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  • Thinking in Systems

  • A Primer
  • By: Donella H. Meadows
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Sorensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

In the years following her role as the lead author of the international best seller, Limits to Growth - the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet - Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem-solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • systems allow us to better understand the world

  • By Dan Gottesman on 12-14-18

Excellent primer to systems thinking

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Reviewed: 03-03-19

Glad I found this book. A gentle introduction to systems thinking. Hope to learn more about this area of thinking and analysis with regards to various issues.

  • A Bend in the River

  • By: V.S. Naipaul
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 445
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
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    4 out of 5 stars 278

In this incandescent novel, V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man, an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. Naipaul gives us the most convincing and disturbing vision yet of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, insightful, troubling

  • By Lawrence on 01-15-05

This guy knows how to write

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Reviewed: 01-23-19

Listened to this book may be 10 years ago. Enjoyed it very much. Still recall the experience of listening fondly.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street
    The Time-Tested Strategy for Succesful Investing
    
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    Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    471 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street

  • The Time-Tested Strategy for Succesful Investing
  • By: Burton Malkiel
  • Narrated by: Kerin McCue
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 471
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    4 out of 5 stars 286
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    4 out of 5 stars 283

More than a million copies of this indispensible investment classic have been sold since its first publication. This fresh version is completely revised by author Burton G. Malkiel to reflect modern financial concerns and trends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enlightening, but parts are hard to listen to

  • By ike9898 on 09-12-09
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street
  • The Time-Tested Strategy for Succesful Investing
  • By: Burton Malkiel
  • Narrated by: Kerin McCue

Great book about investing

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Reviewed: 12-05-18

A good way to learn about the basics of investment. It goes into the various categories and how portfolio construction is the most important thing

  • Dark Pools

  • The Rise of the Machine Traders and the Rigging of the U.S. Stock Market
  • By: Scott Patterson
  • Narrated by: Byron Wagner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive history on Electronic Trading

  • By Gary on 08-17-12

Good introduction to high speed trading

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Reviewed: 12-05-18

I listened to it last summer and enjoyed it very much. Would recommend it to anyone interested in knowing high speed trading.

  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,692
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,283
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    5 out of 5 stars 3,246

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I recommend this to EVERYONE

  • By Emma Bennett on 12-11-17

Great book to understand critical role of Sleep

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Reviewed: 09-12-18

I listened to a book on Sleep some 15 years ago. I approached this book to build on that. The content of the book is so good that even a layman can understand. I hope I can make some changes to my sleep lifestyle.

  • Why We Get Fat

  • And What to Do About It
  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,984

Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what's making us fat - and how we can change - in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes' crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Manage carbohydrate and not caloric intake!

  • By Ed on 01-04-11

A good introduction to the science of obesity

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Reviewed: 09-08-18

I listened to this book about six years ago. I immediately understood the hormonal forces behind obesity. Since then I have read / listened to various books / article on LC (Low Carbohydrate) approaches to weight loss. I believe the science is now solid, and if you are one who has high insulin levels i.e. you are trending towards hyperglycemia, it behoves to read / listen to this book. I believe one can undertake LC approach without having to eat a lot of meat (protein). I think to consider only Paleo diet as right would be a mistake. A diet rich in fiber, low in sugars (carbohydrates), can be rich in fats, low to moderate amounts of protein is healthy.

  • The Last Man Who Knew Everything

  • The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age
  • By: David N. Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

In 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved what no one had before: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi. Straddling the ages of classical physics and quantum mechanics, equally at ease with theory and experiment, Fermi truly was the last man who knew everything - at least about physics. But he was also a complex figure who was a part of both the Italian Fascist Party and the Manhattan Project, and a less-than-ideal father and husband who nevertheless remained one of history's greatest mentors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Peter Ryers on 01-16-18

Great listen on the life of Enrico Fermi

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Reviewed: 08-23-18

I am not a physicist and therefore did not know his contributions prior to listening this book. It is a great listen to anyone who wishes to know his contributions to the field of physics. The narrator was great and this makes listening excellent. Many times I felt I was present as a witness to the events being described.

I would encourage anyone with interest in the biographies of scientists to hear / read this book. They will come away more informed and strengthened in their pursuit of excellence in science.

  • The Great Cholesterol Myth

  • Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan That Will
  • By: Stephen T. Sinatra, Jonny Bowden
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to understand, helpful in practice

  • By Z. Karpinski on 01-24-13

Decent book to inform about cholesterol's role

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Reviewed: 07-05-18

I listened to this book to understand if current practices of physician community is anchored in solid science. The book establishes quite clearly that it is not. Much of current establishment is biased towards cholesterol control in spite of lack of evidence and this bothers me. I have seen similar approach to carbohydrates. When so much evidence exists that contradicts current recommendations why physician community continues to adhere to failed approaches is baffling.

  • Find Me Unafraid

  • Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum
  • By: Kennedy Odede, Jessica Posner
  • Narrated by: Korey Jackson, Mandy Siegfried, P.J. Ochlan (foreword)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 120
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
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    5 out of 5 stars 108

Find Me Unafraid tells the uncommon love story between two uncommon people whose collaboration sparked a successful movement to transform the lives of vulnerable girls and the urban poor. With a foreword by Nicholas Kristof.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen - so inspiring!

  • By Trish Narus on 11-04-15

Makes you wonder why life is not fair

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Reviewed: 06-05-18

A great book, the story is very touching. Builds confidence in younger generation's capabilities. The narrators were great. I would recommend this book to all young people, especially students who are still in high school or college. I think many people take for granted the blessings of their circumstances. This book reminds why they should therefore give back something to society and in the process become better individuals.

  • The Warmth of Other Suns

  • The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • By: Isabel Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,653
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    5 out of 5 stars 4,147
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most amazing books I have ever read!

  • By Ernest on 04-09-12

History worth knowing and being aware of

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Reviewed: 04-24-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is curios and wishes to be informed about the status of African American community economically, socially, etc.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Warmth of Other Suns?

The difficult circumstances in which black people lived before the civil rights era. That they would not be given basic human dignity.

Have you listened to any of Robin Miles and Ken Burns (introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The reader Robin Miles was a good match for the book. I can't comment on Ken Burns his reading was very short.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The book has many elements that can part of a movie. But I am not sure that this book will make a movie. No character stands out larger than life.

Any additional comments?

Wish more people take time to learn about recent history involving black people. It will certainly illuminate current debates.