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  • The Truth About Animals

  • Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife
  • By: Lucy Cooke
  • Narrated by: Lucy Cooke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Mary Roach meets Sam Kean and Bill Bryson in this uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret - and often hilarious - habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen, highly recommend

  • By M. Thomas on 06-26-18

It's ok but a bit corny

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I like where the book comes from and agree with many of her points. Unfortunately, it feels like it provides only a handful of interesting content which it stretches out to cover the entire book using not so funny puns and gimmicky entertainments. it doesn't help that the voice performance itself isn't the greatest, switching between wacky to represent the author and an over stuffy parody of authoritative voice to represent direct quotes from source material.

  • Wealth, War, and Wisdom

  • By: Barton Biggs
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In Wealth, War, and Wisdom, legendary Wall Street investor Barton Biggs reveals how the turning points of World War II intersected with market performance. Biggs will help the 21st-century investor comprehend our own perilous times as well as choose the best strategies for the modern market economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must For Every Serious Investor

  • By morton on 07-30-08

Entertaining and somewhat useful

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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: 05-30-18

It turned out to be about 20% asset allocation through times of strife and 80% world war 2 vingets, but did both jobs well. useful in terms of asset allocation and interesting in terms of war stories.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,951
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,026

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Politically Honest

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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: 04-28-18

Today's partisan climate makes it exceedingly difficult for those in office to pursue ideals that are above politics. By it's very nature, walking a middle path means you will have enemies to either side and no one has your back. I hope this book serves as inspiration for people to look beyond the black and white of left and right and follow the ideals they hold in esteem, regardless of which side of the political divide they fall.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,262

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beware non-techies

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-11-16

Surprisingly Useful

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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: 02-05-17

This book is one of those which I think almost all people should read and yet most likely won't based on its title. Rather than expounding on some esoteric mathematical concepts as you might expect, it becomes immediately applicable to the many subtle calculations we make in our daily lives. The results, some surprising, some intuitive help us better consider the way we navigate our day to day decisions.

  • The Vital Question

  • Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life
  • By: Nick Lane
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716

The Earth teems with life: in its oceans, forests, skies, and cities. Yet there's a black hole at the heart of biology. We do not know why complex life is the way it is, or, for that matter, how life first began. In The Vital Question, award-winning author and biochemist Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a solution to conundrums that have puzzled generations of scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for the interested, literate nonscientist

  • By Irfan Khan on 08-05-15

answers Big questions

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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: 12-06-16

if you have a basic familiarity with biology and a willingness to follow the arguments, then you will be treated to compelling theories on the nature and origins of complex life. along the way you may pick up a number of other answers to other questions in the field.

  • 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 1,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

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

Amazing book. Balanced and thorough.

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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: 11-07-16

The book was impressive both for its enlightened ability to cast debates from multiple angles and for the rigorous detail of the evidence from which it casts it's arguments. sheds light in many modern debates, scientific, political and philosophical.

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  • 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons From a Veteran Patrolman

  • By: Adam Plantinga
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624

400 Things Cops Know shows police work on the inside, from the viewpoint of the regular cop on the beat - a profession that can range from rewarding to bizarre to terrifying, all within the course of an eight-hour shift. Written by veteran police sergeant Adam Plantinga, 400 Things Cops Know brings the listener into life the way cops experience it - a life of danger, frustration, occasional triumph, and plenty of grindingly hard routine work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Adam Plantinga!

  • By Alexis Ward on 05-30-16

surprising read!

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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: 07-22-16

charming, funny, informative and surprisingly intelligent! very interesting and quick read, despite being in bullet point format.

  • Misbehaving

  • The Making of Behavioral Economics
  • By: Richard Thaler
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,506

Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans - predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth - and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a lot smarter than I was before

  • By Barrie Bramley on 10-04-15

superb insights

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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: 03-09-16

great work once again, directly from the source of some of the behavioral research which brought attention to the field

  • Skunk Works

  • A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
  • By: Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice work for a techie or aero interested

  • By Nar on 09-19-15

enjoyable and relatively quickly paced

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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: 12-29-15

great book for those interested in engineering and aviation history. it was enjoyable and briskly paced in my opinion.