were from the other models used, doesn't mention how much weight she assigns to her own data versus others, etc. In other words, we don't know what methodology she used to tweak the data. My own experience in doing business all over the world tends to validate her analysis, so it appears to be sound. Nonetheless, in order to let the reader check her data she could have presented how exactly her own findings were slightly different than others.

The narration:
I read the other reviews for this audiobook and noted that other listeners have said that the narrator was either racist or borderline racist because of her poor impersonations of accents of people from various countries.

I had no problem finishing the book. The narrator's accent impersonations were pretty bad, no doubt. (Her Brazilian Portuguese accent, for example, sounds distinctly like a bad Mexican Spanish accent). I am a very well-traveled individual, so I am as qualified as anyone to recognize when the accents are off-target. However, her poor impersonations merely reflected her own lack of exposure to many peoples of the world, and in no way whatsoever were her impersonations necessarily racist. She did her best to imitate accents that she just hadn't been exposed to. The other reviewers that call the narrator racist do so by arguing that the book's purpose was to foster understanding among the many different peoples of the world and the narrator presents the people she impersonates in a stereotypical manner, yet these reviewers fail to acknowledge or understand that most people in the world are unable to impersonate a wide range of accents accurately. Those reviewers don't care to learn anything about the narrator and who she is, but they are perfectly happy to put her into a little box and stereotype her as "racist." Hmm...

I found the narrator's voice is very pleasant to listen to and would have no problem listening to more audiobooks from her in the future.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Box

  • How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
  • By: Marc Levinson
  • Narrated by: Adam Lofbomm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried 58 shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By -E on 07-23-14

Outstanding!

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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: 07-23-14

Any additional comments?

Marc Levinson finally wrote the book that was long-overdue to be written. Professors often tell students that the shipping container revolutionized business platform around the world, but until now, they weren't been able to explain exactly *how* this came about. Before shipping standardization, international trade was not much to speak of by comparison since loading and unloading merchant ships with non-standardized items such as baskets, barrels, cages, bags, etc. would take several days and many bodies. The vision and implementation was driven by entrepreneurs like Malcom McLean, among others. The idea was to be able to take a container off of a truck or rail car, effortlessly place it onto a ship, quickly remove it from the ship and place it onto another truck or rail car (intermodal freight transport). Along the way, McLean and his competitors fought against protectionism from the railroads, trade unions and various governments, but ultimately, the demand for standardization became strongest during the Vietnam War as the US government desperately sought a more efficient means to transport goods.

The Box is both exciting and very well-written. Anyone remotely interested in international trade, business, logistics or related fields should consider The Box a must-read!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Brain Rules for Baby

  • How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Neuroscience for the nursery

  • By cynthia on 01-23-11

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-13

Would you listen to Brain Rules for Baby again? Why?

Yes! My son was just born. I took so many notes on the Audible iPhone app and will either "read" this book again sometime in the next year (on 1.5 speed, since I've already finished it) or around the time of my next child's birth.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

As a new parent that normally prefers to read social psychology (as it pertains to adults), I doubted I would enjoy this book very much. But the book surpassed my expectations by far and is now one of my favorite books on human behavior. Why? Because instead of just explaining how the brain works (like other books I've read and liked), from this book I get to know how it develops!

John Medina is obviously very intelligent, but from his lively narration and story telling, the reader/listener gets to like him as a person. He is very entertaining.

Sincerely, this book prepares me for childhood. I know when and how to set rules, how to punish when necessary, what parenting styles have been scientifically demonstrated to be more effective and how to create a happy, healthy and intelligent baby.

I look forward to reading Medina's other book, Brain Rules.

Hey Dr. Medina! (I'm sure you'll read your reviews), I look forward to reading your future books under the following titles:
- Brain Rules for Kids
- Brain Rules for Teenagers

I will need them!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

  • By: Paul Wilson (foreword), Christopher Hadnagy
  • Narrated by: A. T. Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 868

From elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the Science & Technology behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering. Kevin Mitnick - one of the most famous social engineers in the world - popularized the term social engineering. He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password than to exert the effort of hacking.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting, Very Detailed, Very Long.

  • By Simone on 07-24-13

Do not waist your time

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

Reviewed: 04-05-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Social Engineering is written no better than a giant hacker text that can readily be found over the Internet for free. The author obviously still mixes with hacker circles and appears to have written the book as a way to claim he "literally wrote the book on social engineering."

Chandler drops names like Paul Ekman to show he has taken time to explore research in the field of influence and persuasion. He dedicates a large part of a chapter to Ekman's Facial Action Coding System, but since he has no credentials whatsoever, the reader is expected to take his word that he has developed a proficiency in using it.

He assumes that dropping terms like neurolinguistic programming and microexpressions makes the book somehow all-inclusive, but he does not appear to know of other leading social scientists in the field such as Daniel Kahneman and Robert Cialdini.

Lastly, Chandler repeatedly cites Wikipedia as if it is a valid source for a book. Wikipedia may work for hacker texts but not for professional books. In sum, Chandler provides nothing original whatsoever in the book, cites a few credible sources as if that gives him the credentials, and repeatedly cites Wikipedia.

If you are one of the author's hacker buddies, go read this book. Otherwise, stick to real sources and leave this one alone.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Multicultural Manners: Essential Rules of Etiquette for the 21st Century

  • By: Norine Dresser
  • Narrated by: Kelly Birch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Your friend's mother-in-law is visiting from Korea. When greeting her, do you bow, shake hands, or kiss her on both cheeks? The meeting with his international customers is going well for the corporate president - until he gives the thumbs-up sign. Why? You welcome your new neighbors with a bouquet of your prizewinning daffodils. Yet your beautiful yellow blossoms are met with looks of shock and horror. Why? Discover the answers in this incisive, award-winning guide to etiquette.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful book. Worth the read.

  • By -E on 02-11-13

Helpful book. Worth the read.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

Any additional comments?

The book was helpful. The author did the best that a journalist can do. It would have been better if she spent her life traveling the world and had her own perspectives rather than reporting the stories of others (which limits her own understanding). However, I understand she wrote for a newspaper for 20+ years on multicultural manners. She did do a good job, and I did learn from her findings. Combining Norine Dresser's Multicultural Manners with Terri Morrison's Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands and a diverse range of travel experiences, and you're a pretty well-rounded individual.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pitch Anything

  • An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal
  • By: Oren Klaff
  • Narrated by: Oren Klaff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,881

When it comes to delivering a pitch, Oren Klaff has unparalleled credentials. Over the past 13 years, he has used his one-of-a-kind method to raise more than $400 million - and now, for the first time, he describes his formula to help you deliver a winning pitch in any business situation. Whether you’re selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary, Pitch Anything will transform the way you position your ideas. According to Klaff, creating and presenting a great pitch isn’t an art - it’s a simple science.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just a Teaser - No Real Content

  • By Rick on 11-03-15

I love this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

Would you listen to Pitch Anything again? Why?

Yes. There are few books out there that I would consider reading a second time. I read the hard copy of this book and plan to listen to the Audible version once every year or two.

It has been said that Pitch Anything "belongs on the bookshelf next to Cialdini’s Influence and Strauss’ The Game." There are a few other books written on human influence that I could add to that list, but I think that sums it up. Whether you are in politics, venture capital, sales, business or in any other profession in which influencing others is crucial, trust me: Read this book.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful