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Denise

Orange County, CA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    "More years ago than I care to reckon up, I met Richard Feynman." So begins The Language God Talks, Herman Wouk's gem on navigating the divide between science and religion. In one rich, compact volume, Wouk draws on stories from his life as well as on key events from the 20th century to address the eternal questions of why we are here, what purpose faith serves, and how scientific fact fits into the picture.

    Denise says: "Meh"
    "Meh"
    Overall

    Not what I expected. If you are a fan of his other works it would be interesting to see how the seed of this work was sowed years ago and hear about how he wrote the others, but there't nothing new here and it plods along. The main thesis of his views on religion aren't even in the book, but in an appendix which is a reprint from an earlier work. Not worth the time, really. . .

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Design

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (398)

    The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

    Brandi says: "Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    Loved "A Brief History of Time" but hated this. Maybe it's the addition of the co-author, but I found this too be condescending and arrogant. Where previously Hawking would give theories on what could be known and left to us what could not be (i.e. what happened before the big bang). Here he overreaches and denies our own individuality based on quantum physics and bluntly says if you disagree you are a superstitious relic. I tried, I really did, for 2 or 3 hours, but eventually had to give in.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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