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Donald

Corvallis, OR, United States

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  • The Modern Scholar: Unseen Diversity: The World of Bacteria

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Betsey Dexter Dyer
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Professor Betsey Dexter Dyer of Wheaton College examines the role of bacteria as major players in Earth's biodiversity. In the course of these fascinating lectures, Professor Dyer delves into the history of microbiology, the four billion year history of bacteria and archaea as the dominant organisms on Earth, and the place of pathogens in the greater context of the bacterial world. This course serves as both a field guide for curious naturalists and a friendly introduction to the world of bacteria and archaea.

    Lucas says: "Even THINKING about it? Go ahead and get it!"
    "Welcome to the real world"
    Overall

    This is a systematic and methodological overview of the most numerous and important life forms. Most people will have their worldview of biology turned upside down. Naturalists and scientists will be reminded the the bacteria are running the show. It's a new look at nature and a framework about the hidden world that is everywhere. I ordered the author's field guide and plan to use it future nature walks.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1808)
    Performance
    (1640)
    Story
    (1639)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Only one Penn Jillette"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Penn Jillette and/or Penn Jillette?

    Probably


    What was most disappointing about Penn Jillette’s story?

    More about Penn Jillette than the subtitle


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

    Yes. But this is more in-depth.


    Do you think God, No! needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not necessarily.


    Any additional comments?

    Great performance. Penn Jillette is a raunchy, loud mouth and somehow lovable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1536)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (736)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "more than many readers can chew"
    Overall

    Great science, explicit and careful descriptions. Wonderfully read by Dawkins and his wife Lalla. Although I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject, those expecting it to be easily digested my get bogged down. Nevertheless, give it a try, perhaps listen to it more than once. If possible, augment it with a printed copy. I was captivated. I'm familiar nearly all of the subject matter but some parts were covered in a depth I never encountered.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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