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  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,375

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

a little heavy on the animal rights stuff but otherwise execllent. some seriously genius insights

  • The Blank Slate

  • The Modern Denial of Human Nature
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397

In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as expected

  • By Carolyn on 05-30-14

for me a painful slog

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-17

unaware of the apparently continuing battle over the belief in a 'blank slate,' this book was lost on me. I side with the author's point of view - so listening to him argue it over and over was tiresome. I couldn't go finish it.

  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,500

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

Very business oriented.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you are interested in non-business leadership this book is not great. Too focused on Steve Jobs.

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  • How Pleasure Works

  • The New Science of Why We Like What We Like
  • By: Paul Bloom
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 219

Yale psychologist Paul Bloom presents a striking new vision of the pleasures of everyday life. The thought of sex with a virgin is intensely arousing for many men. The average American spends over four hours a day watching television. Abstract art can sell for millions of dollars. Young children enjoy playing with imaginary friends and can be comforted by security blankets. People slow their cars to look at gory accidents, and go to movies that make them cry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything You Ever Would Want to Know

  • By Roy on 08-01-10

Probably better read than listened to.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not great. Narration was bland. Info was at times repetitive. I agree with the reviewers that note the topic is more about essentialism than pleasure.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ok. I definitely left the book more informed than I was before reading.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

bland

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,236

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD

  • By Sean on 05-13-04

educational and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

awesome narration and story. fyi only history of science. I didn't realize that until I bought it. granted, I didn't do any research first.