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  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1720)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1558)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "I call Bull Sh**t on this audio book"
    Overall

    Some of this book is about Penn Jillette's atheism, but a lot of it is just rambling rants about Naked Elvis parties, time spent in a gay bath house, criticism of other magicians, more criticisms about magicians, and other stories that barely kept me awake. If it weren't for his frequent loud dropping of the F' bomb, I probably would have fallen asleep many times. I still have 45 minutes left, and I hate to criticize an audio book before it's finished, but I'm finding this book a real struggle to get through.

    Even though I don't always agree with them, I usually find books by skeptics to be interesting, thoughtful, and entertaining. God No! is lazy, self righteous, and worst of all boring most of the way through. Cut the length of this book down to about 2 hours and it would probably be a pretty solid 2 hours of entertainment. At 7 hours+ most of it is a good way to fall asleep on an exercise bike.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • God Particle Physics For Dummies: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Mathiesen
    • Narrated By Michael Mathiesen
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    The God Particle (Higgs boson) is the greatest discovery in history. It was only recently made in Geneva Switzerland by scientists using the Large Hadron Collider, the most expensive scientific experiment ever conceived by the human mind. This newly discovered particle or field is more important and more profound than the discovery of the Atom because the God Particle is the force that defines all the atoms and all the elements contained in everything in the entire universe.

    Philip says: "Not physics"
    "NEW AGE CRAP!"
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    What would have made God Particle Physics for Dummies: Volume 1 better?

    This is a terrible audio book. It is not what it claims to be and has nothing to do with the Higgs Boson. It is not about Physics, it is some sort of new age self help book that claims you can put your vibrations in tune with the God Particle and use it's power to get what you want. It is complete and total nonsense. It sounds like it was recorded in someone's basement. Some guy is using the discovery of the Higgs Boson to trick people into buying an audio book that has nothing to do with the 'God Particle'.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Mathiesen’s performances?

    Absolutely not. I'm going to ask for my money back.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from God Particle Physics for Dummies: Volume 1?

    I would not have published this blatant attempt to rip people off.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a blatant scam. It has nothing to do with the God Particle, I can't imagine this guy is actually a physicist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Duncan J. Watts
    • Narrated By Duncan J. Watts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Why is the Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world? Why did Facebook succeed when other social networking sites failed? Did the surge in Iraq really lead to less violence? How much can CEO’s impact the performance of their companies? And does higher pay incentivize people to work hard? If you think the answers to these questions are a matter of common sense, think again.

    Stephen says: "Thought provoking"
    "Listen to this book and rethink everything!"
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    I had not heard of Duncan Watts when I first listened to this book... but since I've noticed he's been sited in several other books I've read recently. If this book doesn't change the way you view the world you are a more evolved person than I. Between reading this book, and 'How to Measure Anything' this year, I feel like my mind has been turned upside down.

    Read Duncan Watts, read Douglas Hubbard, then go out and change the world!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of 'Intangibles' in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Douglas W. Hubbard
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (176)

    Anything can be measured. This bold assertion is the key to solving many problems in business and life in general. The myth that certain things can't be measured is a significant drain on our nation's economy, public welfare, the environment, and even national security. In fact, the chances are good that some part of your life or your professional responsibilities is greatly harmed by a lack of measurement---by you, your firm, or even your government.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "Let go of "I don't know""
    "This book has changed my life!"
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    This book has changed the way I think about my life and my business. Since reading this book my head has been filled with ideas for quantifying and measuring everything. Not everything should be measured... but after reading this you'll start to believe that anything can be measured.

    Also wanted to mention that since listening to this book I have picked up 'Pulse' by the same author. It was also a good book, but not quite to the level of 'How to Measure Anything' IMHO.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maryanne Wolf
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (62)

    Interweaving her vast knowledge of neurology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy with fascinating down-to-earth examples and lively personal anecdotes, developmental psychologist, neuroscientist, and dyslexia expert Wolf probes the question, "How do we learn to read and write?" This ambitious and provocative new book offers an impassioned look at reading, its effect on our lives, and explains why it matters so greatly in a digital era.

    Roy says: "Worth the Effort"
    "Exceeded expectations"
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    I bought this book because it was on sale, but found it to be quite a gem. If you're interested in the history of reading, or have kids learning to read I would highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (444)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "Disappointing"
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    I was very excited to read this book, but I found the narrative disappointingly slow. I would recommend 'A Universe from Nothing' by Lawrence M. Krauss for a more entertaining book on the same subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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