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  • The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World

  • By: David W. Ball, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David W. Ball
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

In the 24 engaging lectures of The Nature of Matter, no scientific background is needed to appreciate such miracles of everyday life as a bouncing rubber ball or water's astonishing power to dissolve. Moreover, the study of matter has led directly to such inventions as semiconductor circuits for computers, new fabrics for clothes, and powerful adhesives for medicine and industry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 95% Chemistry, 5% Physics

  • By Matt on 09-06-16

Remarkably important physics and chemistry conceps

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

What to say about this? I chose to write a review for this selection because it is so interestingly written and narrated and the concepts it explains so clearly are so very important to physics and chemistry. When I studied physics and chemistry in college, the professors lectured to large halls of hundreds of students, but this book feels like Professor Ball is conversing with just the listener and explaining everything. The purpose isn't to pass a test, but to revel in the beauty of nature and materials, and to understand the modern world around us. It is beautiful and well worth buying and listening to.

  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

The Pickwick Papers, Dickens's first novel, is a delightful romp through the pre-Reform Bill England of 1827. Samuel Pickwick and the rest of the Pickwickians are some of the most memorable of all Dickens's creations, and it is a joy to hear of their adventures in search of "interesting scenes and characters", and the repeated efforts of the quick-witted Sam Weller to rescue them all from disaster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator Alone is Worth it

  • By E. Pearson on 04-05-13

Narrator David Timson is exquisite.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

If you could sum up The Pickwick Papers in three words, what would they be?

Wonderful novel narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pickwick Papers?

The election of Etonswarn in Chapter 12.

What does David Timson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He uses a different voice for all characters, and never slips up.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's realism, but mostly a comedy.

  • 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 5,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,136

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
  • Why Good People Are Divided - Good for whom?

  • By K. Cunningham on 09-21-12

Fantastic! Listen to this Book!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

What did you love best about The Righteous Mind?

The author does a good job of researching the foundations of moral belief, and comes to a conclusion that is believable and reverent. It is much superior to other approaches that try to prove that God doesn't exist, or that He does exist. It produces some results that are amazing, beautiful, and undeniable, and leads the listener to a faith that will never fail. It has practical conclusions that I have found tremendously useful.

  • The World, May 01, 2015

  • By: Marco Werman
  • Narrated by: Marco Werman
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

The World is a US-based international news and analysis program co-produced by the BBC, PRI, and WGBH. It is hosted by Marco Werman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Rich kid Marco Werman not kind or compassionate.

  • By Thomas on 05-02-15

Rich kid Marco Werman not kind or compassionate.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-15

What would have made The World, May 01, 2015 better?

The news report on the Baltimore, et al, police brutalities could have been a lot more kind and compassionate. The program presented the word thug and looked at its origins, implying almost directly that the blacks who have suffered from years of oppression by the whites, whether majority or minority, were nothing but thugs. The next day, May 2, Marco was interviewing a woman who was campaigning to get business ads less focused on a perfect woman's body image, as most women are far, far from perfect and ads like this constantly forced on them can cause mental health problems of all kinds. Marco showed little sympathy for her cause, simply saying there was no comment from one company, and then quickly changing the subject to a new battery that could store solar power for Marco's house.

Has The World, May 01, 2015 turned you off from other books in this genre?

The BBC Newshour has much better comments, more understanding, kind, and compassionate, what I could call wiser, because its commenters are of a different make than a rich kid, and the BBC is more careful with its selection of commenters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Yes, Marco Werman's lack of compassion sparked anger, sadness, and disappointment in my heart.

  • The Price of Civilization

  • Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity
  • By: Jeffrey D. Sachs
  • Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

The Price of Civilization is the blueprint for America’s economic recovery. It is also the story of how America can and must restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity. As he has done in dozens of countries around the world in the midst of economic crisis, Sachs turns his unique diagnostic skills to what ails the American economy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark yet enlightening

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-18

Dr, Sachs has become depression

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

Any additional comments?

Dr. Sachs wrote Common Wealth, and I liked it, but The Price of Civilization, about the USA is really, really depressing. He's right, the facts are true, his conclusions are true, but it was so depressing. There don't seem to be any solutions. I just read the first half, and gave up.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

  • By: C. Nathan DeWall, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: C. Nathan DeWall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 966

Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't skimp on this one

  • By DaemonZeiro on 07-11-13

Give this author/professor his just dessert

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

What made the experience of listening to Scientific Secrets for Self-Control the most enjoyable?

The previous reviews criticized this Professor for talking about experiments to study behavior, said that the experiments weren't relevant, and said that the Professor's statements were not true. I found the same thing, but I need self-control too much to give it short shrift. When I listened to the last three half-hour lectures, I found that I could go back to the beginning of the course and listen to it straight though, I could understand it, and it was very helpful to me. The professor says that people who are more successful, richer, and more healthy, had a greater degree of self-control and ability to delay gratification for greater rewards, from their earlier days. That same author says that one can learn to get enough rest and relaxation, food and calories, before making decision behaviors, and that self-control is like a muscle that improves with use. Also, he says that violent people have less self control. So, I suppose you could say that people can learn to get enough rest and relaxation, food and calories, before the occasion presents itself of being violent or committing a crime. Perhaps this understanding could help people in areas of the world who are plagued by violence and war, to have peaceful outcomes, such as Israel, where life has been a never-ending nightmare.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After the Music Stopped

  • The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
  • By: Alan S. Blinder
  • Narrated by: Graham Vick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

Alan S. Blinder - esteemed Princeton professor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board under Alan Greenspan - is one of our wisest and most clear-eyed economic thinkers. In After the Music Stopped, he delivers a masterful narrative of how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we must do to recover from it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books on the Financial Crisis

  • By Elaine on 07-26-14

Irresponsible, corrupt, and confused book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-14

Any additional comments?

From the beginning, Professor Blinder makes false assertions and follows them with confusing, complicated statistics which fail to prove his assertions. For example, he states that no one in the world predicted the housing bubble. Then he describes the real price changes on houses, which he says went up far too fast. Lot's of people knew that the savings and loan associations had fallen from a burst bubble, and then the internet companies. Anyone who went shopping for a house could tell you that houses were overpriced, decrepit, and poorly maintained and not worth the price. The investment company wheelers and dealers were making a fortune in fees selling the houses, but lots of people realized they were being deceived and had no choice but to buy at high prices. Houses never go up in value. Houses depreciate from the time they are built, just as cars do. People were buying houses without realizing that businessmen were in a frenzy of automating jobs and laying off workers, who then couldn't pay their mortgage payments. Professor Blinder is blind to all of this, and asserts that government was unable to properly regulate the housing market, and that was the cause of the crash. Wrong on so many counts. I worked for Citi's subsidiary Primeamerica briefly, refinancing housing loans with a claim that the owner of the house would pay less if he bought with fees a loan from Primeamerica. We were trained to lie to the owner, and not give them the statistics on the price of the loan until the minute they signed for the loan. Citi was slipping millions in campaign donations to our representatives to pass bills that ignored the whole problem. That is just one example of Professor Blinder's false assertions, saying that government regulators caused the bursting of the bubble. Don't buy this book. Don't give it the time of day.

10 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Reading Skills

  • By: Jeanne Godfrey
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Make the most of all the reading you do at university by listening to this audiobook. Unpicking the myths surrounding this core skill, Reading Skills helps you decide what to read, how to read it and, crucially, what your lecturers expect of you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good short (abridged) book.

  • By Thomas on 01-17-14

Good short (abridged) book.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-14

Would you listen to Reading Skills again? Why?

Yes. It was very helpful for me as an Audible listener. It shows some things that sometimes slip our minds when we exposed to a barrage of opinions every day in the newspaper we have chosen from Audible, such as the opinions of the Wall Street Journal or New York Times. The author says to remember who they work for as we begin to read their material, which is sooo true.

What did you like best about this story?

Although in the format of a college great course book, it was short enough (one hour) that I didn't lose attention and abandon it. I have a short attention span when it comes to college courses and college lectures.

Any additional comments?

Audible should give this book for free as a customer perk, because it is very helpful in selecting the books one will buy and listen to in the future. Customers can come back to this book over and over again, for guidance and inspiration in their reading explorations.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Winter of the World

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,799

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel

  • By Tim on 03-15-13

Reading this book made me a better person.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

World War II

Any additional comments?

Before you ever make a comment on a blog or facebook again, about politics, about the USA, about its history of military actions around the world, please, read this book. It will change your mind for the better, and help you understand the USA so much better. Promise.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Infinite Possibilities

  • The Art of Living your Dreams
  • By: Mike Dooley
  • Narrated by: Mike Dooley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Manifesting our dreams isn't about hard work -- it's about belief, expectation and, above all, knowing the truth about our place in the universe. Mike Dooley's manifesto, Infinite Possibilities, affirms that in our world of illusions there is no finite allotment of whatever your heart desires, especially not happiness, and that experiencing more love and new possibilities is limited only by the scope of our ability to imagine and act upon each.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • VERY Worthwhile

  • By kimbereley on 11-10-10

The Author is Mentally Ill, Spreading His Illness

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-13

Any additional comments?

The things that he says are not healthy for human beings to believe. The author is living in a fantasy world.

3 of 16 people found this review helpful