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  • Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation

  • By: Adolf Hitler, Michael Ford (translator)
  • Narrated by: James Smith
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
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    4 out of 5 stars 824

For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released which reveals more than any past translation. This is also the first translation available in an English language audio format. Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, and made some parts more sensational while concealing the true meaning in other parts of the book.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying Pop-Ups

  • By margot on 10-20-13

Absolutely fascinating

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Reviewed: 03-22-19

I dont know much about the various translation controversies but i can say that this one is easy to understand and listen to. The narrator's reading is excellent and compelling. I saw some complaints about the reading of the footnotes, but i thought it was absolutely fine and quite helpful. The footnote narrator's voice didn't bother me at all.

The book itself is fascinating. Much of it is a political analysis of the politics and context of pre-WW1 and the interwar period, both of which get little attention normally. This guy had a complete worldview and gives his thoughts on just about everything. Super interesting for understanding why he did what he did and why people voted for him.

  • The Poetic Edda

  • Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes
  • By: Jackson Crawford
  • Narrated by: Jackson Crawford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116
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    5 out of 5 stars 105
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    5 out of 5 stars 105

The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological, and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen I've been waiting for this

  • By Adam on 11-15-18

The best version of the Poetic Edda you'll find

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Reviewed: 01-03-19

The narrator's deep, masculine voice and clear steady narration brings the Poetic Edda to life. Highly recommended for all enthusiasts of Vikings and Norse mythology.

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,105

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

Very interesting!

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Reviewed: 12-27-18

This course is filled with interesting information and examples of the lives of ordinary people in the distant past. I am a little disappointed by how much time was spent covering the "setting of the scene" and describing the normal history we have all heard before. Far more time and details should have been given to describing the lives of peasants and normal people. In spite of the name and description of the course, a lot of time was spent describing nobles and the high born. Still, this is filled with fascinating information and archeological finds to back it up. Recommended for all history buffs.

  • The Lost Art of Good Conversation

  • A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life
  • By: Sakyong Mipham
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

In a world of iPhones and connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book from the best-selling author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, the Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition - meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings - to help listeners to listen and speak more mindfully.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By Ed on 08-11-18

Praises conversation, but no improvement tips.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I got the book expecting usable tips and perspectives on how to have better, deeper conversations. In reality this is a book on praising conversation and getting you to appreciate the act of conversing from a Buddhist perspective. There are almost no practical or actionable tips on how to improve conversations. In my opinion, it was mostly fluff and i found it hard to continue to the end. However, if you are interested in a Buddhist thought on conversation or if you think talking to people is pointless or a waste of time, you may be enjoy the book.

  • The Science of Social Intelligence:

  • 33 Studies to Win Friends, Be Magnetic, Make an Impression, and Use People's Subconscious Triggers
  • By: Patrick King
  • Narrated by: Gregory Sutton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

In The Science of Social Intelligence, you'll have over 30 studies, new and old, broken down in a way that answers the question, "How can I use this science in my everyday life?" Rely on findings from psychology, cognitive science, and behavioral economics, rather than one person's anecdotal advice of what works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star book

  • By Anonymous User on 02-09-18

Interesting book

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Reviewed: 09-26-18

Unlike most books on this topic, this one isn't entirely a sell help book. It includes a lot of information from scientific studies. It has a lot of really interesting information on the psychological components of our minds that influence our personalities and how social we become.

Most self help books on being social are kind of boring and tell you things you inherently know and often lack solid ways to improve. This one is also a bit lacking on useful tips but i did find it very interesting because of many studies cited. The bit about how dopamine receptors affect how much enjoyment from socializing, leading to certain personality traits was fascinating to me.