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  • In Our Backyard

  • Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It
  • By: Nita Belles
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. Nor is it something that just happens to "other people," such as runaways or the disenfranchised. Even kids in your own neighborhood can fall victim. But they don't have to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, Informative, Heartbreaking, Powerful.

  • By Natasha on 05-11-16

Good Message, But...

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Reviewed: 12-08-18

the stories turn into speeded up cartoons of good little Christian girls who pay the price for one disobedience to their parents (horrors like buying a low cut shirt mom and dad forbad) by ending up turning heroin tricks in back alleys. Even if these are true tales, they are so poorly told they seem made up.

  • Why Companies Are Blind to Child Labor

  • By: Rebecca Walker Reczek, Danny Zane, Julie Irwin
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3 out of 5 stars 1
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    3 out of 5 stars 1

Many companies claim to adhere to strict policies about child labor. For example, Apple says that whenever it finds an underage worker in its supply chain, it sends the child home safely, continues paying his or her wages, and even finances the child’s education and offers employment once doing so is legal. Samsung has said that its contracts with any supplier found to use child labor will be terminated immediately.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It Misses The Point...

  • By Douglas on 12-08-18

It Misses The Point...

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Reviewed: 12-08-18

it is true that willful blindness to a problem is a human tendency, but the article totally misses the fact that no one wants to think about child labor because it's economically advantageous. Expose after expose has been done in book and documentary. Ignorance is no longer the problem. That corporations run on slavery and everyone knows it and doesn't do anything because of greed is the problem

  • The Strange Order of Things

  • Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures
  • By: Antonio Damasio
  • Narrated by: Steve West, Antonio Damasio
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only the survival but also the flourishing of life. Antonio Damasio makes clear that we descend biologically, psychologically, and even socially from a long lineage that begins with single living cells; that our minds and cultures are linked by an invisible thread to the ways and means of ancient unicellular life and other primitive life-forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Homeostasis and Metabolism give self awareness

  • By Gary on 03-22-18

Thought provoking book...

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Reviewed: 11-25-18

The idea that consciousness and emotions arose from a seeking after homeostasis is, of course, a very basic theory of Freud. He explores this idea in the ID section of his book entitled The Superego the Ego and the ID. This book takes that idea and makes a lot of speculation which would be hard to prove but it's interesting speculation if you take it with a grain of salt. I think the basic idea, again Freud's idea, is the most solid piece of the book, but it's still an interesting read and you can take what you will leave what you will.

  • Brainstorm

  • Detective Stories from the World of Neurology
  • By: Suzanne O'Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Brainstorm follows the stories of people whose medical diagnoses are so strange even their doctor struggles to know how to solve them. A man who sees cartoon characters running across the room; a girl whose world suddenly seems completely distorted, as though she were Alice in Wonderland; another who transforms into a ragdoll whenever she even thinks about moving. The brain is the most complex structure in the universe. Neurologists must puzzle out life-changing diagnoses from the tiniest of clues, the ultimate medical detective work. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not As Compelling...

  • By Douglas on 11-08-18

Not As Compelling...

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Reviewed: 11-08-18

Or well written as Ramachandran or Sacks but still a good effort here and some interesting insights, even if they're more for the beginner in neurology.

  • The Mature Mind

  • The Positive Power of the Aging Brain
  • By: Gene D. Cohen M.D. Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Mature Mind delivers good news for those in the second half of life, with an extraordinary account of cutting-edge neuroscience, groundbreaking psychology, fascinating vignettes from history and case studies, and practical advice for personal growth strategies. Gene Cohen, a renowned psychiatrist and gerontologist, draws from more than thirty years of research to show that surprising positive changes in our brains have the powerful potential to enhance, not diminish, our lives after fifty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant insights

  • By Whitney P on 12-04-15

Not as good as it could have been...

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Reviewed: 10-19-18

Too light on neurology and too heavy on cherry picked anecdotes. This could have been better with more research.

  • The Education of Will

  • A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog
  • By: Patricia B. McConnell
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

World-renowned as a source of science and soul, Patricia McConnell combines brilliant insights into canine behavior - gained from her work with aggressive and fearful dogs - with heartwarming stories of her own dogs and their life on the farm. Now, she reveals that it wasn't just the dogs who had serious problems. For decades Dr. McConnell secretly grappled with her own guilt and fear, which were rooted in the harrowing traumas of her youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book!

  • By kthompson1004 on 03-22-17

Holy Cow...

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Reviewed: 09-11-18

I once had a greyhound EXACTLY like this! And the intestinal explosions she describes--well, there is no way to describe them until you have lived them. I once went into a kitchen at 3am so utterly sprayed with diarrhea that one would have thought it had been sent from a garden sprinkler at full go. And the mindless barking and panic attacks! Man! (The thought that came from several directions, given the whole array of Fiona's symptoms was that some pervert had been using her for beastiality, and it took a year and a half to really get her settled at all, and she stayed a nervous dog her whole life.) McConnell does a good job of telling the tale of a troubled hound and a troubled person. She can get a bit purple in her prose at times, thinking herself more poet than dog trainer, but it's not bad, and I still give it five stars.

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  • The Prodigy

  • A Biography of William James Sidis, America's Greatest Child Prodigy
  • By: Amy Wallace
  • Narrated by: Aze Fellner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 37
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    4 out of 5 stars 28
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

William Sidis, 1897-1944, was the world's greatest child prodigy. His IQ was an estiamted 50 to 100 points higher than Einstein's, the highest ever recorded or estimated. His father, a pioneer in the field of abnormal psychology, believed that he and his wife could create a genius in the cradle. They hung alphabet blocks over the baby's crib-and within six months little Billy was speaking. At 18 months he was reading The New York Times; at three, Homer in the original Greek. At six he spoke at least seven languages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Biography...

  • By Douglas on 09-10-18

Amazing Biography...

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Reviewed: 09-10-18

of perhaps the greatest scientific and mathematical genius of all time--and how his parents and a malicious press made it all go terribly wrong. An enlightening and sobering read.

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  • How I Got Moral Courage - And You Can, Too

  • A Speech by Irshad Manji at New York University
  • By: Irshad Manji
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

What is moral courage? Put simply, it's the willingness to be original, unique, and different from everyone else in your group. And it's one of the hardest things to do. Because you'll have to take criticism from parents, friends, preachers, teachers and bosses who want you to conform. In this brave and thought provoking speech, Irshad Manji addresses New York University students on how to find the courage to live by a bright moral compass. A must listen for anyone seeking the courage to take the road less-traveled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A personal story on Moral Courage

  • By Robert on 03-20-17

A Brave Woman

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Reviewed: 08-25-18

Heed her words. She speaks truth and stands tall against oppression from all sides, ironically taking the most heat from the very people who ought to be siding most with her.

  • Irshad Manji and Ayaan Hirsi Ali at the 92nd Street Y on The Trouble with Islam

  • By: Irshad Manji, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

In this visit to New York's 92nd Street Y, Irshad Manji and Ayaan Hirsi Ali discuss the trouble with Islam. Irshad Manji is the best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith. Manji has been called by The New York Times, "Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare." The winner of Oprah Winfrey's first annual 'Chutzpah Award,' Manji is currently a visiting fellow at Yale University and is producing a feature film about what there is to love within Islam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope for Islam

  • By Myrna on 05-02-07

Brave Women...

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Reviewed: 08-25-18

who speak truth and put their lives on the line to prove it. They are called anti-Muslims and Islamophobes---but what speaks louder than the fact that Ayaan has a price on her head for saying what she does? "Islam is oppressive!' "No it isn't! And we will kill you to prove it!"

  • Infidel

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925

This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough, Candid Assessment

  • By Paul Mullen on 02-18-08

A True Heroine...

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Reviewed: 08-09-18

Listen to this woman's deep truth... That is all one need say about this book