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Ryan M Block

Life is short, make sure you have fun

Bay Area, California

  • 3 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 44 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • I Suck at Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fans of the #1 bests eller Sh*t My Dad Says will recognize the always patient voice of Justin Halpern's dad as it crackles through this hysterical new audiobook. The story begins when Justin announces that he's decided to propose to his girlfriend. "You've been dating her for four years," his dad replies. "It ain't like you found a parallel fucking universe."

    Jay says: "Funny but nowhere like the the first book."
    "I suck at Reading..."

    S*** My Dad Says (Justin Halpern) set a pretty high level expectation for this read. Although I Suck at Girls was a very entertaining and funny read, it does not quite match up to S*** My Dad Says.

    This book is also a great read for males that were on the more introverted side while growing up - makes our journey look easy (or maybe I am just that cool).

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  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Interesting, but I don't know Chemistry that well"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but it depends on weather they they enjoy science or not.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Good question.

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

    Emphasis in all the right places and keeps you engaged.

    Could you see The Disappearing Spoon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "What You See Is All There Is"

    Great psychology/behavioral book which focuses on human biases, rationality, fallacies, and the quest for happiness. Kahneman breaks the mind down into two agents to help explain his theories:

    System 1: Fast, automatic, frequent, emotional, stereotypic, subconscious
    System 2: Slow, effortful, infrequent, logical, calculating, conscious

    Although it can be complicated at times, overall this book is a great read and I definitely recommend it to anybody curious about why we do what we do and why we make mistakes.

    My only quarrel about the audio, is that it diverts from the book several times leaving you lost and confused. But still make sure you have paper/electronic copy as the author refers to images and figures in the book.

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