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Busselton, Australia | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 122 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014

  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "Natural Selection; the gene verses the individual."
    Where does The Selfish Gene rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up there with the best, it puts what I have seen in nature into a context that allows greater understanding of why nature goes to extremes.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Selfish Gene?

    Some sections required a second listen, the understanding to flow is worth the effort.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not that sort of book.

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

    I could not listen to it in one sitting, it required concentration, but the quality of writing made the subject easier, it is great to feel comfortable with my level of understanding now, but I suspect very few people could get a good understanding in one sitting. Like a complex movie, the second time around is just as revealing as the first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt

    This audiobook is about luck, or more precisely, how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. It is already a landmark work, and its title has entered our vocabulary. In its second edition, Fooled by Randomness is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes.

    Amazon Customer says: "An Excellent and Worthwhile Book"
    "Where success is not real, it is just a coin toss"
    What did you love best about Fooled by Randomness?

    It questions the perceptions that are developed about the successful people are they really smart or are we sucked in by chance.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Theme characters run through the book, the book is not written as a novel, the characters are there to tie the themes together. I think they are very helpful with understanding the authors message and questioning the readers preconceived attitudes

    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It is the first time I have listened to the reader, he is great in his natural voice, he should not bother with accents, it is hard to do well and distracting to the listener

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "Great story of Leadership"
    Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?

    No once was great, there is little value in listening again, the pleasure was in understanding Shackleton's dogged persistence and the respect and faith his men had for his strength of character.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It must be Shackleton, he held together the expatiation, ship, life rafts, crew and ultimately the mens hope, the only thing left.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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