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  • The Luck Factor

  • The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Why do some people lead happy, successful lives whilst others face repeated failure and sadness? Why do some find their perfect partners whilst others stagger from one broken relationship to the next? What enables some people to have successful careers whilst others find themselves trapped in jobs they detest? And can unlucky people do anything to improve their luck - and lives?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly common sense, but worth every penny

  • By Competition Rider on 12-09-16

Luck explained scientifically

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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: 05-27-18

A very interesting book that dwells on the science behind luck.
Some people claim that they are unlucky, but why is that.
The author has tackled luck from a different perspective based on thousands of data from many scientific experiments.
Won't ruin the book for you, I really liked it and I am considering to buy the paper version.

  • Nudge

  • Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition]
  • By: Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,712

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An overly long Nudge in the right direction

  • By Jay on 06-08-13

Nudging; small changes make a big differences

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

What did you love best about Nudge?

The actual concept of "nudging".The book starts talking about human psychology and how it does take an effort to do anything, anything at all. Then goes to describe how small changes (if adapted at both the personal and countries' levels) can make a big difference.

  • Word by Word

  • The Secret Life of Dictionaries
  • By: Kory Stamper
  • Narrated by: Kory Stamper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, the process of writing them is in fact as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography - from the agonizing decisions about what and how to define to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kory should narrate more Audible books!

  • By R. Stern on 04-24-17

Discover the secret world of words and dictionries

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Where does Word by Word rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top books I've listened to so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Word by Word?

When the author explained the chaos surrounding the new definition entry of the word "marriage".

What about Kory Stamper’s performance did you like?

Amazing! Simply amazing.

If you could give Word by Word a new subtitle, what would it be?

The secrets of the hidden worlds of dictionaries and words.

Any additional comments?

Why would a geologist, whose native language is not English care about how dictionaries are made? Let me tell you a small story. The official twitter account of Merriam-Webster, the dictionary company retweeted a tweet by Kori Stamper. I had no clue who that person was. I was curious to know. I check Mrs. Stamper's profile and it said that she was the author of the book "word by word". I did a quick search about the book and ended up buying the audio version through audible.com.I care about words. What words to use and when. I, however, thought that dictionaries are just dictionaries; words do not change. Why would they? Apparently, words have a secret world of their own. If you want to know more about it, you have to read/listen to the book.Mrs. Kori's performance was from the heart. It's obvious that she has a passion for what she wrote about. A passion that will certainly get the listeners engaged. After listening to the book, I watched a couple of videos for Mrs. Stamper explaining some words/phrases e.g. irregardless, cannot care less. Overall, it was an enriching experience. Highly recommended.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good explanation for how relationships work

  • By Yaqoub on 09-25-16

Very good explanation for how relationships work

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

Explains in an exciting way the nature of the relationship between men and women. not only that but it also recommended solutions to our common relationship problems.