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  • Us vs. Them

  • The Failure of Globalism
  • By: Ian Bremmer
  • Narrated by: Willis Sparks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

From Brexit in the UK, to Donald Trump in the US, to extremist parties in Europe and the developing world, populism has dominated recent headlines. What explains this rise of leaders who stoke nationalist anger in their countries, from Le Pen to Erdogan? How long will the populist wave last? Who will be the winners and losers in this climate, and how can we defend the values of democracy, free trade, and international cooperation? No one is better suited to explore these questions than Ian Bremmer, who has built his career on assessing global risk for his clients.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book with a big blind spot

  • By Randy on 04-25-18

essential current events

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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: 07-21-18

well told and narrated a-political analysis of American & global political and economic status as of July 2018.

  • The Enigma of Reason

  • By: Hugo Mercier, Dan Sperber
  • Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 129

Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. If reason is so useful, why didn't it also evolve in other animals? If reason is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? In their groundbreaking account of the evolution and workings of reason, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber set out to solve this double enigma.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but boringly redundant

  • By Wayne on 05-22-18

reason is flawed but purposefully so

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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: 12-11-17

the authors make a solid case for the bias and laziness of reason to have evolved with the purpose of homo sapiens need to argue and defend their actions to others. since homo sapiens live in a highly social environment, reason should be considered another of the items in the toolbox that led to large-scale organization. beyond that, the authors convincingly portray reason as largely misunderstood and place it in its proper evolutionary perspective.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Man and the Sea

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Donald Sutherland
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,019

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Classic

  • By Dave on 07-01-08

my first reading and not my last

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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: 06-03-17

A forceful telling of everyday existence. Very happy it was told to me by Sutherland with Hemingway's words.

  • Chuck Klosterman X

  • The Audio Companion to a Highly Specific and Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century
  • By: Chuck Klosterman
  • Narrated by: Chuck Klosterman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

New York Times best-selling author and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman presents a unique Audio Companion for Chuck Klosterman X, in which he contextualizes and reads from the collection of his best articles and essays, providing both a fascinating tour of the past decade and an ideal introduction to the mind of one of the sharpest and most prolific observers of our unusual times.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Buyer Beware

  • By Jim Myers on 05-16-17

not entire book -analysis by chuck k himself

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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: 05-16-17

I've read all of chuck klosterman's books and this is my first audio experience. it was awesome since chuck klosterman, himself, presents a brief 3-5 minute segment about each of the 30ish essays in the hard copy. nearly all are available for free online if you want the original essay.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Conflict Really Lies

  • Science, Religion, & Naturalism
  • By: Alvin Plantinga
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

This audiobook is a long-awaited major statement by a pre-eminent analytic philosopher, Alvin Plantinga, on one of our biggest debates - the compatibility of science and religion. The last twenty years has seen a cottage industry of books on this divide, but with little consensus emerging. Plantinga, as a top philosopher but also a proponent of the rationality of religious belief, has a unique contribution to make. His theme in this short book is that the conflict between science and theistic religion is actually superficial, and that at a deeper level they are in concord.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The reader makes or breaks an audiobook.

  • By Alec on 02-16-15

thorough arguments about naturalism

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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: 05-15-17

naturalism and evolutionary theory are apparently incompatible. I enjoyed the ride that led to that conclusion and this helped me move the needle as I fill in my personal beliefs as a post-christian.

  • The Long Walk

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,191

In the near future, when America has become a police state, 100 boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is 16-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules - keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out - permanently.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Overall good story, Bad recording

  • By Kent R Carlberg on 06-04-18

spooky

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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: 04-06-17

this one's gonna stick with me for a while. how does king think of this stuff?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Caught in the Pulpit

  • Leaving Belief Behind
  • By: Daniel C. Dennett, Linda LaScola
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Linda LaScola
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

What is it like to be a preacher or rabbi who no longer believes in God? In this expanded and updated edition of their groundbreaking study, Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola comprehensively and sensitively expose an inconvenient truth that religious institutions face in the new transparency of the information age - the phenomenon of clergy who no longer believe what they publicly preach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring stories

  • By Ron Phipps on 05-18-15

Important reading when contemplating loss of faith

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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: 03-26-17

The existential angst I was caused when, after completing Harari's Sapiens, I first connected the dots on my own previously latent agnosticism has sent me on a journey of faith (or loss thereof) that eventually led me to this fantastic sharing of results -- told by those responsible for its completion -- for a tremendous research project that will undoubtedly be considered a pivotal moment, like Harari's work, in the 21st Century's large scale movement away from organized religion. My only disappointment was the lack of Islamists in the otherwise scientific approach to a controversial topic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Goodnight Smartphone

  • By: Arianna Huffington
  • Narrated by: Arianna Huffington
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,220

Exclusively written for Audible, available only in audio. Sleep is central to every part of our lives, and a good night's sleep begins by putting aside the day's worries. But in today's technology-saturated world, saying goodnight to the day is harder than ever. Allow author Arianna Huffington (Thrive, The Sleep Revolution) to guide you to a peaceful night's slumber as she performs Goodnight Smartphone: a classic tale reborn for the modern age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick Ideas About Sleep

  • By Sara on 02-07-17

FANTASTIC!

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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: 03-16-17

very very very funny reading of a book written about a serious topic, high quality sleep.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mind and Cosmos

  • Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False
  • By: Thomas Nagel
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

The modern materialist approach to life has conspicuously failed to explain such central mind-related features of our world as consciousness, intentionality, meaning, and value. This failure to account for something so integral to nature as mind, argues philosopher Thomas Nagel, is a major problem, threatening to unravel the entire naturalistic world picture, extending to biology, evolutionary theory, and cosmology. Since minds are features of biological systems that have developed through evolution, the standard materialist version of evolutionary biology is fundamentally incomplete.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intellectual honesty at its finest

  • By Alice Walker on 02-15-18

take that dawkins!

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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: 03-01-17

be careful to give your undivided attention to nagel's thoughts and words, for if you do, your mind will be blown.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Time and Again

  • By: Jack Finney
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235

Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook

  • By Mark on 04-08-12

gently delves into the morality of time travel

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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: 11-22-16

wonderful performance of the story which I first learned about when listening to Stephen King's afterword for 11/22/63 and at his recommendation.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful