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Twang

Yet Reader

ratings
5
REVIEWS
4
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
10

  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Neil Shubin
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish.

    Aryn says: "Be entertained and educated"
    "A 'Must Listen'"
    Overall

    Superb. A grand overview meticulously illustrating connections that only intimate knowledge of many and disparate fields brings.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard C. Francis
    • Narrated By Kurt Elftmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    The burgeoning new science of epigenetics offers a cornucopia of insights - some comforting, some frightening. For example, the male fetus may be especially vulnerable to certain common chemicals in our environment, in ways that damage not only his own sperm but also the sperm of his sons. And it’s epigenetics that causes identical twins to vary widely in their susceptibility to dementia and cancer. But here’s the good news: unlike mutations, epigenetic effects are reversible. Indeed, epigenetic engineering is the future of medicine.

    Twang says: "Good info well presented; naration 'drone-ish'"
    "Good info well presented; naration 'drone-ish'"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Epigenetics?

    Right to the point, well organised, no suppositions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story not relavent. This is more of a text book.


    Which character – as performed by Kurt Elftmann – was your favorite?

    N/A


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's Nature and Nurture.


    Any additional comments?

    Book is worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bryan Sykes
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    WASPs finally get their due in this stimulating history by one of the world's leading geneticists. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts is the most illuminating book yet to be written about the genetic history of Britain and Ireland. Through a systematic, ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, Bryan Sykes has traced the true genetic makeup of British Islanders and their descendants.

    Gary says: "Makes history and myth come alive"
    "Thesaurus taxing mind numbing travelog"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not a fan of this narratiator to start with but in this particular recording his lilting emphasis on words/phrases becomes so faint at (many) times that words are entirely lost, especially if listening in a car, and this means many 'rewinds' to catch what was said.


    What could Bryan Sykes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have talked about the genetics of Saxons, Vikings and Celts. Or better yet leave book as is and chang the title to something more like: Musings on the mystic beauty of the Isles, possible historic events and some suggestive supportive genetic data.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Technically the recording was fine - no dropped mics, etc.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Saxons, Vikings, and Celts?

    Either most of it - we only get about eight sentences in the whole book that mention genetics specifically by region anyway - or better yet just change the title to reflect the true content of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Out of about 300 books I have bought over the years from audible this is only the third that I would like my money back on (Disappearing Spoon & Michael Palins Around the World are the others). 'Spose one out of a hundred isnt so bad though.

    2 of 2 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
    (2049)
    Performance
    (1272)
    Story
    (1277)

    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"
    "Wonderful Opportunity Spoiled"
    Overall

    In, what I suspect is, an attempt to make the book the most readable to the most people, basic scientific words are morphed into everyday street vernacular. The awful effect being that meanings are changed and false statements ensue - the inescapable irony being the further muddling of understanding. Picture Monet with large color blocks instead of points of color.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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