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  • How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making

  • By: Ryan Hamilton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ryan Hamilton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

In How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making, Professor Ryan Hamilton, associate professor of marketing at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, uses research revealed via the scientific method to understand and explain human decision making. While his easygoing manner and anecdotes about surprising and bizarre choices will keep you enthralled, Professor Hamilton also shares what decision science has revealed through empirically tested theories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and instructive

  • By Francy_B on 12-02-16

Generally very good

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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: 10-15-18

This book covers a good variety of interesting topics, and the delivery is lively and engaging. The only problem is that the author is hung up on an analogy between the human mind and a machine. What he's saying is a lot clearer when he just says it, rather than going on and on and on with long, confusing tangents about levers and gears and dashboards.

  • New England Bound

  • Slavery and Colonization in Early America
  • By: Wendy Warren
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In a work that fundamentally recasts the history of colonial America, Wendy Warren shows how the institution of slavery was inexorably linked with the first century of English colonization of New England. While most histories of slavery in early America confine themselves to the Southern colonies and the Caribbean, New England Bound forcefully widens the historical aperture to include the entirety of English North America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great work

  • By Paola V. Hidalgo on 06-27-17

Very well documented history

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

This book does a good job of presenting a powerful story based on specific details from letters, registers, public records, and other historical documents. The introduction includes the author's opinions, but once you get into the book, there's very little preaching. There doesn't have to be, because the facts speak for themselves. While viewing themselves as godly people, the Puritans did things like buying cargoes of rotting fish very cheap to feed to the enslaved people, and ordering enslaved men to impregnate unwilling women in order to produce more property. No need for comment: it was what it was.

  • The Woman's Hour

  • The Great Fight to Win the Vote
  • By: Elaine Weiss
  • Narrated by: Elaine Weiss, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the 19th Amendment, 12 have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis" - women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required listening

  • By Matthew Storrs on 04-01-18

Good book, poor choice of reader

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The book itself is good, but I had to stop listening because the over-cutesy, little-girl delivery is a poor match for this book. Direct quotes from women's speeches are read in a mincing, exaggerated way that makes those women sound silly. It's ironic, in view of the topic, that women are still being rewarded for sounding like this.

  • Awakening Compassion

  • Meditation Practices for Difficult Times
  • By: Pema Chodron
  • Narrated by: Pema Chodron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

For over 800 years, Tibetan Buddhists have used lojong (literally, "mind training") to transform difficulties into insights, and conflict into genuine communication. Lojong practice uses a special meditation technique and 59 written maxims - a treasury of practical wisdom that inspires everyday awareness. Awakening Compassion is the first audio retreat on the practice of lojong taught by Pema Chödrön, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and best-selling author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pema Is A Hidden Treasure

  • By Tammy on 07-09-07

Content helpful, sound quality poor

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

I've listened to several of Pema Chodron's recorded books, and although this one is useful, it's enough like what she's said elsewhere that I almost stopped listening because the sound quality is so poor. After about half an hour, though, the narration stops, and then starts again with a different mic. It's still not professional quality; most of us could get clearer sound with a cellphone recorder, and her habit of dropping her voice at the ends of sentences doesn't help. Still, it's worth persevering, because it does become possible to get most of what she's saying.

  • Stress Relief

  • Relax the Body and Calm the Mind, Restore Balance, and Resolve Difficult Situations
  • By: Martin L. Rossman
  • Narrated by: Martin L. Rossman
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Stress is a normal part of life, but too much stress can wera us out and lower our resistance to illness. On Stress Relief, Dr. Martin L. Rossman provides clinically proven techniques for managing both the internal and external causes of stress. "These practices often yield immediate, positive results," explains Dr. Rossman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent relaxation technique

  • By 6R8Dane on 06-24-10

Very good up to the last few minutes

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-18

This recording offers three relaxation exercises, each building on the one before. They come one right after the other without a lot of lecturing in between, which I like. They're basically self-hypnosis, where you imagine yourself going down a flight of stairs to deeper consciousness. The last one goes into the spirit guide imagery that Jack Kornfield often uses, where they insist that you personify wisdom and compassion as a being you can interact with - either a real person living or dead, or a religious or imaginary figure. What it's really getting at is the wisdom and compassion within ourselves, or that we have access to, and I don't like the one-size-fits-all demand that we HAVE to personify it into a being we can talk to. I'm sure that technique is helpful to many people, or meditation teachers wouldn't keep doing it, but I wish they'd make it optional. At least some of us who are agnostics or atheists aren't going to be willing to personify those forces into a figment of our own imagination any more than we're willing to call them God. We just don't do that process.

