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  • Rationality: From AI to Zombies

  • By: Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • Narrated by: George Thomas, Robert DeRoeck, Aaron Silverbook
  • Length: 49 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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What does it actually mean to be rational? Not Hollywood-style "rational", where you forsake all human feeling to embrace Cold Hard Logic, but where you make good decisions, even when it's hard; where you reason well, even in the face of massive uncertainty; where you recognize and make full use of your fuzzy intuitions and emotions, rather than trying to discard them. In Rationality: From AI to Zombies, Eliezer Yudkowsky explains the science underlying human irrationality with a mix of fables, argumentative essays, and personal vignettes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book; Incomplete Audio

  • By Luke on 02-03-2019

Very good introduction to Bayesian thinking

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Reviewed: 17-02-2019

Yudkowsky explains very well what it means to be thinking in rational way. The book can be thought of as a starting guide on how to be more rational. I’ve enjoyed the thought provoking stories like the jester. I will refer to this book for years to come.

  • On the Origin of Species

  • By: Charles Darwin
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 9
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Perhaps the most influential science book ever written, On the Origin of Species has continued to fascinate for more than a century after its initial publication. Its controversial theory that populations evolve and adapt through a process known as natural selection led to heated scientific, philosophical, and religious debate, revolutionizing every discipline in its wake. With its clear, concise, and surprisingly enjoyable prose, On the Origin of Species is both captivating and edifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that transformed the way we think of the world

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-06-2017

Beautiful writing

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Reviewed: 26-11-2018

Loved this book considering the subject Darwin’s writing its a real treat. I put reading this book off for many years because I had preconceived ideas about it. I recommend this book to anyone it’s a real treat enjoy!

  • Zorba the Greek

  • By: Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 21
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A wonderful tale of a young man’s coming of age, Zorba the Greek has been a classic of world literature since it was first translated into English in 1952 and made into an unforgettable movie with Anthony Quinn. Zorba, an irrepressible, earthy hedonist, sweeps his young disciple along as he wines, dines, and loves his way through a life dedicated to fulfilling his copious appetites. Zorba is irresistible in this charming audio production by veteran narrator George Guidall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mind blowing book

  • By raz on 16-11-2018

A mind blowing book

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Reviewed: 16-11-2018

Kazantzakis’ writing is charming his Zorba character impossible not to fall in love with. This book is truly a masterpiece a mind opening experience and a very thought provoking story. Love every single bit of it.

  • The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

  • By: Jacob Burckhardt
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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In this landmark study of Italy from the 14th through the early 16th centuries, Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt chronicles the rise of Florence and Venice as powerful city-states, the breakup of the medieval worldview that came with the rediscovery of Greek and Roman culture, and the new emphasis on the role of the individual. All these, Burckhardt explains, went hand in hand with the explorations of science and the more naturalistic depiction of the world in art and literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Burckhardt at his best

  • By raz on 03-11-2018

Burckhardt at his best

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Reviewed: 03-11-2018

A deeply entrenching story about Italian renaissance. Typically Burckhardt sentences are jammed packed with very specific ideas, facts, opinions It’s a great book to listen and read and take inspiration as to what writing about a subject should be.

  • At the Existentialist Café

  • Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
  • By: Sarah Bakewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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Paris, near the turn of 1933. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, 'You can make philosophy out of this cocktail!'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All about existentialism

  • By raz on 12-10-2018

All about existentialism

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Reviewed: 12-10-2018

Loved the way the book starts sketching out how existentialism came about and how Sartre sought inspiration in phenomenology without getting into it himself. To a large extent 21st century is jammed packed with existentialist ideology especially capitalism has assimilated it. Marketing is all about some sort of existentialist promise in the form of buying this product or consuming this service will make you an individual. Reading this book not only gives you ideals what to read next but would influence your life in more profound ways.

  • Mindfulness in Plain English

  • By: Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people listen to, love, and share - a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic listen

  • By Anonymous User on 02-12-2018

Best book on meditation

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Reviewed: 28-09-2018

By far the best book on meditation. It’s jam pack full of practical advice. It’s written beautifully and very easy to understand. All that’s left after reading it is put everything in practice. Reading this book several times it only adds to the experience. I’m planning to read it a few times.

  • Nostromo

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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Nostromo is a colorful and adventurous tale set in the fictional South American country of Costaguana. In the midst of a revolution, the citizens of Costaguana live under a brutal dictatorship of Ribiera, a ruthless leader kept in power through foreigners and their dark money. The oligarch government has become so corrupt that the citizens of Costaguana have had enough. In fear of losing his wealth, Charles Gould, the leader of a wealthy family, asks Nostromo for help in getting his vast silver fortune out of the city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The language in this book

  • By raz on 18-06-2018

The language in this book

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Reviewed: 18-06-2018

I love the language in this book. Conrad at its very best. Loved it 100%

  • Don Quixote

  • By: Miguel de Cervantes, John Ormsby (translated by)
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 36 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The most influential work of the entire Spanish literary canon and a founding work of modern Western literature, Don Quixote is also one of the greatest works ever written. Hugely entertaining but also moving at times, this episodic novel is built on the fantasy life of one Alonso Quixano, who lives with his niece and housekeeper in La Mancha. Quixano, obsessed by tales of knight errantry, renames himself ‘Don Quixote’ and with his faithful servant Sancho Panza, goes on a series of quests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well Narated

  • By Alexander on 08-06-2016

What a story

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Reviewed: 31-05-2018

I laugh and I laugh I can’t believe this book was written 400 years ago yet it’s so relevant love it

  • Essence of the Upanishads

  • A Key to Indian Spirituality
  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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Easwaran's classic manual is a unique source of practical spiritual support for new and experienced meditators, and gives all the instruction needed to establish a vibrant meditation practice and keep it going. In passage meditation, you focus attention on passages, or texts, drawn from all the world's sacred traditions. You choose the passages that appeal to you, so this universal method stays fresh and inspiring, prompting you to live out your highest ideals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent messages from the Upanishads

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-03-2018

Beautiful book

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Reviewed: 13-02-2018

Very deep beautiful book beautifully narrated full of spiritual insights very easy to understand but hard to apply

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  • Walden, or Life in the Woods

  • By: Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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Noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau spent two years, two months, and two days chronicling his near-isolation in the small cabin he built in the woods near Walden Pond on land owned by his mentor, the father of Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Immersing himself in nature and solitude, Thoreau sought to develop a greater understanding of society amidst a life of self-reliance and simplicity. Originally published in 1854, Walden remains one of the most celebrated works in American literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply beautiful and philosophical

  • By raz on 11-02-2018

Deeply beautiful and philosophical

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Reviewed: 11-02-2018

What an amazing book to read in 2018 it’s a truly life changing book Enjoy!