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Jeffery T. Harris

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  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (599)

    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
    "Withstanding the Test of Time"
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    Where does The Blind Watchmaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of all of the non-fiction books I've listened to, this ranks as the best one yet. This is the second book by Dawkins that I've listened to. I am fascinated by evolutionary biology so I have a natural bias to this book and probably any book on the subject. While some parts of this book are dry, they are necessary for giving a complete picture to what is being discussed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the discussion on the cumulative selection early in the book. It is a very important concept that helps explain Darwinian evolution.


    Any additional comments?

    Dawkins is often viewed as an atheist paragon seeking to always tear down religion but this book does not do that. His focus is on evolution and why it properly describes how we as humans came to be rather than just attacking opposing views.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality - except we’re not. But that's okay, because our delusions keep us sane. Expanding on this premise, McRaney provides eye-opening analyses of 15 more ways we fool ourselves every day. This smart and highly entertaining audiobook will be wowing listeners for years to come.

    PHIL says: "Much like "You Are Not So Smart""
    "Nothing New Here"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you have never read/listened to earlier books involving the human mind and the way we trick ourselves (Michael Shermer comes to mind) then much of the information would seem new and intriguing. Unfortunately since I've read other books, this had literally no new information for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's tone and approach simply did not match the content.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected a fresh take on some of the topics, however this was not the case. Even the examples provided were ones already presented in other books by other authors. While I know that the concepts will be similar since they are well-known and documented, I expected to get a different perspective. Instead it was a re-hash and left me wishing I had my credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1208)

    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"
    "Scattered and Disorganized"
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    What disappointed you about The Disappearing Spoon?

    For a book that aimed to step through the periodic table, it was disjointed and scattered. There did not seem to be any real direction to the book.


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

    I thought some of the anecdotes were very interesting and entertaining.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Definitely disappointment. I expected a more organized approach. The author hopped between elements, stories, and just had no real direction. It could have been so much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Toomey
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    In recent years, scientists have hypothesized life-forms that can only be called "weird": organisms that live off acid rather than water, microbes that thrive at temperatures and pressure levels so extreme that their cellular structures should break down, perhaps even organisms that reproduce without DNA. Some of these strange life-forms, unrelated to all life we know, might be nearby: on rock surfaces in the American southwest, hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, or even in our own bodies. Some, stranger still, might live in Martian permafrost, swim in the dark oceans of Jupiter's moons, or survive in the exotic ices on comets.

    Douglas says: "Very Interesting..."
    "Bordering Pseudo-science but Entertaining"
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    Would you try another book from David Toomey and/or Eric Martin?

    I'd be somewhat hesitant. The first couple of chapters of the book focused on some of the knowns of "weird life" but the last few left a bad taste in my mouth. The discussion on robots taking over and becoming self-aware was a stretch. Too much "suppose that" sentences starting off big ideas and I found myself asking for a little more evidence than just imagining it at some points. While some of the points brought up are good, if you are looking for evidence to back up the claims, there is none.


    What didn’t you like about Eric Martin’s performance?

    He was a little too robotic in his narration and didn't seem to have much energy. I think this type of book would have done well to have a more upbeat narrator.


    Was Weird Life worth the listening time?

    I'd say it is worth listening to if you enjoy to think about what could be and let your imagination run wild. To me the book borders on science and pseudo-science, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The boundaries have to be pushed, prodded, and explored so that some of the more amazing discoveries can be found. I was hoping this book did a little better job presenting evidence to back up some of the more extreme ideas, like computer self-awareness, as I'm not convinced the author knew enough about the topic to present it is a viable scenario of "weird life".


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Barbara J. King
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (9)

    In this series of 24 captivating lectures, an award-winning teacher and acclaimed scholar delves into the story of how, why, where, and when we became human. You'll gain a fresh understanding of the forces that have shaped our species, as Professor King synthesizes the best that more than a century of scientific scholarship has to offer across a variety of disciplines to gain the insights offered by fossils, ancient skeletal remains, and lifestyle information like cave art and stone tools.

    Jeffery T. Harris says: "Like Taking Intro to Biological Anthropology"
    "Like Taking Intro to Biological Anthropology"
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    I found this to be a nice summation of what you would end up, or at least should end up, getting out of an introductory class to biological evolution. It is also a nice source to refresh yourselves on some of the terms and major points of evolution in respect to biological anthropology. If you have any interest in the subject, it is worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Randomness in Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Tyler Bonner
    • Narrated By Michael Scherer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    John Tyler Bonner, one of our most distinguished and insightful biologists, here challenges a central tenet of evolutionary biology. In this concise, elegantly written book, he makes the bold and provocative claim that some biological diversity may be explained by something other than natural selection. With his customary wit and accessible style, Bonner makes an argument for the underappreciated role that randomness - or chance - plays in evolution.

    PHIL says: "Eye-opening; covers a lot of ground"
    "A Randomness Reminder"
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    While natural selection is the primary driving force of evolution, John Tyler Bonner does a wonderful job of reminding us that there is indeed randomness in evolution and it is often forgotten about or overlooked. He presents his argument well in concise, clear, and original thoughts which I found very refreshing. Having listened to and read a good amount of books on evolution and evolutionary biology, Bonner is a must read/listen for anyone interested in the subject.

