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  • Achaemenid Empire: A Captivating Guide to the First Persian Empire Founded by Cyrus the Great, and How This Empire of Ancient Persia Fought Against the Ancient Greeks in the Greco-Persian Wars

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

If ranked by population percentage, the Achaemenid Empire, also known as the First Persian Empire, is the largest Empire the world has ever seen with 44 percent of the world’s population belonging to it. But despite its remarkable conquests, riches, and astonishing achievements in fields such as engineering, the Achaemenid Empire has remained shrouded in mystery. But that is about to change. In this new captivating history audiobook, you will discover the truth about this startling empire. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gets preachy toward the end

  • By Frank on 02-04-19

Gets preachy toward the end

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is concise, but tells a compelling story. My only complaint is the religious tolerance sermon at the end. The author literally finishes by discussing the Islamic conquest, which ended religious toleration, then goes on to preach that modern people need to be as progressive as the Achaemid Empire. The reason we cannot have such toleration is the threat to civilization posed by adherents of the religion that destroyed the empire.

  • The War on Normal People

  • By: Andrew Yang
  • Narrated by: Andrew Yang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future - now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years - jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Would Vote For Him

  • By Anonymous User on 07-09-18

We're pretty well screwed

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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: 01-25-19

The author is correct in saying respect for institutions is almost nonexistent. Religion creates bigotry; governments contrive to tax and waste while politicians line their pockets; a day hardly passes without learning of yet another pastor or priest caught molesting children. You can't even trust the police to do their jobs without murdering unarmed people, and the courts have become a profit center for the state.

I'm not on board with his idea of a vat tax to fund Universal Basic Income, though I accept that probably only UBI can head off a violent revolution. I'd prefer some funding system that won't drive small businesses out of business with European-style burdensome compliance and regulatory costs. We cannot allow these so-called progressives to destroy entrepreneurship under the guise of more equitable distribution of wealth. If AI and automation are to destroy jobs, entrepreneurs are the ones who will create new jobs. We need them!

I like his idea of a time bank, but I certainly don't want the federal government involved in any way. Government, especially the federal government, always finds a way to ruin any good thing, while wasting boatloads of money seized from citizens and borrowed from our enemies.

I do like his idea of slowly reducing the medicare eligibility age, which would have the ultimate effect of phasing out this wasteful and ineffective private system. As someone who's been oppressed by all levels of government, I'm not entirely comfortable giving that power to corrupt and bigoted politicians. We'd have to keep funding and management entirely separate from politics.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lies That Bind

  • Rethinking Identity
  • By: Kwame Anthony Appiah
  • Narrated by: Kwame Anthony Appiah
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

We all know how identities - notably, those of nationality, class, culture, race, and religion - are at the root of global conflict, but the more elusive truth is that these identities are created by conflict in the first place. In provocative, entertaining chapters, Kwame Anthony Appiah interweaves keen-edged argument with engrossing historical tales and reveals the tangled contradictions within the stories that define us. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting discussion of Identity, Class, Movement of Culture around the World and More

  • By j mason on 04-18-19

Not full of SJW nonsense

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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: 10-22-18

I was skeptical at first. The last thing I need is to listen to some SJW drone on about micro-agressions and intersectionality. The book does contain a robust discussion of intersectionality, without the meaningless word salad that usually accompanies such piffle.

I was also quite irritated, at first, at the idea that "western culture" isn't really a thing. It sounds a bit like the racist trope of "white people have no culture", which often follows the laughable claim the people of color cannot be racist. However, he eventually gets to his actual point, that "western culture" is actually a fairly new concept, and the ideals we ascribe to western culture are hardly universal within countries that claim the western identity. I don't entirely disagree, but I do appreciate the author's attempts to not obfuscate the real progress that has been made by, what I call, western culture.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

3 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

  • How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
  • By: Steven Novella, Bob Novella - contributor, Cara Santa Maria - contributor, and others
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 441

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is your map through this maze of modern life. Here Dr. Steven Novella and friends will explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies, and conspiracy theories - from anti-vaccines to homeopathy, UFO sightings to N-rays. You'll learn the difference between science and pseudoscience, essential critical thinking skills, ways to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy co-worker of yours, and how to combat sloppy reasoning, bad arguments, and superstitious thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demon Haunted World 2.0

  • By Daniel Sean Osborne on 10-04-18

Don't Panic

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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: 10-21-18

I've been a Skeptic's Guide listener for many years. Many of the topics covered in the book have been covered on the podcast, but the book takes a deeper dive. It's a long book, but there's a lot of quackery out there to cover.

