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Arun

Lansdale, PA, USA

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  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (328)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    Ernest says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Illuminating without being in your face"
    Overall

    Narration: Very Good (it took me a while to get used to the narrator though)

    I have read/heard a few books on evolution - this is easily the best. It answered my questions on evolution with both solid theory and examples of the theory in action; you wont be dissapointed with this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6829)
    Performance
    (2640)
    Story
    (2648)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    Narration: Superb (British accented)

    If you are going to read only one science book in your life, I would recommend this one - as the title suggests, it is a delightful introduction to a wide swath of scientific disciplines. Even though this is a long narration (big book), at the end of it all, I found myself wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Nicholas Wade
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (229)

    Just in the last three years a flood of new scientific findings, driven by revelations discovered in the human genome, has provided compelling new answers to many long-standing mysteries about our most ancient ancestors, the people who first evolved in Africa and then went on to colonize the whole world. Nicholas Wade weaves this host of news-making findings together for the first time into an intriguing new history of the human story before the dawn of civilization.

    Albert says: "Amazing information"
    "Quenches thirst of wonderment"
    Overall

    Narration: Excellent

    I have long wondered about human ancestors and Nicholas Wade weaves a captivating picture of what may have been our history, piecing together disparate sources (genetic, archeological, linguistic etc). After reading this book, if you still want to know more, like I did, I would recommend that you rent/buy a super PBS Home DVD on the same topic - Journey of Man by Dr. Spencer Wells (if you still want more, get the book by Dr Spencer Wells - unfortunately, with my limited knowledge of genetics, I found it difficult to understand the book)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2554)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1468)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Super edutainment"
    Overall

    Narration:
    Excellent

    Pros:
    1) Delves into the history of statistics and statisticians
    2) Nicely explains the fundamentals of and differences between probability and statistics (I wish I had read this book before my MBA statistics course, would have given me a great grounding and set me on a path of asking the right questions)

    Cons:
    Really nothing - maybe the book could have been longer, I would have enjoyed it even more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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