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  • Misbehaving

  • The Making of Behavioral Economics
  • By: Richard Thaler
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,575

Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans - predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth - and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a lot smarter than I was before

  • By Barrie Bramley on 10-04-15

Occasionally interesting, but mostly tedious!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Endless recounting of stupid experiments where meaningless tiny amounts of money are offered to people and the results are supposed to be profound. I thought this book would be similar to "Freakonomics", but it's far less interesting.

  • Army of None

  • Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
  • By: Paul Scharre
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Paul Scharre, a Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger, explores what it would mean to give machines authority over the ultimate decision of life or death. Scharre's far-ranging investigation examines the emergence of autonomous weapons, the movement to ban them, and the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. Through interviews with defense experts, ethicists, psychologists, and activists, Scharre surveys what challenges might face "centaur warfighters" on future battlefields. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Robots, weapons, and AI oh my!

  • By Tyler Quinn on 07-24-18

Mostly extremely interesting!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

The first three quarters of this book is extremely interesting, cutting edge and informative on upcoming military technology, addressing the challenges and pitfalls of autonomy. The last quarter bogs down in constant repetition of the ethical nuances of decision making.

  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 09-21-17

Incredibly Annoying!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Terrible writing, utterly unrealistic dialogue, no parts that are actually funny. I'm glad it was on sale so I didn't waste a credit!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seeker

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

When an interstellar probe lands in the heart of the Amazon jungle, powerful nations around the world will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Because the unoccupied alien craft is sure to contain revolutionary technology. Technology that will allow the country that controls it to dominate the globe. With the probe hidden within the densest rain forest on Earth, traditional military power is useless. So the US chooses to send in a single operative, a man who’s been enhanced to the limits of current technology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another solid from Douglas Richards

  • By Freel on 08-19-18

Fantastic story idea but terrible writing

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

The dialogue is painfully bad, as if the author has never actually heard people talk. Such a great story idea though, it compelled me to continue listening in spite of the writing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Donald J. Trump

  • A President like No Other
  • By: Conrad Black, Victor Davis Hanson - foreword
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

Conrad Black, bestselling author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom and Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, turns his attention to his "friend" President Donald J. Trump and provides the most intriguing and significant analysis yet of Trump's political rise. Ambitious in intellectual scope, contrarian in many of its opinions, and admirably concise, this is surely set to be one of the most provocative political books you are likely to listen to this year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 45th President of the United States of America

  • By JEYCEE on 05-16-18

Refreshing!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Nice to read a political story about Trump that doesn't descend into the frantic Trump Derangement Syndrome of most members of the media. I wish Conrad Black had narrated his own book though.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mother Go

  • By: James Patrick Kelly
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 202

She is the clone of a famed space explorer, but Mariska Volochkova rejects her mother and her heritage and wants no part of interstellar adventure. Although she is genetically engineered to hibernate through the interminable decades of space travel, Mariska's home is a habitat on the moon, and there she intends to stay. But the sweep of interplanetary politics and an affair with a Martian catches Mariska up in a conspiracy to commit a bold theft that will alter the future of space colonization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Science Fiction with Heart!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-17

Excellent writing & narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Really good science fiction. The author is my favourite science fiction writer. He develops the main character from an annoying bratty impulsive totally unlikeable girl at the beginning of the book to a brave heroine that you genuinely root for at the end! The narration is far above average too, a real pleasure to listen to!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brain on Fire

  • My Month of Madness
  • By: Susannah Cahalan
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,049

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those interested in neurology & psychology

  • By Brian Quaranta on 01-07-14

Incredibly unlikeable author...

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

While the story is quite interesting, I found the author to be intolerably self-important and annoying. The narration is also poor.

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,186

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Extremely compelling and unique...

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I finished listening to this book far faster than I usually do as I found it so captivating. Refreshing to read a story that wasn't built on cheerleading for how great the Singularity would be. The only criticism I have is at the end the author wrapped everything up in a nice tedious predictable social justice warrior bow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crisis of Control: How Artificial SuperIntelligences May Destroy or Save the Human Race

  • Human Cusp, Book 1
  • By: Peter J. Scott
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Scott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

The human race is caught in the crosshairs of twin threats stemming from exponential advances in technology. In Crisis of Control, Peter Scott lays out the stark choices and consequences facing us in clear, provocative, and sometimes humorous language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely modern & informative

  • By Matthew on 06-11-18

Extremely modern & informative

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I'm extremely interested in this stuff, and this book was excellent. I first heard about the book on the "Concerning AI" podcast. Like many other books like this, the shelf-life will be quite short, so I recommend you get it ASAP!

  • The Wrong Unit

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098

I don't know what the humans are so cranky about. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over 1,000 calories per day, and they're allowed to mate. Plus, they have me: an Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Futuristic journey without a single misstep

  • By Julie W. Capell on 10-03-16

Excellent and extremely modern scifi!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Very well written and thought provoking. Extremely relevant to modern expectations/fears about AI.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful