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  • The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey From Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Leonard Mlodinow
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    In this fascinating and illuminating work, Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the critical eras and events in the development of science, all of which, he demonstrates, were propelled forward by humankind's collective struggle to know. From the birth of reasoning and culture to the formation of the studies of physics, chemistry, biology, and modern-day quantum physics, we come to see that much of our progress can be attributed to simple questions - why? how? - bravely asked.

    Austin says: "10/10 Got What I Wanted. "
    "Awesome summary of science"
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    I like Mlodinow's narration. Upright thinkers are very easy to listen to, to understand and to enjoy. As all his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By Rosario Dawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46061)
    Performance
    (43021)
    Story
    (42884)

    Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

    will says: "A ferrari with no motor"
    "Go! Loonies, go! "
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    I want to go there! F*ck Mars, Moon is behind the corner and here we have evidence it will be fun!
    It was rather light and easy reading, it was funny and entertaining.
    The image of the city on the Moon fascinates me, so reading this was a treat for me. I had to read it right away as it came out!

    There was considerably less science here compared to Martian, but the plot was very different. I guess author didn't want it to be plain copy of Martian.

    Notable points: how sightseeing works, what happened to stuff left behind by astronauts, internet on the Moon, how heating works outside the city on the Moon, what effects has vacuum on human body and of course - jumping!

    I am glad that they chose female narrator as the main character Jazz is young woman. And she was excellent - she took me deep into the story and her accents for different characters were fabulous.

    Overall - loved it. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Andromeda Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By David Morse
    Overall
    (5556)
    Performance
    (5155)
    Story
    (5166)

    The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Clarkenesque"
    "Great science fiction"
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    As I read in some reviews before I chose to read this book, I learned that it is hard scifi. I wasn't previously aware of what this style represents but after I read this book I can surely claim that I love it.
    I was little worried when I read in the reviews that the book isn't much fun, but it wasn't a drawback, rather a benefit. The story remained serious and focused and I was enjoying every bit.

    The story began mysteriously with almost horror touch. This won me almost immediatelly.
    The middle, main, part was more descriptive with focus on the detail of the processes. That may sound boring, but it wasn't. It was as exciting as the opening.
    The finish was ... no, I wouldn't spoil it in any way :) I will just say: the pace gradually increased and I liked it!

    I also worried about the technology in the book. That it may suffer from its early release (1969) and reading it in 2017 will be affected. But the story isn't taking place in future but directly in its time - 1960s. So the problem with obsolete technology didn't even arise because they used technology that was available.

    Next thing I wasn't sure about before I read it was amount of politics. Somehow I acquired the impression that there will be lot of politics involved and I will be bored. Not true, not sure why I thought that. There is politics involved, but in very limited amount which is kind of neccessary for the story and is not a problem.

    Narrator's voice matched the style of the book. It didn't seem so at the beginning and it took me a while to get used to his voice but in the end I think his style added to the somewhat dark and mysterious atmosphere.

    Overall - great book and I will definitely search for something similar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Indre Viskontas
    • Narrated By Professor Indre Viskontas Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1020)

    Much of the layperson's knowledge of the brain is predicated on a lack of understanding about this mysterious organ. To start building a more straightforward, accurate understanding of current breakthroughs in neuroscience, you have to start by shattering popular brain myths.

    Jared T Wilsey says: "Great lecturer, very enjoyable"
    "Great book full of interesting information"
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    I liked this book a lot. Chapters were clear and quite basic, very well suited for anyone interested, even for beginners. I had no problem following the topics.
    Each chapter/lecture is focused on single topic.
    Each topic is based on some wide-spread myth about brain (i.e. left/right hemisphere dedicated to logic/art, we use only 10% of brain) and it serves as a lead to a deeper discussion. This "by myth" separation seemed rather artificial (as is the title) and not really necessary, but I didn't mind it. Lessons were very well done nevertheless.
    There is two parts of this piece - the first is audio book, the second is pdf. Pdf contains additional 'material' in form of questions and suggested readings at the end of the lectures. Audiobook lacks this but it is in the name of fluency and indeed, audiobook flows as normal book.
    Narration is done by the author which I always like. Her narration is natural and although there are several slips of the tounge left in the narration (which I haven't experienced in other audiobooks) it wasn't bad at all. It maybe even added more personal feel. I was just a bit surprised to hear it.
    Overall, I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the science of brain. Great book full of interesting information.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4210)
    Performance
    (3690)
    Story
    (3690)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    ESK says: ""Lest we forget how fragile we are...""
    "Eye-opening book"
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    This book shows so many ways how our brain can dysfunction (or overfunction), the stories are almost unbelievable. One will definitely enrich his life by learning about these conditions. I think the way author tells the stories is really touching. It gives completely different view on people with brain abnormalities. The patients are described in very empathic way, author is making them exceptional rather than weird.
    Stories of patients are short and relatively simple. And interesting and enjoyable above all.
    There is a short gloss on the discussed topic before each chapter and after each story. These tend to be quite heavy on "big" words and as foreign reader/listener I had hard time grasping these sections.
    Narrator was very comforting. His narration was perfectly matching delicate topic.
    Overall I would recommend this book to anyone, it really opens eyes to the way how brain works in many aspects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dennis E. Taylor
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52041)
    Performance
    (48855)
    Story
    (48767)

    Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

    PW says: "Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!"
    "Great story with awesome storyteller"
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    I was immediately grabbed by the story. Idea is very intriguing, was quite novel to me and I was definitely bobified :)
    There are several lines in the story, each with different style (action, exploration, negotiation), each giving different feel by introducing different problems. This separation keeps the pace high so the reader isn't bored.
    Technology in the story isn't the main thing. Although there are lots of different technological surroundings on which the story is based, the book doesn't go scientifically deep into the detail of any. I think this makes it a bit more accessible for wider audience and makes it a bit less geeky. But I wouldn't say it is neglected either, so I didn't mind.
    Narrator is absolutely stunning. I was amazed how smooth and natural his narration was. He changes voices for different characters gracefully so the audiobook is completely free of any complementary comments like "… Bob said", which adds significantly to the fluency of the narration. Also his voices are great.
    Overall I enjoyed this audiobook greatly and would recommend it to any sci-fi fan who likes humor and references to our geek-culture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Landscape

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (197)

    Sam Harris has discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science’s failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith.The underlying claim is that while science is the best authority on the workings of the physical universe, religion is the best authority on meaning, values, morality, and leading a good life.

    Ryan says: "The most important thinker of our time"
    "Weird structure "
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    I like Sam's Waking up podcast so I am quite used to Sam's arguments and his reasoning. And I tend to agree with most of his arguments in general. So I wanted to read this book to have some structured view on this one topic. But this is not it. I found this book to be quite unstructured. Sam spends time arguing his opponents, other ideas or religion, rather than explaining his point of view extensively. Overall I had different expectations and thus I was partly disappointed. But on the other hand I wouldn't say that the book itself is bad. I just like different structure better. Author narrates the book himself which I always like the best. However sometimes the narration was quite quick and also Sam assumes listener/reader already has basic knowledge of philosophy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sapiens

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1647)
    Performance
    (1453)
    Story
    (1445)

    Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

    Bradley Janse van Rensburg says: "Life changing book"
    "Absolutely captivating"
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    I've never been so fascinated by history. This is no ordinary lesson from history. Author provides new points of view on important events in time. These new points of view are so unexpected (at least for me they were) that you can't stop listen. I would even compare it to a thriller. Author's conclusions are often quite depressing, but in a way that you want to know more about it. Also, author's ability to present any topic unbiased, or maybe more precisely, with exactly same level of interest and concern, was enthralling - money, science, empires, capitalism, Buddhism, evolution.

    Narrator was fine, very comfortable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow, Deepak Chopra, MD
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra, MD, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (93)

    Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious - but respectful - clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.

    HossBud says: "Meh."
    "Not a typical book"
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    I am glad that such a book exists. Usually one reads about something without direct counter-arguments. This way, although also not ideal, one can see two world views explaining same topics and even addressing each other's arguments.
    As both authors are also the narrators, this audiobook is much more valuable for me. None of the narrators is probably the best you can listen to, but this way it is much more enjoyable anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stanislas Dehaene
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (400)

    How does the brain generate a conscious thought? And why does so much of our knowledge remain unconscious? Thanks to clever psychological and brain-imaging experiments, scientists are closer to cracking this mystery than ever before. In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state.

    Tristan says: "I had no idea we knew this much."
    "Full of experiments"
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    Great insight into current neuroscience for normal people. Although the middle part was much harder for me to grasp (workspace theory, P3 wave, ...), rest of the book is quite easy to understand as it is full of real experiments on adults or children. Overall, the story is more academic and may be more suitable for people with at least some basic prior understanding of the brain and neuroscience.
    Nevertheless I am glad I've heard this audiobook, I've learned many new things.
    Narrator was fine and was easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joshua Greene
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (351)

    A pathbreaking neuroscientist reveals how our social instincts turn Me into Us, but turn Us against Them - and what we can do about it. The great dilemma of our shrinking world is simple: never before have those we disagree with been so present in our lives. The more globalization dissolves national borders, the more clearly we see that human beings are deeply divided on moral lines - about everything from tax codes to sexual practices to energy consumption - and that, when we really disagree, our emotions turn positively tribal.

    Douglas says: "An Exceedingly Interesting..."
    "Great deep dive into morality"
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    It was really very interesting book. My first in this area and I was nicely surprised how intriguing it was. It was deep and complicated topic told with patience and as easily as possible. It was so interesting that I am going to go through it again after some time.
    Narrator was absolutely fine, comfortable to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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