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  • An Elegant Defense

  • The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives
  • By: Matt Richtel
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

A magnificently reported and soulfully crafted exploration of the human immune system - the key to health and wellness, life and death. An epic, first-of-its-kind audiobook, entwining leading-edge scientific discovery with the intimate stories of four individual lives, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weak foundation, good conclusion

  • By David on 03-24-19

Learned so much....

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

Author does a great job of giving enough background to make the complex concepts understandable within the context of multiple compelling stories.

  • Friend and Foe

  • When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both
  • By: Adam D. Galinsky, Maurice E. Schweitzer
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

In Friend and Foe, researchers Galinsky and Schweitzer explain why this debate misses the mark. Rather than being hardwired to compete or cooperate, humans have evolved to do both. It is only by learning how to strike the right balance between these two forces that we can improve our long-term relationships and get more of what we want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Garron Rose on 01-05-16

It's a Winner

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

Very Informative and engaging book. I learned a few new ideas which I'm looking to try out.

  • Death by Meeting

  • A Leadership Fable about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Jack Arthur
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286

In his latest engrossing work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good...but...

  • By Anthony on 12-24-16

Ready for Meetings 2.0?

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Author reminds us that Agendas, Meeting minutes, etc are table stakes. Purpose, Engagement, and Conflict addressed skillfully is the next step. Loved it!!!

  • Before You Know It

  • The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do
  • By: John Bargh PhD
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

For more than three decades, Dr. John Bargh has been responsible for the revolutionary research into the unconscious mind, research that informed best sellers like Blink and Thinking Fast and Slow. Now, in what Dr. John Gottman said "will be the most important and exciting book in psychology that has been written in the past 20 years", Dr. Bargh takes us on an entertaining and enlightening tour of the forces that affect everyday behavior while transforming our understanding of ourselves in profound ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An important, life changing book.

  • By PMonaco on 12-03-17

Makes Unconscious Psych Theory Actionable

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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: 08-25-18

Author does a great job of turning Unconscious psychology science from interesting facts to an Actionable framework. Loved the book and think it will stay with me for a while.

  • Building Intelligent Systems

  • A Guide to Machine Learning Engineering
  • By: Geoff Hulten
  • Narrated by: Mike Norgaard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

This audiobook teaches you how to build an intelligent system from end to end and leverage machine learning in practice. You will understand how to apply your existing skills in software engineering, data science, machine learning, management, and program management to produce working systems.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must read for engineers working with AI

  • By Anonymous User on 04-03-19

Good overview and well worth the time

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Material is not for the general public, but given my background I found the info relevant and interesting. Could be better structured for the Audible space.

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  • Naked Statistics

  • Stripping the Dread from the Data
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,113

From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Basic, but very well explained

  • By Philo on 05-17-13

Stats has never been so much fun!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Book was a great review for me and example on how to make a dry subject enjoyable.

  • The Longevity Economy

  • Unlocking the World's Fastest-Growing, Most Misunderstood Market
  • By: Joseph F. Coughlin
  • Narrated by: Kiff VandenHeuvel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Over the past two decades, Joseph F. Coughlin has been busting myths about aging with groundbreaking multidisciplinary research into what older people actually want - not what conventional wisdom suggests they need. In The Longevity Economy, Coughlin provides the framing and insight business leaders need to serve the growing older market: a vast, diverse group of consumers representing every possible level of health and wealth, worth about $8 trillion in the United States alone and climbing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but painful to listen to!

  • By Kieran Wong on 05-10-19

What does a growing older pop. mean? Read it here

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

By 2023, retirees will out number children and this book provides great insights into what this world will look like...time well spent..

  • American Nations

  • A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
  • By: Colin Woodard
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909

North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of a Kind Masterpiece

  • By Theo Horesh on 02-28-13

Clearer picture of what it means to be an American

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Colin does a great picture of pulling together the uncongruent view of American History that I remember from high school. Also helps give perspective to todays political landscape

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,570
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,523
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,509

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

Illuminating & touching View to End of Life Care

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Atul's ability to make the medical diagnoses/protocols understandable and convey the full emotional struggles of the patients is a rare gift for which I'm very grateful

  • Happy Money

  • The Science of Smarter Spending
  • By: Elizabeth Dunn, Michael Norton
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Happy Money offers a tour of new research on the science of spending. Most people recognize that they need professional advice on how to earn, save, and invest their money. When it comes to spending that money, most people just follow their intuitions. But scientific research shows that those intuitions are often wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Long-winded but worthwhile; infuriating narrator

  • By maxpower on 05-19-15

Makes Total Cents !!

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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: 12-18-17

Feel lucky to have come across such enlightening information. Looking forward to applying the knowledge & passing it on to my girls