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  • Mises

  • The Last Knight of Liberalism
  • By: Jörg Guido Hülsmann
  • Narrated by: Paul Strikwerda
  • Length: 31 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Here is a magisterial book for today and the ages, one that inspires awe for both the subject and the author who accomplished the seemingly impossible: a sweeping intellectual biography, constructed from original sources, of the 20th century's most astonishing dissident intellectual. It has the apparatus of a great scholarly work but the drama of a classic novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad this exists

  • By Christopher Fountain on 10-01-17

A great view of a man and an époque

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Reviewed: 09-22-17

This is economic history. It gave me a greater understanding of his time and how he got to develop his views. It was even exciting, at times, and the book gave me a better understanding of recent history.

  • 59 Seconds

  • Think a Little, Change a Lot
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
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    4 out of 5 stars 255
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    4 out of 5 stars 250

Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong format for this book

  • By Paul on 08-29-11

Very interesting on happiness and other topics.

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Reviewed: 03-29-17

Dull at times, but brilliantly enlightening. People interested in self-improvement would benefit from this book. I might recommend getting the paper edition, to make it a quicker read.

  • From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy

  • A Tale of Moral and Economic Folly and Decay
  • By: Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  • Narrated by: Millian Quinteros
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In this tour de force essay, Hans-Hermann Hoppe turns the standard account of historical governmental progress on its head. While the state is an evil in all its forms, monarchy is, in many ways, far less pernicious than democracy. Hoppe shows the evolution of government away from aristocracy, through monarchy, and toward the corruption and irresponsibility of democracy to have been identical with the growth of the leviathan state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An eye opener

  • By Fabio on 05-21-17

Libertarian theory in one hour

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Reviewed: 09-01-16

I thought this was brilliantly summarized and explained. It feels like the author really has understood human behavior and incentives.

  • The Rothbard Reader

  • By: Murray Rothbard
  • Narrated by: Jim Vann
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
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    4 out of 5 stars 30
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Few economists manage to produce a body of work that boasts a serious following 20 years after their deaths. Murray N. Rothbard is a rare exception. More than two decades since his passing, his influence lives on, both in the work of a new generation of social scientists, and among a growing number of the general public. One reason for Rothbard's continuing popularity is his ability to reach across disciplines, and to connect them

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introduction to libertarianism

  • By Jakob on 06-21-16

Introduction to libertarianism

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Reviewed: 06-21-16

This book can serve as a great introduction to libertarianism and capitalism/anarchism. It was a much easier language then ordinary scholarly economists write. Various topics are touched upon: History, politics, individualism, economics etc. What an inspiration and source for further reading!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II

  • By: Murray N. Rothbard
  • Narrated by: Matthew Mezinskis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
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    4 out of 5 stars 67
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

In what is sure to become the standard account, Rothbard traces inflations, banking panics, and money meltdowns from the colonial period through the mid-20th century to show how government's systematic war on sound money is the hidden force behind nearly all major economic calamities in American history. Never has the story of money and banking been told with such rhetorical power and theoretical vigor. You will treasure this volume.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lot to take in.

  • By Jakob on 03-18-16

A lot to take in.

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Reviewed: 03-18-16

I like the way Rothbard relays the facts. He distinguishes clearly between his analysis and the actual history of money and banking. This book changes my view of the history in general.
About the narration: Very well enunciated at a comfortable speed, given the complexity of the subject. Minor issues with word stress; stressing correct words among groups of words.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Mastery

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,128
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,169
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,146

What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Robert Greene

  • By Geoff on 04-14-13

I love it!

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Reviewed: 02-04-16

Now I'd like to read about all these historical figures. Very inspiring and thought provoking.

  • Primal Prescription: Surviving the 'Sick Care' Sinkhole

  • By: Doug McGuff - MD, Robert Murphy - PhD
  • Narrated by: Brad Kearns
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

It's no secret that the US health care system is in a state of disrepair, but the rabbit hole goes deeper than even the staunchest critics may realize. In Primal Prescription, authors Doug McGuff and Robert Murphy combine their expertise in economics and medicine to offer a shocking, disturbing, and ultimately enlightening view into America's health care system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good info. annoying narrator.

  • By Wombat on 02-03-16

Excellent book, although I was unhappy with the narration.

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Reviewed: 11-12-15

This book was great! I love the way they structured the information. Everything led up to the conclusion, which was, take control of the situation yourself. I will read this book again to make notes on how to organize my own health care.
The narrator's frequent laughter, poor pausation, and inconsistent pronunciation was disturbing to the flow of thought. However, poor narration is better than no narration :-)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Pity of War

  • Explaining World War One
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 21 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
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    4 out of 5 stars 233
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    4 out of 5 stars 231

In The Pity of War, Niall Ferguson makes a simple and provocative argument: that the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely England's fault. Britain, according to Ferguson, entered into war based on nave assumptions of German aims-and England's entry into the war transformed a Continental conflict into a world war, which they then badly mishandled, necessitating American involvement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Written for Social Science Wonks -Patience needed!

  • By gerry on 10-09-15

Why was I not taught this in the public school?

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Reviewed: 10-30-15

Eye opener. This book changes my view on the reasons for why ww1 started. Very interesting analysis of the economics of the different empires.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,214
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,479
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,464

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

I love his approach and conclusions

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Reviewed: 10-15-15

The author takes the common perception of success and analyzes it and comes up with a wholly new conclusion of how to achieve it. He uses very interesting real life examples, however, it was a little bit boring when he talked about plane crashes. But, that was only until I understood what he wanted to explain about it.

  • Jesus

  • A Biography, from a Believer
  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Few figures have had such an influence on history as Jesus of Nazareth. His teachings have inspired discussion, arguments, even war. Yet few have ever held forth as movingly as Jesus on the need for peace, forgiveness, and mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Jonathan P. Parker on 10-10-10

As told by the Bible

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Reviewed: 09-23-15

I was hoping for more historical fact from other sources then the Bible. I read this book as a general principle to read every book written by Paul Johnson. I greatly admire him as a historian. This book was a bit too preachy.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful