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  • Energy

  • A Human History
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Through an unforgettable cast of characters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes explains how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, as we now turn to natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy. Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, through such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not disappoint.

  • By Parts on 07-22-18

Too focused in Modern Anglo- America

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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: 01-19-19

essentially this book begins at the Industrial Revolution in England and seldom leaves England or America. I was hoping to go back to the farthest civilizations. Also, I could have done without the American narrators tepid imitations of English, Scottish, Irish, and Russian accents.

  • Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

  • By: Michael Shermer, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063

Despite our best efforts, we're all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence—and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good start to critical thinking

  • By Feisty Donut on 11-11-13

sweet medicine for a post-fact world

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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: 01-19-18

whether you're by Nature a Believer or a skeptic, you owe it to yourself to listen to this book. it will help insulate you against fake news and fake claims. The author presents his advice engagingly. And I found his voice easy to understand even though I listened at 1.9 x speed. Highly recommended.

  • Why Bob Dylan Matters

  • By: Richard F. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, a debate raged. Some celebrated while many others questioned the choice. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter who wouldn't even deign to attend the medal ceremony? In Why Bob Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers this question with magisterial erudition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classical Dylan

  • By Buretto on 11-27-17

couldn't wait for it to end

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

I've never thought much of Dylan's Tunes or lyrics. I thought even less of his voice. The only reason I read this book is that my daughter is about to marry a young man whose first name is Dylan. Yes, the young man's parents named him after Bob Dylan. Their hero. I figured I owed it to my Dylan and his parents to see what the fuss was about. Listening to this book was excruciating. The author cites examples of Dylan genius. Genius? You've got to be kidding me. He's no Stephen Sondheim or Billy Joel. to me, this book simply reaffirmed why I thought Dylan is a second or third rate pretender.

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  • Doing Good Better

  • How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference
  • By: William MacAskill
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Most of us want to make a difference. We donate our time and money to charities and causes we deem worthy, choose careers we consider meaningful, and patronize businesses and buy products we believe make the world a better place. Unfortunately we often base these decisions on assumptions and emotions rather than facts. As a result even our best intentions often lead to ineffective - and sometimes downright harmful - outcomes. How can we do better?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Serious About Helping--

  • By Gillian on 08-30-16

if only the narrator...

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

The narrator was clear until the final syllable of a sentence, when he would suddenly lower his volume by 6 or 9 decibels. As a result, I would need to keep the volume artificially high, lest I lose the final word.

  • Health Attitude: Unraveling and Solving the Complexities of Healthcare

  • By: John R. Patrick
  • Narrated by: John Edmondson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

After John R. Patrick's career at IBM, he took a seat on the board of a teaching hospital. He was surprised to learn how hospitals and physicians lagged at adopting information technology, and was appalled at the needless complexity of healthcare delivery processes. Instead of shaking his head and walking away, Patrick took action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why does it cost so much and what can be done?

  • By Gene Bolton on 07-04-15

Not a "must read" by any means

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

if you read widely about health care policy, you'll find little new in this book. That said, the final chapter has interested me in reading the author's earlier book, Net Attitude.