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William

Lansdale, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Manjit Kumar
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (374)

    Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you aren’t shocked by quantum theory, you don’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution.

    Terezia says: "Biographic facts not explanations."
    "Mind Expanding"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fantastic book on Quantum Theory from 30,000 feet. Mostly big picture science with a touch of philosophy and fascinating biography. Really enjoyed the


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Einstein, because I still can't accept a world that requires observation to be real and deterministic.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Bohr, because I didn't realize the enormous contribution he made to 20th century science until reading this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (717)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "MUST READ BOOK..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    to understand the twisted mind of a laissez faire capitalist. The only thing exceptional about the heroes of this book is their inherited capacity to risk capital. Metals supplier is late? No problem, just buy his mine. Also good reference book containing every cliché in the English language. Also learn how to construct straw men and then knock them down. ..... I tried to like this book, I really did.


    Has Atlas Shrugged turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What does Christopher Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He added pompous to the circumstance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Are you kidding, I prefer water boarding.


    Any additional comments?

    No, I think I already said enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1504)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1238)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "Charlie - Cliff Robertson"
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    Where does Flowers for Algernon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first fiction I've listened to and its a bit difficult to rate it against a book on say: "Quantum Mechanics." I'm going to start reading a lot more fiction. This book was an insightful joy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alice Kinnian


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Please leave."


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's a bit late for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved "Charlie" the movie but the saying was never truer: The book was better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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