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Hung

Maywood, NJ, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2494)
    Performance
    (2203)
    Story
    (2195)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Good, but not even close to Kite Runner"
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    What did you love best about And the Mountains Echoed?

    When I listened to Kite Runner, it blew me away. A Thousand Splendid Suns was a big disappointment, this book is better but not even close to Hosseini's first book. It's a very heart wrenching story of a family torn apart leading the listener to anticipate some kind of triumphant reunion or redemption to tie everything together, but it ends with a lot of loose ends. The story jumps from character to character as frequently as it jumps narrators. I agree with the other reviewers that switching of narrators is very distracting. I loved listening to the author's voice and accent. I was hoping that at least, they would take turns, but after the first chapter, the rest of the book is read by the other narrators with very thick, hard to understand accents. Perhaps the book might have made a better impression on me if I had read it instead of listening to it.


    What other book might you compare And the Mountains Echoed to and why?

    Kite Runner. It was written by the same author and is a much better story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    No


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

    Across the generations and across continents comes an epic story by the author of the Kite Runner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1457)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (664)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "Unconvinced"
    Overall

    Dawkins does a wonderful job of describing the beauty and intricacies of the evolutionary process. However, he fails to provide any convincing evidence that proves natural selection is responsible for the diversity of species. This is a nice retrospective study, but in order to scientifically prove a theory, we need prospective, double blinded, randomized studies. He does not provide any examples of these kind of studies. He also contradicts one of the crucial points of modern evolutionary theory. The late Stephen Jay Gould would attest to the fact the evolution occurs in spurts. Dawkins proposes that evolution is a slow tedious almost imperceptible process like the movement of a clock. The fossil evidence supports Gould's observation. Also, he completely ignores the new discovery of epigenomes which are genetic code sequences in the DNA which get turned on and off in response to certain environmental conditions resulting in expression of certain phenotypes. Dawkins' agenda seems to be more towards taking jabs at the creationists rather than trying to give a truly scientific argument to support evolution theory.

    20 of 129 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (327)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Mindblowing"
    Overall

    I have always wanted to learn about Relativity, Quantum Physics and String Theory, but books I have read in the past have always gone over my head. Brian Greene explains these complicated subjects with a wit and clarity that bring these far out theories right down to Earth. This book has changed my perception of everything! When I learned about evolution in high school, I started to question the existence of God. After learning about the modern theories of physics, I ask "how could there NOT be a God?" After I finished listening to it, I went out and bought a print copy. I can't say enough about it. This book is amazing, a real treasure.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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