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  • Waking Up

  • A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,773

From multiple New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent and Inspiring Listen

  • By Jeffrey on 09-12-14

Love Sam Harris' work.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Mr. Harris' writings never disappoint me. His analogies and examples point out the discrepancies and illogical thinking of the human brain illuminating how and why we let our
belief systems constrain us so within humanity. Scientific, rational, reasonable explanations not carved in stone, however; based on what we know as we know it now. Automatically met defensively by critics who have no retort.

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,205
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,608
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,564

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Informative, insightful...hopeful.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Vastly entertaining, well researched and read. Having not ever had a "mystical" experience directly related to a chemical I must say I'll be investigating research studies.

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,496
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,433

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I can't wait to send the Pence family a cake to celebrate Marlon and Wesley's nuptials.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,536
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,506

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Intriguing, Suspenseful, and Scary.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Wonderfully narrated, the author weaves a thoroughly detailed and facinating account of the story, which for me begs the question of "will technology destroy us all?".

  • Insane Clown President

  • By: Matt Taibbi
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

Dispatches from the 2016 election that provide an eerily prescient take on our democracy's uncertain future, by the country's most perceptive and fearless political journalist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Just Happened, Explained

  • By Gretchen SLP on 01-26-17

Depressing.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Despite in my view being a left leaning writer, Mr. Taibbi gives a balanced view of the train wreck that is Ameicam politics.

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  • The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6

  • By: Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
  • Narrated by: Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495

An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A series that changed my life

  • By Lucas on 10-03-09

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

I am so glad I found this through reading Sarah Jensen's "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" with Maynard James Keenan. Highly recommend these entrancingly intellectual interviews to anyone with an open mind to the spiritual, the collective consciousness, and seeking the meaning of life.

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  • The God Virus

  • How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture
  • By: Darrel Ray
  • Narrated by: Darrel Ray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

For thousands of years, religion has woven its way through societies and people as if it were part and parcel to that society or person. In large measure it was left unexplained and unchallenged, it simply existed. Those who attempted to challenge and expose religion were often persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, or even executed. It could be fatal to explain that which the church, priest, or imam said was unexplainable. Before the germ, viral, and parasite theory of disease, physicians had no tools to understand disease and its propagation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A non-theist handbook

  • By Gary on 09-08-13

Interesting analogy.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-16

As a healthcare worker I found this an interesting explanation in great detail of how religion "infects" not only individuals, but spreads like a pandemic within our communities and society as a whole to, at the very least, hinder us from living whole and healthy lives. I find it more comparable to a drug resistant bacteria, but intriguingly interesting. If only the religious had open mind enough to listen and question the validity.

  • What's the Matter with Kansas? A Lecture

  • By: Thomas Frank
  • Narrated by: Thomas Frank
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

In this lecture, Thomas Frank distills the central argument from his New York Times best seller, What's the Matter With Kansas?, which unravels the great political mystery of our day: why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? In this special recorded lecture, Thomas Frank answers the riddle by examining his home state, Kansas, a place once famous for its radicalism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wish it was an unabridged copy of the book

  • By S. Dillon on 09-04-15

Brutal assault on Conservatism.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

I loved the material as a left leaning moderate in what I am certain will be a historic election cycle. Mr. Frank's passion for the subject certainly makes his performance sound angry, as we should be. I will have to seek out a conservative critique for amusement.

  • The Future of the Mind

  • The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333

For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high-tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More breadth than depth

  • By Gary on 03-20-14

Wonderful insight.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Beautiful insight into current and future studies and advancements in the field of neuroscience by an author that clearly lives and is passionate for his work. Long for my taste, but worth the listen if you express the same interest.

  • Fighting God

  • An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World
  • By: David Silverman
  • Narrated by: David Silverman, Cara Santa Maria
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

Fighting God is a firebrand manifesto from one of the most recognizable faces of atheism. In his audiobook, Silverman - a walking, talking atheist billboard known for his appearances on Fox News - discusses the effectiveness, ethics, and impact of the in-your-face-atheist who refuses to be silent. Silverman argues that religion is more than just wrong: it is malevolent and does not deserve our respect. It is our duty to be outspoken and do what we can to bring religion down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • He is not shy

  • By S. Nielsen on 06-21-16

Defiance for equality.

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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: 12-14-15

Loved this! Awesomely places the demand atheists have for a seat at the table and a right for freedom from religion in society by eloquently stating inarguable examples of the harm religions' unearned "special priveledges" causes not only on non-believers, but society as a whole. Has me fired up to become more of an activist for the cause and I was thrilled to learn here of the 2016 Reason Rally which I plan to attend. Thank you David Siverman for your outspoken, savy, proclaimations that grab the attention of all on our way to equality.

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