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  • Happy

  • Why More or Less Everything Is Absolutely Fine
  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Derren Brown
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 92
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help’s suggested routes to happiness and success - such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals - can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed this.

  • By Gerald on 02-15-19

I really enjoyed this.

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Reviewed: 02-15-19

After hearing Derren on Sam Harris' podcast I immediately put this book in my Wish List and I'm so glad that I purchased this book. If you're looking for a "self-help" book then this is the book for you.

  • At the Existentialist Café

  • Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
  • By: Sarah Bakewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

Paris, 1933: Three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called phenomenology. "You see," he says, "if you are a phenomenologist, you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew existentialism could be fun

  • By Jet Jackson on 08-03-16

Enjoyable listen

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Reviewed: 01-16-19

I've tried to come up with a few different ideas to write for this review but none seem to do justice to this book. So my advice is just listen for yourself.

  • Tortilla Flat

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 459
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
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    4 out of 5 stars 403

Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a Camelot on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur’s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging—men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Book

  • By LTCKEL on 09-06-14

Nice story

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Reviewed: 07-03-18

I enjoyed this book. It's amazing how these friends can treat each other so terribly at times but still in the end they care so much about one another.

  • The Bassoon King

  • My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy
  • By: Rainn Wilson
  • Narrated by: Rainn Wilson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,865
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,861

For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favorite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers of The Office fell in love with the character and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, that eventually became a best-selling book of the same name. He also started a hilarious Twitter feed (sample tweet: "I'm not on Facebook" is the new "I don't even own a TV") that now has more than four million followers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite narration!

  • By Johanna on 11-13-15

I absolutely loved his story.

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Reviewed: 07-03-18

I think this is probably one of my favorite books that I have listened to so far. He's funny, thoughtful, entertaining and passionate. The thing I appreciate the most about this memoir is that he comes off as a real down to earth relatable human being. Also the forward by Dwight K. Schrute is pure gold. I highly recommend that you give his story a listen.

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,964
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    5 out of 5 stars 31,982
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,000

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

Great story.

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Reviewed: 05-29-18

I absolutely love this book. I've listened to it five or six times now. It offers so many tidbits of wisdom throughout the story. I pick up on something new every time. I recommend this book a lot.

  • Becoming a Barbarian

  • By: Jack Donovan
  • Narrated by: Jack Donovan, James Dorton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

Good, modern, civilized Western men today are expected to think like "citizens of the world" - obligated to everyone and no one. Natural, meaningful tribal connections have been substituted with synthetic, disposable consumer identities. Without a sense of who they are and what group they have a place in, modern men are becoming increasingly detached, disoriented, vulnerable, and ever more easily manipulated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-28-17

Not much to offer.

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Reviewed: 05-29-18

I read The Way of Men and thought this may be a nice follow-up to that but it didn't really deliver. I get the premise of having your own tribe and really investing in a small community of people. But it seems like he gets hung up on prehistoric male behavior. Then he really loses me when it comes race. I'm not really sure why it was so important to harp on being proud of being white(name drops Richard Spencer at the end). When it comes to having your own tribe, club, or gang someones race really has nothing to do with it. I wish that I would have read the comments before I burned a credit.

  • Fantasyland

  • How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
  • By: Kurt Andersen
  • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565

A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe...to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that what's happening in our country today - this strange, post-factual, "fake news" moment we're all living through - is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but...

  • By Synthpulse on 11-15-17

Very eye opening

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Reviewed: 01-30-18

I’m really enjoyed listening to this book. I love it that the author narrated the story. He pieces our kooky puzzle together so nicely. Some of it is entertaining to hear and the rest

  • Why There Is No God

  • Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God
  • By: Armin Navabi
  • Narrated by: Dave Richards
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
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    4 out of 5 stars 691
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

Why There Is No God provides simple, easy-to-understand counterpoints to the most popular arguments made for the existence of God. Each chapter presents a concise explanation of the argument, followed by a response illustrating the problems and fallacies inherent in it. Whether you're an atheist, a believer, or undecided, this book offers a solid foundation for building your own inquiry about the concept of God.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent overview of atheism.

  • By Jeffrey Schwartz on 01-19-15

I enjoyed this very much

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Reviewed: 01-12-18

This is a nicely condensed list. I really enjoyed the narration and presentation of information. I would totally recommend this book to anyone struggling with faith/religion. I was really touched by Armin’s testimony. It’s a shame that children live in fear because of the religion that their parents force them in.

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,252
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,120
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,032

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, smart, and unpretentious

  • By Blake on 06-04-13

Very interesting for a former Evangelical

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Reviewed: 12-31-17

I grew up in a Pentecostal home and at different times in my life I have questioned the legitimacy of the Bible. I just continued to believe because you’re supposed to “live by faith not by sight”. So I’ve just excepted that up until recently. I’ve been struggling to believe any of that over the last few years. So now with the actions of the current presidential administration and the blind acceptance and support of the evangelical community has solidified my non belief. I can’t my head around the idea that any of this is the way everything is supposed to be. With all of that being said I’m happy that I have come across this book and others like it because it’s nice to know that there is a provable explanation for our existence. Other than one that has been sold to us over the centuries as the only way. I really enjoyed listening to Richard and Lalla present their scientific case for human existence and our ability to live a moral and loving life without the need for religion.

  • Deconverted

  • A Journey from Religion to Reason
  • By: Seth Andrews
  • Narrated by: Seth Andrews
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
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    5 out of 5 stars 788
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good primer from one who knows the game.

  • By Mark on 02-19-13

Eye opening

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Reviewed: 12-23-17

Many of his experiences hit home for me. I grew up in a “bible believing” Pentecostal church. We listened to that awful CCM music as well. I gave my life to the lord at the age of 5. Then I backslid in my teens and early 20’s but rededicated my life in 2001. I got into ministry pretty heavily, even became a youth leader. I the Holy Spirit experiences