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  • Boyd

  • The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
  • By: Robert Coram
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777

John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest US fighter pilot ever - the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than 40 seconds. Some recall him as the father of our country's most legendary fighter aircraft - the F-15 and F-16. Still, others think of Boyd as the most influential military theorist since Sun Tzu. They know only half the story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Marc on 11-01-16

Excellent biography of a singularly focused man!

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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: 06-11-18

I don't like reading biographies but got sucked into this one because of the unique combination of passion, stubbornness and fortitude that John R Boyd exhibited. Some are born with talent, some are born work ethic, and some rare souls are born with a determination to make a difference in the world - at all costs. "Better to do something than to be something". This was John Boyds mantra and it will now become mine.

  • The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6

  • By: Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
  • Narrated by: Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,678

An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A series that changed my life

  • By Lucas on 10-03-09

My take: Myth metaphors point to Christ, the real.

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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: 09-30-17

The myths have a similarity in many areas of the world. They seem to fulfill a common purpose. Just as flowers are designed to turn toward the sun, we seem to intuitively reach toward God with our myths, and ultimately our lives. I was impressed with Bill Moyers questions, and want to hear more of his work.

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  • What’s Wrong with the World

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

In this important book, G.K. Chesterton offers a remarkably perceptive analysis of social and moral issues, even more relevant today than in his own time. With a light, humorous tone but a deadly serious philosophy, he comments on errors in education, on feminism vs. true womanhood, on the importance of the child, and other issues, using incisive arguments against the trendsetters’ assaults on the common man and the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Steve Hope on 09-14-15

A paradigm changing 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: 12-23-16

Chesterton stops short of prescribing solutions but suscinctly describes the enduring problems of the world in a witty and creative way. I highly recommend this book.

  • Light in August

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,965

An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so large, so powerful, so conflicted

  • By Darwin8u on 09-17-17

Argh!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-16

The southern accent is so annoying. It's distracting and makes the book completely ridiculous. I can't be the only one that hates southern accents.

  • The Road to Character

  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, David Brooks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,307
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,994

With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous best sellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich, textured stories

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-25-15

Enriching and soul filling

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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: 08-29-16

This book investigates several personalities that had all the makings for public renown, and in the end they achieved something of much more value, private victory over their own weakness.

  • The God Who Weeps

  • How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life
  • By: Terryl Givens, Fiona Givens
  • Narrated by: Fiona Givens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

"Whether by design or by chance," Terryl and Fiona Givens write, "we find ourselves in a universe filled with mystery. We encounter appealing arguments for a Divinity that is a childish projection, for prophets as scheming or deluded imposters, and for scripture as so much fabulous fiction. But there is also compelling evidence that a glorious Divinity presides over the cosmos, that His angels are strangers we have entertained unawares, and that His word and will are made manifest through a sacred canon that is never definitively closed."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So engaging that I listened to it twice

  • By Douglas on 01-02-14

Epiphany after epiphany.

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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: 08-06-16

Wonderful framework to contemplate life and it's goal. I was engaged from beginning to end and look forward to reading it again and again.

  • The Bed of Procrustes

  • Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this one

  • By A on 08-25-11

One of the best books in the heuristics genre.

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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: 07-28-16

If you want to tune up your thoughts, read this book. Each heuristic is a brain bomb unto itself. An invaluable resource.

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  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,243

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read the last chapter first

  • By A. Yoshida on 04-29-16

Unexpected and helpful insights

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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: 06-05-16

I like how the stories/lessons presented are weaved together at the very end, connecting and reinforcing the most powerful concepts. My favorite lesson was on the weaknes of smart goals, and how cognative tunneling can diminish our perspective. The solution offered was having a challenging stretch goal that helps impel us forward towards an overarching and challenging objective.

  • 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 30,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,134

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

Insightful, logical, but missing some information

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

This book was very interesting and kept me engaged with insightful stories until the end. There is a pretty significant error in the middle of the book where the author concludes that since Nobel Prize winners are represented by all IQ levels equally above 120, that enabling a larger number of moderately intelligent people into top colleges (all other variables constant) would cause a higher number of intelligent people to produce Nobel worthy accomplishments. This conclusion does not take into consideration the fact that there are a much higher quantities of people with average to marginally above average intelligence than there are brilliant.

There were other similar errors but the main idea that we are a product of many support factors many of which were invisible prior to reading this book. For that, this book was an insightful read.

  • The Biology of Belief

  • By: Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,415

Since the publication of The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton has received widespread acclaim as one of the most accessible and knowledgeable voices of "new biology". The science is called epigenetics – a revolutionary field that shows us how the energy of consciousness is as important in shaping life on earth as DNA and chemistry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook or speech?

  • By Jay on 05-19-12

A bridge between Science and Faith

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-15

Lipton effectively uses science and scientific principles to build a bridge between the causal chain of interdependant biological processes all the way back to God. The conclusion is that our perception of God and our perception our surroundings can be more determimitive of our actual well being than any inherited or programmed (nurtured) traits.