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  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,297
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,260

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I recommend this to EVERYONE

  • By Emma Bennett on 12-11-17

When you're an hammer...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This book offers one piece of advice that you can apply independently of age, gender or race. Trouble getting good grades? Check your sleep. Annoyed by your colleagues? Check your sleep. Early dementia signs? Urgently check your sleep. It gets in enough details to be actionable.

So why 3 stars? Overall, it's a good book to have in your library as it offers an excellent overview of sleep science. I would however strongly recommend to select the chapters that are of interest to you. It will otherwise get very repetitive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Oil

  • The Nature of Petroleum Geology, 1859-1920
  • By: Brian Frehner
  • Narrated by: R.T. McKnight
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Oil has made fortunes, caused wars, and shaped nations. Accordingly, no one questions the idea that the quest for oil is a quest for power. The question we should ask, Finding Oil suggests, is what kind of power prospectors have wanted. This book revises oil's early history by exploring the incredibly varied stories of the men who pitted themselves against nature to unleash the power of oil.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well-researched but weak analyses

  • By Curdy on 08-15-18

Well-researched but weak analyses

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This book provides an interesting insight into the beginning of the oil industry and the science of geology. The author's commentaries on the relations between scientists and laymen are relatively shallow and do not add much to the content, unfortunately.

  • Irresistible

  • The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
  • By: Adam Alter
  • Narrated by: Adam Alter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777

Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction - an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. We obsess over our emails, Instagram likes, and Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos; we work longer hours each year; and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Natalie A. Schaffer on 04-27-17

Lots of interesting examples but somewhat shallow

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

I am happy to have listened to this book as an introduction to behavioral addictions. It is well researched and well packaged. However, it does not offer a compelling framework for discussing questions such as tech companies duties and the need and scope for regulation (if any is required).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 497

Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic summary of this amazing composer.

  • By Paul on 09-23-13

He did it again

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

I want to stop spending my hard-earned Audible's credit on prof. Greenberg courses but I just can't. They are too good. I am left with a single obsession: which one of his recordings to pick next? My obsession pales in comparison to my anxiety of one day running out of new material though. So many complex feelings, so much joy learning about great music and great composers, so much more to say about why I enjoyed these lectures... But I must go now, I must find my next course!

  • Bach and the High Baroque

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 458

Though unappreciated in his own time, Johann Sebastian Bach has ascended to Olympian heights, the verdict of contemporary audiences long since overruled by succeeding generations of music lovers. But what makes his music great? In this series of 32 lectures, a working composer and musicologist brings his exceptional teaching skills to the task of helping you hear the extraordinary sweep of Bach's music. You'll understand the compositional language that enabled him to compose such extravagant, unbridled music while still maintaining precise control of every aspect - beat, melody, melodic repetition, interaction, and harmony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bach Treasure Box Opened by a True Enthusiast

  • By Dickens Groupie on 09-07-13

A brilliant course

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

Oh Bach! How have I been able to live without your music until now. Thanks to prof. Greenberg for his informative, passionate and moving explanations of Bach's work. Just like Bach's music itself, this course is a timeless performance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematory
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,522

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Frizzle Takes the School Bus to a Morgue

  • By Ren on 06-02-16

An excellent introduction to the death industry

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

A book I found profound, fun, informative and useful, in the author own voice. Loved it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists

  • By: Luke Timothy Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

These 24 inspiring lectures introduce you to the sages who, as a group, represent the "missing page" of the history of philosophy. Although their names are sometimes familiar to us, as in the case of Cicero and Plutarch, their philosophy is not. Studying these thinkers offers some surprising ways to think about philosophy. This course offers ample opportunity to hear, in their own words, the philosophers' prescriptions for healthier living.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Philosophy As Self-Improvement

  • By Joshua on 03-29-15

Wonderful introduction to practical philosophy

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

Reviewed: 12-24-13

If you could sum up Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists in three words, what would they be?

Character, Practice, Habits

What does Professor Luke Timothy Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very passionate reader, really enjoyed his style.

Any additional comments?

I would have loved this course to be twice as long as it was. The content is a great mix between historical context, philosophical ideas and practical tips. I found the book to be both inspiring and challenging. Although I was already familiar with the topic, I learned a lot. Highly recommended.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

  • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902

No understanding of human life, individual or collective, could be complete without factoring in the role and contribution of these history-shaping teachers. Now, this 36-lecture series takes you deep into the life stories and legacies of these four iconic figures, revealing the core teachings, and thoughts of each, and shedding light on the historical processes that underlie their phenomenal, enduring impact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible at its best

  • By cliff on 08-14-13

Brilliant introduction to those 4 great teachers

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

Reviewed: 11-21-13

Any additional comments?

This book's content is really interesting and the author's narration is great. It's a perfect introduction to comparative religion. I enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it to my friends. It might be better to choose another title if you are already advanced in the study of those historical figures though.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life

  • By: Francis J. Ambrosio, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Francis J. Ambrosio
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

What is the meaning of life? Is human existence meaningful or absurd? If you've ever pondered these questions, you have an extraordinary adventure in store, as an award-winning teacher presents a boldly revealing inquiry into these most fundamental of human concerns. In this inspiring series of 36 lectures, Professor Ambrosio charts how these questions have been pursued and grasped through the ages, providing you with the understanding and the tools to come to terms with them in a direct, practical way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Engaged Frustration!

  • By Michael D. Mullen on 01-31-15

Simple ideas made complex

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-13

What would have made Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life better?

Each chapter requires some serious work to become easier and more pleasant to listen to. This feels more like one of those old books in which you constantly need to jump back several pages to understand the point being made.

Has Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not really. There are many great books on the same topic.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Francis J. Ambrosio’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's thorough.

Any additional comments?

This book is very hard to listen to as the simplest ideas are lost in circumvoluted thoughts. It reminded me of what I disliked most at university: the inability to state interesting ideas in an interesting way.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Admiral of the Ocean Sea

  • A Life of Christopher Columbus
  • By: Samuel Eliot Morison
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Admiral of the Ocean Sea is Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's classic biography of the greatest sailor of them all, Christopher Columbus. It is written with the insight, energy, and authority that only someone who had himself sailed in Columbus's path to the New World could muster. Morison undertook this expedition in a 147-foot schooner and a 47-foot ketch, the dimensions of these craft roughly matching those of Columbus's Santa Maria and Nina.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very detailed, not an easy one

  • By Curdy on 05-28-12

Very detailed, not an easy one

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

Reviewed: 05-28-12

What made the experience of listening to Admiral of the Ocean Sea the most enjoyable?

This book is a real historian's work. It states clearly what the author knows from different sources and what he personally believes to be true. There are a lot of details about Columbus travels and how people reacted in Europe to the news of these discoveries. However, if you expect to be entertained all along, this might not be a great pick as the book really goes deep into each travel, with a lot of attention to life at sea. Great adventures are also made of some less exciting, or even boring parts and this book will give them to you too.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful