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  • The Intelligent Brain

  • By: Richard J. Haier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard J. Haier
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

No feature of the mind is as important, controversial, and mysterious as intelligence. It is the epitome of brain function, and it has a powerful influence on success in life. Now in The Intelligent Brain, taught by one of the world’s foremost researchers on intelligence, Professor Richard J. Haier of the University of California, Irvine, you’ll trace the fascinating history of intelligence testing and its leading thinkers, as well as what brain imaging studies and the most recent research findings reveal about this most complex of human phenomena.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is just audio stripped from a video

  • By . on 12-14-18

Excellent review of the Science

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-18

the only thing keeping this from being completely out of the park was the reliance on images, graphs & videos- not available in the audio version. They would have added a lot

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On Power

  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robert A. Caro
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time National Book Award winner Robert A. Caro: a short, penetrating reflection on the evolution and workings of political power - for good and for ill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be called 'On Robert Caro'

  • By Anna on 09-04-17

I, I, I, and Me, Me, Me

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I was expecting an essay on the parameters of civic power by an accomplished writer. Instead, it is self promoting autobio by a man with an impressive view of himself.
There were a few lightweight insights offered, but not worth the price or the time.

  • American Discontent

  • The Rise of Donald Trump and Decline of the Golden Age
  • By: John L. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

The 2016 presidential election was unlike any other in recent memory, and Donald Trump was an entirely different kind of candidate than voters were used to seeing. He was the first true outsider to win the White House in over a century and the wealthiest populist in American history. John L. Campbell contextualizes Donald Trump's success by focusing on the long-developing economic, racial, ideological, and political shifts that enabled Trump to win the White House. Campbell argues that Trump's rise to power was the culmination of a half-century of deep, slow-moving change in America. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Master of the obvious, uses many words

  • By Trebla on 10-20-18

Master of the obvious, uses many words

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Campbell spends a lot of time telling us what is already well known- but most irritatingly, without any new insight of understanding. That is despite his oft repeated Red Thread that was to bring it all together. It did not.
While the story was vapid, it was the narration I found so deeply irritating. The smarmy , mocking intonation and the obvious mispronunciation of too many words.
I'd ask for my money back but Audible seems to have change d their policy of late, making it more difficult.

  • America: The Farewell Tour

  • By: Chris Hedges
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

America, says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best non-fiction book I have unearthed.

  • By Gerard McHugh on 09-28-18

A few valuable seeds among the chaff

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Chris Hedges appears to be making the case for what most of us would see asa far left world view. As a just left of the middle person myself, I can appreciate some, but not all. The weak part is the lack of cohesion. Rather it seems an assortment of essays on various topics viewed from his lens . And frustratingly short of tangible, actionable remedy to the dystopian future he sees.
Confusingly it is sometimes hard to parse out when he is quoting someone else or doing his own summary.

Hedges has a huge chest of experience from which to draw, and he is an accomplished word smith, but the lack of a gel to keep this all together detracts from what could have been an important and motivational work.

  • The Horse, the Wheel, and Language

  • How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
  • By: David W. Anthony
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Roughly half the world's population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European. But who were the early speakers of this ancient mother tongue, and how did they manage to spread it around the globe? The Horse, the Wheel, and Language solves a puzzle that has vexed scholars for two centuries and recovers a magnificent and influential civilization from the past. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intro to the topic

  • By William on 11-21-18

A text book, not genteel history

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I was hoping for an understandable progressive history of the that area called the Steppe. The detail of sound progressions, anthropology of tine villages and an astounding medley of minutia made it beyond understanding. he man is clearly bright & deeply involved, but the immensity of detail buried the message.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • James Madison: A Captivating Guide to an American Founding Father Who Served as the Fourth President of the United States of America

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Explore the captivating life of James Madison. James Madison earned the title “Father of the Constitution”. How did this man who was diminutive of stature with a weak constitution produce such an energetic document? In this Captivating History audiobook, you'll discover the story of his remarkable life from beginning to end. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps the weakest book in the Audible library

  • By Trebla on 09-13-18

Perhaps the weakest book in the Audible library

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-18

There has not been a rendition of Madison so shallow and vapid. The author recites some details of Madison's life and a couple of historical events, but adds nothing of insight to the man or the times.
The reader speaks clearly but misses several words as never uttered before.
I'd ask for a return, but Audible seems to have revised their previous policy, making it difficult to arduous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christianity Before Christ

  • By: John G Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    3 out of 5 stars 5
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Nothing is new or original in Christianity. All features and components of what is now known as Christianity were present in mythologies that flourished before Jesus is alleged to have lived, and this audiobook shows how those myths evolved into today's religion. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A confusing story badly read

  • By Trebla on 08-19-18

A confusing story badly read

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

This sounds lie an undergrad term paper - replete with in-line reference citations & lots of verbiage but zero wisdom or insight.
The content was not, however, as bad as the performance. Rarely have I come across a voice & delivery so actually irritating.


I'm getting my money back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Equations of Life

  • How Physics Shapes Evolution
  • By: Charles S. Cockell
  • Narrated by: Ian Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In The Equations of Life, biologist Charles S. Cockell makes the forceful argument that the laws of physics narrowly constrain how life can evolve, making evolution's outcomes predictable. If we were to find something very much like a lady bug eating something very much like an aphid on a distant planet, we shouldn't be surprised. The forms of life are guided by a limited set of rules, and, as a result, there is a narrow set of solutions to the challenges of existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It all makes sense

  • By Trebla on 08-17-18

It all makes sense

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The physics is pretty simple as is the biology- but Cockell puts them together in a way that just makes sense. I've been in biology for 50 years yet only now did things like "why 20 amino acids?" becomes clear- or at least, likely. The astrobiology is of interest more to him than me but there is still stuff to be learned.

The speaker was exceptional in clarity, phrasing and pace. It would have been perfect except weird pronunciation of several science words like. a priori or cytosine.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fascism

  • A Warning
  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047

At the end of the 1980s, when the Cold War ended, many, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, believed that democracy had triumphed politically once and for all. Yet nearly 30 years later, the direction of history no longer seems certain. A repressive and destructive force has begun to reemerge on the global stage - sweeping across Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States - that to Albright, looks very much like fascism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jean on 07-04-18

Many words, but little new knowledge

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I am a bit fan of ms Albright and expected much from her new book. But I was disappointed to hear hours of recitation of WW II history and other well known stories from the mid and recent past. While spending a lot of time on describing the terrible acts done by these baddies, she spent little time describing motivation and implementation of these regimes. How did these things come about? How were the people persuaded? What are the common traits for which we should look?
Albright's experience in the highest levels of world governance surely provides a huge cache of wisdom from which to draw, but she used only the simplest of the info.

  • The Future Is History

  • How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
  • By: Masha Gessen
  • Narrated by: Masha Gessen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

Hailed for her "fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia" ( The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The author is an international treasure

  • By ThreeGems on 10-16-17

Stepwise direction of democracy to totalitarianism

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Masha is the perfect writer and voice for this tale. She is clearly Russian and the pronunciation of the names and phrases would have detracted if done by a non-native. She does not has a professional voice, but that adds to the authenticity.
She seems to alternate chapters from a large-view of the events happening on a national scale, and then connecting that time/place to real people's lives to show the connection and motivation for their next move. I have not seen that device before but it is very effective.
She describes in detail the ever-so-small steps taken to turn the great opportunity of the "Russian Spring" into the reality of the Putin's totalitarian Russia of today. Overall it is a sad story, but done in an understandable and believable fashion. Some (like me) see clear parallels in events in the rest of the Western world.