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Michael

Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States Member Since 2002

I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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  • "Great if you like understanding how..."

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Do take some time to look at the included PDF before you start listening otherwise you will be frustrated at various points. The book does repeat some things from other of Ramachandran???s books, but it was all stuff that was interesting enough to bear repeating. The book also becomes speculative at points, but the author notes where experimental results end and speculation begins and he also points out that speculation is an important part of the scientific method. The speculation becomes a little wild near the end of the book when the author attempts to frame art in term of neuroscience, but it was interesting to think about nevertheless. The book mostly describes unusual neurological conditions, links them to specific brain regions, and describes experiments to test related theories. This is quite good fun if you are in to that sort of thing ??? if you are not, it might seem dry.

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    The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By V. S. Ramachandran
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field - so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience". Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved.

    Michael says: "Great if you like understanding how brains work"
  • "Good Science plus a little religiou..."

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    Most of this book (the actual science) was very interesting, with a lot of valid and important ideas about neuroplasticity.

    If you have OCD or know someone who has read the same author’s Brain Lock (which has much of the practical information without the metaphysics). This book is good. the narration excellent and there is a short PDF is available with diagrams of the parts and uses of the brain and nerve cells if you are not already familiar with these.

    The book is largely conversational and easy to listen to, but from time to time drops into metaphysical discussions. The last third the book takes off to a somewhat unscientific path attempting to demonstrate that the soul must exists and connects to the body via quantum effects. Having such ideas is not inherently unscientific, but, to be science a clear hypothesis should be stated along with an experiment differentiating the cases. Here the book is quite weak. The logic seems to be 1) We don’t understand consciousness 2) We don’t understand quantum effects 3) Quantum theory has elements of consciousness and randomness 4) The author’s religion (Buddhism) supports the idea of a non-brain mind learning to control the brain. Thus) mindfulness must control the brain via quantum effects through randomness. Now I believe consciousness is a product of quantum effects (as is everything else) but that does not imply the mind is separate from the brain. The brain seems quite capable of changing itself and capable of all the practical aspects of OCD treatments without resorting to magic.

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    The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.

    Douglas says: "Do Not Mistake The Message Here For Dualism!"
  • "Personal Invertebrate Zoology"

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    This is a very easy to read and an enjoyable light wondering over the life and loves of a bunch of invertebrates. This book opens jars and cans of slugs and bugs to answer simple questions about the invertebrates we know, if not love. This was a pleasurable and edifying romp through a subject I don’t very well. The book is not very technical and just looks into questions that come up while looking at invertebrates. I will certainly listen to the other books by Sue Hubble available on audible.

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    Waiting for Aphrodite: Journeys into the Time before Bones

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    • By Sue Hubbell
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
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    After 25 years on a farm in the Ozarks, award-winning writer and naturalist Sue Hubbell moved to a small town on the coast of Maine. There, in the pools, tides, and thickets, she found a vast array of creatures that aroused her considerable curiosity. Join Hubbell on a unique tour of the world of invertebrates. From humpbacked camel crickets to glow worms, from horseshoe crabs to elegantly-furred sea mice, Hubbell offers vivid descriptions and fascinating details about these superb examples of survival.

    Michael says: "Personal Invertebrate Zoology"
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  • Biology: The Science of Life

    "Great for starters to biology"

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    What made the experience of listening to Biology: The Science of Life the most enjoyable?

    very very interesting, next year I'm starting to study biology in University,
    and I wanted a good background for it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    36 half an hour lectures is not possible,
    but it was very catching and intresting


    Any additional comments?

    LECTURE LIST
    1
    The Scope of "Life"
    2
    More on the Origin of Life
    3
    The Organism and the Cell
    4
    Proteins—How Things Get Done in the Cell
    5
    Which Molecule Holds the Code?
    6
    The Double Helix
    7
    The Nuts and Bolts of Replicating DNA
    8
    The Central Dogma
    9
    The Genetic Code
    10
    From DNA to RNA
    11
    From RNA to Protein
    12
    When Mistakes Happen
    13
    Dividing DNA Between Dividing Cells
    14
    Mendel and His Pea Plants
    15
    How Sex Leads to Variation
    16
    Genes and Chromosomes
    17
    Charles Darwin and "The Origin of Species"
    18
    Natural Selection in Action
    19
    Reconciling Darwin and Mendel
    20
    Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change
    21
    What Are Species and How Do New Ones Arise?
    22
    More on the Origin of New Species
    23
    Reconstructing Evolution
    24
    The History of Life, Revisited
    25
    From Cells to Organisms
    26
    Control of Gene Expression I
    27
    Control of Gene Expression II
    28
    Getting Proteins to the Right Place
    29
    Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
    30
    How Cells Talk—Signals and Receptors
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    How Cells Talk—Ways That Cells Respond
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    From One Cell to Many in an Organism
    33
    Patterns of Early Development
    34
    Determination and Differentiation
    35
    Induction and Pattern Formation
    36
    Genes and Development
    37
    Homeostasis
    38
    Hormones in Animals
    39
    What is Special about Neurons?
    40
    Action Potentials and Synapses
    41
    Synaptic Integration and Memory
    42
    Sensory Function
    43
    How Muscles Work
    44
    The Innate Immune System
    45
    The Acquired Immune System
    46
    Form and Function in Plants I
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    Form and Function in Plants II
    48
    Behavior as an Adaptive Trait
    49
    Energy and Resources in Living Systems
    50
    How Energy is Harnessed by Cells
    51
    Enzymes—Making Chemistry Work in Cells
    52
    Cellular Currencies of Energy
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    Making ATP—Glycolysis
    54
    Making ATP—Cellular Respiration
    55
    Making ATP—The Chemiosmotic Theory
    56
    Capturing Energy from Sunlight
    57
    The Reactions of Photosynthesis
    58
    Resources and Life Histories
    59
    The Structure of Populations
    60
    Population Growth
    61
    What Limits Population Growth?
    62
    Costs and Benefits of Behavior
    63
    Altruism and Mate Selection
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    Ecological Interactions Among Species
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    Predators and Competitors
    66
    Competition and the Ecological Niche
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    Energy in Ecosystems
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    Nutrients in Ecosystems
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    How Predictable Are Ecological Communities?
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    Biogeography
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    Human Population Growth
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    The Human Asteroid

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Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2008

Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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  • "Phenomenal True Story"

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    I don't want to list all the superlatives that come to mind right now after just finishing this book. If you are interested in nature and wildlife, it is a must read. I don't know how you could listen to this book and not come away feeling deeply affected and changed. I don't know how you could listen to this book and not want to visit Thula Thula.

    Other reviews have already described the story. I just want to say that you need to download this book and set aside 11 hours as soon as possible, for you will be wanting to do little else than listen to it.

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    The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"

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    Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong. For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?

    Brian says: "Good follow-up to Taubes"
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    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
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    A Short History of Nearly Everything (






ABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
  • 4.3 (1538 ratings)
    The Demon Under The Microscope (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Hager Narrated by Stephen Hoye

    The Demon Under The Microscope

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    • By Thomas Hager
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    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
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    The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Dawkins Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward

    The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
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    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
  • 4.6 (1005 ratings)
    The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild (






UNABRIDGED) by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence Narrated by Simon Vance

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    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
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    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
  • 4.3 (837 ratings)
    The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Dawkins Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward

    The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
  • The Demon Under The Microscope (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Hager Narrated by Stephen Hoye

    The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Preston Narrated by Richard M. Davidson

    The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

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    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
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    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (






UNABRIDGED) by Rebecca Skloot Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
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    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
  • The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet (






UNABRIDGED) by Nina Teicholz Narrated by Erin Bennett

    The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nina Teicholz
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
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    Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong. For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?

    Brian says: "Good follow-up to Taubes"
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  • Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being near, in, on, or under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do (






UNABRIDGED) by Wallace J. Nichols, Céline Cousteau (foreword) Narrated by Wallace J. Nichols

    Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being near, in, on, or under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

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    In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild (






UNABRIDGED) by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
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UNABRIDGED) by Tim Birkhead Narrated by Robin Sachs

    Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tim Birkhead
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
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    What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other.

    Alessandro says: "If you did not love birds before you will!"
  • 12 Essential Scientific Concepts  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Indre Viskontas

    12 Essential Scientific Concepts

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    • Narrated By Professor Indre Viskontas
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    Science is such a vast arena of knowledge that people looking for a better grasp of its secrets often wonder where to begin. The answer: with the essentials. Now, finally satisfy your desire for scientific inquiry in a way that makes this enormous field accessible, understandable, and undeniably captivating.

