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Alicia

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  • The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Dean Olsher
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    In The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker marries two of the subjects he knows best: language and human nature. The result is a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature. What does swearing reveal about our emotions? Why does innuendo disclose something about relationships? Pinker reveals how our use of prepositions and tenses taps into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and how our nouns and verbs speak to our notions of matter.

    Miroslaw says: "Escaping the Cave"
    "A step ahead"
    Overall

    I'm a translator and lover of all things linguistics. I find that this book brings together the contents of Pinker's Language Instinct and How the Mind Works very well and makes rather complex knowledge more accessible to the lay person. This audio book was so interesting and definitely a step ahead of my understanding, so it encourages me to buy the book after all, to take my time to ponder his theories and conclusions. Thank you!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Matthew Modine
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Philip K. Dick is a legend as a science fiction author. Imaginative and prescient. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is one of his best. Listen...and try to sleep!

    David says: "Bladerunner and more"
    "A landmark?"
    Overall

    I decided to read this book because I'm a great fan of science-fiction and my uncle mentioned that this story influenced many after it. Unfortunately, I found that Calista Flockhart's reading kept me from being swept into the story. Still, the story line that investigates what makes humans "human", is always pleasant. I suggest that anyone who likes this story should read Isaac Asimov.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3495)
    Performance
    (1972)
    Story
    (1987)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Dead right!"
    Overall

    Inspired by the tv series, 6 feet under, I thought it would be interesting to read about what really happens after we die. The author even discusses our options, from the traditional to the enviromentally friendly. This book lead me through a reflection on what death really means to me and so many others. Facts, gore, and humour, what else could I ask for?!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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