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Think B4 Eating

Tallahassee, FL | Member Since 2004

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  • The Denial of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ernest Becker
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than 30 years after its writing.

    Michael says: "Symbology is central to all human behavior"
    "Bored to Death"
    Overall

    While perhaps timely in its day, Becker's attempt at answering "why" left me asking, "Why did I buy this book?" Esoteric and uninspired, Becker loses his audience in the first 30 minutes, where he discusses not his subject but himself - at great length. Readers would do better to leave this fossil in the navel-gazing '70's and instead read the classics of the genre, those which Becker proudly boasts he ignores.

    18 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael D. Fayer
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Our intuition about how things should behave is usually right in the everyday world. We see the baseball soar in the air, arc, drop, and lie stationary on the ground. Through data gathered by our senses and basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics, the motion of a ball makes perfect sense. But enter the world of the tiniest particles on earth—the motion of electrons, the shapes of molecules—and everything we think we know about the world radically changes.

    Chris says: "No math - wrong"
    "This is more text book than listening material"
    Overall

    While the author obviously knows his stuff, he was not able to translate it into a good listening book for non-physicists. The constant references to diagrams that you have to download and have handy while listening was incredibly bothersome. I was hoping for a book similar to "Particle Physics - A Very Short Introduction" by Frank Close. But the author of this book provides very few real-world examples and sticks to pure theory and minutia. I thought way too much time was spent explaining the spins of electrons. Unless real-world implications are discussed, it quickly becomes very dry and boring.

    Additionally, the narrator was quite dull. Admittedly, he was probably bored with the material, too.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (741)

    It's a sad and eerie harbinger of our times that the Oprah-watching, crystal-rubbing, Whole Foods-shopping moms and their whipped attorney husbands have taken the ability to reason away from the poor schlub who makes the Bloody Marys. What we used to settle with common sense or a fist, we now settle with hand sanitizer and lawyers. Adam Carolla has had enough of this insanity and he's here to help us get our collective balls back.

    Brett says: "Hilarious Book"
    "Surprised me by being a d*ck!"
    Overall

    Wow, I really thought I liked Adam Carolla but upon hearing his world view I am no longer a fan. Adam is very forthright in the beginning of this book by admitting he is dumb, i.e. he doesn't know how to read or write due to his focus on sports in high-school and the fact that he was just passed over from grade to grade.
    That admission aside, he then goes on to actually prove his stupidity by attempting to explain how he thinks US tax policy should work. Great, an admitted moron now thinks he is smart enough to develop a fair system of taxation. Purely due to the fact that he is a friend of Jimmy Kimmel, this ass-wipe thinks that he "worked hard" and "earned" all his millions of dollars in annual income. Loser here would still be a high-school drop-out and digging ditches for $7.00 and hour if not for Jimmy Kimmel. He has zero talent and has zero work for all the millions in income he has. Given that he luckily sneaked into the upper-class purely by knowing someone who has talent, he then goes on to rationalize his millions and to rant on our current taxation system. Specifically, that the rich are over taxed in the US! He is angry that the top 1% of the US pay 40% of the taxes in the US. Really? Well maybe you should also mention that the richest 1% of the US also owns as much as the combined wealth of the bottom 90%, or perhaps even more, before you start ranting that the poor rich people in the US are over-taxed.

    What a total douchey ass-wipe. Unsubscribing from his podcast now.

    9 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist's Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Small, Gigi Vorgan
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    True stories are more bizarre than any fiction, and Dr. Gary Small knows this best. After 30 distinguished years of psychiatry and groundbreaking research on the human brain, Dr. Small has seen it all - now he is ready to open his office doors for the first time and tell all about the most mysterious, intriguing, and bizarre patients of his career. The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head is a spellbinding record of the doctor's most bewildering cases.

    Think B4 Eating says: "90% Useless Information"
    "90% Useless Information"
    Overall

    I was intrigued by the description of this book and I was looking forward to listening to psychiatric case histories. However, the author padded this book with so much useless content on topics such as the lives of co-workers, quality of life in Boston vs Los Angeles, and his personal morning routines, that I am convinced he was being paid per word. Also, the author relates case information starting from the 1970's but includes too many details about things like what newspaper his colleague was reading and what danish he ordered at a coffee shop. He lost credibility by adding all these details as they did nothing to advance the story and because it is improbable that anyone would remember such mundane minutia almost 40 years later.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    The sun's family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets' origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. This intimate account is filled with fascination, beauty, and surprise.

    Ethan says: "Superb story of our changing views of the planets"
    "This book should be categorized as fiction"
    Overall

    I was expecting a scientific book about the planets, instead I got a book whose author gives equal weight to the biblical account of the creation of the universe. If you are going to compare rigorous scientific theory with fantasy then don't label it as non-fiction.

    55 of 88 people found this review helpful

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