The only criticism I have: it would have been nice if the other rogues read their respective contributions. During the 9/11 hoax discussion, it became a bit confusing who was "I"; though that could have been the fumes from the automotive paint I was using at that moment.

I highly recommend this book. I'm going to have my partner read the sections on acupuncture and microbiomania, as he seems to have a bit of a blind spot.

I really appreciate Dr. Novella and the other rogues writing this book, and putting on the podcast.

  • American Prison

  • A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
  • By: Shane Bauer
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey, Shane Bauer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an exposé about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award. In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, entertaining, and informative.

  • By Mike on 11-20-18

Disgusting

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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: 09-23-18

We never really ended slavery, only rebranded it as prison labor. The modern version is the privatized prison. They kept that guy in prison for a year after his time was up. Why? He had no place to go. So, they pay practically nothing, take it back in commissary, provide no job training, then keep you in prison because you have no place to go because you have no money. We need to end this evil system. I'm writing to my state representative.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Coddling of the American Mind

  • How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
  • By: Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,763

The culture of “safety” and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints has left many young people anxious and unprepared for adult life. Lukianoff and Haidt offer a comprehensive set of reforms that will strengthen young people and institutions, allowing us all to reap the benefits of diversity, including viewpoint diversity. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what’s happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live and work and cooperate across party lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enrich Understanding

  • By Lee Gilner on 09-22-18

Helped me have compassion

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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: 09-16-18

This book helped me understand and have more compassion for young people who I previously dismissed as unhinged snowflakes. It helped me understand why they're engaging in illiberal behaviors. Perhaps I can now engage them productively, instead of using mockery and derision.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Bullshit Jobs

  • A Theory
  • By: David Graeber
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”. It went viral. After a million online views in 17 different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be fooled by the "pop" look of the cover

  • By Andrew Palmer on 09-28-18

Oh brother

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

The book starts out with useful information, but it becomes an anarchist sermon toward the end. He also seems to really hate physicians. Toward the end, it takes a left turn in to crazy town.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Essentialism

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • By: Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: Greg McKeown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,844

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple reads required

  • By Chris on 04-27-14

a good book with a grain of salt

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-18

This book has a great deal of useful advice. Just be aware that the "Utah Mormon" mentality shows. One embarrassing example: the author recommends reading works from antiquity first thing in the morning. He gives some examples, all of which are books at least 1000 years old, except he also lists the Book of Mormon, which is demonstrably a 19th century bible fan fiction. Only those living in the Mormon bubble would make such an embarrassing mistake. Oh well. It's still a good book for anyone seeking to simplify their life to focus on things that really matter. I highly recommend this book.

  • Revolution Song

  • A Story of American Freedom
  • By: Russell Shorto
  • Narrated by: Russell Shorto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

From the author of the acclaimed history The Island at the Center of the World, an intimate new epic of the American Revolution that reinforces its meaning for today. With America's founding principles being debated today as never before, Russell Shorto looks back to the era in which those principles were forged. Drawing on new sources, he weaves the lives of six people into a seamless narrative that casts fresh light on the range of experience in colonial America on the cusp of revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By L. Kuller on 12-13-18

An inspiring book

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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: 08-27-18

I was a little concerned about the length of the book, but it was well worth it.

Venture Smith has become my new hero. I actually had tears in my eyes when he went to make an installment on buying his freedom, but the guy just gave him his freedom. Venture took a mountain of lemons and made something quite inspiring. This only served to reinforce my belief that it's never too late to pull yourself up.

  • RV Living Full Time

  • Incredible Secrets, Tips, & Resources to Motorhome Living & Finding Freedom!
  • By: Kevin Hughes
  • Narrated by: Ralph L. Rati
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Have you been craving adventure? Tired of the everyday grind? Do you want to spend time outdoors connected to the world, instead of at your house connected to the Internet? Want to travel to breathtaking and interesting locales whenever the mood strikes? If you answered yes, it is all possible when living an RV lifestyle. In this book, I will share with you everything I've learned while out on the road. I went through all the growing pains and found out things the hard way so you won't have to.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read links out in an audiobook!

  • By Frank on 07-08-18

Don't read links out in an audiobook!

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I know the industry expects narrators to read exactly what the author wrote, but this is ridiculous! 35 minutes of this guy reading links, including http and html. I wanted to blow my head off! Put that mess on a page on a website, and provide the link to the page. Better yet: put a search bar on your site, and give listeners keywords to use to bring up each list.

Otherwise, this book is quite useful. Just skip through the parts where he reads the list of links. Have a better time reading the white pages!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful