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David Mountain

New Zealand
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  • Why Nations Fail

  • The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
  • By: Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The secrets of national success and failure

  • By Roger on 22-12-2015

Great summary and well researched

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Reviewed: 10-04-2019

I really enjoyed this book which looked deep into the root causes of poverty and failure of nations to develop. Well researched and reasoned and its clear that corruption and extractive institutions destroy countries

  • True Self, False Self

  • By: Richard Rohr O.F.M.
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohr O.F.M.
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
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    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Franciscan priest Richard Rohr feels that there is no more challenging spiritual issue than the “problem of the self". Most of contemporary spiritual teaching, he believes, is still trying to inspire and fortify the private self, the autonomous "I". Even much church work is trying to evangelize and sacramentalize what many would call "the false self." Basic transformation is not expected, but merely a new set of beliefs and practices or loyal membership in a new group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding

  • By Anonymous User on 10-07-2017

Good message but not what I expected

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Reviewed: 02-02-2019

I don't know if the book is the same but this is a recording of a conference. Great message but not a audio of a book

  • Awkward

  • The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome
  • By: Ty Tashiro
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

As humans, we all need to belong. While modern social life can make even the best of us feel gawky, for roughly one in five of us, navigating its challenges is consistently overwhelming - an ongoing maze without an exit. Often unable to grasp social cues or master the skills and grace necessary for smooth interaction, we feel out of sync with those around us. Though individuals may recognize their awkward disposition, they rarely understand why they are like this.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good insight but gets distracted

  • By David Mountain on 29-11-2018

Some good insight but gets distracted

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 29-11-2018

I enjoyed the first part of the book but a few chapters in the author goes off on a tangent with social commentary and option on various topics and I'm left thinking - what am I listening to?
There is some valuable insight about social awkwardness but I don't care for the rest

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scared of it getting stale..

  • By Jan on 22-02-2018

Good story. Characters need to change

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Reviewed: 02-03-2018

I love the story but getting a bit tired of the same old interactions time and again. Yes we get that skippy thinks we're flea bitten monkeys. Time for some new dialogue I think