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Ronald E. Vigeant

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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,443

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

wonderful addition to the Alien legend. Full production with many different actors complete with sound effects. Filled with action and suspense. I loved it!

  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

  • By: Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940

The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining

  • By Matt on 11-20-13

interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-18

fairly well detailed history of ancient civilizations up to the 9th century. Covers the roman empire extensively but does not neglect China and the americas. Nothing new here but it is an excellent overview of the history of civilization

  • The Selfish Gene

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,165

Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than print!

  • By J. D. May on 07-31-12

excellent!

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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: 10-05-18

This book uses metaphor instead of mathematics toz explain the Selfish Gene Theory of evolution. The author can still be a bit technical at times but his explanation makes science more accessible to a non scientific audience. He does often remind the reader that genes are not selfish but the metaphor helps to explain his theory. I especially enjoyed his use of Game Theory to explain evolutionary strategies. Not for the uneducated but not for scientists either. Not dumbed down just explained in non technical terms .

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,550
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,991

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

wonderful book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

it is wonderful to find a clear minded author who writes based on evidence instead of fallacies.

  • Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

  • By: Michael Shermer, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063

Despite our best efforts, we're all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence—and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Certainly is '101'

  • By S.G. on 12-11-17

enlightening

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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: 09-01-18

the most important lesson one can learn is how to think critically. Courses like this should be required in schools and universities





  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,017

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Material Different Title

  • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I studied critical thinking in school but this class is far more in depth than the class I took. Fallacies, heuristics and pseudo science are studied in depth. This class should be required in high school to arm young adults in the battle for their mind out there. Especially on the internet.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,411

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

Not For Me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-18

The author is too much of a traditionalist for me. I was expecting an intelligent examination of human behavior and instead I found an author pushing the necessity of religion and in many cases stating the obvious. Religion doesn't bother me but when he insisted that I must believe in God because I have a sense of right and wrong I shut it off. The only place that kind of thinking should be accepted is in church on Sunday. The author may not realize it but there are ways of thinking which do not involve the concept of right and wrong and there are religions without a belief in God and the Bible is not the foundational work of the world.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,122

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By MaeC on 01-31-18

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Fascinating study of how we figure things out. An introduction to the use of mathematics. This is the type of book that could change someone's life by leading them to begin a study of computer science. Not bogged down in mathematical jargon, explained in common language.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,149

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Already Purchased Two Copies for Friends

  • By Anthony A. on 07-13-13

wonderful book but certainly not simple

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I love this book! It is a scholarly treatment of how the mind works. Thr author creates 2 metaphors to describe the way we think. Basically intuitive and logical. Or "fast and slow." Filled with tests and statistics but described in a conversational manner. Certainly a book worth listening too again and again, it is so packed with information.

  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,498

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Legitimately Optimistic but Sometimes Biased

  • By Myrrhmayde on 08-06-18

Nice!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Loved it! Nice to read a positive take on the condition of the world. Many people may be upset to discover that according to stats we are better off now than ever and headed towards getting better. Still a lot of things to work on, of course, but the book is encouraging and very detailed.