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    • Elon Musk

    • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
    • By: Ashlee Vance
    • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42,248
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37,743
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37,667

    In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best of competence porn

    • By Tristan on 08-20-16
    • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
    • By: Ashlee Vance
    • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 05-19-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 42,248 ratings

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Steve Jobs

    • By: Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
    • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24,747
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,819
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,781

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting man

    • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Undoing Project

    • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
    • By: Michael Lewis
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,689
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,593
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,580

    Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Behind the scenes of amazing science

    • By Neuron on 10-16-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Einstein

    • His Life and Universe
    • By: Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,570
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,761
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,793

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprise: Two books in one!

    • By Henrik on 04-20-07

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Endurance

    • A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
    • By: Scott Kelly
    • Narrated by: Scott Kelly
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,839
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,695

    A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well told, in depth account of life on the ISS

    • By Becca on 11-16-17
    • A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
    • By: Scott Kelly
    • Narrated by: Scott Kelly
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 10-17-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 1,839 ratings

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • By: Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,358
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,861
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,869

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hilarious and inspiring

    • By Brad Grimm on 11-09-09

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Memories, Dreams, Reflections

    • By: C. G. Jung
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 659
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 592
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 590

    In 1957, four years before his death, Carl Gustav Jung, psychiatrist and psychologist, began writing his life story. But what started as an exercise in autobiography soon morphed into an altogether more profound undertaking.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dr. Jung's Life Would Make A Good Movie

    • By M. Clarke on 05-17-16

    Regular price: $34.42

    • Failure Is Not an Option

    • Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
    • By: Gene Kranz
    • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
    • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052

    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful story told beautifully.

    • By Albert Sjoberg (PA) on 06-05-15

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Rocket Men

    • The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
    • By: Robert Kurson
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Robert Kurson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 729
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 683
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 682

    By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the moon - in just four months. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Men Who Saved 1968

    • By Gillian on 04-04-18
    • The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
    • By: Robert Kurson
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Robert Kurson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 04-03-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 729 ratings

    Regular price: $31.50

    • When Einstein Walked with Gödel

    • Excursions to the Edge of Thought
    • By: Jim Holt
    • Narrated by: David Stifel
    • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159

    Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good overview of scientific theory

    • By Tracy Rowan on 09-11-18

    Regular price: $40.59

    • Creative Selection

    • Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs
    • By: Ken Kocienda
    • Narrated by: Ken Kocienda
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 384
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 355
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 356

    Creative Selection recounts the life of one of the few who worked behind the scenes, a highly respected software engineer who worked in the final years of the Steve Jobs era - the Golden Age of Apple. Ken Kocienda offers an inside look at Apple’s creative process. For 15 years, he was on the ground floor of the company as a specialist, directly responsible for experimenting with novel user interface concepts and writing powerful, easy-to-use software for products including the iPhone, the iPad, and the Safari web browser. 

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Just the 20%

    • By matthewolf on 09-20-18

    Regular price: $18.89

    • Steve Jobs

    • The Exclusive Biography
    • By: Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson (introduction)
    • Length: 25 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,161

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More man, less tech, might have made a better book

    • By john on 11-24-11

    Regular price: $20.24

    • Gene Machine

    • The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
    • By: Venki Ramakrishnan
    • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Everyone has heard of DNA. But by itself, DNA is just an inert blueprint for life. It is the ribosome - an enormous molecular machine made up of a million atoms - that makes DNA come to life, turning our genetic code into proteins and therefore into us. Gene Machine is an insider account of the race for the structure of the ribosome, a fundamental discovery that both advances our knowledge of all life and could lead to the development of better antibiotics against life-threatening diseases. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The breathtaking complexity a molecular machine

    • By Philomath on 11-08-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Wizard

    • The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius
    • By: Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,974
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,680
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,657

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Well researched book; a bit overwhelming

    • By Robert on 05-18-13
    • The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius
    • By: Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 11-07-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2,974 ratings

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Disappearing Spoon

    • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,119

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining

    • By James on 10-12-10
    • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 08-18-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086 ratings

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Valley of Genius

    • By: Adam Fisher
    • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167

    A candid, colorful, and comprehensive oral history that reveals the secrets of Silicon Valley - from the origins of Apple and Atari to the present day clashes of Google and Facebook, and all the start-ups and disruptions that happened along the way. Drawing on over 200 in-depth interviews, Valley of Genius takes listeners from the dawn of the personal computer and the Internet, through the heyday of the web, up to the very moment when our current technological reality was invented.  

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Annoying to listen to

    • By Jd on 07-21-18

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Masters of Doom

    • How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,463
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,227
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,208

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • How it was

    • By Ryan on 08-27-13
    • How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 07-12-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,463 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • First Man

    • The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
    • By: James R. Hansen
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
    • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 196

    When Apollo 11 touched down on the Moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the Moon became a legend. In First Man, author James R. Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over 50 hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this "magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not really 'unabridged'

    • By A Reader on 06-06-18

    Regular price: $28.34

    • What Einstein Got Wrong

    • By: Dan Hooper, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dan Hooper
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    These 12 half-hour lectures are about what Einstein got wrong. He may have kindled a scientific revolution with his famous theory of relativity and his proof that atoms and light quanta exist, but he balked at accepting the most startling implications of these theories - such as the existence of black holes, the big bang, gravity waves, and mind-bendingly strange phenomena in the quantum realm. This course by research physicist Dan Hooper of the University of Chicago assumes no background in science and uses very little math.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • About More Than Just His Mistakes

    • By Timothy D. Sowell on 12-22-17

    Regular price: $9.95

    • No Stone Unturned

    • The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators
    • By: Steve Jackson
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

    No Stone Unturned recreates the genesis of NecroSearch International: a small ,eclectic group of scientists and law enforcement personal, active and retired, who volunteer their services to help locate the clandestine graves of murder victims and recover the remains and evidence to assist with the apprehension and conviction of the killers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Forensic Superheroes

    • By Mark on 09-14-16

    Regular price: $24.95

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