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  • The Elephant in the Brain

  • Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
  • By: Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Human beings are primates, and primates are political animals. Our brains, therefore, are designed not just to hunt and gather but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. But while we may be self-interested schemers, we benefit by pretending otherwise. The less we know about our own ugly motives, the better - and thus, we don't like to talk, or even think, about the extent of our selfishness. This is "the elephant in the brain". 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Signalling and self-deception explained

  • By Burger Flipper on 10-02-18

a number of good chapters but...

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

Some good chapters with insights but many which drag on with little value. Could be better.

  • The Introvert's Edge

  • How the Quiet and Shy Can Outsell Anyone
  • By: Matthew Pollard
  • Narrated by: Jamie Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

Sales is a skill anyone can learn and master - and introverts are especially good at it once they learn how to leverage their natural strengths. Introverts aren't comfortable with traditional tactics like aggressively pushing a product or talking over a customer's objections. That's the beauty of The Introvert's Edge: it doesn't focus on the sale itself but on a sales system that helps introverts feel sincere instead of sales-y.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relates to me perfectly

  • By Eric Sczuka on 01-04-18

Does not cover what the title implies

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This book is more about selling than analyzing the introvert. The title misleads and thus I was disappointed.

  • A People's History of the United States

  • By: Howard Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
  • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,327

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Amateur hour in the production booth

  • By Thomas on 11-09-10

Wonderful insights not found in history books

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I totally enjoyed this book. Clearly the author empathizes with the common man and the citizens who stand up to authority and who do what is right. Beautifully researched and wonderfully narrated. This is one of my favorite books of all time because it offers insights into history that I had never considered. It is only too bad that this cannot be a high school or college history course--clearly it can't because it tells truth rather than the propaganda necessary to promote patriotism.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,798

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Started well and then went downhill

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The performance was good; the story not so. The story is told from the point of view of a woman. Unfortunately her thoughts and actions seem so stupid and ridiculous so as to make the reader/listener cringing. The ending was a total bomb. There are so many points in the story which do not seem realistic or reasonable. Overall, very disappointing.

  • Index Funds and ETFs

  • What They Are and How to Make Them Work for You
  • By: David Schneider
  • Narrated by: Satauna Howery
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Discover how you can make index funds and ETFs work for you without falling into the usual traps. Are you lured into the index fund game without knowing what you are actually investing in and who really profits from your monthly contributions? Tired of always being on the losing end of the money game while fund providers reap their profits? Torn between hardened critiques and over-jubilant proponents?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting viewpoint

  • By OsteoRD on 12-05-17

Covers investing not enough on EFT's

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-18

more needed on topic of the title although lots of insights for investors--main issue for me

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  • The Righteous Mind

  • Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,075

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This should give you pause.

  • By Floyd Clark on 10-26-15

Fantastic listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

One of the best books I have ever listened to. It is insightful and punctuated with studies to back up his arguments. We might change our country if we could get everyone to read it.

  • The Fall and Rise of China

  • By: Richard Baum, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Baum
  • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617

For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Offers excellent objective perspective!

  • By Yu-Chin on 12-15-13

One of the best Great Courses Ever

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is an absolutely great book. The lecturer was eloquent, informative, insightful, and participative in much of the history he describes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Because the professor was very involved in the events of history, his lecture made me feel as if I was really there back in time. The historical characters came alive. This was definitely not a dry history lesson. Thanks for making this such an interested story.

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

  • By: Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,296

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio format still useful to get the gist of it

  • By Kazuhiko on 06-14-14

Amazing amount of research

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-17

If you could sum up Capital in the Twenty-First Century in three words, what would they be?

Detailed Conclusive Thoughtful

Any additional comments?

The research was detailed and tended to drag on and on--despite it being well done. The last fourth of the book which provided insight to all the research is amazing and worth the read.

  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,281

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "The Universe is in us!"

  • By Kristi R. on 01-05-15

Great summary of the issues of the universe

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Where does The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very concise and informative on a broad range of scientific issues of the universe. While I have a good knowledge of how the universe works, this was an above average Great Course. I found it entertaining and informative.

Any additional comments?

Even my wife who is not scientifically-oriented enjoyed the big picture of our universe. The book/course covered an amazing amount of information and presented it in an engaging way.

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  • The Locust Effect

  • Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence
  • By: Gary A. Haugen, Victor Boutros
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor. It is a plague of everyday violence. Beneath the surface of the world’s poorest communities, common violence—like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality—has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really worth listening to

  • By Adam Shields on 12-15-15

Important challenge of our time

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-17

What made the experience of listening to The Locust Effect the most enjoyable?

Disturbing facts about the way the poor are abused by the law enforcement system, the rich, the courts, and "locust" opportunists. The reasons for all this is explored. It is very enlightening and frustrating that we can't seem to overcome the injustice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book was very moving. Any empathetic individual reading this book must be caught up in the emotion and anger at the injustice.

Any additional comments?

My only criticism is the tendency of the author to repeat points over and over. The book could be much shorter in length without losing any of the message.