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Carly

Tallahassee, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (565)

    More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

    Amazon Customer says: "fasinating new perspective on history"
    "Great premise and first half, weak follow-through"
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    The thesis of this book is great and the first portion which focuses on ecology is really riveting. I get the sense that the author traveled down too many cultural and historical side roads and then ran out of time to tie his thesis into a nice, complete package for us towards the end. Starts off strong, wobbles, and then topples over like a top.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Design

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (993)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (416)

    The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

    Brandi says: "Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real"
    "Pessimistic and Dogmatic"
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    I did not like this book. The arguments within it sounded less like findings of science and more like a subtle diatribe against any school of thought that does not see science and spirituality as mutually exclusive. I don't find myself any more knowledgeable about the subject after listening and now have a little less respect for the authors.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Brian Greene
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (421)

    There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.

    C. Schmidt says: "Engrossing"
    "An adventure for your mind"
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    If you don't mind listening to certain sections again and again to make sure you fully understand the concepts and enjoy thinking, thinking, thinking, then this book is for you. Brian Greene really succeeds in taking complex concepts and delivering them in a way a regular Joe can understand - if you're paying attention that is - and I think you'll want to. It's a fun book and you'll be searching for someone to discuss the concepts with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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