You no longer follow A. Haase

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow A. Haase

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

A. Haase

Denver, CO United States | Member Since 2013

0
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 281 titles in library
  • 182 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world.

    geoff says: "comprehensive"
    "Not science, but compelling anecdotes."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book asks us to believe that statistics are science because they are gathered on a web page by a doctor who has studied a lot of science. A doctor is close enough to scientist, but making a web page of questionnaires is not science.

    The largest part of the proof is that the stories/questionnaires about near-death experiences submitted by self-selected people yield statistically similar answers. The problems begin that near-death is not well defined and many of the people may have had dreams etc. so the author examines the submissions carefully to determine if they match near-death and takes the results he is most sure of and categorizes them and generally reports only the most sure group or the two best groups together. All the outliers are discarded so it is really uncertain if the questionnaires are intrinsically similar or the near-death selection criteria, the self-selection, and any questionnaire bias makes them that way. The author explains his process and does try to minimize influence and reach out to people who may not typically fill out the questionnaire.

    This is a difficult thing to do with statistics alone, especially with the fragilities of human memory and perception; I laud the attempt, but this may be an impossible task.

    I also took some exception to the way the author deals with skeptics; they are usually lumped together as all having the same opinion that is usually dismissed as naive. In the much less occurring case it is stated that skeptics cannot agree on the cause of something and are therefore dismissed as grasping at straws. If these experiences are not all real, I would imagine they would have many different potential causes and thus it seems like skeptics, whose guesses should be relatively diverse, are not given any real consideration.

    This book would be more convincing if some of the people coming back after experiencing having a deep knowledge of the universe and how all things work gave us a formulation for helping Alzheimer's disease patients or the like (if death is not to be feared, as stated in this book as a typical feeling after an NDE, it should be a disease/problem that causes much suffering).

    This book is well worth the listen; it is inspiring and interesting... it's just not science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1822)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1094)

    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.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "Extraordinary story told in a well-organized way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Loved the organization of this book; it is told in broad strokes chronologically but the author saves some of the back-story for each major topic to right before it is covered making it very easy to follow.
    This has become a personal favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (818)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "OK, but flawed and the War of Art is much better."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book starts as a good pep-talk that evolves into business lecture type advice and the far-too-common trope of you can have anything you believe ala "the Secret". If you like "the Secret" or "E2"(E-squared) this is a good book for you. It can be great inspiration to reach for your dream but to me it also seems a cruelty to anyone with a major disease or misfortune and it fosters a sense of entitlement and/or self-centeredness.
    I like "the War of Art" (Steven Pressfield) much better as an inspiration on how to be a badass, it is also available on this site.
    ..."you see the person you used to be as a foolish bumbler with poor taste but your current self as a badass who is worthy of at least 3 times the praise" -- David McRaney ("You Are Not so Smart").

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.