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Larry V.

new york
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  • Everybody Lies

  • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
  • By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330

By the end of on average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Might be worth it to get the book

  • By Laura on 08-09-17

unbelievably biased data scientist

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-18

the author even tells you right up front that he's completely biased in his thought patterns, and that only by studying Google searches is he able to step back and see he may be wrong in his assumptions.

he then uses Google searches with a biased filter that is obviously anto capitalist, anti Trump and anti USA to proclaim that everybody lies.

oh, but not the author. the author knows the REAL truth because he analyzed some Google searches to slant things to his perspective.

a disgusting book to read.

  • Summary: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

  • The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes
  • By: Readtrepreneur Publishing
  • Narrated by: Teague Dean
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

The power of DNA and the information it holds is immense. Imagine using that information to discover our past. In our genomes, every one of us holds the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and sex. We are much more than our DNA but our DNA holds the keys to our past. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly Disappointing

  • By Chris Roddey on 09-19-18

speaker cant pronounce properly - boring summary

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Foreward is blatantly racist against Christopher Columbus and western society. Main book has been summarized in a disjointed, boring, and poorly formatted way. speaker cant pronounce worda properly and you can hear 4 instances of him pausing and restarting. book summary is nonsensical as well. waste of money and time.

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,183
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,286
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,214

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

amazing tour de force of psychedelics & conscious

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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: 06-16-18

i wonder how many thousands of people will choose psychedelic therapy after reading this book. i never knew these substances had such amazing power to expand our thinking and experience.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,959

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

wil wheaton does a great narration job.

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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: 04-20-18

the story takes awhile,to get going and get interesting. but gets better and better over time. a great twist on a common story.

  • City of Thieves

  • A Novel
  • By: David Benioff
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,490

A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Tale. Great Narration.

  • By Paul on 10-24-09

An amazing, gripping, frightening, inspiring story

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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: 03-23-18

The story of lev and kolyov is amazing, funny, scary, and a wonderful listen. Ron Perlman uses different accents and inflections to tell the story, and it's fantastic. i never knew people back in the day in the 1940s were so crass, rude, hateful, spiteful, yet loving and kind and desperate for sex - just like people today.

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  • The Human Superorganism

  • How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life
  • By: Rodney Dietert PhD
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

The Human Superorganism makes a sweeping, paradigm-shifting argument. It demolishes two fundamental beliefs that have blinkered all medical thinking until very recently: 1) humans are better off as pure organisms free of foreign microbes; and 2) the human genome is the key to future medical advances. The microorganisms that we have sought to eliminate have been there for centuries, supporting our ancestors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super Fascinating!

  • By Leha Carpenter on 05-01-17

amazing that we are a combo of bacteria and mammal

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-17

this book reaffirms my belief that proper medicine must look at our microbial DNA and microbial health not just our mammalian health.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,097

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

dan browns books are awesome and inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

i dont know how he does it, but i learn tons of information from Dan Brown and it helps me contemplate my existence.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,244

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

the core of who we are as human beings - wow

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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: 11-19-17

dam browns works never cease to amaze me. his historical cultural religious and scientific references bring his stories to life - pun intended for this book especially! the use of real references in fiction make if al the more fascinating. bravo Dan!

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  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,988
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,054
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,023

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

utterly fascinating, tragic, and well researched

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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: 08-09-17

Glad I learned the true story of what happened with the Silk Road the book was fantastically researched and well-written. even the narrator on Audible did a great job. i highly recommend this book.

  • The Body Builders

  • Inside the Science of the Engineered Human
  • By: Adam Piore
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

For millennia humans have tried - and often failed - to master nature and transcend our limits. But this has started to change. The new scientific frontier is the human body: the greatest engineers of our generation have turned their sights inward, and their work is beginning to revolutionize mankind. In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a fascinating journey into the field of bioengineering and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing what's happening now and what's to come

  • By Larry V. on 06-03-17

amazing what's happening now and what's to come

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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: 06-03-17

full of inspiring stories about people that refuse to give up or be limited by their conditions. easy-to-understand uplifting and a great read