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  • The Story of Human Language

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,983

Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again

  • By SAMA on 03-11-14

Historical Gem.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-19

To learn the history of language is to learn the history of mankind. I've been listening to books on Audible since 2011 and this is in the top 5 of the most educational books I've heard on Audible.

  • Utilitarianism/On Liberty

  • By: John Stuart Mill
  • Narrated by: Derek Le Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

John Stuart Mill (1808-1873) was a torchbearer for liberal thought in the 19th century, including liberty of the individual and freedom of speech, and he championed women's suffrage in Parliament. A remarkable man - he learned Greek aged three and at eight had read Herodotus, Xenophon and Plato - he campaigned all his life for a just society. These two essays are his key works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For deep thinkers

  • By Vincent on 08-24-18

For deep thinkers

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Reviewed: 08-24-18

Better have your thinking cap on and keep away all distractions. This is deep but well worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Two Paths

  • America Divided or United
  • By: John Kasich
  • Narrated by: John Kasich
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

When Ohio governor John Kasich ran for president, his powerful message of hope and togetherness struck a chord with American voters. In Two Paths: America Divided or United, he carries that message forward by reflecting on the tumultuous 2016 campaign, sharing his concerns for America and his hopes for our future, and sounding a clarion call to reason and purpose, humility and dignity, righteousness and calm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hoped for action items

  • By Frank Smith on 05-02-17

Life of illusion

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-16-18

First I'll say that Kasich, to me, was the the best republican in the race. Also, I would have voted for Kasich over Hillary. But, I've lives in Toledo, Ohio all of my life. 58 years to be exact. Toledo is a waste land. Toledo has been destroyed by "Trickle Down Economics". We've lost over 40,000 in population in the last 10 years. Toledo has nothing to offer. It's because the lack of investment in our people. Although, Kasich is not an extremist, He is still part of the problem.

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Plato and Aristotle: The Genesis of Western Thought
  • By: Aryeh Kosman
  • Narrated by: Aryeh Kosman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

This course is an introduction to the philosophical thought of the two most important philosophical figures of ancient Greece. By working through parts of their central texts and thoughts, we will gain an understanding of Plato and Aristotle's relevance in the past and today as well.After each section of this guide, you will find some questions and suggestions for further thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE MODERN SCHOLAR:PLATO AND ARISTOTLE

  • By Gabrielle on 01-28-10

Very professional

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Would you listen to The Modern Scholar again? Why?

I love how he broke down the words translated from Greek. There is not exact translation and Mr Kosman explains the Greek words very well.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92,784

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

A Must Read.

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Reviewed: 08-22-17

If you could sum up The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck in three words, what would they be?

This is the kind of book that should be taught in schools. This is what real knowledge is all about. Truly making people think hard and think deep about what their aims and goals in life are all about and their real foundation. Good or bad. Real or imaginary.

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,543
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,204
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,161

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super entertaining!

  • By M. Ryder on 06-25-17

A little to "Flowery" for me.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-17

What did you like best about The Magnolia Story? What did you like least?

Believe me, I love the show. Love the designs and work I see on the show. This book seem more like a book for women. I did love the details and history. I am glad I get the book though.

  • The Alpha Male's Guide to Mastering the Art of Eye Contact

  • By: Sean Lysaght
  • Narrated by: J. Alexander
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

Warning! This book will teach you how to seduce a woman in one glance, intimidate your peers, and how to unleash the alpha male in you! Ever had trouble holding eye contact? Want to be seen as a leader? Want to be seen as confident, in control, and completely at ease with the man you are? Forget all the self-help books; it's all in the eyes, my friend. Science has shown that the eyes actually are the gateway to the soul. When looking at someone deep in their eyes, you see that person's true character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • get it.

  • By Jon Ball on 10-24-16

Worth the time.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-16

Any additional comments?

Most of the info was already known. But, like piece of of puzzle, he put it together to see the full picture much better. It's a book I will pull out from time to time to listen and remind myself again and again.

  • Power to the People

  • By: Laura Ingraham
  • Narrated by: Laura Ingraham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Top-rated radio personality Laura Ingraham is fed up with cultural elites on both coasts telling us how to run our lives. The American people are fed up with moral relativism, politicized education, open borders, fiscal excess, and a feckless foreign policy - to name a few issues. In this new audiobook, Ingraham calls on her millions of fans from red-state America to send a loud and clear message to the liberal elites: "You're fired! It's our turn to run our lives again."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • POWER

  • By Garry on 10-19-07

Don't waste your money.

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Reviewed: 07-29-16

Any additional comments?

I've been a member of audible for 5 years and listen to hundreds of books. This one is by far the worst book I ever got here. You want a blue print for a Fascist, Nazi America, here it is. The extremism and blind allegiance to such thinking made Hitler what he was. Pathetic and a complete waste of time and money.

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  • The Platonic Tradition

  • By: Professor Peter Kreeft
  • Narrated by: Professor Peter Kreeft
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 136

This engaging course of lectures begins by providing a detailed and accurate overview of Plato's philosophy and it's central idea - the idea of a transcendent reality that has popularly become known as the theory of the Forms. Professor Kreeft then takes us on a concise journey through Western Philosophical history to show how that central idea - the theory of forms - has either been built upon or reacted to by philosophers ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great overview of Plato and later philosophers

  • By Terryn on 12-04-13

Very biased.

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-13-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Though Mr Kreeft is very knowledgeable and very educated, his assumptions are very biased by his religious beliefs. It comes across like not only is he trying to convince me of the beliefs I should have, but he's still trying to convince himself of the same. I am agnostic but Mr. Kreeft's arguments for religion and the need for religion has the effect of pushing me away from religion. Feels like he is pushing blind faith which is the same thing the Nazis did in Nazi Germany. This argument simply does not work.

Any additional comments?

My dissatisfaction is in the fact I was looking for a much more unbiased look at the Platonic Theory.

  • Just Listen

  • Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone
  • By: Mark Goulston
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061

You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great information and interesting

  • By Amy on 01-11-12

A must read

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Reviewed: 11-01-15

What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Walter Dixon can put very good emotion behind the words he speaks. He brings the text to life.

Any additional comments?

This is the kind of book that you know you MUST read over and over every so often. It's deep and very good information. The kind that you say "I wish I had this years ago". A power thank you to you Mr. Goulston.