    I thought the narrator did an alright job though at times his voice did not really fit with the subject. Some words he overemphasized when it was not needed and came off as forced. It was not too distracting or detracting but could have been better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2862)
    Performance
    (1473)
    Story
    (1484)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "A Nice Improvement Over the Last Two"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot did keep me intrigued simply because more and more about Pendergast's history was revealed. Much of his character is based on mystery but this book does a great job of revealing much, while not revealing all about who Pendergast is and what makes him tick.


    What three words best describe Rene Auberjonois’s performance?

    Not Scott Brick


    Any additional comments?

    I was let down by the two books prior to Fever Dream in the series as it seemed almost like the characters were only the same in name. Part of it could have come from the change in the narrator and the fact that I have listened to the books within months of each other. I'm not sold completely on Rene Auberjonois as I think his Pendergast is not as believable as Scott Brick's. The honey like Southern accent just isn't there. The story is more enjoyable though which has set to rest my concerns about the direction of the series. I expect to not love every book, but when two in a row were let downs, I started to become concerned. Thankfully Preston and Child picked it back up with Fever Dream.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1030)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Jacqueline says: "Lighthearted Mystery--Easy Listening"
    "Not All Too Suspenseful for Me"
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    Would you try another book from Anthony Zuiker and/or Gildart Jackson?

    I'm not sure I'd give Anthony Zuiker another shot. I thought the writing was ok but the book did not really draw me in as many other writers in this genre. For me, there are many more options out there that I'd spend a credit on first. I've listened to 3 or 4 narrations by Gildart Jackson and I can say that I would enjoy to hear him more. I think he handles fictional stories with a variety of characters very well.


    What was most disappointing about Anthony Zuiker’s story?

    I thought the characters were not believable. For me, I get drawn into a suspenseful story when I can buy into how the characters react in their circumstance. The characters here did not have much substance to them and I found myself not really caring about any of them.


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy Gildart Jackson's narrations. He did a good job varying his voice for the different characters to the point that I could tell who was who without their name having to be spoken.


    Was Free: Whodunnit? worth the listening time?

    For a free book I'd say it was worth it. The story is not too bad and it goes by quickly although I did let myself get distracted which usually means I got bored at times and stepped away from listening for a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    It's free so give it a shot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Matt Ridley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (76)

    Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers - questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of your life. Matt Ridley here probes the scientific, philosophical, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome.

    Gary says: "Still useful today."
    "Dry Narration, Good In Small Doses"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to a friend simply because of my own fascination with the subject. This book does a nice job of giving a relatively wide coverage of the human genome, going into a good amount of detail while not losing the reader into too much technicality.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like all chromosomes equally.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought the narrator was good, not great. For whatever reason, many non-fiction books in these categories feel they need to get that certain kind of narrator that often times doesn't fit. Someone a little more lively would have been a better fit.


    Any additional comments?

    If learning about the human genome is interesting to you, then this book is a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (769)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "Least Favorite of the Series Thus Far"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Some of the characters just didn't fit for me. Preston and Child generally make very believable and intriguing characters although this was not the case for me with The Wheel of Darkness. It also felt that one recurring character, who I won't name to avoid spoiling anything from previous books, seemed to have some personality changes that just did not fit with the character established in previous books. Again, where consistency was the norm, The Wheel of Darkness felt quite abnormal for me.


    Would you recommend The Wheel of Darkness to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd only recommend it for friends that are fans of this series. I'm not one who can listen to random books throughout a series but have to listen to them all in order. So personally I couldn't skip over it although I think some people might be able to.


    Did Rene Auberjonois do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I actually thought a few of the characters sounds pretty close and having spent the last few books in the series listening to Scott Brick, there is a difference between the two narrators and I prefer Scott Brick. My bias likely sways my feelings on Rene Auberjonois but others that loved Brick's narrations with this series as I did may feel like this performance was not up to par.


    Did The Wheel of Darkness inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to grab the next book in the series hoping it is better than this one.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy the Pendergast series, I'd say you are safe to give this one a go. Besides, out of the many books in the series, there are just some you are bound to not enjoy as much as others. For me, The Wheel of Darkness was one of those I did not like as much, but not enough to deter me away from continuing on with this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (804)

    The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

    V.A. says: "Not bad"
    "Back Where it All Began"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of the Dead?

    Without spoiling too much, there was a nice build up to the climax of the book that I enjoyed greatly. There was just enough tension and suspense that I wanted to find out what was going to happen. The conclusion was unexpected to me and it did not seem to take the expected path, which I actually enjoyed. I could imagine some would not like it, but personally I found it very real.


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

    Am I going to once again say how well Scott Brick did bringing this story to life? Yes I am. If i'm ever on the fence about a book, if Scott Brick narrates it I figure "at least the narration will be solid" and everything usually turns out ok.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read/listen to this without hitting up the first two in this sort of trilogy. The authors would say that each can stand on it's own, but I really think it performs better when taken in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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