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JULIO

Redmond, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4444)
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    (1844)
    Story
    (1822)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Don't neglect your only life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The God Delusion to be better than the print version?

    I must say that I'm a Christian atheist. I was raised as a Christian and became an atheist as I became more knowledgeable on history and science. It’s a path people must follow on their own. I don’t think arguing with someone will convince them to drop their religious beliefs. Even though you won’t won the discussion, you might plant a seed that may make people search for the truth themselves.


    This book presents great arguments against how much time is wasted on religious practices and how prejudice from religious sources negatively impacts our society. The arguments are elegant and presented with a scientific approach.


    On the down side, I don’t appreciate the sarcastic tone against religion, especially noted in the first two chapters. That might prevent people from having an open mind throughout the rest of the book. Also some arguments are sort of incomplete or use religious extremists as the only example.


    Anyway, this is a must read if you are on the fence. Being on the fence probably means that you have a feeling that it can’t be true but haven’t exactly written down a list of plausible versus implausible arguments.


    Two Suggested audible (even better if listened to before this one):
    1. On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, Narrated by Richard Dawkins (ABRIDGED)
    2. The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, by Robert Wright, Narrated by Greg Thornton


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    Overall
    (5075)
    Performance
    (1309)
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    (1309)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Extremist story, week historical and cultural"
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    What did you like best about A Thousand Splendid Suns? What did you like least?

    Not my kind of book. It's like a "Up to 75% off sale" that doesn't reflect average prices. It's unnecessarily sad and I believe the examples don't represent the average state of affairs in Afghanistan.

    I had expectations that this book could provide a solid historical and cultural context on the lives of Afghan women but it's very shallow in the Whys and only provides biased Whats.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16344)
    Performance
    (14524)
    Story
    (14562)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Worst book I've heard in some time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not able to recommend this book.


    Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, this one in particular was just bad story telling.


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s voice?

    The narration was good. No complains. Julia's voice is quite enjoyable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    The story did not develop as one would expect and I didn't see this book going anywhere interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this title.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Greg Thornton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (326)

    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
    "One of the best books I've ever "read""
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    What did you love best about The Moral Animal?

    This is a great and insightful introduction to evolutionary psychology. I'd recommend everyone to read it. There's a lot of knowledge from that discipline that is useful in our daily lives and that help understand what is known as the human nature.

    While listening to the audio book, I found myself wanting to underline a lot of the contents. I think I will buy the print version as well.

    Thumbs up to the narrator. He deserves special congratulations. Too bad there are no more books in the audible library narrated by him.

    This book is 100% worth your time and money.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3086)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2141)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "Awesome first half, nonsense second half..."
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    Would you try another book from Arthur C. Clarke and/or Eric Michael Summerer and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ?

    The firs half of the story is awesome. It is very plausible and well written. The scientific fiction is nearly perfect in the sense that it doesn't harm the laws of physics we know. It's all very plausible and that makes it a great story.

    The second half is nonsense, and unfortunately contradicts a lot of things mentioned in the first half. I'm very against the anthropocentric view of the universe, so the second part of the book was a disappointment to me. I really wish the author had developed the story differently. Still, no one can he's not very talented and this book isn't a great science fiction story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (447)
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    In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

    gerald says: "The book says what many feel, but fear to say"
    "Great book in principle, not so great in practice"
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    If you could sum up The Moral Landscape in three words, what would they be?

    Sam Harris has a great point and I totally agree with the principle that science should provide guidance to moral values. I also agree that religion does much to deprive humanity of good moral values and science development.

    The book offers a great concept but falls short on providing substance to its arguments. I had high expectations given the reviews here, when they even compared this work with the work of Kant, Descartes or Rousseau. It is definitely no such kind of work. Most of the examples are extremes and not the usual case. Sadists and people that take advantage of others will be present in any culture, even one driven by science and knowledge.

    The book is too focused in the USA and too much time is spent criticizing the current Obama administration team. Also, I was very disappointed in the author for the failure to realize that the war against terrorism is a resource dispute, like any other war in history, and that Islamic radicalism is a tool for manipulating poor people into fighting *back* the many western invasions (direct or indirect) in the middle east for the control of the oil production.

    I believe the author should embrace a social experience trip and go live 6 months in Europe, China and Afghanistan, each. It will provide different perspectives and better arguments for the ideal of a humanity that does not recur to mysticism and instead uses science to explore the world and define our moral codes.

    I'm afraid that liberating itself from religion is outside of the capabilities of homo sapiens. It could possibly come with the next species we possibly genetically engineer it ourselves in the next centuries.

    Overall, the book was disappointing but sill an interesting read. I hope someone else with more cultural background does a better job of exploring these ideas. They are great indeed.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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