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  • Ibn Khaldun

  • An Intellectual Biography
  • By: Robert Irwin
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) is generally regarded as the greatest intellectual ever to have appeared in the Arab world - a genius who ranks as one of the world's great minds. Yet the author of the Muqaddima, the most important study of history ever produced in the Islamic world, is not as well known as he should be, and his ideas are widely misunderstood. In this groundbreaking intellectual biography, Robert Irwin provides an engaging and authoritative account of Ibn Khaldun's extraordinary life, times, writings, and ideas. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Issues with accuracy, pronounciation

  • By Moh 3aly on 01-02-19

Issues with accuracy, pronounciation

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This book would have received a higher rating if the author had spent more time learning Arabic, or perhaps reviewed translation before producing his own. In Chapter one he quotes the Qur'an 17:16 in an entirely lopsided manner, confusing what fafasaku means in the context. Not a single Qur'anic translation, Muslim or otherwise had confused it in the way he did, where as his version says that God has ordered the people to be bad, the actual verse says they did ill DESPITE receiving commandments from God. How could he has so thoroughly corrupted the verse is embarrassing and says a lot about the author.

Also, he criticizes some of Ibn Khaldun's theories without taking into context what was known at the time. Such as his idea heat is produced as a result of reflections of light, not of distance to the sun. A good idea why he might have thought that is how mountains are snow capped, same with alexander's submarine, he wouldve had no idea that a person could suffocate from being trapped in a room with no air from outside, his idea that heat would be the primary cause of mortality is a result of direct observation that the air you exhale is hotter than that which you inhale.

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  • The 5 Second Rule

  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,854

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I turned it off after an hour.

  • By Zac on 04-08-17

A life altering tool

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Where does The 5 Second Rule rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

There are two modes of thinking in Zen. The first is the observing mind and the second is the thinking mind. The thinking mind does, the observing mind observe. If you've ever done something while you said to yourself that you shouldn't be doing it, that's your observing mind telling you you shouldn't. If you've ever not done something that you felt you should absolutely do, that feeling in your guts pushing you to do it and decided not to, then that's your observing mind telling you not to do something and your thinking mind stopping you with a catalog of what consequences might happen to come.But if you don't like all the spiritual talk, you can instead think of it as right brain/left brain dichotomy (See https://www.amazon.com/Master-His-Emissary-Divided-Western/dp/0300188374 ) where it was shown through unfortunate stroke victims that the right brain is silent and holistic and the left brain is detail oriented and abstract, theories that came to be confirmed by hemisphere specific stroke victims where ones that had a stroke on the left hemisphere could still make an accurate drawing on paper about what they see, while those with a stroke on the right hemisphere could only draw a Picasso-esque shape (a ball with sticks poking out, an eye misplaced as a representation of a person). The left brain has an inhibitory effect on the right brain, this is further explained in detail in the book. My conjecture is, that this feeling we feel in our gut, our body, or soul is our right brain telling us what to do, if you don't do it before there's a shift in consciousness you will be filled with the dread of consequences, detail oriented left brain is very good in that regard, however with this tool, this 5 second count, you can skip it. You can ignore it and do what that inner voice tells you you should do. This is a revolutionary tool, both in your personal relationships and professional life.Larry King, a person that never went to college or had any credentials with a family on welfare got to a 15 million dollar salary and a private jet from a single meeting with the director of announcers at CBS on the street asking him what to do, and from there on out his journey started at 22 years old. Imagine if he were too scared at that time to go and talk to the guy, imagine the chances you missed or might miss in the future for not having the nerve to go ahead and simply do what you feel you really should be doing. This is where the 5 second rule can come in to the rescue and help you do what you are meant to do.

What other book might you compare The 5 Second Rule to and why?

Psychocybernetics
Bruce Frantzis' works
Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Which scene was your favorite?

The son that died in a car crash

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

5 seconds to launch

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