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  • Suicide of the West

  • How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy
  • By: Jonah Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Jonah Goldberg
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822

The West is dying from ingratitude. Democracy and liberty were accidents of history. If capitalism were natural, it would have popped up long before the 1700s, when humanity stumbled into a miraculous explosion in human prosperity. This miracle was not delivered by God or created by machines. It came from new ideas and values. But what is created by ideas and values can be destroyed them. In this age of resentment, we reject the gift of liberty and instead listen to the lesser angels of our nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How did I get here? What are these scars on my wrists?

  • By Daniel J. Dewit on 04-27-18

we Disagree

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Jonah & I agree on many of the facts he lists but the interpretation of them defines our differences. We both read Pinker, Haigt et. al. but understand them differently and so, see the world from a different vantage point- perhaps like Haigt's construct of the inate differences of values we hold. Goldberg somehow interprets the rise of man's fortune in the last 300 years as clear evidence of the magic of Capitalism, even though he points out that money, loans, markets etc have been around foor thousands of years. Steven Pinker's point that this clear and obvious advance has been on the back of the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution is barely acknowledged by JG.
But his view that Identity Politics and Tribalism is growing and present a growing danger to America and liberal democracy is shared by all.

  • Capitalism in America

  • A History
  • By: Alan Greenspan, Adrian Wooldridge
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

From the legendary former Fed Chairman and the acclaimed Economist writer and historian, the full, epic story of America's evolution from a small patchwork of threadbare colonies to the most powerful engine of wealth and innovation the world has ever seen. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good overview and explanation of economic development in USA since its founding

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-18

A personal case for neoliberalism, not well made

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Alan & Adrian spend an astounding amount of time & words describing the rich bounty of the American continent and the stream of inventions emanating from the Age of Enlightenment- to make the case that it was unfettered capitalism that made us great. They barely talk of Panics and downturns- except the Great Depression which they are sure was made much worse by FDR & the New Deal.

This gave me an insight to the thinking of the NeoLiberal- Free Trader mind, but did not change mine.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Intelligent Brain

  • By: Richard J. Haier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard J. Haier
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent review of the Science

  • By Trebla on 12-12-18

Excellent review of the Science

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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

8 of 9 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 2,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210

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
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
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

Overall
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 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

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

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
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 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

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. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Stuff, and then...Pots of the Steppes

  • By L. Green on 02-10-19

A text book, not genteel history

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
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.

4 of 11 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 27
  • 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

Overall
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
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

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. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Anonymous User on 12-17-18

A confusing story badly read

Overall
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 4 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 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many equations, not enough insights

  • By Alec Drumm on 09-24-18

It all makes sense

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful