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  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book and an easy listen

  • By Steven Haas on 14-03-2019

A bizarre but enlightening rant

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

I had many doubts about this book. The author can be hypocritical and blind to very obvious irony. However there are so many flashes of rare insight and interesting uses of language that it is ultimately a very rewarding read. Loved it! A contradiction, just like this book.

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  • 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 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-2017

Best non-fiction!

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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: 08-04-2017

This book bridges my rational and emotional decision making. Full of insight! Best non-fiction I've read for 10 years!

  • The Course of Love

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact it is only the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enlightening

  • By Corne on 22-07-2016

Best book I've read in years

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-2016

This book is essential wisdom for life and love.

The compelling performance makes it even more memorable.

Just recalling some insight: According to the author, our choice of whom we marry (and whether marry) is not truly a choice to maximise happiness (by finding the perfect compliment) but rather a choice of which kind of suffering and imperfection we will have to endure (but which may ultimately enrich our life story) ... to whom we will love and not simply be loved ...

  • The Sense of an Ending

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It made me feel sad.

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-07-2016

It made me feel sad.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-2016

Loved the story and the performance. Very moving and thought provoking. It made me feel sad.

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