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  • The War on Normal People

  • By: Andrew Yang
  • Narrated by: Andrew Yang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,129

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future - now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years - jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Would Vote For Him

  • By Anonymous User on 07-09-18

Thought provoking vision

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

Although parts of this story may seem bleak it is at it score of vision of change and hope. No matter your political perspective, it's time to grapple with the facts on the ground. That's what Yang attempts to do here. Persuasive.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,805
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,757

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Great business thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This story reads like a fiction Thriller but is actually the true account of a dangerous manipulator from Silicon Valley. It's fast-paced and grabs you from the start. Don't worry there are no slow parts in this because it just keeps building and building. An inside account of a house of cards that put real people at risk.

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,337

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Unexpected gem

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Don't miss this one. Although this was from 1988 it holds up surprisingly well. Sometimes the narrative is a little off but it does not detract from the overall story which is magnificent. Buy it now.

  • Jesus: Mything in Action, Vol. I

  • The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 2
  • By: David Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: David Fitzgerald, David Smalley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 197

David Fitzgerald's award-winning 2010 book, Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All, pointed out the top 10 fatal flaws of Christianity's origin story. Now, Jesus: Mything in Action presents the most compelling new findings in Jesus myth theory, critically examines its controversial reception by biblical scholars and the extent and reliability of our sources for Jesus, and reveals the surprising history behind Jesus' evolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating deep dive

  • By Rob on 06-15-17

Great start to this three part journey.

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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: 08-27-17

If you're interested in what leading research on the mythicist question of Jesus have to say then look no further.

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  • The Vanishing American Adult

  • Our Coming-of-Age Crisis - and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance
  • By: Ben Sasse
  • Narrated by: Ben Sasse
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

In The Vanishing American Adult, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can't grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue - hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body - and explains how parents can encourage them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly non-partisan essay on being an American

  • By Anne on 07-06-17

Do The Work

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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: 08-18-17

A great meditation on what it means to live a good life within the consumption era. Certainly seems to be aimed more squarely at men but women can find much value here as well. Optimistic view in an increasingly cynical realm.

  • 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 16,768
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,791

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

Future meditations

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

The concepts are large. The storytelling moves between single sapien examples to broad webs of connected activity. It can be almost too dense at times but that's the price of admission into big history. Well done.

  • The Box

  • How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
  • By: Marc Levinson
  • Narrated by: Adam Lofbomm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried 58 shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By -E on 07-23-14

A portrait of disruptive innovation.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-14

Any additional comments?

What kind of cutting edge technology allowed the world to collapse in size within a generation? It’s hiding in plain sight in every rail-yard and shipping port in the world- the humble shipping container. This isn’t so much a book about the transportation industry but rather a surprising look into a pivot point in globalization. The shipping container (or box) annihilated whole segments of the economy that were constructed around the inefficiency of break-bulk shipping and the sheer armies of labor required to transport goods via ship prior to this simple concept.If you enjoy economics and the nature of trade give this a listen!

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  • Physics for Future Presidents

  • The Science Behind the Headlines
  • By: Richard A. Muller
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

We live in complicated, dangerous times. They are also hyper-technical times. As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential world, we need to know - truly understand, not just rely on television's talking heads - if Iran's nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if nuclear power should be encouraged, and if global warming is actually happening.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read this one instead of listening to it

  • By Kim B, rural pediatrician on 05-24-15

Great information and an interesting delivery

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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: 04-17-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Physics for Future Presidents to be better than the print version?

You will need to view the charts but the book is very well presented in audio-format.

What other book might you compare Physics for Future Presidents to and why?

"Gusher of Lies" and "Power Hungry" - both by Bryce come to mind.

Any additional comments?

After digesting a lot of the material you’ll certainly be more informed on the complexity involved in this modern world. As the book says- we live in a very complex and dangerous world. The problems we face are significantly more technical and layered than most people would like to admit. This is a great overview of some very interesting aspects of physics. I listen to a lot of non-fiction and specifically a lot of books that deal with various science disciplines and I can say this is one of the more interesting.

Pay close attention to the nuclear sections. This portion of the book should be required reading for anyone who is really interested in energy policy and what the actual benefits and possible dangers are of this amazing energy source. It also puts into perspective the complexity of nuclear weapons. It will become immediately clear that it’s far from practical for anyone but a very motivated nation to construct this type of complex device.

Well worth the credit and the narrator is clear as a bell in 1.5 speed (my normal listening speed).

  • On Intelligence

  • By: Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Introduction to a Fascinating Field

  • By James on 04-14-06

Changing your perspective on brain-power

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

Reviewed: 08-16-13

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best books I’ve listened to on understanding the brain and how it functions. Strongest recommendation for the story content! It seems like a topic that might be too broad but I assure you it is handled perfectly. The section of the book dealing with artificial intelligence alone is worth the credit.

  • Human Capitalism

  • How Economic Growth Has Made Us Smarter - and More Unequal
  • By: Brink Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Allen O'Reilly
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

What explains the growing class divide between the well-educated and everybody else? Noted author Brink Lindsey, a senior scholar at the Kauffman Foundation, argues that it's because economic expansion is creating an increasingly complex world in which only a minority with the right knowledge and skills - the right "human capital" - reap the majority of the economic rewards. The complexity of today's economy is not only making these lucky elites richer - it is also making them smarter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well writing. The audio production was excellent.

  • By 2LC on 04-25-18

crucial realities to comprehend

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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: 08-16-13

This is one of the most interesting and well written books regarding the conditions and complexities in our modern society.