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Pino

Montreal, Quebec, Canada | Listener Since 2009

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  • The Modern Scholar: Rethinking Our Past: Recognizing Facts, Fictions, and Lies in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    Nationalist history by textbook authors and the descendants or biographers of the famous and infamous have given history students a very skewed vision of our true history - indeed, the true history of mankind. This course is designed to enlighten and encourage you to consider the factual basis of many of our most-cherished yet glossed-over stories and the real-life characters who populate them.

    Nicholas says: "More than a retelling of history"
    "I want more!"
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    These days we have more opinions than facts.

    Just listen to republicans and their super hero larger than life Regan. They make up history as they go and society doesn't fact check. History is changed and rewritten by the media, the politicians and the ignorant.

    I would like to see more books like this one.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert D. Hare
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (427)

    Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong....

    Douglas says: "When I gave up on books that supposedly would..."
    "Discovering Psychopathy"
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    After listening to "The Sociopath Next Door", which is excellent, I was pleasantly surprised. It starts with the author in his early years where psychopathy was somewhat new and gradually changes into a dissection of the disorder. While if found the stories less entertaining than the "Sociopath Next Door", the overall experience is worth it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (445)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "Interesting, but..."
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    While it is interesting to hear stories about the people in the field, I prefer less history more science. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy history and it is fun to hear about how the scientific community works but not for 10 hours.

    There are some good bits of science facts you might find interesting, however after of listening to many other books I could have passed on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7225)
    Performance
    (3009)
    Story
    (3019)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Everyone needs to listen to this, period."
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    Listen to it right NOW.

    This audiobook should be played in the background while you drive, in the kids bedroom, while you sleep. It should be your ringtone.

    Listen to it right NOW.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (79)

    One of the greatest physicists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the story of his life. What Do You Care What Other People Think? is Feynman's last literary legacy, which he prepared as he struggled with cancer.

    Steve says: "If you like Feynman (as I do) you will love it."
    "Curious Character Indeed"
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    I have never heard "this one time..." so many times! He's a scientist not a story teller. However, most of it is interesting, especially the NASA part. There are weird parts (rambling) and not so interesting parts but overall it's good stuff. The naration was good but I found the voice tiresome for long listening.

    If you are into physics or even biographies, this one is a ok choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (415)

    Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

    John says: "Outstanding!"
    "History done right."
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    Where does Augustus rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to many history books. Some of them are boring, some are too detailed and I lose interest but not this one. I always want facts and this book delivers and that's a fact.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Octavian was an interesting figure but then again the Roman history is interesting in itself.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love history, then this is a great book. If your thing is Roman history, then this is a no brainer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Tiber and the Potomac: Rome, America, and Empires of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Esteemed university professor and best-selling author Thomas F. Madden presents an intriguing series of lectures based on a fascinating premise: that the United States has more in common with the rising Roman Republic than with the declining Roman Empire.

    Gary Marcus says: "An Important Historical Analysis"
    "Madden at his best"
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    Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Straight to the point, if you are one of those


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (626)

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "Optimistic and border line fiction"
    Overall

    Narration is good. The first part is a great introduction of the main subjects. The second part things go where no one has gone before. Sure, these are the subjects physicists face today and Kaku is very optimistic in his views. He doesn't really explore different points of views as his positions for string theory and quantum physics are well known.

    Who cares it's fun to listen too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (113)

    In this informative and lively series of lectures, renowned history professor Thomas F. Madden serves as the ultimate guide through the fall of ancient Rome. Professor Madden correlates the principles of Roman conduct that would forever change the world. Rome was an empire unlike the world had ever seen, and one that will likely never be duplicated. Peopled with personages of great distinction and even greater ambition, the Roman Empire contributed many of history's proudest advancements.

    Greg says: "Good general survey, a lot of names."
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    It surely doesn't go into details about everything but that's a good thing. Good narration. Makes you feel you are in a classroom listening to a great teacher.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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