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  • How the West Won

  • The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity
  • By: Rodney Stark
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Modernity developed only in the West - in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We all have a bias

  • By Adam Shields on 04-21-15

Can’t take this book seriously

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-19

I’ve never read a history book with such obvious bias and agenda before. The writer spends most of the book claiming that “contrary to what most historians think” and then gives some fickle alternative facts that he claims destroys the “popular belief”. I could not take what this author writes seriously.

  • 100 Side Hustles

  • Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job
  • By: Chris Guillebeau
  • Narrated by: Chris Guillebeau
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

This unique guide features the start-up stories of regular people launching side businesses that almost anyone can do: an urban tour guide, an artist inspired by maps, a travel site founder, an ice pop maker, and many more. In 100 Side Hustles, best-selling author of The $100 Startup Chris Guillebeau presents an "idea book" filled with inspiration for your next big idea. Distilled from Guillebeau's popular Side Hustle School podcast, these case studies feature teachers, artists, coders, and even entire families who've found ways to create new sources of income.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and practical side hustle ideas

  • By MC on 06-04-19

Best of his books

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

This is the 3rd book of Chris Guillebeau’s that I’ve read and by far my favorite. It made me come up with my own version of a side hussle I heard about in this book!

  • How Not to Die Alone

  • By: Richard Roper
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Andrew's been feeling stuck. For years he's worked a thankless public health job, searching for the next of kin of those who die alone. Luckily, he goes home to a loving family every night. At least, that's what his coworkers believe. Then he meets Peggy. A misunderstanding has left Andrew trapped in his own white lie and his lonely apartment. When new employee Peggy breezes into the office like a breath of fresh air, she makes Andrew feel truly alive for the first time in decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and touching

  • By Ceclila on 05-31-19

Better than a movie 5 stars!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-19

This was an amazing novel. I found this book more entertaining than most movies produced these days. The story is fantastic. The characters well developed and the narrator was fantastic. Some parts Andrew’s story hit a little close to home for me so I was able to relate with the protagonist very well. I highly recommend this audio book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,537

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 stars!

  • By P. Minor on 07-18-14

Too sad but still moving

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

Reviewed: 05-29-19

I wish there was a happy ending for these poor people in this book. I hated the ending. So sad and so bleak. But after a while of thinking about it, the book ended in the way it was supposed to.

  • The Dream of Reason, New Edition

  • A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance
  • By: Anthony Gottlieb
  • Narrated by: Anthony Gottlieb
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 5

Already a classic, this landmark study of early Western thought now appears in a new edition with expanded coverage of the Middle Ages. Author Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of the great thinkers, questions much of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. From the pre-Socratic philosophers through the celebrated days of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, up to Renaissance visionaries like Erasmus and Bacon, philosophy emerges here as a phenomenon unconfined by any one discipline. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed the enlightenment more

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-23-19

I enjoyed the enlightenment more

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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: 05-23-19

I enjoyed his 2nd book “the dream of enlightenment” so much more. This was good, that was great!

  • The Dream of Enlightenment

  • The Rise of Modern Philosophy
  • By: Anthony Gottlieb
  • Narrated by: Anthony Gottlieb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

In The Dream of Enlightenment, Anthony Gottlieb expertly navigates a second great explosion of thought, taking us to northern Europe in the wake of its wars of religion and the rise of Galilean science. In a relatively short period - from the early 1640s to the eve of the French Revolution - Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, and Hume all made their mark. The Dream of Enlightenment tells their story and that of the birth of modern philosophy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent excellent excellent!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-18-19

Excellent excellent excellent!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-19

Highly recommend. Especially for anyone who is just beginning to dive into the world of philosophy

  • The Elephant in the Brain

  • Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
  • By: Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

Human beings are primates, and primates are political animals. Our brains, therefore, are designed not just to hunt and gather but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. But while we may be self-interested schemers, we benefit by pretending otherwise. The less we know about our own ugly motives, the better - and thus, we don't like to talk, or even think, about the extent of our selfishness. This is "the elephant in the brain". 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Signalling and self-deception explained

  • By Burger Flipper on 10-02-18

This book was Almost interesting...

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

Reviewed: 05-13-19

This book was almost interesting. It was nothing like what I expected. I was hoping it was going to be similar to Jonathan David Haidt’s books but was a much lighter less substantive read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • East of Eden

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,628
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,811

This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why have I avoided this Beautiful Book???

  • By Kelly on 03-25-17

I’ll cary this book in my mind for the rest of my life.

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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: 05-03-19

I was so moved by this book. The scope of it. The characters, their stories. So moving. Best 25 hours of listing I could have done.

  • The Second Mountain

  • How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Author David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pursue meaning, reject hyper-individualism

  • By Adam Shields on 05-07-19

So close to 5 star

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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: 04-23-19

Only thing holding this book back from being five stars is There is a part in this book about marriage that lasted far far too long. If you can get past that part this is an excellent book.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,460

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

Least favorite of his 3 books.

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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: 04-05-19

I did enjoy this book but it was the third book I’ve read by this author and I got the least out of it from the three. I don’t regret purchasing it though. 3 out of 5 stars