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  • The Defining Decade

  • Why Your Twenties Matter - and How to Make the Most of Them Now
  • By: Meg Jay
  • Narrated by: Meg Jay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,621

Our "30-is-the-new-20" culture tells us that the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are an extended adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. But 30 is not the new 20. In this enlightening book, Dr. Meg Jay reveals how many twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation that has trivialized what are actually the most defining years of adulthood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Frank K on 06-25-17

TED talk on steroids

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-17

I never forgot Jay's TED talk. I saw it a couple years into my 20s, and it has truly changed how I think about this time of my life. I was glad to find that this book is more than just a retread of that talk — it has the same elements and then some, more in depth of course. I love how she's a therapist with the courage to give her clients (and readers) a gentle kick in the pants! Listening to Jay read this book aloud, I often got that nice warm feeling you get in the presence of a wise and caring guide. By the way, be prepared to hear some things you didn't want to hear. Lots of us feel like conventional work isn't special enough for us; we don't really enjoy being cautioned against "throwaway" romantic relationships; etc. But the doctor's got a point.

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,852

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

A long-lived story

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Reviewed: 11-23-16

I can't say for sure, but I feel that this story will stay with me for a long time. It is strange to step into death so deeply, but it feels like wisdom worth packing away for the journey. And it's a reminder: We don't know how long our journeys will be.

  • The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know

  • By: The Great Courses, Joshua N. Winn
  • Narrated by: Professor Joshua N. Winn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

As recently as 1990, it seemed plausible that the solar system was a unique phenomenon in our galaxy. Thanks to advances in technology and clever new uses of existing data, now we know that planetary systems and possibly even a new Earth can be found throughout galaxies near and far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun across the universe

  • By Mark on 01-08-16

Fascinating!

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Reviewed: 07-17-16

If you 1) love looking at the night sky, 2) love wondering what or who is out there, and 3) take interest in technical details at least of middle-level sophistication (for example, there are five different methods of planet-hunting, each treated in detail and involving their own brief physics lessons), I would recommend this listen for sure! The professor is very well-spoken and genial. And the subject matter is treated with an eye to the future — no arrogance at all in assuming that what's known today is anything close to what we'll know some day. It's the past, present and future of the exoplanet search. One note: if you are interested especially in the search for intelligent life, you may be left wanting more. The bulk of the course is the nuts and bolts of exoplanetary science, and it so happens that many planets found are not thought to be life candidates. But all the background knowledge will help you appreciate why it's so challenging to find life candidates. Our technological challenges so far have actually seemed biased against detecting such planets. I think it's a fascinating story, well-told.

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  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,154

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

For anyone who loves adventures and long odds

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Reviewed: 04-26-16

Warm, vivid, empathetic and stirring writing. A great adventure story. And wonderful narration. Listening to this book helped me remember the stories I love and want to live. The characters are relatable, and all the more so with Prebble's voices and spot-on performance. Doesn't feel like an "old" book at all, though written decades ago. It's elegant and suspenseful and just well-wrought all around, I think.