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James E. Barr

Asheville, NC & NYC

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  • The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (781)
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    (564)
    Story
    (561)

    In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

    Leigh says: "Great material. Not-so-great narration."
    "Great narrative and objective analysis"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Believing Brain the most enjoyable?

    The content, construction and flow of this book make it, to me, a 'must read' for anyone interested in belief systems, psychology, ethics, brain functioning, mysticism, religion, spirituality and human motivation.


    What about Michael Shermer’s performance did you like?

    MS does a good reading without trying to 'sell' his ideas.


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

    It is long and I play/replay it over a matter of days.


    Any additional comments?

    The only trite aspect of the production is the addition of melodramatic music at the end of some chapters. It is unnecessary, cheapens the reading, and is totally out of style with the content of the book and production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Krull
    • Narrated By John C. Brown, Melissa Hughes
    Overall
    (17)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    This is no stuffy music appreciation lesson. Author Kathleen Krull makes these great artists come alive. From Bach to Mozart, George Gershwin to Woody Guthrie, Beethoven to Gilbert and Sullivan, you'll learn all about their lives and music, what they were really like and what inspired these geniuses of musical expression. Filled with interesting trivia and gossip, Lives of the Musicians is the ultimate guide to the great composers.

    reggie p says: "good introduction"
    "Great listening, fun facts"
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    Would you listen to Lives of the Musicians again? Why?

    This is a cursory overview of a number of famous composers, from Chopin & Bach to Stephen Foster. Really fun, interesting and benevolently gossipy! Great for trips and great as an introduction to musical giants' personal lives, so one my choose who to investigate further.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am a composer/biography junkie, so they are all fascinating to me!


    What about John C. Brown and Melissa Hughes ’s performance did you like?

    Both readers were wonderful; clear, appropriate emphasis, animated when needed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was fun to learn that Brahms was a, for lack of a more accurate term, slob!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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