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Kenneth Sakoda

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  • Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jesse Bering
    • Narrated By Jesse Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does “free will” really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway? In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays from Scientific American and Slate, as well as two new pieces, that take readers on a bold and captivating journey through some of the most taboo issues related to evolution and human behavior.

    Prairie says: "Entertaining"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jesse Bering and/or Jesse Bering?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jesse Bering? Why or why not?

    Although interesting in the beginning chapters, the author descends to subjects that didn't have any appeal to me.


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

    I think the fact that the author reads his own words helped to understand where he was coming from. This also had a negative effect towards the end of the read.


    Do you think Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for me.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to 'Savages'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twentysomething best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Now, in his high-octane prequel, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, it is a tale of family in all its forms. As the younger generation does battle with drug dealers and crooked cops, they learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents' history.

    Joanne says: "Terrific entertainment"
    "Not a waste of time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author tries way too hard to be "cool". Not a bad read once you get over his too cool language.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite Character is Chon. He's a do-er more than a talker.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was just OK. It didn't seem to fit with the too cool language.


    Did The Kings of Cool inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the movie will be better than the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Bordwell
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    David Bordwell argues that the principles of visual storytelling created in the studio era are alive and well, even in today's bloated blockbusters. American filmmakers have created a durable tradition - one that we should not be ashamed to call artistic, and one that survives in both mainstream entertainment and niche-marketed indie cinema. Bordwell traces the continuity of this tradition in a wide array of films made since 1960.

    Evan says: "A well-rounded analysis of story, then and now."
    "Typical academic's view"
    Overall

    I pity the student that has to sit through Mr, Bordwell's ramblings. His thoughts and ideas are typical of how an academic thinks the creative process can be understood by using his analytical powers. A non-creative person's take on how the creative process works.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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