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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,832
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,783

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 03-19-19

I devoured this in two days. Outstanding reporting and a riveting narrative. I highly recommend.

  • World War Z

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,950

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant production, criminally abridged

  • By J. Huntington on 01-04-07

BEST AUDIOBOOK EVER.

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Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is far and away the best audiobook production I’ve ever listened to. The all-star cast is amazing. I’ve listened to this one twice now. So great.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,259
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,142

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Read This Book

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Reviewed: 07-17-17

Breathtakingly beautiful. Thomas's voice and vision are inspiring. One of the best novels I've read in years. This is required reading.

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  • The Blank Slate

  • The Modern Denial of Human Nature
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605

In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as expected

  • By Carolyn on 05-30-14

A Vital Book

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Reviewed: 04-12-17

This is the work of a truly brilliant mind. Pinker has achieved something very special with this treatise. He provides a much-needed critique of the movements and institutions that have led to a distorted understanding of human nature. This book is vital reading. Truly exceptional work.

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,125

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Vital Reading

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Reviewed: 01-28-17

This book should be read by everyone. One of the most important books I've ever read. Amazing.

  • Geek Love

  • By: Katherine Dunn
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 912

No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy, the Binewskis are creating their own brood of sideshow freaks. Under Al's careful direction, the pregnant Lil ingests radioisotopes, insecticides, and arsenic to make her babies "special".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shudderingly Good!

  • By Cayora on 08-22-09

Amazing

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Reviewed: 08-26-16

This is a beautiful book, and the narrator is fantastic. Loved it. Absolutely loved it.

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  • Superpower

  • Three Choices for America's Role in the World
  • By: Ian Bremmer
  • Narrated by: Willis Sparks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Ian Bremmer argues that Washington's directionless foreign policy has become prohibitively expensive and increasingly dangerous. Since the end of the Cold War, US policymakers have stumbled from crisis to crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine without a clear strategy. Ordinary Americans too often base their foreign policy choices on allegiance or opposition to the party in power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for Foreign Policy

  • By Patrick on 10-19-15

Thought-Provoking and Accountable

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Reviewed: 06-26-15

A provocative summation of three different paths for American Foreign Policy. Bremmer knows his stuff and is worth the listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful