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  • By Joe C. on 04-13-18

Highly Recommend

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Reviewed: 04-13-18

An informative and honest book that isn't peddling half naked ideas and strategies. And the author is a great narrator.

  • Behave

  • The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715

Why do we do the things we do? More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful, but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: He starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs and then hops back in time from there in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Doug Hay on 07-27-17

This audiobook needs an abridged version

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Reviewed: 12-18-17

Outstanding book, but man was it long! That said, it should be mandatory. I highly recommend.

  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required reading

  • By A. R. S. on 04-17-17

Distilled Wisdom for Our Times

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Reviewed: 12-12-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. These are wise words needed for our day and age.

  • Redefining Reality

  • The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
  • By: Steven Gimbel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Gimbel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,416

No subject is bigger than reality itself, and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality is undergoing continual revision and has been for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory is both philosophical and scientific, a metaphysical search for ultimate reality that goes back to the ancient Greeks. For the last 400 years, this search has been increasingly guided by scientists, who create theories and test them in order to define and redefine reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mind = blown

  • By Bailey on 09-13-15

Great course, but a lot to digest

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Reviewed: 11-27-17

There are some audiobooks you can listen to passively and absorb its content. This isn't one of them.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,838
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,148
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,132

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 11-20-17

The audiobook version is so much better than the print version - it's a brilliant book.

  • The Triple Package

  • Why Groups Rise and Fall in America
  • By: Amy Chua, Jed Rubenfeld
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all. Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Triple Thumbs Up!!

  • By CBlox on 02-07-14

Great pop-psych, not so sure of ology part

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Reviewed: 11-17-17

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and makes a great audiobook, and I'm sure there are kernels of truth to the thesis, but you can tell they really cherry picked their data.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,135
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    5 out of 5 stars 20,737
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,553

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

The book is better than the audiobook

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Reviewed: 10-29-17

I loved the book, but I found the auction to be a struggle because of the subject matter.

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  • Pound Foolish

  • Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry
  • By: Helaine Olen
  • Narrated by: Lyn Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
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    4 out of 5 stars 133
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    4 out of 5 stars 132

For the past few decades, Americans have spent billions of dollars on personal finance products. As salaries have stagnated and companies have cut back on benefits, we've taken matters into our own hands, embracing the can-do attitude that if we're smart enough, we can overcome even daunting financial obstacles. But that's not true. In this meticulously reported and shocking audiobook, journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen goes behind the curtain of the personal finance industry to expose the myths, contradictions, and outright lies it has perpetuated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The dark side of my industry

  • By jfoxcpacfp on 06-15-13

Great book, but read by a zombie

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Reviewed: 10-06-17

I loved the content of this audiobook , and found the information to be invaluable. It's just too bad the narrator was monotone.

  • The Index Card

  • Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated
  • By: Helaine Olen, Harold Pollack
  • Narrated by: Helaine Olen, Harold Pollack
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
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TV analysts and money managers would have you believe your finances are enormously complicated, and if you don't follow their guidance, you'll end up in the poorhouse. They're wrong. When University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack interviewed Helaine Olen, an award-winning financial journalist and the author of the best-selling Pound Foolish, he made an off­hand suggestion: Everything you need to know about managing your money could fit on an index card.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sound, practical Advice

  • By Jon Carlson on 04-03-16

Simple, practical, wise, and indispensable.

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Reviewed: 10-03-17

Everyone should read this, and you'll be financially better off for having done so. Cheers!

  • Bonk

  • The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,606
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    4 out of 5 stars 1,872
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    4 out of 5 stars 1,877

The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting-not as engaging as "Stiff"

  • By Jani on 05-13-09

Phenomenal!

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Reviewed: 09-01-17

This is a really great audiobook and it's written in a way that keeps you captivated and interested.