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  • Obliquity

  • Why our goals are best achieved indirectly
  • By: John Kay
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

A leading economist charts the indirect road to happiness and wealth. Using dozens of practical examples from the worlds of business, politics, science, sports, literature, even parenting, esteemed economist John Kay proves a notion that feels at once paradoxical and deeply commonsensical: The best way to achieve any complex or broadly defined goal-from happiness to wealth to profit to preventing forest fires-is the indirect way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great material. Terrible narrator

  • By Thirdwaver on 12-19-14

Excellent substance, narrator with accent.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Excellent substance, recommended reading before delving into Nassim Nicholas Taleb's books. Narrator had an accent I struggled with a bit.

  • Ending the Pursuit of Happiness

  • A Zen Guide
  • By: Barry Magid
  • Narrated by: Joe O'Neill
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

This new book from Zen teacher, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and critical favorite, Barry Magid, inspires us to outgrow the impossible pursuit of happiness, and instead make peace with the perfection of the way things are. Including ourselves! Using wryly gentle prose, Magid invites readers to consider the notion that our certainty that we are broken may be turning our pursuit of happiness into a source of more suffering.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very fine book, very poor reading

  • By Uncle Mike on 01-10-14

Wish I had read this years ago

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Great book, horrible narration. Not done in a studio, voice changes from sentence to sentence.

  • Dream Yoga

  • The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming
  • By: Andrew Holecek
  • Narrated by: Andrew Holecek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

"Sleeping and dreaming," teaches Andrew Holecek, "offer nightly opportunities for spiritual awakening." When you know how to wake up in your dreams, you transform sleep into a portal to the deepest experiences of reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great For Beginners | Shallow For The Experienced

  • By Davis on 04-07-16

Surprisingly un-bad!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

I hold a bit of aversion towards the Tibetian superstitions, but this approach was nice.

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  • Not for Happiness

  • A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices
  • By: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 64

Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be "happy"? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma. Genuine spiritual practice, not least the Ngndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in fact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exactly what was needed

  • By VL on 09-17-15

Misleading title

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

Reviewed: 10-16-15

I felt a bit misled by the title; the book was definitely not sceptical. Heavily superstitious (as, I guess, the Tibetian Buddhists are) and kind of still promising happiness.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Naked Statistics

  • Stripping the Dread from the Data
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,823

From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Basic, but very well explained

  • By Philo on 05-17-13

Not that bad!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

Having listened to a bunch of audio books on statistics and math, I was expecting many parts to be completely incomprehensible when presented in audio form. Luckily this wasn't the case, although the supplementary pdf was quite short on the topics covered!

  • Randomness in Evolution

  • By: John Tyler Bonner
  • Narrated by: Michael Scherer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

John Tyler Bonner, one of our most distinguished and insightful biologists, here challenges a central tenet of evolutionary biology. In this concise, elegantly written book, he makes the bold and provocative claim that some biological diversity may be explained by something other than natural selection. With his customary wit and accessible style, Bonner makes an argument for the underappreciated role that randomness - or chance - plays in evolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-opening; covers a lot of ground

  • By Philo on 05-17-13

Not for popular audiences!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Biologists with firm background in the subject.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Tyler Bonner again?

I would, but in a book format and if it would have been more directed to popular audiences.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Scherer?

Anyone with a less robotic style of narration.

Any additional comments?

Several important graphs missing, should have been included as pdf!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Think Sociology, 2e

  • By: Dr. John Carl
  • Narrated by: Mina Sands
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

We live in a world of fast-paced change that is being fueled by new technologies, changing personal and social relationships, and changing cultural values and economic conditions. Sociology is a discipline that can help you understand this change. Looking at their world through the sociological perspective enables students to better understand themselves and their place in an evolving and complex world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated without punctuation - a horrid experience

  • By Matti on 09-20-13

Narrated without punctuation - a horrid experience

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

Reviewed: 09-20-13

What would have made Think Sociology, 2e better?

It sounds like they ran it through text-to-sound -software. There's a reason English has punctuacion and variation of tone... Would have been better if the editors would have actually listened to it.

What other book might you compare Think Sociology, 2e to and why?

Psychology, 6.ed., except that there the voice is somewhat better, i.e. one can follow it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mina Sands?

Any actual person.

Any additional comments?

I needed an audio book on sociology. Mina Sands seems to be in all of them. Feels like a rip-off without an alternative.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful