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Alfredo Maranca

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  • The Biology of Desire

  • Why Addiction Is Not a Disease
  • By: Marc Lewis PhD
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the Western world have branded addiction a brain disease based on evidence that brains change with drug use. But in The Biology of Desire, cognitive neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis makes a convincing case that addiction is not a disease and shows why the disease model has become an obstacle to healing. Lewis reveals addiction as an unintended consequence of the brain doing what it's supposed to do - seek pleasure and relief - in a world that's not cooperating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An important addition to understanding addiction.

  • By Boris Budwuff on 02-28-16

In deep psichyatrics of adicton

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Reviewed: 11-19-18

this book covers a very interesting neurological view off addiction that helps as undesrtand that the disease model is really inadequated for obsession related issues like alcohol addiction or eating disorders.

  • Unwasted

  • My Lush Sobriety
  • By: Sacha Z. Scoblic
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

The single glass of wine with dinner... the cold beer on a hot day... the champagne flute raised in a toast... what I'd drink if Hunter S. Thompson wanted to get wasted with me... these are my fantasies lately. Too bad I've gone sober. When Sacha Z. Scoblic was drinking, she was a rock star; the days were rough and the nights filled with laughter and blackouts. Then she gave it up. She had to. Here are her adventures in an utterly and maddeningly sober world... and how she discovered that nothing is as odd and fantastic as life without a drink in hand. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • delightful book and inspiring story

  • By Alfredo Maranca on 10-22-18

delightful book and inspiring story

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Reviewed: 10-22-18

This is a really delightful book, written with great talent and passion of an sober experience of a badass woman.

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  • Nothing Good Can Come from This

  • Essays
  • By: Kristi Coulter
  • Narrated by: Kristi Coulter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

When Kristi stopped drinking, she started noticing things. Like when you give up a debilitating habit, it leaves a space, one that can’t easily be filled by mocktails or ice cream or sex or crafting. And when you cancel Rosé Season for yourself, you’re left with just summer, and that’s when you notice that the women around you are tanked - that alcohol is the oil in the motors that keeps them purring when they could be making other kinds of noise. In her sharp, incisive debut essay collection, Coulter reveals a portrait of a life in transition.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • cannot finish it!<br />

  • By Lee Ward on 01-02-19

Light and fun as a sitcom and profound as an exist

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Reviewed: 10-01-18

By the title, this book may seem just another self-help book about alcohol addiction. It’s much more than this. Actually, it's about existentialism and the reasons one wants to escape the pain of being. Beautifully written, with an unvulgar sense of esthetics and high standards of a profound literature academics, it’s at the same time light, fun and compelling as a sitcom. Many people are afraid from being sober as it seems to adhere to a cliché, throwing off all the revolutionary dreams and sophisticated thoughts for a down to earth day-to-day and a median religiosity. As if this very human, courageous and real woman teaches us how to report our addictions, why one drinks, as a teenager and even more as a successful adult professional. She describes what is to live, love and suffer with the anesthetic aid of alcohol, which helps to choose unwisely and live superficially, and how deep and profound is to live a drama without it, in a beautiful description of an extra conjugal romance where nothing real happens and yet has all the emotional elements of a novella. John, her lovable husband is described with such love and seems to be so sweet and dedicated himself that we almost miss the couple as long as the book ends. We conclude that the decision not to drink is indeed an existential decision, a daily decision to live, fully and deeply, all emotions life puts in our plate.

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  • Alcohol Explained

  • By: William Porter
  • Narrated by: Nick Jermyn
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 190

Alcohol Explained is the definitive, ground-breaking guide to alcohol and alcoholism. It explains how alcohol affects human beings on a chemical, physiological, and psychological level, from those first drinks right up to chronic alcoholism. This audiobook provides a logical, easy-to-follow explanation of the phenomenon and detailed instructions on how to beat it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transformational

  • By Adele Adonai on 03-01-18

Life changing experience

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Reviewed: 09-28-18

A Complete introduction to a sober life, written in a way that will make your path natural and smooth.

  • Everybody Lies

  • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
  • By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,275

By the end of on average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Might be worth it to get the book

  • By Laura on 08-09-17

funny and instructive

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Reviewed: 03-04-18

this book is a must read for all that live in the early XXIth century. it's an amusing and entertaining way to learn a new perspective of science and philosophy that appears from the huge amount of internet data.

  • Freud: Inventor of the Modern Mind (Eminent Lives)

  • By: Peter D. Kramer
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    3 out of 5 stars 9
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    3 out of 5 stars 9

Referred to as "the father of psychoanalysis", Sigmund Freud is credited with championing the "talking cure" and charting the human unconscious. Both revered and reviled, he was a brilliant innovator but also a man of troubling contradictions, sometimes tyrannical, often misrepresenting the course and outcome of his treatments to make the "facts" match his theories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A non Freudian view

  • By Alfredo Maranca on 12-21-16

A non Freudian view

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Reviewed: 12-21-16

This remarkable work covers all the main works of Freud with a very neutral.point of view. It makes me think if one should read a great philosopher like Freud in such a unpassiomate way. I remember reading some interesting reviews with revealing insights about the human nature from people that loved his works. I don't know if it's fair to read him in such a critical fashion. He made a science where there was none. His ideas and examples are as unreal as the bodies moving in vacuum described by Newton. It's pointless to.stress that there is no retilínear moves in vacuum without friction, as is useless to.stress that his patients are not this simple. Freud discovered that human mind gravitates around a fetishist deviation of primal feelings and this is basic for the 20th Century. The book brings a cautious view, as someone aproaching a living snake in bare hands. Very Freudian indeed.

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  • Other People's Money

  • The Real Business of Finance
  • By: John Kay
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
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    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

The finance sector of Western economies is too large and attracts too many of the smartest college graduates. Financialization over the past three decades has created a structure that lacks resilience and supports absurd volumes of trading. The finance sector devotes too little attention to the search for new investment opportunities and the stewardship of existing ones, and far too much to secondary-market dealing in existing assets. Regulation has contributed more to the problems than the solutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened twice. Everyone must read this.

  • By Tristan on 01-18-16

a must hear

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Reviewed: 10-19-16

I think that anyone with policy making auctority should read or listen to this book. it's a complete and essencial guide to contemporary economics in a very critical point of view. in a sense, it states the obvious, but saying the obvious is normally the task of a genius.

  • The African Experience: From 'Lucy' to Mandela

  • By: Kenneth P. Vickery, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth P. Vickery
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

The story of Africa is the oldest and most event-filled chronicle of human activity on the planet. And in these 36 lectures, you'll explore this great historical drama, tracing the story of the sub-Saharan region of the continent from the earliest evidence of human habitation to the latest challenges facing African nations in the 21st century. By learning with these lectures, you'll finally be able to bust myths and correct potential misunderstandings about Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Africa Found!

  • By Logical Paradox on 03-12-14

fun and informatiion

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Reviewed: 10-10-16

This file is unique and priceless. a deep thought about Africa and unique set of geopolitical Informations

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  • Freud at 150

  • A Scientific American Mind Special Report
  • By: Mark Solms, J. Allan Hobson, Steve Ayan, and others
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
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    4 out of 5 stars 15
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    4 out of 5 stars 15

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Sigmund Freud's birth, Scientific American Mind examines the lasting, controversial legacy of the Father of Psychoanalysis.

  • out of 5 stars
  • Nothing earthshaking...

  • By Douglas on 11-29-09

I expected more

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Reviewed: 09-26-16

This is a rather shallow scientific review. It's ok for lay divulgation but lack depth in phylosophical anda phisiological aspects.

  • Must History Repeat the Great Conflicts of This Century?

  • By: Joseph S. Nye Jr., The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Joseph S. Nye Jr.
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Twice in the first half of the last century, the great powers engaged in wars that killed nearly 70 million people, with the aftermath of each shaking the international political system, changing the maps of the world, and setting the scene for the next great conflict. And for most of the past 50 years, the Cold War dominated international politics. Is this the history we are condemned to repeat? This series of eight lectures about international politics will hone your ability to approach that question with knowledge and insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Beware of historians with bad analogies.”

  • By Kristi R. on 09-29-15

Excelent !

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Reviewed: 09-02-16

A great opportunity of hearing a great social politic lecture direct from an undisputed auctority. It's also ver didatic and entretaining.