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  • Against the Grain

  • A Deep History of the Earliest States
  • By: James C. Scott
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Why did humans abandon hunting and gathering for sedentary communities dependent on livestock and cereal grains and governed by precursors of today's states? Most people believe that plant and animal domestication allowed humans, finally, to settle down and form agricultural villages, towns, and states, which made possible civilization, law, public order, and a presumably secure way of living. But archaeological and historical evidence challenges this narrative.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As a complete layman, this is very good

  • By Donald Carroll on 09-13-18

valuable lessons on the origins of the state

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Reviewed: 08-10-18

well researched and presented case for the creation of early states and the evolution of the early state predecessors alongside hunter gatherer and barbarian populations.

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  • The War on Normal People

  • By: Andrew Yang
  • Narrated by: Andrew Yang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future - now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years - jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an important topic, increasingly relevant.

  • By Eivind Hagen on 07-04-18

Read this because you can be part of the solution

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Reviewed: 06-21-18

There is much more to Yang's analysis of the present and the way forward than his matter of fact proposal for a common sense Universal Basic Income (UBI). Without the full context this book provides, you may be skeptical of how UBI can address the luck of your birth (race, gender, genetics, socio-economic status, etc.). The future is now and a dystopian tomorrow is avoidable if Americans are willing to admit that we are capable of change and that our future generations will benefit most from our audacity to be forward thinking.

  • Just the Funny Parts

  • ...And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club
  • By: Nell Scovell
  • Narrated by: Amy Hohn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than 30 years, writer, producer, and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced. In 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when the David Letterman sex scandal broke.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First return

  • By Sara Kershaw on 08-06-18

lots of funny parts!

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Reviewed: 03-24-18

timely memoir about the struggle of pre-millennial professional women and the uproarious success of one such woman.

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  • Lionel Asbo

  • State of England
  • By: Martin Amis
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
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    4 out of 5 stars 82

Lionel Asbo, a terrifying yet weirdly loyal thug (self-named after England's notorious "Anti-Social Behaviour Order"), has always looked out for his ward and nephew, the orphaned Desmond Pepperdine. He provides him with fatherly career advice (always carry a knife, for example) and is determined they should share the joys of pit bulls (fed with lots of Tabasco sauce), Internet porn, and all manner of more serious criminality. Des, on the other hand, desires nothing more than books to read and a girl to love .

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jēz...us! Just don't buy it for your Grans.

  • By Darwin8u on 01-03-13

amis wins again

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Reviewed: 12-05-17

wonderful dialogue and a fantastic narration performance which made it real to an American ear. such wonderfully constructed and bizarre characters.