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David E. Doetsch

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  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school - we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, professor of international health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read not for Listening

  • By carlos gomez on 06-01-18

Powerful Evidence of Our Ignorance

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Though dry in context and delivery, this book offered me great insight into my ignorance on the true facts around us, and many would benefit from him. I recommend, but be prepared to be taught, not entertained.

  • The Culture Code

  • The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
  • By: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867

In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world's most successful organizations - including Pixar, the San Antonio Spurs, and the US Navy's SEAL Team Six - and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anyone in a leadership position should read this

  • By Kimberly on 03-04-18

Great Source on Group Culture

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-18

If you lead a team, or are a part of a team, the culture is the glue and the spark. Let this book teach you how to create your culture.

  • Voices in the Ocean

  • A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins
  • By: Susan Casey
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin, an animal whose playfulness, sociability, and intelligence seem like an aquatic mirror of mankind. In recent decades scientists have discovered dolphins recognize themselves in reflections, count, feel despondent, adorn themselves, rescue one another (and humans), deduce, infer, form cliques, throw tantrums, gossip, and scheme. Several native peoples trace their lineages to dolphins.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening; don’t expect uplifting

  • By Goff on 11-30-18

Solid Information

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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: 05-15-18

Not quite as entertaining a book as I'd have thought (it got quite dark at time), yet filled with solid information and I learned a lot.

  • The Party Is Over

  • How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
  • By: Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk - they are zombies, a party of the living dead. Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties - those halcyon, post-Nixonian glory days - for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Analysis

  • By Dan D on 09-04-12

A must read for every American

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

If you want to understand what is really going on in America politics the I highly recommend you read this book.

  • Tribe

  • On Homecoming and Belonging
  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,380

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most profound book on the subject

  • By joseph on 05-26-16

A Deeper Perspective on Who We Are

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

A quick listen that delves deeper into a topic I thought I already knew about, but learned I still had a lot to learn.

  • Doctor Who - Spare Parts

  • By: Marc Platt
  • Narrated by: Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

On a dark, frozen planet where no planet should be, in a doomed city with a sky of stone, the last denizens of Earth's long-lost twin will pay any price to survive, even if the laser scalpels cost them their love and hate and humanity. And in the mat-infested streets, around teatime, the Doctor and Nyssa unearth a black market in secondhand body parts and run the gauntlet of augmented police and their augmented horses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Classic Dr. Who!

  • By David E. Doetsch on 10-13-17

Truly Classic Dr. Who!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-17

Felt like I could really travel in time, for it was the early 1980's and Peter was my doctor again. Such a joy, I highly recommend.

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  • The Deep State

  • The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government
  • By: Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by: Brian O'Neill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Mike Lofgren is back with a book perfectly pitched for the frenzied circus of the primaries. His argument this time is that for all of the backstabbing and money grubbing of the campaign season, the politicians we elect have as little ability to shift policy as Communist party apparatchiks. Welcome to Mike Lofgren's Washington, DC - a This Town where the political theater that is endlessly tweeted and blogged about has nothing to do with actual decision making.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great survey of our currently dysfunction

  • By Jim D. on 02-16-16

Makes Complete Sense

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

if you think you know how the politics of this country works, then be prepared to learn something new. I was highly impressed with this book and would recommend it to anyone with an an open enough mind to consider its simple truths.

  • Pendulum

  • How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future
  • By: Michael R. Drew, Roy H. Williams
  • Narrated by: Roy H. Williams, Michael R. Drew
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Politics, manners, humor, sexuality, wealth, even our definitions of success are periodically renegotiated based on the new values society chooses to use as a lens to judge what is acceptable. Are these new values randomly chosen or is there a pattern? Pendulum chronicles the stuttering history of western society; that endless back-and-forth swing between one excess and another, always reminded of what we left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book

  • By cbspock on 09-17-16

An excellent theory to consider.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

As we wander through these interesting times this theory gives us all a lot to factor in and consider. I found it very beneficial.

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,447
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,690

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

A True Classic Ahead of It's Time

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-17

Amazing how a book from 1932 can resonate so loudly today. If you want to better understand our world you might want to give this a listen.

  • Amusing Ourselves to Death

  • Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
  • By: Neil Postman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Lonnie on 11-27-07

Still relevant today, unbelievably so.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-16

A little dry but deeply meaningful, I recommend it. Taught me a great deal, some if which I will apply in my career today.