    Tanglebones says: "Excellent overview of major science concepts"
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  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha Narrated by Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan

    Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
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    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
  • The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery (






UNABRIDGED) by Sam Kean Narrated by Henry Leyva

    The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

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    • By Sam Kean
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    Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: Wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents - and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. With the lucid, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, Kean explores the brain's secret passageways.

    Marie says: "Dueling Neurosurgeons"
  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance (






UNABRIDGED) by David Epstein Narrated by David Epstein

    The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

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    Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle.

    Cynthia says: "Epstein writes! He scores!"
  • Biology: The Science of Life  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Stephen Nowicki

    Biology: The Science of Life

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 36 mins)
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    One of the greatest scientific feats of our era is the astonishing progress made in understanding biology-the intricate machinery of life-a progress to which the period we are living in right now has contributed the most.As you read these words, researchers are delving ever deeper into the workings of living systems, turning their discoveries into new medical treatments, improved methods of growing food, and innovative products that are already changing the world.

    Eran says: "Great for starters to biology"
  • Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being near, in, on, or under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do (






UNABRIDGED) by Wallace J. Nichols, Céline Cousteau (foreword) Narrated by Wallace J. Nichols

    Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being near, in, on, or under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

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    In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

  • Considering the Horse: Tales of Problems Solved and Lessons Learned (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Rashid Narrated by Kevin Young

    Considering the Horse: Tales of Problems Solved and Lessons Learned

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    • By Mark Rashid
    • Narrated By Kevin Young
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    Own an unruly horse? Thinking about purchasing a horse but don't exactly know what to expect once you do? Ever wondered what and how a horse thinks? Mark Rashid tells stories that provide horse owners and potential buyers with the best training solutions - straight from the horse's mouth. By considering the horse's point of view, he explores a variety of solutions to common training problem like head tossing, trailer loading, mounting problems, and more.

    Diana says: "Horse stories jam-packed with training tips and"
  • Outside Days (






UNABRIDGED) by Max Hastings Narrated by Cameron Stewart

    Outside Days

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    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
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    Max Hastings is best known as an acclaimed journalist and military historian. But what is perhaps less well known is his love of the countryside and its pursuits, above all fishing and shooting, which he indulges as often as he can escape his urban working environment.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good story about life in England"
  • Is Biocentrism Dead?: Understanding the Universe and Nature (






UNABRIDGED) by Raj Bogle Narrated by Valerie Gilbert

    Is Biocentrism Dead?: Understanding the Universe and Nature

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    • By Raj Bogle
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
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    Is Biocentrism Dead? It is a topic that many find a bit off-putting but it is a question that many individuals are starting to pose as they become wiser. The book explains what biocentrism is and how the tenets that surround this concept came into being. This is a book that the inquiring mind will appreciate, thus it is ideal for the individuals who want to learn more about themselves and the world around them. The author gradually disseminates the information to the listener, allowing them to fully understand what biocentrism really means.

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  • A Brief History of Cockroaches and Rats: A Digsuting Adult Guide (






UNABRIDGED) by Steve Campen Narrated by Steve Campen

    A Brief History of Cockroaches and Rats: A Digsuting Adult Guide

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    • By Steve Campen
    • Narrated By Steve Campen
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    A Brief History of Cockroaches and Rats is a brief but hilarious look at the history of those crawling, scuttling pests that everyone loves to hate. Cockroaches date back to the time of the dinosaurs and they have evolved over the years to be able to survive without air for more than forty-five minutes! Rats, unlike cockroaches who like toenails and eyelashes, like to eat their own poo.

  • Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves (






UNABRIDGED) by Laurel Braitman Narrated by Madeleine Maby

    Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laurel Braitman
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
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    As Laurel spent three years traveling the world in search of emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them, she discovered numerous stories of recovery: parrots that learn how to stop plucking their feathers, dogs that cease licking their tails raw, polar bears that stop swimming in compulsive circles, and great apes that benefit from the help of human psychiatrists. How do these animals recover?

    Kathi says: "Fascinating book!"
  • The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen Amidon, Thomas Amidon M.D. Narrated by Bronson Pinchot

    The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart

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    • By Stephen Amidon, Thomas Amidon M.D.
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
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    The Sublime Engine explores the profound sense of awe every person feels when they ponder the miracle encased within the ribs.

    In this lyrical history, a critically acclaimed novelist and a leading cardiologist - who happen to be brothers - draw upon history, science, religion, popular culture, and literature to illuminate all of the heart's physical and figurative chambers.