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Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
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Discipline & Punish audiobook cover art

Starts off really interestingly, but then...

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-17

Great history, insights, etc, but around the middle everything becomes very long winded, maybe even redundant... All my take-aways were from the first half, the second half was taxing and either above my head, or had little that I found really interesting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Origins of Totalitarianism audiobook cover art

Deep and complex, gets better as it progresses

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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: 03-22-17

Admitidly very long, but overall really interesting. The first 70-80% is slow, and contains long discussions of topics which later I couldn't remember why they were relevant, but the last 20-30% was packed with really insightful discussions on totalitarianism.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

A World in Disarray audiobook cover art

Really interesting and well written.

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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: 02-07-17

I learned a lot, how ever some was above me. Overall it comes off as very fair, objective, and insightful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Daily Show (the AudioBook) audiobook cover art

Memberberries

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Pleasant nostalgia.. However it sucked that they used voice actors instead of the real people, kind of weird to listen to impressions of everyone.. Especially how stereotypical the impressions we're..

The Humane Economy audiobook cover art

Narrator's breaths weren't edited out

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

Useful info, well written, but the breaths weren't edited out. Between almost every sentence, there's a distinct loud deep easily editable breath. It got really bad in chapter 3, and by chapter 5 I just couldn't listen anymore and had to return it. This is a huge lapse in audio quality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The German War audiobook cover art

horrible..... well written, but horrible stories

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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: 09-11-16

The book achieves what it set out to do, and really explains the German perspective. It's clear, exhaustive, in depth, etc.. But as everything about what the Nazis did, contains a lot of descriptions of atrocities..

Playing to the Edge audiobook cover art

Not bad but long

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-16

Long at times. Michael Hayden's definition of torture is different than mine, but he seems to discount things as torture if they can be rigourously defined. Informative, and good recommendations and proposed philosophies moving forward.

Also, weird thing, the author can't pronounce H, always used a Y. maybe it's an American thing? Like, instead of Human, he says Yuman. Doesn't affect the book, just a quirk..

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Talking to Terrorists audiobook cover art

Enlightening but long winded

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

He gives many examples as evidence of his points, which is usually good but here it's distracting. All his examples are small micro stories done in a memoir'ish way. Too often the book reads as "... important point ... bunch of random sentences full of names of people I don't know ... short series of interesting events that I'm excited to learn about but instead we're going back to his long argument"

Any additional comments?

I suspect the book would have been better if rather than being organized as "point" then "examples", if it were instead written as case studies and lessons.

Superintelligence audiobook cover art

Interesting for sure, but kind of boring

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-15

Any additional comments?

Every chapter is more or less the author proposing an idea/prediction, and then exhaustively defining and constraining the solution space for that idea. .e.g AI could be done via method X, which would enable A, B, C, D, but would exclude J, K, L, M, N, etc..

Except for that's done over an hour.

So, every detail is treated very well, and it's an interesting process, but near the end I just couldn't take it any more and had to skip parts. :)

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

Faster audiobook cover art

Slow

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-15

no thesis, unrelatably dated, no where close as good as his other works (Information, Chaos.) Just a long rant that things are now (in the nineties) faster than they used to be, with a lot of false narratives instead of evidence

0 of 1 people found this review helpful