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Oswaldo De Freitas Jr.

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  • Brain Maker

  • The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981

Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise - from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome - the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells 10 to one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating science & suggestions for diet changes

  • By AudioAddict on 07-03-15

Advanced and accessible .

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Old practices and concepts validated by modern science are becoming valuable resources in explaining and addressing health problems related to our sterilized way of life. This book is enlightening, accessible, and its ideas are easy to apply in our daily life.

  • The China Study, Revised and Expanded Edition

  • The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health
  • By: T. Colin Campbell PhD, Thomas M. Campbell II MD
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

More than 30 years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell University, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. What they found, when combined with findings in Campbell's laboratory, opened their eyes to the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but need PDF with exhibits

  • By Chris on 05-29-17

The most import book I ever read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-17

From time to time, the authors engaged in contentious discussions about conspiracy theories involving government and corporations, as well as dirty laundry in academic circles. These parts could be the subject of a separate book, and may cause more polarization than gaining adepts to the cause.
That being said, this is the most important book I ever read !
I have been always skeptical about diets and lifestyle claims because there are so many conflicting interests at stake. Yet, I decided to give a trial.
After only few months on whole food plant-based (WFPB), it is difficult to overstate the resulting benefits. While lowering weigh, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar , this group of food also eliminated all signs of heartburn, and reflux. I have been sleeping well, I am in better mood, and I have much more energy . Bicycling and walking long distances became enjoyable activities. Cooking became fun, and an incentive to creativity.
Additionally, WFPB contributes to ecological causes and animal welfare.

  • Political Order and Political Decay

  • From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

Fukuyama examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth your time.

  • By cosmitron on 01-03-18

Great book by a top thinker

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-15-17

Fukuyama is one of the top thinker of our time, and this is one of his best works.
It is stimulating to realize that the history did not end, and we have more work to do.
Liberal democracy is a great political system and needs further improvement in order to prevent political decay, ideological polarization, clientelism, patronage, and incompetent bureaucracy. Liberal democracies need to perfect mechanisms to difficult the access of opportunists, demagogues, and deceivers to leadership positions.
Fukuyama's diagnosis and treatments must be taken in serious consideration by politicians and voters.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73,967

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Few ideas borrowed from common sense wisdom

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Not completely bad, but I felt contradiction and false unpretentiousness, written in an unnecessary adolescent style.
In the last chapter seems the author had to achieve a goal in terms of number of pages.
Second chapter was good, though.

  • Scale

  • The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
  • By: Geoffrey West
  • Narrated by: Bruce Mann
  • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term complexity can be misleading, however, because what makes West's discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities, and our businesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and clear enough for a lib arts major

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 05-29-17
  • Scale
  • The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
  • By: Geoffrey West
  • Narrated by: Bruce Mann

Interesting but repetitive and imprecise

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-06-17

Struggled to finish .
The subject is interesting , but the exposition was repetitive and excessively propagandistic. Careful revision is required for future editions in order to fix misuse of terms and imprecision of concepts.

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  • Del amor y otros demonios [Love and Other Demons]

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by: Carlos Manuel Vesga
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

La inspiración para escribir este libro le llegó a García Márquez con una insólita noticia que tuvo que cubrir como periodista. El 26 de octubre de 1949 el reportero Gabriel García Márquez fue enviado al antiguo convento de Santa Clara, que iba a ser demolido para edificar sobre él un hotel de cinco estrellas, a presenciar el vaciado de las criptas funerarias y a cubrir la noticia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mágica y rara

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-31-17

Meeting a old friend with his language

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I have read this book in 1995 in Italian, and I became fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He is my preferred author for fiction books, and "Del Amor y Otros Demonios" is one of his best ones. It starts good, and gets better and better ending in a sort of poetry in prose. In Spanish, it is difficult to understand, but it adds the beautiful musicality of the original language.

  • A Full Life

  • Reflections at Ninety
  • By: Jimmy Carter
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Carter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

Jimmy Carter, 39th president, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Scott Volltrauer on 08-19-16

A meaningful life.

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Reviewed: 07-06-17

Some may consider the presidency the highest poit in Jimmy Carter's life. In my opinion, insteade, aging in giving increasingly qualiteis and long-lasting influence to this admirable man. I thank Bill Gates for the tip about reading this book. Both, Jimmy and Bill, have inspired me not thru the books they wrote but thru their important contribution to understand, explain, and adress the problems of our modern world.

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  • Naked Economics

  • Undressing the Dismal Science
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Kerin McCue
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

In Naked Economics, journalist Charles Wheelan does “the impossible”—he makes economic principles relevant, interesting and fun. Brimming with scores of down-to-earth examples and sprinkled with humorous anecdotes, this comprehensive overview will keep listeners smiling and wide awake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For econ class

  • By nooie on 11-28-16

Good and broad explanations about basic economics.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-02-17

Although the book is about basic economics, it offers much more than most of politicians understand, including presidents. It would be helpful if we could bring our entire society to the level of this book, such that we would stop debating about facts like the benefits of globalization, and focus our attention to real problems like inequalities and budget responsibility.

  • Quincas Borba

  • By: Machado de Assis
  • Narrated by: Rafael Cortez
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4 out of 5 stars 8

Neste audiolivro, a interpretação do ator, violonista clássico e jornalista Rafael Cortez ajuda a dar diferentes dimensões para os vários personagens que compõem o romance, considerado o mais objetivo de Machado de Assis. Nesta obra, Machado de Assis retoma o personagem Quincas Borba, que aparece em Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas falando sobre sua teoria, o humanitismo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book by an outstanding writer.

  • By Oswaldo De Freitas Jr. on 07-02-17

Good book by an outstanding writer.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Machado de Assis is arguably the greatest Brazilian writer of all time. Quincas Borba, in my opinion, is not at the same level of Dom Casmurro or Memorias Postumas de Bras Cubas. Yet, it is another excellent book by this African Brazilian genius that is Machado de Assis.

  • The Bonobo and the Atheist

  • By: Frans de Waal
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

In this lively and illuminating discussion of his landmark research, esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal argues that human morality is not imposed from above but instead comes from within. Moral behavior does not begin and end with religion but is in fact a product of evolution. For many years, de Waal has observed chimpanzees soothe distressed neighbors and bonobos share their food. Now he delivers fascinating fresh evidence for the seeds of ethical behavior in primate societies that further cements the case for the biological origins of human fairness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Less science and more meditative

  • By Lisa on 06-10-13

Interesting information about bonobos.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-17

I enjoyed learning about bonobos. However, the Atheists hardly fit into the book. Like the author, I am an Agnostic. However, I wish science books stop dueling with religion or atheism. Not because they are unquestionable, but because they are irrelevant to science.

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