  • Pimsleur Italian Level 4

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

A new 30-unit course designed to be completed after Italian Level 3 (replaces the Italian Phase 4, Units 1-10 course). Thirty 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken Italian language learning, plus one hour of reading lessons designed to expand your vocabulary, expose you to a variety of cultural events, and give you practice reading and hearing Italian.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Educational Experience, but...

  • By Jane Eyre on 04-01-14

Good technique but impractical vocabulary

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I really like the way these lessons are structured, with lots of repetition, and one thing building on another. I wish, though, that the vocabulary were more useful for a beginner - like colors, parts of the body, and clothing rather than lesson after lesson about playing tennis and golf, and about opera singers, painters, and art reviews. I'm all in favor of the arts, but I'd first like to know words that are more basic to daily life, and more broadly useful.

  • Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine

  • By: Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roy Benaroch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

In Dr. Benaroch's 24 lectures, experience for yourself the high-stakes drama and medical insights of life in an everyday emergency department: the most intense department in any hospital and home to the kind of split-second decision making, troubleshooting, and detective work that can make the difference between a patient's life and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're into this sort of thing....

  • By Norman B. Bernstein on 11-27-15

I can't believe this is meant for adult listeners

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I suppose they're trying to be accessible and entertaining, but it's SO basic it's boring, with even more boring asides like a lecture on why you shouldn't mind waiting in an emergency room. It's delivered in a deliberate, sing-song way, as if speaking to a grammar school class.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman: An Action Steps Summary and Analysis

  • By: SpeedReader Summaries
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71

Daniel Kahneman's purpose in his book, Thinking Fast and Slow, is to bring within the grasp of everyday understanding the power of psychology, perception, illogical thinking, irrationality, and behavioral economics. Arguably Kahneman's most famous publication, the book summarizes research that he has conducted over decades and decades. Inside, Kahneman explains how we, as humans, often think and behave irrationally due to faulty intuition, biases, and erroneous mental shortcuts and how these patterns of thought can hold us back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By far the best of the summaries

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-17

By far the best of the summaries

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Since I'm going to teach Thinking Fast and Slow in a college class, I read the book itself and then listened to all the summaries available on Audible. Without doubt, this is the best - in fact, it's the only one worth using. The others present a chapter-by-chapter summary that's useless if not misleading, since what's said about each chapter consists of a few sentences taken out of context by someone who doesn't seem to have understood the book. By contrast, this summary, organized by topic, gives a sensible and accurate summary of the book's main points. If my students want to cheat by reading a summary, this is the only one that could possibly do them any good.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman - A 30-Minute Summary

  • By: Instaread Summaries
  • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 119

With Instaread Summaries, you can get the summary of a book in 30 minutes or less. We read every chapter, summarize, and analyze it for your convenience. This is an Instaread Summary of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth the listen

  • By Loren on 06-14-15

CAUSAL, not casual

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-17

This is an okay summary of Kahneman's book, but either the people who wrote the script or the reader made a serious error. Some chapters are about cause and effect - thus, they talk about CAUSAL relationships - i. e., one thing causing another. But the reader consistently reads that word as "casual," like a casual drink in a bar. In context, that's not just mispronunciation; it turns the central concept of those chapters into gibberish. Ironically, this error proves another point in Kahneman's book: that humans are fundamentally lazy, and will settle for whatever is simplest and most familiar, without worrying about whether it's accurate.

  • Savor

  • Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh, Lilian Cheung
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Common sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more. But somehow we get stalled. We start on a weight-loss program with good intentions but cannot stay on track. Neither the countless fad diets, nor the annual spending of $50 billion on weight loss helps us feel better or lose weight. Too many of us are in a cycle of shame and guilt. We spend countless hours worrying about what we ate or if we exercised enough, blaming ourselves for actions that we can't undo.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Same old advice with justa pinch of mindfullness

  • By L. Wallach on 05-15-15

Mishmash of platitudes

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

I love Hanh's *real* books, and this is a dumbed down version designed to increase sales by adding the ever popular notion of losing weight. The dietary advice is not only separate from mindfulness, but actually contradicts it, as in recommending the use of tangible goals and frequent measurement. That's western nutritional advice, not mindfulness, and it's been shown not to work. It's also out of date: e. g., the old studies about the importance of breakfast, which were funded by cereal companies, have been debunked. I'd suggest sticking with Hanh, Salzman, Siegel, Kabat-Zinn, Chodron, etc. to learn mindfulness, and looking for more up-to-date nutritional advice.