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  • Primal Prescription: Surviving the 'Sick Care' Sinkhole

  • By: Doug McGuff - MD, Robert Murphy - PhD
  • Narrated by: Brad Kearns
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

It's no secret that the US health care system is in a state of disrepair, but the rabbit hole goes deeper than even the staunchest critics may realize. In Primal Prescription, authors Doug McGuff and Robert Murphy combine their expertise in economics and medicine to offer a shocking, disturbing, and ultimately enlightening view into America's health care system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good info. annoying narrator.

  • By Wombat on 02-03-16

Don't rush the recording to market

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Medicine is a field we will all make use of and in the U.S. It is so riddled with problems as to be unusable and un-affordable. This is a book filled with critical information and explanations of what each of us can do to solve these problems for ourselves. It is vitally important that all U.S. Citizens are exposed to these solutions, and indeed most other nations' Citizens as well.

My reason for the low performance review is the narrator's habit of throwing a small chuckle into his voice, I guess in an effort to signal outrage when describing ineffective and even damaging practices in U. S. medicine today. For me this became a grating audible tic, and to damp it I had to up the recording speed to 1.5. Also numerous mispronouncements and misreads could have been fixed with a little editing. It wasn't done.

  • The Richest Man in Babylon

  • By: George S. Clason
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,143

A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and hold the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Financial Control, Better Quality of Life

  • By will on 08-31-14

Required reading for life

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

Thank you to Jason Stapleton (of The Jason Stapleton Program) for repeatedly recommending this book. Glad I finally listened.

  • The Baby Boom

  • How It Got That Way, and It Wasn’t My Fault, and I’ll Never Do It Again
  • By: P. J. O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62

P.J. O’Rourke began writing funny things in 1960s underground newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world’s only trouble spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other "Holidays in Hell” in more than 40 countries.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is not about the baby boom

  • By Joel on 03-14-14

Performer: know you material

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-17

This is why you authors can't allow the publisher to pick the reader. This guy thought he was auditioning for Othello, not reading satire. PJ, next time pick one of your fans to read the audiobook. Maybe they would do your material some justice.

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  • The Evolution of Everything

  • How New Ideas Emerge
  • By: Matt Ridley
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

The Evolution of Everything is about bottom-up order and its enemy, the top-down twitch - the endless fascination human beings have with design rather than evolution, with direction rather than emergence. Drawing on anecdotes from science, economics, history, politics, and philosophy, Matt Ridley's wide-ranging, highly opinionated opus demolishes conventional assumptions that major scientific and social imperatives are dictated by those on high.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Winfield on 12-16-15

I'd like to agree with all of it...

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

...but I'll have to settle for 'most.' I'm a fan of Matt Ridley, though not (like he) an atheist. I don't agree with a couple of his chapters, still an honest reader must grant that his concept is thorough, well thought out, and logically consistent from front to back. I cannot say the same of my religious beliefs, and thankfully don't require the same rigor in myself.

Whether you can suspend your own beliefs long enough to listen to even the arguments you reject, I recommend you power through. The implications for our human life on earth are compelling - I'd say critical enough that all should be taught them. Then whether or nor you think they should be applied to the spiritual (or lack thereof) realm as well, at least you'll be equipped to be a good and correctly-thinking citizen of the planet.