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  • Lying

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,714

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Telling The Truth...

  • By Douglas on 11-29-13

Life changing insights

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Wow. This is some of the most practical philosophy one could possibly learn.

I particularly loved the chapter on white lies. These are the types of lies good people believe they should tell in order to spare the feelings of others. But I never took the time to think what effect they have on us and the people we lie to.

After hearing the insights and arguments in this book you come to realize white lies are the enemy of friendship and the life blood of addiction. We do a huge disservice to our friends and family by lying to them about small things to spare their feelings.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thought provoking read

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Excellent. Just like Sapiens and Homo Deus

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Yet again Yuval Noah Harari manages to deliver key insights that can help the average person understand the world better.

  • The Moral Landscape

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Sam Harris has discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science’s failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith.The underlying claim is that while science is the best authority on the workings of the physical universe, religion is the best authority on meaning, values, morality, and leading a good life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most important thinker of our time

  • By Ryan on 08-14-12

Not what I expected

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-18

The message of the book is that scientic facts can help answer moral questions. However, Sam doesn't provide concrete examples for how this can be done.

I expected something like this:

Moral question: Should pornography be legal?
The opinions of people today: Yes, because it represents free speech and people should be allowed to express themselves. No, because it's sinful.
Scientific facts: Pornography significantly reduces the well-being of those who watch it and the people who produce it. Porn users are less satisfied in their relationships, have reduced activity in some parts of the brain, are more accepting of of violence towards women, can suffer erectile dysfunction, and consider women less capable and less valuable than men. Children who grow up watching porn have tend to avoid intimacy and have a distorted view of sexuality. All women are affected by pornography because they are increasingly valued based on their looks rather than their skills. Women who discover their spouses watching porn are deeply hurt, some developing post traumatic stress disorder.
Answer to moral question: Research shows pornography reduces the well-being of society in many ways. Therefore, to maximize well-being pornography should not be legal.

This is a concrete example on how science can answer a moral question. I expected the book to be filled with them.

But Sam rather makes a philosophical case for this. Which is alright but a few examples would have been much more convincing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,356

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

This is the best book I've ever listened to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Wow! Yuval Noah Harari's ability to explain the world is unparalleled. This book is like a movie. It starts slow and culminates in an incredibly interesting ending.

I highly recommend it!

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,235

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing book

  • By Bradley Janse van Rensburg on 06-13-17

Very insightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Wow I'm only 10% into the book and I love it! The insights are so deep they can make you rethink what you believe true about the world.

  • The Porn Myth

  • Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography
  • By: Matt Fradd
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The Porn Myth is a non-religious response to the commonly held belief that pornography is a harmless or even beneficial pastime. Author Matt Fradd draws on the experience of porn performers and users, and the expertise of neurologists, sociologists, and psychologists to demonstrate that pornography is destructive to individuals, relationships, and society. He provides insightful arguments, supported by the latest scientific research, to discredit the fanciful claims used to defend and promote pornography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Eye Opening

  • By shamusoreagan on 10-17-17

Very insightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-09-18

The book manages to convince you porn is a social hazzard. I recommend listening to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Merchants of Doubt

  • How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
  • By: Erik M. Conway, Naomi Oreskes
  • Narrated by: Peter Johnson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable scholarship, but not exactly literature

  • By Roger on 01-23-11

I think it's not really suitable for listening.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I think the book is not really suitable for listening. I found my mind often drifted and I can barely recall a small part of the information. However, I got the main message.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The E-Myth Revisited

  • Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
  • By: Michael E. Gerber
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Gerber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,686

In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saved my Life

  • By Christine on 09-17-08

Full of insights

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-17

This has been an eye opening book for me. Especially the part about creating an organizational stricter for your company before you start it.

  • The Coaching Habit

  • Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
  • By: Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,674

In Michael Bungay Stanier's The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact. Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how - by saying less and asking more - you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • practical application, not theoretical

  • By Scott on 08-26-16

Good information, very well read

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Good information. Very well read by the narrator. This book is better read than listened though

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Napoleon Hill in His Own Voice

  • Rare Recordings of His Lectures
  • By: Napoleon Hill
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 760

The principles and philosophy of success that Napoleon Hill outlined in his masterwork, The Laws of Success, and his international best seller, Think and Grow Rich, have served as the foundation for every motivational speaker since. Now, in these rare recordings, you will hear a complete and thorough exposition of Napoleon Hill's life-altering philosophy of personal achievement in his own voice. More than that, you will gain deeper insight into Hill's philosophy as you listen to him interpret and amplify the 17 universal principles of success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a MUST buy

  • By J. Read on 11-18-11

It's amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-16

This is the 4th time I listened to this. It's simply amazing. Napoleon Hill's philosophy is what allowed me to go from broke to financialy free.