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  • The Point of It All

  • A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors
  • By: Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Krauthammer - editor
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb, Daniel Krauthammer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 161

Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, The Point of It All is an intimate collection of the influential columnist’s most important works. Spanning the personal, political, and philosophical - including never-before-published speeches and a major new essay about the effect of today’s populist movements on the future of global democracy - this is the most profound work yet by the legendary writer and thinker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By robert on 12-11-18

Brilliant

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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: 12-11-18

There are only a handful of men that I'm blown away by. These are men who seemingly have a fire hose of knowledge and impart it freely. They value truth and wisdom above all else. They never seek glory or fame or political office. They value personal freedom and tend to be center right but are happy to embrace truth on the other side. Sometimes I think these men are of a higher order, sent to communicate wisdom to a troubled world. I count Charles as one of these. He has the ability to write in such a simple yet transformative way. The only other person I've seen with this specific skill was Milton Friedman. His son Daniel did a masterful job compiling these articles. The narrator is excellent! The book is never dull, the articles flow and build on each other. I kept thinking, wow if only someone with this kind of communication skill were our president. I'll be returning to this book for years to come. p.s. The other few genius's who have informed me at this level are Richard Epstein, Randall Carlson (sacred geometry) and Jordan Peterson. It occurred to me while listening to this book, that sometimes a few rare Individuals are subjected to an undeserved major tradgety , simply because Providence knows they will overcome and thus be an example to the rest of us. So it was with Job. Rip

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  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,037
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,027

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Robert on 08-28-11

Poor writing

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

The writing often felt amateurish. For instance ; the story of when the pear shaped spinster married a lazy fellow academic. The first person account of the failed marriage , and subsequent droning on felt like an average conversion being expressed at a coffee clotch. I was expecting something new , but there wasn't anything. I also feel when it comes to combat the author is cluless. Killing the enemy alone isn't a crime, and usually doesn't give one PTSD. PTSD is usually from seeing your buddies killed, young children killed like happened to a squad of Marines in Ramadi while they were handing out candy at a hospital. PTSD can come from numerous sources. Like seeing friendly fire, and yes from killing. The USMC officer in charge that day (when he lost one of his Marines and several children by the suicide attack at a local hospital )was asked on NPR "do you have trouble killing "? He responded " I've never really thought about it, if you saw what I did, if you were there, you'd feel ecstatic whenever you could kill one of them bastards before they killed you or your guys". The question was a stupid one, and it showed the NPR interviewer knew nothing about combat, much like the author of this book. The part on PTSD revealed too me that the author had liberal hurristics coloring her view on humanity. To state that only a psychopath could become a killer is flat out wrong. The Nazi police were often men from normal walks of life. That is terrifying! Unless we recognise that seed of evil in all of us, we can't pluck it out. She basically states that society is advancing too where children questioning authority and saying no to things like war, will soon lead to it not being nessesary , to a sort of utopia. The opposite is true. There are several better books out there. Anything by Jordan Peterson, or The psychopath test by Jon Ronson . There are a few snippets of okay material, but it's not worth the noise. I've spent a considerable amount of time in new England. This book could have been written in a few weeks by any average New England Democrat . I'll be returning it. " Move along, nothing too see here ".

  • Mao

  • The Unknown Story
  • By: Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 29 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

Based on a decade of research and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before, and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him, this is the most authoritative biography of Mao ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fills many gaps! Very good..but!

  • By Jene on 08-07-06

Kissinger hates this 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: 10-18-18

This book isn't a very flattering account of the big forehead. ... aka Mao. The critic would say It might infer his intentions a bit too much. It does. But Given the facts it seems the most reliable account to date. It sheds new light on all sorts of things like Henry Kissinger and Nixon. I was taught that Kissinger was a foreign policy genius... I doubt it. Unfortunately for Kissinger the written record backs up this unflattering account. I always thought Hitchens was a bit bombastic when he wrote the crimes of Henry Kissinger, but maybe he was onto something. But I digress, back to the book. The authors have a personal grudge against Mao and it shows up in this book. But my limited research has yet to show any falsehoods. Mao by all accounts was an intellectual who thought he had all the answers. Unfortunately he, like Stalin, Hitler and Ted Bundy, also had a sadistic bent. Given human nature, we might conclude that most political types and for that matter, anyone who desires power, will end up using it for nefarious purposes. It was Interesting to hear he rarely bathed. Jordan Peterson made the comment that people on the far right get obsessed with cleanliness (Hitler was) while those on the far left remove boundaries and tend to become unkempt. Given the average hippie and Mao's dislike of soap, he might be right. There are many interesting titbits like that in this book. I couldn't help thinking of Hillary Clinton and Madam Mao and their similar situations and idiology. Bottom line, The book is long, but we'll written and with the exception of a recording glitch near the end, a good read.... hear.

  • 13 Hours

  • The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi
  • By: Mitchell Zuckoff, Annex Security Team
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,253

13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it THREE TIMES

  • By LTC R. on 04-14-16

Excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This account is pretty straight forward. It doesn't sugar coat the facts that led up to and transpired on 9/11 2012. The interesting thing about the situation is how Former Marines, Navy Seals, an army Ranger and even a few non military personnel all worked together . Unfortunately the spooks and state department didn't rise to the occasion. When everything is run top down, teleprompter style, the men on the ground suffer . I felt like I got to know the characters and could see the action in my mind's eye. There were no slow parts, yet it didn't feel sensationalized. The Hero's rose to the occasion and some gave all. Others withered and hid. It's fascinating to see what motivates people and how they respond to tradgety and dangerous situations. I highly recommend this book.

  • The Final Mission of Extortion 17

  • Special Ops, Helicopter Support, SEAL Team Six, and the Deadliest Day of the US War in Afghanistan
  • By: Ed Darack
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

The downing of Extortion 17 spurred a number of conspiracy theories, such as the idea that the shootdown was revenge for bin Laden's death. In The Final Mission of Extortion 17, Ed Darack debunks this theory and others and uncovers the truth behind this mysterious tragedy. His account of the brave pilots, crew, and passengers of Extortion 17 and the events of that fateful day is interwoven into a rich, complex narrative that also discusses modern joint combat operations and the history of the Afghan war to that date.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great piece of literary work

  • By DPI on 02-07-18

Fanciful account

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I was truly disappointed with this account. To put this tradgety in perspective let's think of a football stadium full of military personnel. Where we create a competition to find the most talented couple dozen. Take those few and spend several million training and perfecting their skills. Let them leave their families and prove themselves in combat for several years. Then take these few elite men and put them in a big hulking helicopter and try to insert them into a small vulnerable area in a confirmed hot zone. This in order to chase a few unknown runners. If this were a movie you'd immediately suspect a set up. We'll never know?? I'll trust the pilots were component. We know the Seals and those assigned to seal teams and the PJ's were the best of the best. And now they're gone!! This mission was at best Ill concieved at worst a set up. I'm not a conspiracy theorist but the facts don't look good. "black box washed away" sure.. This book falls short of convincing me of anything. I'd like to of heard about Jason Workman and the other seals an PJ's. They were the most fascinating, interesting part of this tragic episode and they're barely mentioned. Obama put these men in the cross hairs for political expediency. The others who planned this mission, needed to be held responsible. The author didn't do justice to the story.. There's not even a hint of the glaring problems in this milk toast account. For more info in 1/1000 the time of this book, I'd recommend reading
https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/20/families-suspect-seal-team-6-crash-was-inside-job-/

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  • Amusing Ourselves to Death

  • Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
  • By: Neil Postman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Lonnie on 11-27-07

Timeless wisdom

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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: 10-05-18

I heard about this book from Hamilton Morris who mentioned it on the Joe Rogan podcast. This book is timeless. With withering accuracy, this book describes the downside of media, tv and computer culture. Unfortunately those who most need to hear this message , most likely wouldn't have the attention span or desire to hear it. I was impressed by the unapologetic approach. The author isn't political. He also isn't politically correct. So refreshing! I strongly disagree with an other review. The one in which it's alleged that this material is dated. It's more applicable today than when it was written. One only need substitute smart phone along with TV. I especially appreciated the chapter on News. I stopped watching 6 years ago and haven't looked back. I'm on my 3rd listen. Get this book!!!

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,385

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Snoozer

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

The book was free, unfortunately it wasn't worth the time. If Lewis were a musician I'm sure in 20 years he'd call this a throw away book. He wants us to believe big data... (government data) will fix all our problems. Unfortunately (like in baseball ) the opposite seems to be the case. People are getting dumber because of technology ... thanks in large part to the silicon valley data collectors. ... Who he implies are going to save us from ourselves... The book lacks consistency. For instance He belittles behavioral economics, then turns around and spends 20 minutes telling you about some government intern, who, given enough time and money will figure out why people don't take cover during a storm. UGH. The one word Michael Lewis doesn't seem to understand is intuition. I'll take an old intuitive farmer who knows the land, over a silicon valley geek working for Monsanto . Who flies in and wants to sell me insurance based on his Data.. ...

  • The Theater of War

  • What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
  • By: Bryan Doerries
  • Narrated by: Adam Driver
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

This compassionate, personal, and illuminating work of nonfiction draws on the author's celebrated work as a director of socially conscious theater to connect listeners with the power of an ancient artistic tradition. For years Bryan Doerries has been producing ancient tragedies for current and returned servicemen and women, addicts, tornado and hurricane victims, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking

  • By Emily Willis on 01-05-18

I wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

This book isn't worth a credit. While It did have some interesting stories. It could have been so much better. I will confess that when the author started dropping quotes from Michel Foucault he lost all credibility. I also got sick of hearing about the girlfriend. Maybe that's just me, but it didn't keep my attention. The strongest parts of the book were where the author describes the plays. Unfortunately this wasn't enough. I applaud the author for keeping the Greeks alive.... but anyone who would drop a Michel Foucault quote in a book about the Greeks, has lost all credibility. It would be like dropping a Madonna quote in a book about the stoics.

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  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are we turning the corner....

  • By jaga on 06-07-18

Dubious author uncovers obvious facts.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I liked the authors previous book, chasing the scream. I would highly recommend it even though he plagiarized parts. This book falls short. He discovers the problems but falls far short of giving accurate answers. for instance;; He sites the Amish and their success, then dismisses them because they are Homophobic and " repress women" . Then predictivly he looks for a cheap and easy way to get the same results, without the same sacrifice and delayed gratification. I knew from the first chapter this was amateur hour when the author starts the book with a story about him buying an apple in Hanoi for 3 dollars. Then bring almost killed by a few bites because of the pesticides. right;) . Having been to Hanoi, and having some basic common sense, that story is b.s. or he's an absolute idiot that is ruining the market for fellow travelers. Speaking of which, at times found myself Checking the title of which book I was listening to. I'm currently slogging through an account of the long March and thought I was listening to 1950s Maoist propiganda. The author has the audacity to say things like " the westernised version doesn't actually work, where as the collectivist does". huh??? he actually sights China, Russia and Japan in this quote. In other words the American men who fought and died to free the world from tyranny were what?? selfish? Of course I get the problems with capatalism, as Milton Friedman used to say , it's a flawed system but beats the alternative. Once one acknowledges the flaws then people like Terrence Mckinna have better thoughts about the alternatives and one can sort through the rubbish. While he does give great advice in terms of recognising advertising and the benifits of psycodelics etc. the author does fall ass backwards into nuggets of wisdom. While these are good parts of the book, he can't help but fall back on the tired socialist retoric he advocates. He's obviously not quite wise enough to write this book. I mean, He can't connect simple Dots. Things like big government must rely on high taxes, which leads to long working hours for instance. American people are a different type of personality, we are naturally pioneers. Restless and innovative. Towards the end of the book he tries suggesting that everyone should be given a standard wage. Of course anyone with any sense knows government doesn't create any Wealth it just redistributes it! Who's going to provide all this easy money? Of course giving to others helps depression. Of course gardening helps, I learnt all this in Sunday school... oh yeah he's an Atheist. The author never entertains the idea that his lifestyle or lack of spiritual intelligence is contributing to his depression. I'd pass on this one.

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  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)

  • Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution
  • By: Lyudmila Trut, Lee Alan Dugatkin
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails and floppy ears that are as docile and friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs - they are foxes. They are the result of the most astonishing experiment in breeding ever undertaken - imagine speeding up thousands of years of evolution into a few decades. In 1959, biologists Dmitri Belyaev and Lyudmila Trut set out to do just that, by starting with a few dozen silver foxes from fox farms in the USSR and attempting to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs in real time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story, fantastic book!

  • By Illyria on 11-21-17

Good overall

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

The story is interesting and flowed well. It isn't a page turner, but one wouldn't expect it to be. There's the usual Darwinian evolution invoked, which makes perfect sense. Obviously within species it's a beautiful theory. The only complaint is with the narrator. He has a way of irritating the hell out of me. His voice is okay, I think it's his slightly melodramatic way of stating regular boring platitudes. Definitely not a bad narrator, he just doesn't do it for me.