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  • The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert M. Hazen
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Earth evolves. From first atom to molecule, mineral to magma, granite crust to single cell to verdant living landscape, ours is a planet constantly in flux. In this radical new approach to Earth’s biography, senior Carnegie Institution researcher and national best-selling author Robert M. Hazen reveals how the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere - of rocks and living matter - has shaped our planet into the only one of its kind in the Solar System, if not the entire cosmos.

    Gary says: "Makes minerals interesting"
    "Truly Enjoyable"
    If you could sum up The Story of Earth in three words, what would they be?

    captivating, well-written, insigtful

    What did you like best about this story?

    I expected a story about rocks and geology, but instead the author elegantly inter meshes a variety of scientific disciplines, such as physics, biology, astronomy, climatology, oceanography, and many more with a good dose geology and mineralogy to give a grand view of our planet and its future. It is well written for a broad audience, and I applaud his work in popularizing geology. The narration is well done, it sounds as if the author had read it himself, convening a sense that the narrator truly enjoys the material. The narrators tone conveys a feeling enthusiasm and amazement for the subject.

    Any additional comments?

    As an elementary school teacher with a love for science, this book has become one of my favorites. The science presented has intrigued me to learn more about the often overlooked and neglected field of geology.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Happiness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler
    • Narrated By Howard C. Cutler

    The Dalai Lama will tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. With the help of a psychiatrist, he now gets the message across in a context we can easily understand.

    Chris says: "very good listen"
    "An ultimate guide..."

    An ultimate guide for finding peace with those around you, with the world, but more importantly with yourself.

    His ideas and thoughts transcend both religion and politics, they are universal. Anyone can benefit by listening to this book. It is full of age old wisdom and enlightening thoughts.

    It is the first work I've read about and by the Dalai Lama. I have found his teachings non-threatening to my values. He is always respectful toward others beliefs, and at no time does he try to convert the listener to his religion.

    I've owned this book for many years, and have heard it at least a dozen times. I've given the actual book as a gift various times throughout the years.

    There are two narrators, one who narrates the author and the other the Dalai Lama, the latter is excellent and transmits the Dalai Lama's voice in a very authentic manner.

    Last, it is one of the best all-time self help books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mexifornia: A State of Becoming

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Victor Davis Hanson
    • Narrated By Lloyd James

    In Mexifornia, author Victor Davis Hanson ponders what has changed in California over the last quarter-century. His concern is how the state, the Southwest, and indeed the entire nation have been altered by America's hemorrhaging borders and how our disordered immigration policies are perhaps most harmful to the Mexican immigrants who come seeking a better life.

    Stu707 says: "Mexifornia"
    "I was disappointed."
    What was most disappointing about Victor Davis Hanson’s story?

    As a Mexican-American living in California I found this book to be offensive, the author's views are clearly xenophobic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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