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  • The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sean B. Carroll
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed: it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living chronicle of how the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet have adapted to its many environments, from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the lush canopy of the rain forest.

    Ross Taylor says: "Be prepared..."
    "I learned a lot"

    I do have to agree with several other reviews that the selling of evolution in the book is a bit heavy handed, particularly since he is mostly “preaching to the choir” since people who don’t believe that in evolution are very unlikely to read the book. Saying something is “unquestionably true” is pointless if a high percentage of the population to indeed question it, their questions by be irrational, but they are still questions, but these sort of comments really make up a small portion of the book and I found fairly easy to ignore. The author should just let the facts speak for themselves; because the facts are presented very well.

    I found that I had a much clearer understanding of how evolution works through DNA after reading the book, and that is plenty to make this a worthwhile read. The explanation of the mathematics of evolution, and how changes can occur far more quickly than one might expect, was very well done.

    The section showing two examples how irrational opposition to scientific evidence can be damaging was excellent, and the fact that in both cases the culture based views did not have their basis in religion was very effective.

    Although I recommend the book, I should warn anyone who is looking for a fun read that the final section of the difficulty in repairing damage done the environment is depressing.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Irrationality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stuart Sutherland
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why do doctors, generals, civil servants and others consistently make wrong decisions that cause enormous harm to others? Irrational beliefs and behaviours are virtually universal. In this iconoclastic book Stuart Sutherland analyses causes of irrationality and examines why we are irrational, the different kinds of irrationality, the damage it does us and the possible cures.

    Michael says: "Excellent"
    "Good but not the best on the topic"

    The topic is quite interesting and the book is quite well done, but some of the same material is handed better in Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "King's best since his accident"

    Back in full form.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breathless

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There's little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.

    Michael says: "Lifeless"
    "Bad in every way"

    I have liked many of the author’s books over the years, but, with the exception of the Odd series, his recent efforts have been generally disappointing. This is easily his worst. Just mentioning chaos theory and explaining that everything has a deeply hidden underlying pattern does not mean that you can just throw together a lot of random threads and have it become a coherent plot.

    The totally incoherent creationist rant does not help either.

    I would no recommend this to anyone, and I will have to become more selective in picking books by Mr. Koontz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
    • Narrated By Chris Barrie

    When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

    Missy Hoppe says: "Finally!"
    "Great fun"

    I you like the show or just like weird humor, you wiil probably enjoy this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Kind of Nation: Jefferson, Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James F. Simon
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen

    What Kind of Nation is a riveting account of the bitter struggle between two titans of the early republic over the power of the presidency and the independence of the judiciary. The clash between fellow Virginians (and second cousins) Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall remains the most decisive confrontation between a president and a chief justice in American history.

    Guy says: "Interesting view of a very interesting period"
    "Interesting view of a very interesting period"

    Representing a historical period by focusing on the struggle between two individuals is a well-established approach to giving the period a more personal feel than a more abstract review of the basic facts. It is an approach that can help make the conflicts of that time more accessible to a modern audience. The first challenge is obviously to find the two individuals. For the early constitutional period it is clear that Thomas Jefferson is only natural choice for one of the antagonists, but who should represent his opposition is anything but obvious. John Marshal is an interesting choice for the opposition and I think the author does a good job showing that some aspects of the conflicting views of the two men continue on even now.

    I enjoyed the book and the reading. I should point out that if you are interested in this fascinating period of our history Audible does have some better books on the foundations of our nation. I would start with "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation" (Unabridged) by Joseph J. Ellis and if you want to learn more the marvelously detailed "John Adams" (Unabridged) by David McCullough is great book. Both of these books received, and deserved the Pulitzer Prize. With those as background I think many readers would enjoy this study of one aspect of our early leaders.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.

    Kevin says: "John Adams"
    "30 hours is not enough"

    When you listen to a book for over 30 hours (including Volume 2) and find yourself wishing there were more, clearly it indicates a great book.

    This is a grand biography of a fascinating man and perhaps the most crucial period in our history.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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