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  • 2 reviews
  • 93 ratings
  • 609 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Prey

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Robert Sean Leonard

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Brian says: "the BEST reader EVER, excellent book"

    Like most of his books, this one unfolds well and is hard to take breaks from. I'm no literary snob, I just like a good story. I have always appreciated the technical details in Michael's books. Even though there are obviously liberties taken with technology that might exsist, I enjoy learning about things in detail. It's edutainment. Okay, maybe not, but I liked it.

    The only drawback to the story is that towards the end you can hear the narrarator swallowing and having a hard time quite often. I don't know why they don't bother to edit these things out. Good recording software will strip silence based on a set threshold and take out small sounds automatically. Also, how hard would it be to give the narrarator a mute button?

    Aside from this annoyance, I would have given it five stars. If you like his other books, you should like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Healing Anxiety and Depression

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Daniel G. Amen, Lisa C. Routh
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar

    For the 38 million Americans who suffer from anxiety and/or depression (and for those who treat them), Dr. Daniel G. Amen has liberating news. Using a sophisticated brain-imaging technology called SPECT (single photon emissions computed tomography), Amen and his colleagues have discovered that these disorders are the result of measurable brain dysfunction, of physical neurological conditions that clinicians can actually see. And what they can see, they can treat more effectively than ever before.

    Michael says: "A commercial for SPECT"
    "Valuable Information For Anyone"

    I can see why some of the negative reviewers are disappointed with the reference format of this book. I don't share that view though.

    I recently started suffering from panic attacks that were so severe I was unable to work or even go to a restaurant. I had no prior history of this and it was terrifying.

    This book has been part of the discovery process for me and the information has helped my understanding of different conditions increase greatly.

    If you already know all about anxiety and depression, this may not be for you, but I enjoyed the information so much that I also bought a hard copy so I could review specific areas.

    I will concede that audio may not be the best format for this book, but if it didn't exist on Audible I never would have checked it out. I'm terrible at reading non fiction so the audio format worked out great.

    That said, this is mostly an informational (reference) book, not a guide for self healing. There are many tips given for dealing with symptoms, but it's not the main focus of the book.

    For those searching specifically for help with anxiety, I recommend "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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