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Karl Deeter

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  • Inheritors of the Earth

  • How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction
  • By: Chris D Thomas
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

It is accepted wisdom today that human beings have irrevocably damaged the natural world. We have altered our climate, acidified our oceans, and we are in the process of causing the sixth mass extinction. Yet what if this gloomy narrative obscures a more hopeful truth? In Inheritors of the Earth, renowned ecologist and environmentalist Chris D. Thomas overturns this loss-only view of the world's biodiversity, revealing how many animals and plants have benefited from the human-altered planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Amazon Customer on 07-10-18

Excellent book on natural history & future

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Reviewed: 12-09-18

This book put extinction and new species evolution into perspective. Excellent overview of how natural it is for species to rise and fall over time. Well worth listening to.

  • 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 out of 5 stars 288
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
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    4 out of 5 stars 245

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
  • Another great work by Teleb

  • By Tim on 05-03-18

Mesmerising book

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Reviewed: 07-05-18

If you are confounded by the world this book is a tonic of sense, it puts perspective into the why and how of many things.

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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,412
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,819
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,757

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven

  • By Matthew on 04-02-18

Excellent & thought provoking

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Reviewed: 24-04-18

Great book that really gets you thinking about the things that truly matter in life

  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273

If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In 10 chapters, using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step back and look at politics through a new lens

  • By Unique Pseudonym on 25-07-17

Excellent book

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Reviewed: 01-02-18

Excellent book which explains the roots of so many geopolitical stories around the world and makes the case for why the geographical is as important as the political

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,822
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    5 out of 5 stars 4,228
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,201

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

Excellent book

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Reviewed: 21-12-17

A very good book for anybody who is interested in the future of technology and in particular how it will interface with human life. There is a large focus on the role of algorithms and automation, it's a great follow on to 'Sapiens' which has preceeded it.

  • The Big Lie

  • Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

What is "the big lie" of the Democratic Party? That conservatives - and President Donald Trump in particular - are fascists. Nazis, even. In a typical comment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says the Trump era is reminiscent of "what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor." But in fact, this audacious lie is a complete inversion of the truth. Yes, there is a fascist threat in America - but that threat is from the Left and the Democratic Party.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, but disapointing.

  • By Dave on 25-03-18

Excellent counter narrative

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Reviewed: 31-10-17

This book examines many of the issues people have with modern progressives but may be unable to articulate. The pervasive shutting down of all voices that are not in agreement with whatever we are told is the 'correct' view is wrong. Any moderate or centrist needs a dose of counter narrative to balance the modern media message. D'Souza provides it.

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  • The Worst President in History

  • The Legacy of Barack Obama
  • By: Matt Margolis, Mark Noonan
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

As Barack Obama's presidential failures keep adding up, remembering them all can be a challenge. Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan have compiled everything you need to know about the presidency of Barack Obama (so far) into one book. Now you can easily find all the information that was ignored by the media and that Barack Obama would like you to forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting book, very revealing.

  • By Karl Deeter on 05-10-17

Very interesting book, very revealing.

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Reviewed: 05-10-17

This book was really great because it gives you many of the failings of the last president in a concise and easy to understand manner while also doing it in a methodical manner.

The book is clearly partisan in nature, but that is expected given the title, some of the critiques are perhaps not entirely fair because you can't pin every failing that occurs in a massive nation on just one person.

What it does do is list the many failings of the Obama presidency in a clear light. As a person who was broaldly supportive of Obama during his presidency it gives some good texture to the hindsight that his leadership should be held in.

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  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,870
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    5 out of 5 stars 9,573
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,509

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Excellent book full of fascinating insights

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Reviewed: 25-08-17

A great book in terms of an accessible insight into human history, well written and a pleasure to listen to as well.