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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,676

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take the Negative Reviews w/ a Grain of Salt

  • By Gabriel on 08-29-18

Provoking...

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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: 11-21-18

I can't remember the last time a single book caused me to think more deeply about so many different topics.

For history, religion, technology, snd sociology, the author stands theories and accepted stories on their heads.

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  • The Power of Habit

  • How to Create Good Habits & Break Bad Habits
  • By: Benjamin Chapin
  • Narrated by: Jay Prichard
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

The habits we have shape our reality on a daily basis. Whether they are good or bad depends on YOU and what you chose to do with your habits. This audiobook is not a series of case studies and medical study, instead has been designed to help you make real progress and changes with your daily habits. I have made some huge changes in my own life and now I am sharing the knowledge I have gained through the experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Power of Habit

  • By Teresa on 04-09-15

Not the book by Charles Duhigg

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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: 05-18-18

There's nothing wrong with this book; my issue is that it's one of a growing number that copy the colors and typography of the Charles Duhigg bestseller. Read descriptions carefully and do research before you buy.

The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg: Book Summary audiobook cover art
  • The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg: Book Summary

  • By: FlashBooks Book Summaries
  • Narrated by: Dean Bokhari
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very helpful. i got ideas i needed in 1/10th time

  • By Summer on 08-03-17

Not the power of habit

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

this is a good review but it's one of dozens of books that tries to copy the look of the original work and make it more likely that you'll buy it thinking it's the original.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,614
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,234

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

It's like an alternate version of me wrote a book

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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: 03-16-18

I think Cline unearthed every single game, book, TV show, movie and nerd experience I had in the 80s. Just shut up...you had me at Space Giants.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,984

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Lovely concept, well executed

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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: 03-16-18

In addition to fulfilling all of my nerdy cravings, this managed some genuinely moving moments...so many different characters to care about and such a good job getting me to care.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,903

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Lovely expansion of the first book

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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: 04-24-17

My only lament is that I now must wait for book 3! This has a nice progression of the threads of story left open in book 1.

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  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,005
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,066
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,993

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

Thoroughly enjoyable

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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: 11-29-16

A thorough look at Hamilton's life and its impact on America. Lots of detail on other figures of the Revolution and the time following it.

  • Nemesis Games

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,501

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent bounce back

  • By Lore on 10-27-15

Best one since Leviathan Wakes

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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: 05-01-16

Best one since Leviathan Wakes, they recapture the human dynamic of the story again. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,595

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By A reader on 05-11-12

Great concept of how human history could unfold.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

One usually gets in trouble using words like "realistic" in a sci fi review, but I thought this was a plausible imagining of what humans will be like in 200 years.

  • Spark

  • The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
  • By: John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,590

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spark

  • By Kathleen on 11-02-08

Good stotires

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

This is like an in-depth chapter on exercise that might have come from "Brain Rules." Good description of the science of exercise's effect on the brain.