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Steve

Deerfield, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 199 titles in library
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  • 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tom Segev
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (15)
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    (16)

    Going far beyond a military account, Segev re-creates the crisis in Israel before 1967, showing how economic recession, a full grasp of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made by neighbor states combined to produce a climate of apocalypse. He depicts the country's bravado after its victory and the mood revealed in a popular joke in which one soldier says to his friend, "Let's take over Cairo". The friend replies, "Then what shall we do in the afternoon?"

    Steve says: "Awesome book, atrocious pronounciation"
    "Awesome book, atrocious pronounciation"
    Overall

    Tom Segev is a controversial writer ... who writes great books. The only think both Segev's supporters (on the left) and detractors (on the right) will agree on is that the Hebrew pronounciation of James Boles is atrocious.

    The book is really interesting ... you should also read/listen to Michael Oren's Six Days of War on this topic. (And Segev's One Palestine Complete)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel Gordis
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel’s underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was both complex and controversial. Born in Poland in 1913, Begin was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist Ze’ev Jabotinsky and soon became a leader within Jabotinsky’s Betar movement.

    Steve says: "A great book"
    "A great book"
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    I was never a Begin fan, but this book shows you what an interesting, insightful, passionate character Begin was. I recommend this book. If you want to learn more about Begin, also check out Yehuda Avner's "The Primer Ministers."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Lieberman
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (177)

    In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

    Gary says: "Humans are dynamic not static"
    "I learned so much from this book"
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    Wow. This is an amazing book. The first half gives you very interesting information on how our human bodies evolved, and the second half then shows you how these bodies are not adapted for our modern environment, teaching us about the "mis-match" diseases that result from encountering this new environment. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Christian
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (167)
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    (168)

    How is it possible for the disciplines of cosmology, geology, anthropology, biology, and history to fit together? These 48 lectures answer that question by weaving a single story from accounts of the past developed by a variety of scholarly disciplines. The result is a story stretching from the origins of the universe to the present day and beyond, in which human history is seen as part of the history of our Earth and biosphere, and the Earth's history, in turn, is seen as part of the history of the universe.

    John P. Gillespie says: "The Big Picture of Big History"
    "Maybe the best audiobook I've heard"
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    This is an amazing story, told in an amazing way. You will understand our place in the universe in a very profound way. It's easy to listen, presented with great clarity. HIGHLY recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephen Jay Gould
    • Narrated By Efrem Zimbalist
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    We have always identified trends as bad (loosening of the moral fiber) or good (better ethnic eating in urban areas). But Stephen Jay Gould argues that this mode of interpretation is a bias that needs correcting. In Full House, Gould presents the truth about progress, evolution, and excellence, as well as a different way to understand trends other than as entities moving in a definite direction.

    Erik says: "One of my favoritess"
    "Love the book, love the reading, bad recording"
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    This is a classic ... I read it years ago and loved it again now that I listened to it. Efrem Zimbalist reads it very well, but the recording quality it pretty bad. Worth listening to because the book is so good, but annoying. Still highly recommended ... Gould's lessons in this book are life lessons that go beyond biology. His teaching about our reflexive beliefs about central tendencies helped me see, even more deeply, the fallacies of demographics in marketing, even though Gould never talked about this. And yes, I believe there will never be another .400 hitter in baseball after reading this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Leonard Shlain
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (30)
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    (30)

    A provocative new book that explores the mystery of human courtship, love, and monogamy and challenges your views of human sexuality. No compelling explanation currently exists for the sudden emergence of big-brained Homo sapiens 150,000 years ago. Leonard Shlain argues that profound changes in female sexuality hold the key to this mystery.

    Greg says: "Fascinating with stunning conclusions"
    "Wow"
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    This is one of the very best science books I've ever read (listened to). It tells the story of the origin or our species in terms of changes in our females ... and therefore casts the entire story of human history in terms of the needs, power and wisdom of women. It helped me see our species as a very young one, still working out its ways, still caught in between our primate origins and where we are headed. The book ends with a very upbeat, optimistic take on where we are going, cast in terms of a new look at the interaction between our genders. And ... the performance by Stefan Rudnicki is one of the very best on Audible. Highly recommended. Wish it had not been abridged, but it seemed very complete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sean B. Carroll
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (56)

    For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo--Evolutionary Developmental Biology--is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich and riveting book, Sean B. Carroll explains how we are discovering that complex life is ironically much simpler than anyone ever expected.

    Terry A. Gray says: "Challenging but rewarding"
    "Great book, great insights, learned a lot"
    Overall

    This is a great book, with a very important topic. I rated Sean Carroll's other book, Making of the Fittest, a 5 and this a 4, only because it isn't quite as well organized. I wish 4.5 was an option. This is well worth the time, and critical if you want to understand evolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Frans de Waal
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    We have long attributed man's violent, aggressive, competitive nature to his animal ancestry. But what if we are just as given to cooperation, empathy, and morality by virtue of our genes? What if our behavior actually makes us apes? What kind of apes are we?

    Raymond says: "Top Banana Award"
    "Interesting, relevant, memorable"
    Overall

    One night, at dinner with friends, I found myself explaining detailed stories from this book, with everyone interested and asking questions. That the kind of book this is: You will gain innumerable insights into how we, as humans, live, and will be able to relate them to everyday life ... and you will remember them! de Waal illuminates so much of who we are by showing how different sides of our nature can be seen in chimps and bonobos.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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