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  • Well Designed Life

  • 10 Lessons in Brain Science & Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, & Purposeful Life
  • By: Kyra Bobinet MD MPH
  • Narrated by: Kyra Bobinet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
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    4 out of 5 stars 61

"I know what I should do. I just don't know why I don't do it." This phrase captures a universal human experience - we can't always get ourselves to do what we know is best for us. In Well Designed Life, you will learn that the solution to this stumbling block resides in coupling two disciplines: brain science and design thinking. Brain and behavior sciences have exploded in recent years. This catalyzes new insights into why we do what we do - and how we can change. We are living in the age of design - and designers are the new rock stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical and Positive

  • By J Schiedel on 05-31-17

annoying and self centered

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-26-18

author uses "we" and makes many sweeping statements about all people everywhere when she is talking about her personal experience and feelings. pretentious also.

  • The Philippines

  • By: Joseph Stromberg
  • Narrated by: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Strategically located, the Philippine Islands have been one of the keys to American policy in the Pacific. But this loose island chain has a better history, vacillating between oppression and rebellion. America's military installations here ensure that she will be caught in any Filipino conflict.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • not about the Philippines exactly

  • By Eris on 03-26-16

not about the Philippines exactly

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Reviewed: 03-26-16

I listened to the first 2 minutes of this book. likely the quickest I've ever given up reading anything. it starts with the American conquest of the Philippines. I skipped around a bit hoping it would talk about the country itself but it was all centered around Europe and the Americans. if you are interested in these relationships this may be of use to you.

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  • Come as You Are

  • The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life
  • By: Emily Nagoski
  • Narrated by: Emily Nagoski
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388

An essential exploration of why and how women's sexuality works - based on groundbreaking research and brain science - that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy. Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a "pink pill" for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never exist - but as a result of the research that's gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women's sexuality works than we ever thought possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Positive, Encouraging, Exciting

  • By Kendra Holliday on 01-31-16

women-foccused, but useful ideas for anyone

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Reviewed: 12-14-15

it wasn't clear to me from the description that this book would be almost entirely about cis (I.e. non trans) women, mostly straight ones. the author herself is cognisant of this and mentions it in the introduction, but the promotional material is not as forthcoming. as a gay man I was hoping for more applicable information. however as someone interested in sexuality in general it was still worth the time to listen. the theory about an individual's sex drive having a combination of acceleration and breaks which need to be learned about by oneself and one's partners is useful for anyone.


my only real criticism of this book for what it is would be that I found the author's attitude a bit condescending at times with regards to both the reader and the example characters used to illustrate ideas. it was sort of grating on me, but maybe that's just my hang up.

if this author put out another book on a related subject, I'd probably read it.

  • 1493

  • Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
  • By: Charles C. Mann
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101

More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The top history book of the decade

  • By avdefsa on 12-28-11

connections between NA and the rest of the world

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Reviewed: 12-14-15

read the dead tree of 1491 which is one of my favourite books ever. was excited to see this one available on audible. of course it would be impossible to duplicate the charms of the first, because the subject matter can only be drastically different.

interesting story of international politics and trade. being entirely unfamiliar with world events of this period aside from some basic of north america and europe myself, I found the details hard to follow, but that's my deficit, not the author's. I might try relistening sometime in an attempt to retain more information.

I have to say that I found the author's attitude toward indigenous people less sympathetic than in 1491. I'd be interested to know what the reason for this is. different editor? for example, be describes at length a mission into the Amazon by one of his ancestors as tragic because of the deaths of some Europeans, but does not seem to be as bothered by much greater losses of indigenous lives in the same time and place. if I didn't know better I wouldn't guess it was the same author as 1491. but these attitudes are tragically common and any reader interested in such histories will likely be used to disregarding these attitudes and reading between the lines, unfortunately. the stories contained here are worth looking past this fault.

  • Cuba Open from the Inside

  • Travels in the Forbidden Land
  • By: Chris Messner
  • Narrated by: Kevin Haberer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Cuba occupies a place of undisputed fascination in the American psyche. Despite its proximity to America, this island nation remains a mystery to most Americans. Few Americans have traveled to Havana, and still fewer have traveled deeper into this isolated country. Chris Messner, a photographer, is one of the few Americans who have been able to travel extensively throughout this island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A look into many aspects of Cuban lifestyle

  • By Trudy Brule on 08-10-15

don't reccomend

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Reviewed: 12-14-15

since I could never write a book I am hesitant to criticise those who do. purchased this book daydreaming about a trip to Cuba. but the author is so annoying. the book is read in an irritating tone of voice which is well matched to the narrative, I'm not convinced it's the narrator's fault, not sure if there way any other way it could have come across. author is patronising of people he meets. book poorly edited and written.
I got more than half way through, hoping it would get better, but eventually gave up.

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  • Evolution’s Rainbow

  • Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People, with a New Preface
  • By: Joan Roughgarden
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In this innovative celebration of diversity and affirmation of individuality in animals and humans, Joan Roughgarden challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation. A distinguished evolutionary biologist, Roughgarden takes on the medical establishment, the Bible, social science--and even Darwin himself. She leads the reader through a fascinating discussion of diversity in gender and sexuality among fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals, including primates. Evolution's Rainbow explains how this diversity develops from the action of genes and hormones and how people come to differ from each other in all aspects of body and behavior. Roughgarden reconstructs primary science in light of feminist, gay, and transgender criticism and redefines our understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality. A new preface shows how this witty, playful, and daring book has revolutionized our understanding of sexuality.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Problematic, unscientific and poorly edited

  • By L. J. on 03-25-14

a new view of animals bodies and behaviours

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Reviewed: 12-14-15

interesting book, well researched by a competent author. this book dispels myth about the rigidity of gender and sex behaviour and expression in non human animals. I find myself thinking of it often and reccomending it to others.

  • Sex at the Margins

  • Migration, Labour Markets, and the Rescue Industry
  • By: Laura Agustin
  • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

This groundbreaking book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work; that migrants who sell sex are passive victims; and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín argues that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' disempowers them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rescue Industry is Built on Sex Worker's Backs

  • By Susie on 01-04-13

great read

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Reviewed: 12-14-15

interesting view of work and migration. gave me something to think about. I reccomend to anyone interested in sex work in particular or women's migration in general.