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  • You Are Not So Smart

  • Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
  • By: David McRaney
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe a Little Smarter Now Than I Was Before

  • By Derrick on 30-01-12

I'm now less dumb! Brilliant!

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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: 10-10-18

I find this book very insightful, well researched and balanced with arguments about the findings of the studies.

I have listened to this after David's podcasts, and it's very impressive, even though some of the research has been updated since the writing of the book.

The narrator is brilliant and I really would recommend this to anyone. So good I'm gonna listen to it twice!

  • Maps of Meaning

  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

From the author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos comes a provocative hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't hesitate. Just buy it.

  • By Jonathan on 13-06-18

An absolute masterpiece

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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: 21-09-18

This book is absolutely fantastic inlays insight into how to live a proper life and were you can draw a meaning of goodness to make your world a better place.
I would definitely start with 12 rules for life before venturing on this because this is incredibly deep.
Jordan reads very well and it's very well written and probably the most well-researched book I've ever heard of. I would definitely say this is his Magnum opus.

  • The Art of the Argument

  • Western Civilization's Last Stand
  • By: Stefan Molyneux
  • Narrated by: Stefan Molyneux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

The Art of the Argument shocks the dying art of rational debate back to life, giving you the essential tools you need to fight the escalating sophistry, falsehoods, and vicious personal attacks that have displaced intelligent conversations throughout the world. At a time when we need reasonable and empirical discussions more desperately than ever, The Art of the Argument smashes through the brain-eating fogs of sophistry and mental manipulation, illuminating a path to benevolent power for all who wish to take it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Point perfect in The Argument

  • By Theresa McMeekin on 22-03-18

Outstanding arguments!

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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: 17-05-18

A seriously powerful book with depth, clarity and vigor right throughout.
This is a great advance for reason and overall mind blowing work.
To me, this is Stefan's greatest work to date along side Universally Preferable Behaviour.
It strikes at the heart of the problems we're facing like a knife.
Even if you've never read his other works or are new to philosophy, I would recommend it as he breaks down and builds up his arguments from the ground up, in detail with great imaginative examples that I really enjoyed.
I was put off at first by how short the book is, but having finished it was surprised how much is packed into this bomb of a book.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to understand logic, reason, science, philosophy politics and psychology. He has most of it covered here and it's very important information that we all can benefit from. "Philosophy is dangerous" speech is in here, and it really moved me.
This book is dangerous because it will upset many sophists around you. That's what makes it so important. I am really impressed and I think it will impress any rational mind.

  • Understanding Power

  • The Indispensable Chomsky
  • By: Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell (editor), John Schoeffel (editor)
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

A major new collection from "arguably the most important intellectual alive" ( The New York Times). Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling listening

  • By Damien H on 31-10-17

Great insight and advice

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-18

This book points out what a lot of people already know but in such great depth and detail.
the main criticism would be some of the performance being there when they try to annotate a reference point the narrator whispers quite a bit so the performance goes up and down in volume quite a lot which is quite annoying especially if you're in the loud place driving.
the book is probably the only book I've ever read where I thought it was optimistic pessimism but that's Noam Chomsky for you.
it's also quite dated being that most of the lectures take place mid 80s to mid 90s it would be great to have an update interview or something with Noam in the book I would definitely recommend it though but it's not for the faint Hearted or four people who already feel pessimistic because it will make you feel worse.

  • 50 Philosophy Classics

  • Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books
  • By: Tom Butler-Bowdon
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

From Aristotle to Wittgenstein and Zizek, 50 Philosophy Classics provides a lively entry point to the field of philosophy. Analyses of key works by Descartes, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Heidegger, and Nietzsche also show how philosophy helped shape the thinking and events of the last 150 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really interesting and well produced

  • By Flopadoo on 08-07-13

Such a good source of pockets of gold

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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: 03-11-17

This is so good and contains so much snippets of gold!
I love this series as they give such good insight to such hard topics, and make them very digestible to anyone at any level of understanding.

  • The Headspace Guide to... Mindfulness & Meditation

  • By: Andy Puddicombe
  • Narrated by: Andy Puddicombe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Andy Puddicombe, founder of the much publicised Headspace, is on a mission: to get people to take 10 minutes out of their day to sit in the here and now. Here he shares his simple to learn, but highly effective techniques of meditation. Accessible and portable, these powerful techniques promise amazing results. Quiet the mind, feel less stressed, less tired and achieve a new level of calm and fulfillment. By following the daily exercises you will start to experience literally life changing results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mindfulness explained

  • By J Stromberg on 20-02-16

This book is absolutely brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-17

I have been doing headspace for about four and a half months now, and I've seen some massive benefits. It was only when I actually started to do it consistently that I started to notice a massive difference. I have read this and it really puts a lot more clarity into the process and it also shows that is about awareness not about getting rid of things. I have suffered with anxiety and depression for a number of years now and only medication and CBT you've had a real effect, to the point where I've actually come off my medication now completely and I've felt more alive and present then I ever have done in my life. I would definitely recommend this to anyone considering doing meditation or even those who are really good at it because it really paints and elaborative story as to the benefits, the problems, and the long-term strategy for practicing. it has been written before the headspace app so readers should note that it does refer to the old website but essentially the technique is the same and it is full of useful meditations that you can do towards the end of the book even if you don't want to subscribe to headspace.I would like to thank and Ian the team for putting this together because it is such a beautiful and Powerful piece of literature.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
  • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but I struggled a bit

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-09-17

Really good overall very helpful and practical.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-17

This is a really useful and practical guide to sign post to other sources of information. I would definitely recommend even if you already practice CBT. I got many useful book citations, websites, apps and background data on the research to a well established and proverb method of developing your well being.
The structure is good and the guide book is excellent. It's by far the best TGC I've listened to do far. The patients stories are real and very moving.
I thought it was very well researched and enjoyable overall. I don't think it does actually give you everything to do it completely alone but rather points you in the direction of credible sources that can. I would definitely recommend this.

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  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 868
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 868

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you've seen the Amazon version, read this also

  • By Mark Brandon on 20-03-16

a very good peak into what could have been?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-17

I really enjoyed this novel overall having started to watch the television series myself it really is quite something. I would definitely recommend it and I will now have a look at more pkd books

  • The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty

  • How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Fascinating and provocative, Dan Ariely’s The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty is an insightful and brilliantly researched take on cheating, deception, and willpower. The internationally best-selling author pulls no punches when it comes to home truths. His previous titles Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality have become classics in their field, revealing astonishing traits that run through modern humankind. Now acclaimed behavioural economist Dan Ariely delves deeper into psychology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's yourself you have to fool!

  • By Jim Vaughan on 15-05-13

Good overall but ideas a little stretched

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-17

I enjoyed the book it really found it enlightening. The experiments seem to conclude ideas that I already suspected that lying is complicated and not a simple cost benefit analysis.
I found it strange how Dan was happy to put his interviews in the book that are himself, yet pay someone else to narrate a book on dishonesty. I'm not sure if this was intentional but it certainly surprised me.
Lying is something we all in fact do and this does explain and suggest some reasons as to why, but it doesn't really cross over too much into the realm of ethics or morality with the depth required. I did feel that the book went far too deep into exactly how people were tested and I would've preferred more discussion and philosophy on the morality of the results and possible conclusions.
l enjoyed it overall but felt it needed a little more work or an sequel with more analysis. I would definitely recommend it to any psychology fan or student.

  • The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

  • By: Dr. Nathaniel Branden
  • Narrated by: Dr. Nathaniel Branden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Immense in scope and vision and filled with brilliant insights into human nature, this program is the ultimate work on the psychology of self-esteem. Listen and find out the strength Dr. Branden's six pillars will award you.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative but dull

  • By Ben T. on 15-04-15

An essential read for anyone!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-17

There are actually seven pillars but I won't tell you what the 7th is.

This is absolutely essential information on your own mind. I loved it start to finish highly recommended!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful