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John

OSLO, Norway | Member Since 2006

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  • Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Marcus Chown
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Did you know that there’s so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor? The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven’t the slightest clue what either is about. Get set for the most entertaining science book of the year.

    John says: "Brilliant"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    Though brilliantly read, this stuff is hard to grasp when you don't have the time to contemplate what you've just heard. That being said, it's so nice to be able to listen to it over and over again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (140)

    Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

    Rachel says: "Best use of a credit"
    "Too bad Bill"
    Overall

    I just love Bill Bryson's books, but not when he reads them himself. His reading-voice distracts my attention from the content. In this book, the multitude of s-sounds, vocal abbreviations and vocal slurs(that leaving you wondering what he just said) are so annoying, that's it's quite a challenge to keep listening to him read the book. Maybe it would be better if he read in his natural American dialect - more like how he reads "A walk in the woods".

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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